Microwave Applesauce

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Prep Time

3 mins

Cook Time

7-8 mins

Free Time

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Applesauce is a simple, wholesome, and delicious way to preserve fresh apples. It’s sweet enough to feel like dessert, without being indulgent. We love McIntosh, Golden Delicious, or Fuji apples for applesauce as their flavor and texture holds up well in the microwave. Cooking for kids? This recipe works just as well without the sugar.

Why use an Anyday? Our steam-locking lid prevents the apples from oxidizing, preserving natural flavors and color for the ideal applesauce.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Small Dish

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The Small Dish


  • 1 large apple (about 200g)
  • 1 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, optional


  1. Peel, core, and chop the apple into large chunks.
  2. Add all the ingredients to the Anyday Dish and stir to combine.
  3. Cover with lid (knob lifted) and cook for 7-8 minutes. The apples will reduce their volume, turn slightly transparent, and should be easily pierced with a fork.
  4. For a more rustic texture, use a fork or potato masher and stir until the desired texture is achieved. Transfer to a blender or use an immersion blender to form a smooth purée for a smoother applesauce.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • This recipe works with any available apple as well as pears and peaches.
  • Swap out the water for fresh apple cider.
  • Stir into cooked oats or cottage cheese for a protein-rich breakfast.
  • Add cinnamon for a fall side dish, a great addition for a big turkey dinner or serving with latkes!

Recipe notes

  • McIntosh, Golden Delicious, or Fuji apples are great for applesauce due to their flavor and texture. Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, and Gala apples, while they have great taste, do not have the ideal texture for applesauce.
  • Omit the sugar if making this recipe for babies or toddlers.
  • This recipe cooks fast, which reduces the chances of apples oxidizing and turning brown. If you like your applesauce a bit darker, add some ground cinnamon for aroma and appearance.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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