stovetop applesauce in a bowl

Maple Sweetened Basic Stovetop Applesauce

You can use any variety of apples - I find the sweeter the better, which helps cut down on the amount of maple you add. Store extras in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 cups


  • 3 pounds apples 
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt


  • Peel, core and dice the apples into small pieces. 
  • Place the diced apples and the rest of the ingredients in a sauce pot over low-medium heat and bring to a low, gentle simmer.
  • Cover and cook for about 30 minutes, checking and stirring during this time.
  • If the apples look a little dry add in more water.
  • If the sauce isn't as sweet as you'd like it, add in more maple syrup. 
  • When the apples are done cooking and very tender, mash with a handheld masher or puree in a food processor.
  • Eat warm or cold.