Canning Recipe: Homemade Cinnamon-Vanilla Applesauce

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Remember my aunt shared with me several bushels of sweet ripe apples from her backyard tree?  Well y’all, I’m still working on getting all of those delicious apples preserved.  One of my easiest go-to things to do with lots of fresh apples is to use my slow cooker to make homemade applesauce.  I take those apples that might be not quite right for eating fresh or pretty enough for making apple pie filling and turn them into applesauce.

You know the ones, those beautiful apples that maybe have a wind-fall bruise or small bird peck that needs to be cut out? None of that matters if I’m making applesauce!  I like to use plain unsweetened applesauce as a delicious snack and also as a replacement for some of the oil I use when baking.  But I have a LOT of applesauce and I’m thinking about maybe using some of it for an even sweeter treat: Cinnamon-Vanilla flavored applesauce.  It couldn’t be easier, check it out!

HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE is super easy, and I've made some of it into extra-special Cinnamon-Vanilla Applesauce. I've canned it to enjoy all winter #TexasHomesteader


Preparing The Apples In A SNAP!

First I peeled/cored/sliced the apples I wanted to cook using this handy *Apple Peeler/Slicer/Corer.  Now I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this little dude makes the tedious chore of preparing apples for cooking into a lightning-fast thing.  RancherMan & I could peel/slice/core an apple in seconds!  Then I trimmed any areas that needed to be discarded and tossed them into my composter. Then I made my homemade applesauce in a slow cooker.

HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE is super easy, and I've made some of it into extra-special Cinnamon-Vanilla Applesauce. I've canned it to enjoy all winter #TexasHomesteader

I canned that unsweetened applesauce so I could enjoy it all winter long.  But I wanted to make Cinnamon-Vanilla flavored applesauce as well.  So I took six cups of my leftover applesauce, added 1/4 cup sugar, a tablespoon of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of vanilla, blended it all together.  Then placed it in 1/2-pint canning jars and canned it in a water-bath canner for 20 minutes.   Since there are variables to canning such as altitude and equipment be sure to follow your canners recommendations for your area.  Food safety is important!

I love that I’ve very inexpensively provided my family a sweet treat containing only healthy ingredients.  Plus the environmental side of me loves that these sweet treats don’t involve tons of landfill-bound trash like their commercial counterparts. The glass canning jars can be washed and reused time & time again. And I even canned some of them using my reusable *Tattler Canning Lids!  Now that’s something that makes my crunchy-green heart smile!

Cinnamon/Vanilla Applesauce

  • 6 cups homemade applesauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla

Blend all together and process in a boiling water bath 20 minutes for both pints & 1/2 pints


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25 thoughts on “Canning Recipe: Homemade Cinnamon-Vanilla Applesauce

  1. Elaine

    My Granddaughters and I would eat this all up…there would not be any left! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday and I hope to see you tomorrow! Pinned!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      My grandbabies LOVE this Elaine. Some of the jars are blended smooth and some were left chunkier – I’m in love with the chunky cinnamon/vanilla applesauce myself. 🙂 ~TMH~

  2. lisa M

    This sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday. We hope to see you again this week!

  3. Elaine

    You have all the cool little gadgets…now I want an apple peeler like yours too!! Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Pinned! Hope you come back tomorrow!!

  4. Ashley

    Yum! This sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. I hope you’ll join us again next week. Sharing your post on Twitter!

  5. Sally at Garden Valley Homestead

    Apples! Yikes! I’m up to my eyeballs in my favorite orchard fruit–and we’re not done harvesting yet. Making apple sauce is great way to cook up a lot of apples at once. Today, I’m plan to flash freeze as many as I’m able to. I’ve made cinnamon apple sauce in the past, but not cinnamon vanilla. So thanks for the idea. I’ll give it a try. Maybe it will end up on my Apples 365 blog. (P.S. I hope readers take advantage of the Amazon price for the peeler. I use the same one but paid about $10 more about 7 years ago. Get the deal!)

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Apple season is a glorious (and busy) time, huh Sally?? It was lots of work to process all those apples but it’s so satisfying to simply walk to the pantry and pull out a jar of that deliciousness, now my attention is turning to fresh pears. And yeah, that’s a great Amazon price and I’m oh-so-glad I don’t have to peel all those bad boys by hand! LOL

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I used that glut of apples my aunt gave me for several different things Jamie – Plain Applesauce, flavored applesauce, apple butter, apple pie filling and dehydrated apples. We’re hoping to include them in our homemade Christmas baskets this year.

  6. ColleenB.

    Also, in place of using cinnamon add some red hots (candy) in with, while cooking the apples. I don’t measure the amount of red hots. I just toss in maybe a handful (more or less).

      1. ColleenB.

        makes for a nice bold flavor and beautiful color.
        A person can melt the red hots in a pan first and then add to your applesauce; taste, and then add sugar accordingly. Anyone wondering on amount of red hots; I would say anywhere from 1/4 cup – 3/4 cup. It all depends on you. The more candy you add, the deeper your color of applesauce it will be.
        Have a wonderful weekend


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