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Cooking Hack: Quick Applesauce for One

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QUICK APPLESAUCE FOR ONE: Chop an apple finely, microwave it briefly with cinnamon and vanilla, mash, and you have super fast applesauce for one person.

If you have an apple, you can have applesauce for one in fewer than 5 minutes. And let’s admit upfront that fresh apples deliver a big reward, flavorwise, so this is worth your (little) while.

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Slice the apple thinly and sprinkle with cinnamon. No sugar needed for most apples.

Sometimes you want a dollop of applesauce on your morning oatmeal, or you need a bit to eat with your pork chop, roast chicken or grilled sausage dinner. You don’t have to open a big jar just to get the amount you need; just let your microwave oven do the quick work for you.

Spice it with ground cinnamon, or if you happen to have an apple pie spice blend or a pumpkin pie spice blend, those work just as well. Use what you have!

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Mash with a fork and stir.

How to cut the apple

Slicing apples for Applesauce for OneThe hardest thing in today’s recipe — and it isn’t difficult at all! — is cutting the apple. Swiss Diamond is one of our generous sponsors for Apple Week, and I am showing off my new favorite knife, their 3.5-inch paring knife [3], which fits perfectly into your hand for quick apple coring and peeling. It has a full-tang handle (same piece of steel from tip to base) for the highest strength, has a resin handle for ergonomics and durability, is ice hardened for blade strength and no-stain properties, and has undergone an 8-stage grinding and sharpening process to make the cutting edge super sharp.  I value all of those traits!

I also used the vanilla extract from sponsor Rodelle [4]. It’s high quality, and preferred by many bakers. Give it a sniff and you will be sold. Vanilla so enhances anything with apple in it; it’s a natural pairing.


Chopping apples for Applesauce for One

Today’s apple recipe is part of Apple Week, which goes on through Saturday, with 200+ recipes from 40+ bloggers, all of us apple fans. Check out the list of today’s recipes right after my recipe. Of course there’s a giveaway as well, so please make sure you enter the giveaway, and join me in following Swiss Diamond on Facebook [5], Twitter [6], Pinterest [7], Instagram [8], and YouTube [9].

Quick Applesauce for One

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Quick Applesauce for One

QUICK APPLESAUCE FOR ONE: Chop an apple finely, microwave it briefly, mash, sprinkle with cinnamon and you have super fast applesauce for one person.You don’t need to open a big jar when you just need a bit of applesauce for your morning oatmeal or for dinner with a pork chop or sausage.


  • 1 apple (Fuji, or use your preferred variety)
  • Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used Rodelle Vanilla Extract [11])


  1. Quarter, core and peel the apple. Slice the quarters thinly into a microwave-safe bowl. Sprinkle with cinnamon to your liking -- 1/4 teaspoon or more -- and vanilla.
  2. Micro cook on high for 2-2 1/2 minutes (tested in a 1100-watt microwave). Test with tines of a fork; apples should "give." Remove from microwave and mash with a fork until chunky.
  3. Makes about 1/4-1/3 cup applesauce -- enough for one good serving!


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

This recipe was tested using a 1100-watt oven. If yours is more powerful, it might take less time; a less powerful oven will take more time.

Different varieties of apple may take differing amounts of time. Check at the 1-minute mark.

Do me a personal favor and don't use a Red Delicious apple. Pick something more flavorful and with a better texture! Fuji, Gala, any interesting heirloom variety you have access to.

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This post was originally published July 14, 2012. It has been revised and updated.