Rhubarb Cherry Applesauce

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Although this Rhubarb Cherry Applesauce is unique compared to traditional applesauce I will say that the change in ingredients tastes great. If you love the tartness of rhubarb and the sweet taste of cherries and apples this is an applesauce you will want to try.

I’m always trying to come up with recipes to use the vast amount of rhubarb our one plant gives us every year. I don’t know if it’s because it was planted practically under the downspout on the side of our house or it just likes its home but it sure does give us an abundance of rhubarb without fail every year.

It got to the point where our freezer was starting to fill up with bags and bags of frozen rhubarb which I promised my wife I would make something with. Well 2 years later we still have beautiful rhubarb waiting to be used up plus the new crop we get this year.

Since the birth of our son we have started making our own fruit puree and it wasn’t until my mother was here that the idea of making Rhubarb applesauce came to my mind. I haven’t had a chance to get around to making it until the other day but I also added in some gorgeous cherries.

Since rhubarb is so tart I thought by adding apples, cherries, cinnamon and a bit of sugar it would really bring it to life. I was right! The end result was a gorgeous Rhubarb Cherry Applesauce which we’ve eaten topped with Greek Yogurt or Vanilla Yogurt.

We’ve also made Nicola’s Scottish pancakes and topped them with the Rhubarb Cherry Applesauce and yogurt and they were to die for. Our son polished a couple off himself.

You could use the Rhubarb Cherry Applesauce to make applesauce muffins, applesauce cake or even applesauce cookies which I might try for the little guy with some oats and raisins. Some recipes you might notice remove the butter and add an applesauce substitute to trim the fat and calories.




Making applesauce is dead easy so if you have lots of apples consider making it yourself. I chop up 4 apples, add a 1/4 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and sugar (desired amount) and let it cook down on the stove-top. It’s that easy to make applesauce hence the cheap price at the grocery store.

For this recipe I used 2 apples (we like Fuji or Delicious), pinch of salt, 4 cups fresh rhubarb, 2 cups of fresh pitted cherries (any variety). I added 1/2 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and 1/4 cup of sugar (adjust as needed).

This probably isn’t the applesauce recipe you will want if you are looking for a sugar-free applesauce unless you don’t mind the tart rhubarb taste. If so, eliminate the sugar in my recipe and substitute it with your own sweetness or leave it out.

All you need to do is cook the Rhubarb Cherry Applesauce mixture down for about 15- 20 minutes on high stirring frequently. I used my hand blender to blend it up and make it nice and smooth. It actually tasted better the next day as there was time to let the flavours come together.

The good thing about making applesauce at home is you know what goes into it. Some places may add any and all types of apples bruised or not. When you make homemade applesauce you can source the best apples and create a luscious or chunky sauce.

I’ve never thought about canning applesauce but you could certainly can this in jars so you have it for the year in your cold room. We do make a crab apple jelly so that might be a good time for us to can it all at the same time.

Last year I made a delicious Mixed Fruit Custard Crisp Square with rhubarb mixed in as well as Rhubarb Blueberry Sauce for my pancakes. Nicola also recently shared her Classic Rhubarb pie with Meringue Topping.

Below is a photo of the cherries we picked this past weekend at my father-in-laws house plus fresh rhubarb from our garden. The other pot has some chives, lettuce and spring onion from our garden as well.


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Rhubarb Cherry Applesauce
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If you love rhubarb, cherries and apples you will love what happens when you add all 3 ingredients into a pot and let it cook down with some spices. Delicious!!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 3 cups
  • 2 Fuji or Delicious apples peeled and hopped in chunks
  • 4 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
  • 2 cups of pitted fresh cherries
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • ½ cup cold water
  • pinch of salt
  1. This is a very simple applesauce.
  2. Peel the apples and chop them up before putting them in the pot
  3. Add the rhubarb chunks
  4. Add the pitted cherries
  5. Add the water, salt and cinnamon
  6. Cook on high for 15-20 minutes until soft
  7. Blend with the hand blender
  8. Refrigerate for a day for better taste
  9. Freeze into muffin tins for baby food fruit pucks if you'd like baby food.
  10. Can stay in the freezer for up to 3 months

Add this Rhubarb Cheery Applesauce on your favourite recipes or use as a dip or filler for baking and creating other recipes.

What are some of your favourite recipes with applesauce?


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  1. I use applesauce to make applesauce bars, potato pancake, and cinnamon apple rice. Been trying to experiment some recipes using applesauce. Some have turned out to be really delicious.

  2. I definitely try this one and I’m sure my daughter would love this!

  3. Christine Weadick says:

    I used to make apple sauce for the kids when they were babies but it was just apples and juice. I used apple juice in place of water. I would need the contents of a couple of trees to keep hubby in apple sauce here the way he goes through it. I did can some years ago when I had access to a load of apples. I just made it up and poured into the jars, 10 minutes in a boiling water canner…good to go. Anything I can, jams and such I always run through the boiling water canner for the sake of safety. Especially if it was for the Little Man…. Or freeze it in bags or containers.
    This does look yummy to try, I think with any fruit combination.

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