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unsweetened applesauce recipe

Homemade Unsweetened Applesauce

How to make a simple and delicious homemade applesauce with no added sugar! Perfect for after school snacks or for baking.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Serves: 2 cups
Calories: 461kcal


Unsweetened Applesauce Recipe

  • 32 ounces (907 g) Apples 4-5 Medium Apples - peeled, cored and sliced
  • 4 ounces (113 g) Apple Juice or water
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Optional (add as many or as little as you like)

  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 ounces (56 g) Brown Sugar
  • 2 ounces (56 g) Honey


  • Blender


Unsweetened Applesauce Instructions

  • Wash your apples in hot water to remove any dirt or wax from the outside of the apples.
  • Peel the skin off your apples and remove the core with an apple corer or use a knife to remove the core (see blog post for more info) If you are using a food mill you don't need to peel or core your apples.
  • Place your apples in a large pot and add in your apple juice or water. Your apples should be barely covered. Add more apple juice if needed. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce your heat to medium and let your apples simmer until they are fork-tender or you can crush them easily with the flat side of the fork (about 15 minutes)
  • Strain your apples and discard the liquid.
  • Use an immersion blender or blender to blend your apples to your desired consistency.
  • Add in your cinnamon and stir. Taste your applesauce. If you would like it sweeter or spicier you can add in honey, sugar or other spices that you like.
  • Once you've added everything in, let your applesauce cool before refrigerating, freezing or canning.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 461kcal (23%) | Carbohydrates: 122g (41%) | Protein: 1g (2%) | Fat: 1g (2%) | Saturated Fat: 1g (5%) | Sodium: 16mg (1%) | Potassium: 580mg (17%) | Fiber: 11g (44%) | Sugar: 104g (116%) | Vitamin A: 245IU (5%) | Vitamin C: 24mg (29%) | Calcium: 61mg (6%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)