Homemade Unsweetened Applesauce

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.

This is a super simple Unsweetened Applesauce that is homemade and better than any store-bought brand. It can be eaten as a healthy snack or used in oil-free baking.

glass mason jar with lid filled with homemade sugar-free applesauce with a basket of apples.

Making homemade unsweetened applesauce is delicious because it captures the natural sweetness and rich flavor of fresh apples without any added sugars. It’s also healthy, providing a good source of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants while avoiding the preservatives and artificial ingredients often found in store-bought varieties.

We use this applesauce to make these delicious vegan applesauce muffins and even dairy-free healthy carrot cake.

Applesauce for baking

Many people don’t even know that applesauce is a great oil and butter replacer in many baking recipes. I use it in my banana oat pancakes and sugar-Ffree chocolate vegan cake. It helps recipes to be moist and naturally sweetened.

Oftentimes, I get messages from people telling me that they can’t find applesauce in their area or that there is no unsweetened applesauce to be found. Since it’s so easy to make at home, that doesn’t even have to be a problem.

overhead photo of bowl of homemade unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon sticks

Best apples for unsweetened applesauce

The main ingredient in homemade applesauce is apples, so using a sweet variety is best. Some great options are Gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious, and Honey Crisp though others can also be used. You’ll definitely want to avoid the more tart varieties.

How to make unsweetened applesauce

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

Making your own homemade sugar-free applesauce is really easy. Start by choosing 3-4 medium-sized sweet apples such as gala, fuji, golden delicious, or another variety.

apple being peeled on wooden cutting board with other apples

Peel and core each of the apples and slice them into chunks. Some people leave the peels on, but I prefer to peel mine to keep the finished product nice and smooth.

I am often asked which knives I use personally, and I have to say that it is Victorinox. They are the same company that makes Swiss Army Knives and the quality is excellent.

Place the prepared apples in a large saucepan or stockpot along with the water and lemon juice.

stockpot filled with diced and peeled apples

Cook over medium heat for approximately 30-40 minutes until the apples become nice and soft. You’ll want to keep a close eye on them and stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Once they are finished, use a masher or fork to get to the right consistency, or place the cooked apples in a blender and puree until nice and smooth.

If desired add a little cinnamon or even maple syrup before serving as a snack. It is also often used as a baby starter food.

homemade applesauce in white fancy bowl with apples in background

Pro tips for making unsweetened applesauce

  • Apple types- Any sweet variety of apples works well for this recipe. Even tart apples will work if you desire.
  • Measurements- 1 medium apple equals a little over a cup diced.
  • Make it last- Lemon juice helps keep the color and helps it to last longer.
  • Money saver- Applesauce is a great option when you have apples on hand that need to be used quickly.
  • Sweetener- If needed, a little maple syrup can be added to sweeten it up a bit.
applesauce in brown bowl on wooden table

Great recipes to use applesauce in

For those of you new to the whole food plant-based lifestyle, we’ve created a FREE 7-Day Plant-Based Menu Planner to help you get started!

If you try this recipe, please let us know how you like it by rating it and leaving a comment. We love to hear from you!

Want to Save This Recipe?

Enter your email & I’ll send it to your inbox. Plus, get great new recipes from me every week!

Save Article

By submitting this form, you consent to receive emails from EatPlant-Based

homemade unsweetened applesauce in jar with lid surrounded by red apples
5 from 1 vote

Homemade Unsweetened Applesauce

A super simple unsweetened applesauce that is homemade and better than any store-bought brand. It can be eaten as a healthy snack or used in oil-free baking.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 cups

Ingredients 

  • 4 sweet apples
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon optional

Instructions

  • Start by choosing 3-4 medium-sized sweet apples such as gala, fuji, golden delicious, or another variety.
  • Peel and core each of the apples and slice them into chunks. Some people leave the peels on, but I prefer to peel mine to keep the finished product nice and smooth.
  • Place the prepared apples in a large saucepan or stockpot along with the water and lemon juice.
  • Cook over medium heat for approximately 30-40 minutes until the apples become nice and soft. You’ll want to keep a close eye on them and stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  • Once they are finished, use a masher or fork to get to the right consistency, or place the cooked apples in a blender and puree until nice and smooth.
  • If desired add a little cinnamon or even maple syrup before serving as a snack. It is also often used as a baby starter food.

Video

Notes

Pro tips for making unsweetened applesauce
  • Any sweet variety of apple works well for this recipe. Even tart apples will work if you desire.
  • 1 medium apple equals a little over a cup diced.
  • Lemon juice helps keep the color and helps it to last longer.
  • Applesauce is a great option when you have apples on hand that need to be used quickly.
  • If needed, a little maple syrup can be added to sweeten it up a bit.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 4kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g

Disclaimer

To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information provided is accurate, complete, and useful.

Please rate & share if you like this!Leave a comment or share on Pinterest or Instagram

About Terri Edwards

Hi guys! I am the content creator behind EatPlant-Based and a licensed Food for Life instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. I am passionate about sharing healthy recipes and tips to empower others to get healthy.  I’m so glad you’re here! Read More…

Similar Posts

2 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating