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Homemade Unsweetened Applesauce

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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.

homemade unsweetened applesauce in jar with lid surrounded by red apples

If you’ve never tasted warm, naturally sweet cooked apples before, that needs to change right now. They are so simple to make and loaded with delicious flavor. Homemade applesauce is great for using in baking too!

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 Applesauce Muffins and Sugar-Free 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.

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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

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.

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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

  • 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.
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homemade unsweetened applesauce in jar with lid surrounded by red apples

Homemade Unsweetened Applesauce

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

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.

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. Start by choosing 3-4 medium-sized sweet apples such as gala, fuji, golden delicious, or another variety.
    2. 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.
    3. Place the prepared apples in a large saucepan or stockpot along with the water and lemon juice.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.

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.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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