Homemade Unsweetened Applesauce Recipe

A few days ago I bought a bunch of apples, because I love apples. Unfortunately they turned out to be a little bit mealy. I like apples crisp, don’t you? Fuji and Honeycrisp are probably my favorites. Galas are good too. These were supposed to be Fuji but I think they were past their prime. In any case, I needed a way to use them up.

2 apples Homemade Unsweetened Applesauce Recipe

(Picture stolen from an old post of mine.)

So I made homemade unsweetened applesauce. It turned out to be super-sweet even though it has no added sweetener – just the way I like it!

Homemade Unsweetened Applesauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 5-6 apples, chopped in fourths
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

  1. Add chopped apples and water to a saucepan. Bring the water to a boil and let the apples boil for about 10 minutes.06 apples boiling 400x265 Homemade Unsweetened Applesauce Recipe
  2. Some apples may start to lose their skin. You can remove it if you like, and eat it for added fiber.05 apple skin fiber 400x265 Homemade Unsweetened Applesauce Recipe

    Mmmm…. Fiber.

  3. Add the cinnamon and vanilla extract and mix it around.
  4. Turn the heat down to low, leave the top off the pan, and simmer/low-boil for another 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat. Let the apples cool. If you don’t want the skin, you can peel it off once the apples are cool enough. I suggest leaving it on because I didn’t notice any odd flavor or texture from it.
  6. Puree the apple pieces + leftover water (there shouldn’t be that much) + skins (optional) in a food processor. They should blend easily and turn right into the perfect applesauce consistency.
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  7. Eat the homemade unsweetened applesauce!

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You will have to wait to see how else I used the applesauce from this homemade unsweetened applesauce recipe. It was delicious plain, but I do have one other use for it (it’s a dessert).

Do you like unsweetened applesauce? Have you ever made an unsweetened applesauce recipe from scratch? Also, why do people insist on sweetening fruity things – isn’t the fruit sugar sweet enough?

35 Comments on Homemade Unsweetened Applesauce Recipe

  1. Emily @ One Sweet Vegan
    10 January, 2011 at 6:56 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve never made applesauce. I always buy the unsweetened applesauce, but it tastes pretty bland. Your recipe looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it.

  2. melissa @ the delicate place
    10 January, 2011 at 7:32 pm (4 years ago)

    never made it but sometimes i microwave steam chopped apples and sprinkle cinnamon on them :)

  3. Abby
    10 January, 2011 at 8:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve never made applesauce, but I prefer Galas. I used to love Fujis, but now they taste a bit too watery and tame to me or something. And I think you know how I feel about sweet things, so no question I don’t try and make them sweeter.

    The kind of cool thing is that my company also owns a bunch of fruit/veg magazines, so everyone is really into the latest and greatest with new fruits. Sometimes they get sent new apple breeds that aren’t even in stores yet. It’s a little weird, but I just dig that people like fruit ;)

    • Maggie
      15 January, 2011 at 11:23 am (4 years ago)

      @Abby: That is awesome (re: new apples). I am always happy when I’m around people that get excited for fruits and veggies. You should check out the breed called Jazz apples – very very good. Crispy and exciting.

      • Abby
        15 January, 2011 at 12:48 pm (4 years ago)

        We’ve actually had Jazz apples around here for awhile–they’re not bad ;)

  4. sophia
    10 January, 2011 at 11:55 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh the color is gorgeous! It looks like butternut squash puree! :-)

  5. Krista
    11 January, 2011 at 12:11 pm (4 years ago)

    My 3 fave apples are the same as yours! And I love homemade apple sauce. It’s so easy to make…

    • Maggie
      15 January, 2011 at 11:24 am (4 years ago)

      @Krista: Check out Jazz apples too! I just discovered them 2 days ago. SO good. They’re similar to Fuji.

  6. Cindy
    11 January, 2011 at 5:36 pm (4 years ago)

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhh I do love crisp juicy apples and not mushy ones BLECH.

    I make apple sauce for JJ in my crock pot.

    Just cube them (skin or not) and add a can of crushed pineapple, butter and brown sugar if you want, vanilla and tons of cinnamon and let it be.

    OMG.
    YUM.
    it never lasts long.

    • Maggie
      15 January, 2011 at 11:25 am (4 years ago)

      @Cindy: Oh my gosh I will have to try that. I bet Bobby would go crazy for it!

  7. Melleah
    12 January, 2011 at 11:45 am (4 years ago)

    My favorite apples are Honeycrisp and Ida Reds. I make my own applesauce, too– it’s great mixed into my morning bowl of oatmeal.

    • Maggie
      15 January, 2011 at 11:27 am (4 years ago)

      @Melleah: Oo I will have to check out Ida Reds. I’ve never heard of them.

  8. Haughty by Nature
    13 January, 2011 at 7:34 am (4 years ago)

    I can’t wait to try this! I have been wanting to substitute applesauce for eggs in my baking, and this seems like a good place to start.

    I think people sweeten already delicious things like fruit because “foods” like Sweet & Low have warped our tastebuds into thinking something has to but SUPER sweet to taste good. Thanks for posting this!

    • Maggie
      15 January, 2011 at 11:28 am (4 years ago)

      @Haughty by Nature: I totally agree! People are conditioned now to think that everything has to be ridiculously sweet. Honestly, I prefer things unsweetened most of the time! I grew up not using much sugar though, so I suppose I am used to it ;)

  9. Biz
    13 January, 2011 at 5:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Apple picking in the fall was one thing my daughter and I did all the time – and I made homemade applesauce and canned it – so good using fresh apples!

    Thanks for all your recipes on my giveaway – good luck, I’ll be picking a winner tomorrow! :D

    • Maggie
      15 January, 2011 at 11:30 am (4 years ago)

      @Biz: I love apple picking. I missed it this past fall but will definitely go this year! It’s something I always used to do with my mom too. Thanks again for the giveaway! It’s funny that we seem to win each other’s :)

  10. Anna
    15 February, 2011 at 11:05 pm (4 years ago)

    Approximately how much applesauce did this yield? Great recipe post!

  11. Maggie
    16 February, 2011 at 10:19 am (4 years ago)

    @Anna: It made maybe 3 cups? It was a decent amount.

  12. Andrew
    4 May, 2011 at 7:35 am (3 years ago)

    Great Post and quality information!

  13. Sali
    26 September, 2011 at 6:32 am (3 years ago)

    Nice pic. great post. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try this recipe. : )

  14. Amanda
    1 October, 2011 at 1:59 pm (3 years ago)

    mmmmmm tried this recipe with some fresh apples I picked and had no idea what to do with. Delicious! I will be using part of the applesauce recipe to make low fat buttermilk apple bran muffins :)

  15. Celina
    2 October, 2011 at 8:51 pm (3 years ago)

    I just made this recipe and it’s more delicious than any store-bought sweetened kind! Thanks for posting :)

  16. Jan wood
    22 November, 2011 at 1:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for the recipe. It was divine! I used the left over juice from boiling to make an incredible small glass of unsweetened apple juice-added a little stevia and it was wonderful!

  17. zane
    25 November, 2011 at 12:26 pm (3 years ago)

    How long and how can I store it?

  18. Kelly
    28 January, 2012 at 8:57 am (3 years ago)

    Thanks for the recipe. I’ve made it three times now. I’ve found that 2 apples makes a cup of applesauce. I just smoosh mine with a potato masher ’cause I like the chunkiness of it. I’ve only used it recipes, one for dressing in a slaw and the other two (this is when I discovered that 2 apples makes one cup not two and had to make a second batch – which was so easy to do!) for buttermilk oat apple muffins, just like Amanda.

    My husband did eat the leftovers from the slaw and said it was delicious. I ate the big peels that escaped becoming sauce – HOLY MOLY YUM Batman! Seriously delish. I will never buy applesauce from the store again.

    Also, I totally agree with you on the sweet front. Things these days are way too sweet. I made a compote that called for 1/2 of sugar. I put it two tbsps of honey, and even that is too sweet. Next time, I will slowly sweeten to cut the edge off the berries so I don’t go over board. :)

    Thanks again!

  19. Maggie
    3 February, 2012 at 6:12 pm (3 years ago)

    @Kelly: Thanks for the great feedback! I should try the potato masher idea because I love it chunky as well. And I have never tried it as a dressing – I’ve used applesauce in baking to make things lower in calories but never dressing before.

  20. amber
    18 September, 2012 at 3:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Can’t wait to try this!

  21. Chris
    30 September, 2013 at 2:03 pm (1 year ago)

    This recipe is fantastic! I will save this and make it for years to come. Exactly what I was looking for — a healthy homemade cinnamon apple sauce recipe. Thanks!

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