You are going to love this sugar free applesauce recipe! It's so easy to make with just four ingredients including apples and cinnamon. This healthy applesauce is kid friendly and makes the perfect snack, dessert, or topping for meat dishes.
Why you will love this recipe:
- This homemade applesauce has the most amazing flavour!
- It's so easy and simple to make and only requires 4 ingredients.
- This applesauce recipe has no sugar added and is sweetened naturally from the apples.
- This applesauce is healthy, safe for babies, safe for dogs and safe for diabetics to eat.
- This applesauce is delicious enough to eat on its own, but can also be used for pork, or for making baked goods like cookies, muffins, cakes, pancakes and oatmeal.
- This applesauce freezes really well and is also great for canning.
- Besides being refined sugar free, this applesauce is also vegan, dairy free, gluten free, Whole30 and paleo.
Taste and texture:
This applesauce is slightly sweet and also has hints of cinnamon. You can make it smooth or chunky, depending on your preference.
Key ingredients and substitutions:
- Apples - any type of sweet red apple can be used to make this applesauce. I recommend using red apples rather than green apples. Since we are making this applesauce without sugar, green apples won't be sweet enough.
- Cinnamon - ground cinnamon is added to add a little more flavour to this applesauce. If you prefer your applesauce without cinnamon you can omit it from the recipe.
What are the best apples for making applesauce?
Any type of sweet red apple can be used to make applesauce from scratch. Some great options include Gala apples, Ambrosia apples, Pink Lady apples, Macintosh apples or Honeycrisp apples.
How to make:
First you will need to peel and chop the apples.
Next place a large pot on the stove and add a small amount of water to the pot (enough so you have about a centimetre of water in the bottom of your pot) and add the remaining ingredients to the pot.
Now allow the ingredients to come to a boil and let them simmer for about 20 minutes, until the apples are soft and break apart easily.
Then use your immersion blender and blend the ingredients until you have a smooth applesauce.
Tips and variations:
- To make this into organic applesauce, be sure to use all organic ingredients.
- If you have a lot of apples you can make a double or triple batch.
- This simple applesauce freezes really well and is also great for canning.
- Feel free to omit the cinnamon if you prefer plain applesauce.
- You can omit the vanilla extract if you don't have any.
- If you prefer apple puree to apple sauce, don't blend the apples as long so that it stays thicker and chunkier.
- If you prefer a really smooth applesauce, rather than using an immersion blender, blend it in your blender or food processor instead.
How to use:
You can use sugarless applesauce in so many ways including for serving pork, or for making other recipes such as muffins, pancakes, cookies, cakes, granola and oatmeal. You can also just eat the applesauce plain as a snack or for dessert.
How to store:
Store any leftover applesauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months.
Frequently asked questions:
Yes, diabetics can eat small amounts of sugar free applesauce.
Yes, dogs can have small amounts of sugar free applesauce. It's recommended that you make your own, but if you buy store bought applesauce just make sure it doesn't have any artificial preservatives or sugars that aren't safe for dogs to eat.
Yes, this is a vegan applesauce recipe.
You can, but it just won't turn out quite as creamy. If you do omit the coconut oil, add a bit more water to the pot.
Other recipes you will love:
- Apple crumble bars
- Healthy apple pie bars
- Apple pie overnight oats
- Healthy apple crumble
- Baked apple slices with caramel
- Turnip and apple casserole
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Sugar Free Applesauce
- Place a large pot on the stove on medium heat.
- Add a small amount of water to the pot (enough so you have about a centimetre of water in the bottom of your pot).
- Add the remaining ingredients to the pot.
- Bring to a boil and let simmer for ~20 minutes, until apples are soft and break apart easily.
- Use your immersion blender and blend the ingredients until smooth.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Save any leftover applesauce in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 7 days.
- This applesauce freezes really well.
- You can use any type of sweet red apples that you like for this recipe.
- You can omit both the vanilla extract and cinnamon if you prefer.