Sugar Free Applesauce: Simple and Healthy Recipe

If you have little kids, you may have to go through a huge amount of applesauce. But store-bought ones aren’t really healthy. Again, although there are a lot of sugar free applesauce recipes on the internet, I found only a few of them useful. So, today I’m here with the best version of the homemade sugar free applesauce recipe.

I love to prepare sugar free applesauce because it is pretty easy to prepare and the kids crave it. Another big advantage of this dish is it’s being sugar-free and healthy altogether. This dish makes a fantastic snack, just like the San Giorgio baked ziti. Apple and cinnamon make a classic and unmatchable flavor combo!

The first time I prepared this recipe, I was quite stunned to see how easy and fast it is to prepare it. Just a handful of ingredients and only 30 minutes of cooking time.

This applesauce goes fine with potato latkes, toast, or oatmeal and can be used in some of your favorite homemade baked goods!


  • Apples (3 pounds)
  • Nutmeg (1 pinch)
  • Cinnamon (1 teaspoon)
  • Lemon slices (2 thin slices)
  • Fresh water (1 and ½ cups)
  • To taste, salt (1/4 teaspoon)


  • To begin with, peel and core the apples at first. Then slice all the apples into around 1-inch cubes.
  • In a pot, add all the remaining ingredients and set the cooking temperature at high so that you can bring the ingredients to boil as soon as possible.
  • Cover the pot and take the temperature down to low.
  • Then keep simmering, stringing while cooking, for 18-22 minutes. Make sure the apples don’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Add more water if required. By this time, the apple will turn slightly soft.
  • Remove the lemon slices from the pot.
  • At last, use a food mill or potato masher to mash the softened apples. You will get a smoother consistency.

Then you can serve the sugar-free applesauce warm. You can also serve it when it cools down to room temperature.

Recipe Notes

  • If you like your applesauce slightly darker, don’t peel the apples. Although adding cinnamon alone suffice to make the sauce a bit darker, using apples without peeling will add to it.
  • So, if you don’t like the darker version, peel the apple as directed in the instructions and swap out cinnamon by all means.
  • If your preference is slightly sweet applesauce, please go ahead and add 2-4 tablespoons of granulated sugar to this recipe as you keep cooking.
  • Leave the skin on a few apples if you like the added taste in texture It offers.
  • The ideal serving option is to serve this recipe with potato latkes.

Tips and tricks

This special tip concerns the last step of the cooking directions. A blender or immersion will just do fine instead of the potato masher. In short, any of these options will yield slightly chunky and thick sauce.
If you blend them excessively, you will get a puree for sure. But if really you prefer this much smooth applesauce, you can blend away.
I like it a little less smooth, which gives me a little chunkier, more flavorful, and holds more texture.

Recipe Variation

If you are thinking about bringing some variations in his recipes, you have your options in an endless range.
You just have to swap apples out from this recipe and add any of your favorite fruits. I have tried a few unique variations of this applesauce recipe using strawberries, peaches, mango, and pears. But remember, your options are endless.

Storing options

You have to let the applesauce come to room temperature at first. Then you can either freeze it, or refrigerate it. You can even pressure can applesauce. But the canning process involves a lot of complexity, so you won’t need to go for pressure canning.

You will need an air-tight jar or container to store this dish. If you refrigerate it, it will last up to 7 days easily. But if you store it in the freezer, it can be stored for up to 60 days, if frozen.

Nutritional Information

It’s a sugar-free calorie and sodium-rich food item. Out of its 125.8 calories, only 3% comes from fat. So, it is a super healthy dish to prepare.

Nutrient Fact (Per 286-gram serving)ValueDaily Value
Calories125.8 (515.78 kJ)
Protein0.7g 1%
Carbohydrates33.5 g 11%
Dietary Fiber6g 23 %
Total Sugars3g 9%
Total Fat0.4 g0 %
Saturated Fat0.1 g0 %
Trans Fat0.001g
Polyunsaturated Fat0.003g
Monounsaturated Fat0g
Cholesterol76.5 mg0%
Sodium510mg 3%
Note:  Daily Value percentage is based on a 2,000-calorie diet a day.


Is sugar-free applesauce good for you?

There is nothing in sugar-free applesauce that renders it unhealthy. There is no added sugar or artificial colors in this recipe; the flavor you will get is all from the nutritious fruits and cinnamon. So, free to go ahead and make the applesauce without a second thought.

What happens if you eat too much applesauce?

There is nothing much worry about even if you eat applesauce in excess. But there are side effects of everything when it crosses the limit, right? For example, according to doctors, eating too much of this applesauce may contribute to rapid weight gain. Another thing is: the apple juice can damage tooth enamel, as apples are acidic.

So, it is wise to be careful with your kids so that they don’t eat too much.

This easy-peasy and quick homemade applesauce recipe is certainly ideal for making your kids happy on your hectic days. If you don’t like cane sugar, you have got to get this dish in the first place. Besides, it is also ideal for people with diabetics and low-carb people. Just don’t skip the salt in any way and you will get 10x better taste than the store-bought ones.

Don’t forget to share how sugar free applesauce recipe works out with you.

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