Homemade Sugar Free Applesauce

Updated October 2016

There's nothing like simmering homemade applesauce to fill the entire house with a wonderful fall spice aroma.  This is a very simple and healthy recipe that's great to make as a Saturday project with the kids.  Put them to work peeling the apples and you can cut and core them, or let them run the old fashioned apple peeling machine if you have one (see photo at bottom of recipe).

The mixture of sweet Red Delicious and tart Granny Smiths allow you to skip the common practice of adding sugar. I like the chunky style because the sweet and tart mixture makes every chunk a tasty surprise.  Sometimes it’s sweet and the next time it’s tart.  Applesauce is a tasty side dish that goes great with meals.  It's also nice as a snack or desert.

Reasons that this Recipe is Eco Friendly

  • Zero waste, buy in bulk using reusable bags, no disposable packaging
  • Buy locally grown fruit in season to minimize transportation emissions from heavy jars or cans
  • Use organic apples for no pesticides and chemical fertilizers

Reasons that this Recipe is Healthy

  • Fresh apples for highest vitamin and antioxidant content
  • No refined sugar, preservatives or pesticides if using organic apples
  • No toxic BPA lined cans or jar lids

6 medium sized Granny Smith apples
3 medium sized Red Delicious apples
Cinnamon to taste (optional)

Recipe Summary:
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Makes 4 cups

Kitchen Tools:
Large pot, knife and a vegetable peeler or apple peeling machine (see below)

Peel and core the apples, cut each into 6 to 8 pieces and put them into the pot.  Cover and cook on medium-low heat.  The apple will steam and begin to soften.  Stir occasionally and make sure the bottom doesn’t scorch.   The apples will release their natural juices as they simmer.  Just stir and continue cooking until most of the liquid has evaporated. This will take about 45 to 60 minutes.  Remove from the heat and stir with a spoon for a chunky texture.  You can run the chunky sauce through a food mill for smoother sauce.  Serve warm or cold, sprinkle on cinnamon if desired. 

A small batch like this should be stored in the refrigerator. It makes for a quick addition to meals during the week. We usually make large batches of sauce and can them using a water bath canner. It can also be frozen for longer keeping.

This great contraption fascinates most kids, and makes the process really fast.  The whole meal taste better when they know that they made the applesauce from scratch!