If you’ve never made your own applesauce, you’re missing out! It’s one of those foods that tastes better homemade than store-bought.
Plus, it’s super simple to make! Our 3-ingredient applesauce requires just 25 minutes and 1 pan to prepare. And it’s made without any added sugar. Just apples, lemon, and cinnamon. Let’s do this!
How to Make Applesauce
We told you it’s easy, but “How easy?” you might ask!
- Peel and chop apples. You don’t even need to peel them if that’s more your style!
- Add to a saucepan with cinnamon.
- Cook 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Mash with a spoon or potato masher and add lemon juice.
Best Apples for Applesauce
We prefer applesauce that doesn’t need any sugar added. Honeycrisps (or other sweet varieties) work well for creating a naturally sweet sauce.
For a tart applesauce, you can choose Granny Smith apples instead.
We hope you LOVE this applesauce. It’s:
Great for freezing
& SO delicious!
It’s incredible by the spoonful but would also pair well with coconut yogurt, vegan vanilla ice cream, coconut whipped cream, oats, waffles, pancakes (or vegan pancakes), and so much more! We think you could even use it as an alternative topping for our Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tart.
Recipes with Applesauce
Some of our vegan baking recipes use applesauce as an egg replacement. To use this homemade applesauce in such recipes, we recommend puréeing into a smoother texture.
- Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts
- 1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake
- 1-Bowl Chocolate Zucchini Bread
- 1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Carrot Cake
- 1-Bowl Carrot Apple Muffins (Vegan + GF)
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3-Ingredient Applesauce (No Sugar Added)
Unbelievably simple applesauce made right on the stovetop with 3 ingredients. Ready in less than 30 minutes, no added sugar, delicious applesauce every time.
- 2 medium honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored, and chopped in bite-size pieces (sweet apples are best // for tart applesauce, use Granny Smith // organic when possible)
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (plus more to taste)
- 1 tsp lemon juice (for preserving / keeping fresh longer)
To a medium saucepan add apples and cinnamon. Cover and cook over medium heat until it simmers, then reduce heat to low / medium-low and continue cooking until the apples are tender and very slightly caramelized — about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Once cooked, add lemon juice and stir. Then use the back of your spoon or a potato masher to mash into a loose sauce. You could also blend in a food processor for smoother texture (optional).
Enjoy fresh, or store cooled leftovers in the refrigerator up to 4-5 days, or in the freezer up to 1 month. We enjoy it cold, but it could also be heated in the microwave or on the stovetop over low heat until hot.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 4 quarter-cup servings)
- Calories: 21
- Potassium: 45mg
- Carbohydrates: 5.7g
- Fiber: 0.5g
- Sugar: 4g
- Vitamin A: 26IU
- Vitamin C: 2.31mg
- Calcium: 1.71mg
- Iron: 0.1mg