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How To Make The Best Homemade Applesauce With No Added Sugar

If you have never made Homemade Applesauce, you must give it a try this year!

It is one of the easiest recipes to make, and the taste is so much better than store-bought applesauce. Not to mention, you will know exactly what ingredients are used to make your sauce.

Although you can make it any time of the year, right now is the absolute best time to make your own applesauce.

The apples are ripe and ready for picking. That means that they are at their peak of natural sweetness. Therefore, you won’t even need to add sugar to your applesauce!

homemade applesauce
There is nothing better, or easier to make than homemade applesauce. Eat it fresh or freeze it for your enjoyment throughout the year.

What Apples Make the Best Homemade Applesauce?

But before you jump to the recipe, you must pick out what variety of apples to use. And although you could use any type of apple to make applesauce, there are some that are better to use than others.

In fact, it is best to use a combination of apples when making applesauce, rather than one single variety.

For the best texture, use Golden delicious apples. They have slightly less water content than other varieties. Therefore, the applesauce will hold up nicely and not be too watery when cooked down.

For taste, you can’t beat the flavor of Fuji, McIntosh, or Cortland apples. Because these varieties tend to be softer, they cook down easily and in less time.

Plus their sweetness level is just right for making homemade applesauce that is sugar-free.

There are many other types of locally grown apples that may be perfect to use in your geographical area. Therefore, be sure to check with your local orchard on what type of apples that they recommend.

3 Cooking Methods

So what is the best way to cook applesauce? Ask 10 different people and you are likely to get 10 different answers.

To start, you must decide if you want to peel the apples or not. Some people like to leave the peels on the apples, and some don’t. The choice is really up to you.

Our family prefers the texture of applesauce better when we peel the apples. So to make things easier we use an apple peeler, corer, slicer to prepare the apples.

And because the apples are cut in such thin slices they cook much faster.

However, if you prefer to keep the skins on the apples it is best to use a simple apple corer/slicer. Although the wedges will be thicker, the increased cooking time required to break down the apple wedges will also help break down the skins as well.

apple corer and wedger
If you prefer, you can leave the skins on the apples and use an apple corer/wedger to cut the apples. The thick apple wedges will require a little longer cook time but this will also help the skins to break down during the cooking process as well.

Now that the apples are ready, it is time to get cooking! Here are our three favorite methods for making homemade applesauce.

*Complete recipe instructions including specific measurements, cook temperatures and times are located in a printable recipe card at the bottom of this article. However, be sure to keep reading for helpful tips and tricks when making this recipe.

1. Stovetop Method

The traditional method to make homemade applesauce includes cooking the apples in a large pot on the stove.

All that is required is a little water in the bottom of the pan. This helps prevent the apples from burning and sticking to the bottom surface.

However, you don’t need to add a lot of water. Once the apples begin to cook down, they release their own natural juices. Therefore, don’t add too much water because the applesauce will end up too watery.

2. Slow Cooker

One of our favorite ways to make homemade applesauce is in a slow cooker.

There is nothing better than walking into the house and smelling the aroma of cooked apples filling the air.

Plus, they cook down so well that sometimes you don’t even need to puree them.

Our 6 quart Crock Pot makes the perfect applesauce in about 2-3 hours. We can even program our slow cooker to turn the cooking time off but keep the applesauce warm until we get home.

apples in crock pot
Peeled, sliced and cored apples in a crock pot ready to be made into the best homemade applesauce. And as an added bonus, your house will smell delicious the minute that you walk in the door!

3. Instant Pot

But the absolute fastest way to make homemade applesauce is to use an electric pressure cooker, such as an Instant Pot.

With just 7 minutes of cooking time you can have applesauce on the table in less than 15 minutes!

When we are in a hurry, or if we are looking for a quick, healthy side dish to serve at dinner, this is our preferred cooking method.

Once the apples are nice and soft, you can keep them chunky to make a thick sauce. Or you can use an immersion blender or high speed blender to make thin and smooth sauce.

Also you can add in a little cinnamon if you prefer. The choices are really up to you and your family’s preferences.

However, whatever method you choose to use, do yourself a favor and take advantage of all those fresh apples this season to make the best homemade applesauce that you have ever had.

Not only is the applesauce great to serve as a side dish or dessert, it is also a great to use as a substitute for oil in many cake, cookie, and brownie recipes.

Plus, applesauce freezes well and can be enjoyed for months! Just ladle the sauce in freezer safe containers to be enjoyed throughout the year. Just be sure to leave a 1/2 inch headspace if using mason jars to allow for expansion during the freezing process.

And if you are looking to can a large batch of your homemade applesauce check out our Secrets To Canning Applesauce Recipe.

Other Great Apple Recipes


Mary and Jim

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Yield: 1.5 quarts

Homemade Applesauce Recipe

homemade applesauce no added sugar

Homemade applesauce is one of the easiest recipes to make. Find out how to make your own using 3 different cooking methods.

Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute


  • 10 large sweet apples
  • ½ cup of water
  • ¼ cup sugar, optional


  1. Wash your apples and then peel, core and slice them.

Stove Top

  1. Put your apples in a large stockpot. Add the water and sugar to the pot. Cook on medium-high heat for 20 minutes or until the apples are soft.

Slow Cooker

  1. Place your apples in the liner of your slow cooker. Add the water and sugar, if using to the pot.
  2. Cook on low for 2-3 hours or until the apples are soft.

Instant Pot/Ninja Foodi Electric Pressure Cooker

  1. Place the apples in the liner of your pressure cooker. Lock the lid in place and place valve in the Sealing position. Pressure Cook on HIGH pressure for 7 minutes. Allow to naturally release, or complete a slow controlled quick release of the pressure.

Use an immersion blender or potato masher to break down the apples to the desired consistency.


    You can also add ground cinnamon to the apples before or after cooking.

    Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

    Can easily be made into larger batches by doubling, tripling, or even quadrupling the recipe.

    Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

    Nutrition Information:



    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 4gSugar: 23gProtein: 0g

    Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.

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