Sugar Free Applesauce

This applesauce requires less than an hour and 1 pan to prepare. This recipe is not only easy, but also sugar-free. Only apples, lemon, and cinnamon.

Nothing beats anything homemade, and homemade applesauce is no exception. Applesauce is the most straightforward recipe and perfect for cold autumn days.


There are a few tricks I will share with you to make the most delicious applesauce. First, you want to use sweet apples, not crispy green (sour) ones. Gala and Fuji apples are sweet and my favorites to make applesauce with. Apples vary in sweetness, so the sweetener in this recipe (maple syrup is optional). So for the sweetness, use this recipe as a guideline, and feel free to adjust to your taste.

The second trick is adding a few strips of lemon peel and/or lemon juice to the apples while cooking. The lemon peel will serve to intensify the taste of the apples and helps balance out the sweetness of the sauce. This applesauce will be the most comforting, refreshing, and delicious applesauce ever.

If you don’t wish to use any lemon juice or lemon peel, you can leave out the peel. Or replace both the lemon juice and peel with ascorbic acid (vitamin c) powder.

If you feel like making your applesauce a bit fancier, you can mix other fruit with the sauce, such as fresh cranberries, stalks of rhubarb, or plums. My favorite, however, is the classic applesauce.

If you have never tried homemade applesauce, this is an excellent recipe! The difference between homemade and store-bought applesauce is significant. I always buy organic apples, and I soak them in vinegar to remove any dirt or debris.

Did you know that applesauce also works very well as a vegan egg replacer? 

If you are going to make this recipe, I would love to see your creations! Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @thegreencreator or by leaving a comment below.

Healthy Homemade Applesauce
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Healthy Homemade Applesauce

Sugar Free Applesauce

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  • Author: The Green Creator
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: about 1 jar 1x
  • Category: dip, sauce,
  • Method: stovetop
  • Diet: Vegan


This applesauce requires less than an hour and 1 pan to prepare. This recipe is not only easy, but also sugar-free. Only apples, lemon, and cinnamon.


  • about 5 to 7 apples, depending on the size, peeled, cored, and quartered
  • 1 strips of lemon peel (use a vegetable peeler to strip, zest only, not the pith)
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 3 teaspoons of lemon juice (more or less to taste)
  • cinnamon to taste
  • optional: a tablespoon of maple syrup (if the apple sauce turns out too sweet add more lemon juice)


  1.  Soak the apples in vinegar and water for a couple of hours. This is a good method to remove any coating/chemicals. Once they have soaked, rinse very well, or the applesauce will taste a bit like apple vinegar.
  2. Slice the apples into pieces, and remove the cores and any leaves. You can either remove the skin (soaking in vinegar is not needed then) or leave the skin on because you will blend the applesauce later, and no pieces of skin are even noticeable, but feel free to peel if you prefer.
  3. Put all the apples in a large pot on the stove with a bit of water (less than half a cup), lemon juice, lemon peel, and cinnamon to taste. I usually add a few tablespoons of cinnamon to a pot.
  4. Cook the apples on medium heat until completely soft. The time can vary.
  5. When the apples are soft, and the skin starts to fall off, turn off the heat and let the apples cool off. Remove the lemon peels and use either a blender or hand blender to puree the apples until totally smooth. Optionally, you could add the maple syrup now, but the applesauce could already be sweet enough. Add a teaspoon of maple syrup if needed.
  6. Pour the applesauce into jars.


This applesauce can also be frozen or kept in the fridge for up to a month.

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