Unsweetened Applesauce Recipe

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I use applesauce in a lot of my baking and you will be surprised at how easy it is to make at home! 

The great thing about making your own applesauce is that you can control the sweetness. I’ve never been able to find an unsweetened brand of applesauce in supermarkets or health shops, and apples are naturally sweet so I don’t see the need to add more sugar. 

Applesauce is an excellent substitution for things like oil, butter and eggs. It adds loads of moisture to bakes and is perfect in things like cakes, muffins and cookies. Using applesauce also adds natural sweetness which means you can reduce the amount of added sugar which is a bonus! 

I love using applesauce, especially in autumnal and winter recipes. Paired with cinnamon you can make the most delicious and comforting bakes. 

Another way to use applesauce is to add a couple of tablespoons to your morning porridge. I don’t know about you but I find myself eating porridge almost every morning now that the weather is getting cooler! I try to avoid using sweeteners, especially so early on in the day, so adding something like applesauce is a great way to sweeten porridge naturally while adding lots of extra fibre and nutrients. 


Applesauce as a substitute for oil/butter:

Applesauce works great as a substitute for oil or butter, bearing in mind the texture of your baked goods may be slightly different. It gives a softer and sweeter finish. And if you’re substituting for butter you’ll obviously lose the buttery taste.

Generally, when substituting applesauce for oil in baking, use a 1:1 ratio. So if a recipe calls for 1/4 cup oil, substitute that with 1/4 cup applesauce. However, this is not always the case, when baking cookies for example. You may need to use slightly less applesauce to make sure the cookies are not too soft.

If you’re not 100% keen on the texture that applesauce gives you when baking, you could always use half the amount of oil and substitute the other half for applesauce instead of substituting the whole amount.

Apples are high in vitamins, minerals and fibre which make them a much more nutritious option compared to oil and butter.

1/4 cup Applesauce

25 calories

1/4 cup Sunflower oil

480 calories

1/4 cup Butter

400 calories

Applesauce as a substitute for eggs:

Applesauce can also be used as a substitution for eggs, if you’re vegan or can’t eat eggs. Generally speaking, you can substitute one egg for 1/4 cup applesauce.


 Here’s how to make unsweetened applesauce recipe

Unsweetened Applesauce Recipe
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  1. 4 medium apples
  2. 1/2-1 cup (118ml-235ml) water
  3. 1/2 tsp cinnamon*
  4. 1 tbsp lemon juice*
  5. *You don't have to add cinnamon or lemon if you don't want to. I choose to do it simply because it adds more taste and complements the flavour of the apples.
  2. Core and chop your apples - I chose to keep the skins on, but you can peel the apples if you prefer.
  3. Add the apples to a saucepan along with the cinnamon and lemon juice.
  4. Add the water - starting with 1/2 cup (118ml). Add more if needed during cooking.
  5. Bring the water to a boil, reduce, cover then leave to simmer for 25-30 minutes until the apples are soft.
  6. Mash the apples using a potato masher or you could blend using a hand blender.
  7. Leave to cool completely then transfer into a jar/container and store in the fridge.
  1. This recipe makes enough to fill a 500g jar.
  2. Store in the fridge for up to a week.
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  1. Hi Nadia!
    Thank you a bunch for sharing this great and easy to make recipe. I use it now to make my favorite oatmeal bars which I am addicted to. I think you fueled my craving for them more than ever now!

  2. This recipe turned out great! Very simple to make. I’m using the applesauce for a Unsweetened Vegan muffin recipe that calls for it.

    Thank you again Nadia.

    1. I’ve never tried freezing it – never lasts more than a few days in my house πŸ˜› but I don’t see why you couldn’t freeze it. If I had extra I would freeze it.

  3. Thank you for this recipe.
    Lovely, simple to make tasty recipe. We’ve used it on Brussels sprouts to encourage our LO’s to eat them and really lovely in healthy banana oat cookies and low calorie mini apple muffins we make for treats. πŸ™‚

    1. I like the sound of those treats! πŸ˜€ Never thought of trying it with sprouts, but it sounds amazing! Have to give it a go πŸ˜‰

  4. Yes, this applesauce recipe can be frozen.
    -Cook as in the recipe but don’t put in the cinnamon until your ready to defrost and use it as the cinnamon will loose it’s flavour a bit in the freezing process.
    -Allow the sauce to cool.
    -Put it in a airtight freezer container and leave about an inch space between sauce and the lid.
    -It can be then frozen for up to a year.
    I double checked with food safety and they confirmed this.
    Hope this helps. πŸ™‚

  5. This looks like a winner Nadia, I’m trying to cut back on the amount of sugar in my son’s diet as it’s affecting his behaviour, so I’m going to try out some of your suggestions. It’s great that you’ve given such clear advice…

  6. This is perfect!! I recently got a lot of apples from apple picking. Was wondering how I was going to use them when I came across this recipe!! Thanks a lot:)

  7. This applesauce looks beautiful Nadia! Love how great it is at substituting other ingredients! I can’t wait to use it instead of oil when I next bake a cake! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Thank you for this Great Recipe! It was easy to make & delicious, with the extra apples I had. When I cook vegan for friends, I previously used store bought applesauce. Now that I see how easy it is, I’ll be using your recipe & tips. The substitution equivalents are very handy, & much appreciated. Have a lovely weekend!

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      I’ve never used a slow cooker, but it should work. I can’t tell you how long to cook it for though. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!

  9. This might seem like a daft question, but what kind of apples would you use. Any kind of eating apples? Or specifically cooking apples like Bramley?

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      You can use any kind of apple, but the sweeter the apple, the sweeter your applesauce, so it’s unitarily up to you πŸ™‚

  10. Hi Nadia,
    I am looking to use unsweetened applesauce to make granola. Once the granola is baked, do you still need to keep it in the fridge because of the applesauce?

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