Homemade Applesauce with no sugar added that is delicious and simple. Make it chunky or smooth, but it’s a guaranteed hit with the entire family.
I think it’s safe to say that my kids could LIVE off of apples – and especially applesauce. With six kids that love them, it’s something that I feel like I’m constantly buying.
We wanted to give it a go at trying a homemade version that wasn’t so full of sugar and ended up making a recipe that has been made three times now in the last week (no joke). With the help of some yummy apples and SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, we made a delicious applesauce recipe that has already been deemed a family-favorite.
This particular recipe was easy and tasty, but I especially loved that it wasn’t packed full of sugar. Even the hubby decided he wanted some and made his own batch the other day. He agreed it was better than any store bought version and couldn’t believe it didn’t have any sugar. The no sugar added apple juice and SPLENDA® Stevia Sweetener added the perfect amount of sweetness to this recipe.
Best Apples for Applesauce
Applesauce can pretty much be made from any apples, but we recommend picking a soft apple. They cook down faster and are perfect for this recipe. You can even use two of our favorite apples for even more flavorful applesauce.
The apples we have used and recommend include:
- Golden Delicious
We have family with apple trees, which means there are seasons where we have buckets and buckets of apples. Having this recipe on hand, you better believe we will be making applesauce weekly to have with breakfast, as an afternoon snack or in their lunches.
How to Make Applesauce
We are all about simple recipes, and this homemade applesauce recipe is just that! Plus, only 4 ingredients are needed: apples, no sugar added apple juice, apple pie spice and SPLENDA Naturals Stevia Sweetener.
Begin by peeling, coring and chopping your apples. From there, you will add them and the rest of the ingredients to a pot.
Cover and cook on low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent from sticking and until apples are tender.
From there you will mash the apples to be the consistency you desire. If you like chunky applesauce, you can leave it as is, or mash until it’s a little more smooth.
If you want super smooth applesauce, we recommend pouring this in batches into a blender or food processor and mixing until smooth. If it’s too thick, you may need to add just a bit more of the apple juice.
How to store applesauce? How long does it last?
We love making a large batch of applesauce to have through out the week. We recommend storing it in a jar or air-tight container in the fridge for 7-10 days. Mott’s recommends its applesauce to be used within 10 days of opening.
How to can applesauce?
It’s very easy to can applesauce if you have all the right tools. To can the sauce, be sure to sterilize everything first. Then, make the recipe as directed and then fill your jar with the sauce leaving about ½ inch at the top. Pat the jar down gently on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
Place the lids and rings onto the jars securely. We typically use a water bath canning method since we don’t have a pressure cooker and let the applesauce jar process in the water bath for about 20 minutes. Stored in a cool pantry, canned applesauce should be food for up to one year.
How to freeze applesauce?
Place our applesauce in a freezer-safe container or Ziploc bag and place in the freezer for up to 2 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight to let thaw and keep stored in the fridge. It should last up to 4 days after being thawed.
Best uses for applesauce
Applesauce isn’t just great for snacking, but we also like to use it in baking recipes as substitutes for butter, but especially for oil to make it a bit more healthy. When substituting applesauce for oil in baking, the ratio is typically 1:1, so if a recipe calls for ½ cup oil, you can ½ cup applesauce. Here are some of our favorite recipes to use applesauce in:
We sure love this recipe and will be making it often! Try it out and let us know what you think. 😉
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- 3 packets SPLENDA Naturals Stevia Sweetener
- 4 apples peeled, cored and chopped
- 1/4 cup apple juice no sugar added
- 1 tsp apple pie spice
- Place all ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes minutes or until apples are tender. Stir occasionally to prevent from sticking.
- Mash up to be the consistency you desire. For more chunky applesauce, mash less. For smooth applesauce, blend in blender.
- Serve warm or refrigerate until ready to serve.