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sugar free applesauce
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Sugar Free Applesauce

This sugar free applesauce recipe uses only four ingredients, apples, cinnamon, lemon juice, and water. This recipe provides you with three methods (stovetop, slow cooker, and instant pot) to make your own homemade applesauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 48kcal
Author: Alison Corey

Ingredients

  • 8 apples peeled and cored I like to use a combination of Granny Smith and Gala apples.
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

Stovetop Instructions

  • Peel and core your apples. The apple peeler and corer will speed up the process, but you can also cut and core your apples using a pairing knife. Cut the apples into smaller chunks.
  • Combine the apples with cinnamon in a stockpot or dutch oven. Add ½ cup water.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and cover. Cook for 25-30 minutes on low heat. Apples will be broken down but still a bit chunky.
  • Remove from heat. Add lemon juice. For chunky applesauce mash with a potato masher or fork. For smooth applesauce use an immersion blender. Serve warm or cold.

Slow Cooker Instructions

  • Peel and core your apples. Use an apple peeler and corer to speed up the process or use a pairing knife. Chop into smaller chunks.
  • Add apples to slow cooker. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Stir to combine. Add ½ cup of water.
  • Set your slow cooker to high, and cook for 4 hours or until apples break down. Add lemon juice.
  • If your applesauce is chunkier than you like mash it with a potato masher or use an immersion blender for a smoother texture. Serve warm or cold.

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Peel and core your apples. Use an apple peeler and corer to speed up the process or use a pairing knife.
  • Add cinnamon, lemon, and water to the instant pot. Stir to combine. Add apples. Stir to combine.
  • Secure lid on the instant pot. Cook on manual (high heat) for 8 minutes. Allow the pressure to naturally release.
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl to cool. Add lemon juice. Stir to combine. Applesauce will be chunky. Mash with a potato masher, or use an immersion blender for a smoother texture. Serve warm or cold.

Notes

  1. Makes about 6 cups of applesauce.
  2. Serving size is ½ cup of applesauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 48kcal