Simple Seasonal Food: Homemade Applesauce (sugar-free!)

I have an abundance of beautiful, heirloom apples stored for the season.  A favorite dish is homemade applesauce.  It’s rustic, full of flavor and has no added sugar.  When I make it I want to taste apples with their natural sweetness, not sweeteners that compete with the apples.  


Homemade Applesauce
6 apples, peeled, cored, chopped (using a variety of types will improve the depth of flavor)
½ cup water
½ apple cider (I use organic fresh pressed juice though any will do)
1 ½ teaspoon agave


1.       Peel and core apples.  Chop into preferred size pieces.  I put mine through the grater in the food processor.
2.      Place apples in a saucepan.  Add water, apple cider and agave.  Cover.
3.      Cook for 20 minutes on medium heat.  Turn off heat and let sit 10 minutes.  Mash to desired consistency (if you like it puree’d you can use an immersion blender or put mixture in the blender).  Can be eaten warm or chilled.
Alternative flavor idea:  instead of apple cider use another juice of your choice to change the flavor and compliment the apple flavor.  Cherry could be great!


  1. says

    Raw_Girl: Maybe try some honey? If the apples are sweet enough I think just using the apple cider would make them sweet enough.

    Lea Ann: I keep some apples in a small auxillary refridgerator but most in a box in the garage. Up until our current storm it has been cold enough but not too cold to risk freezing. We pulled them inside last night though!

  2. says

    I've never made my own applesauce before but you make it look so easy! I should try it.
    This entry reminds me of a movie from a while back… There is a mom who makes her own applesauce. Is it Look Who's Talking?

  3. says

    This reminds me of when I tried homemade applesauce a few months ago (and blogged about it). I TOTALLY botched it. So I am saving this recipe to try and hopefully succeed this time. :) Thanks!


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