Homemade Unsweetened Applesauce
Homemade unsweetened applesauce is a wonderful way to add natural sweetness and moisture to your baking recipes especially if you want to reduce your intake of refined sugar.
Originating from European and North American cuisine applesauce has been known to be typically served with meat. However, there are so many ways you can use applesauce to spice up your meals. It can be used in baking to make naturally sweet treats, used as toppings, as dressings and also as an egg substitute to replace the fat in baked goods.
Why is Homemade Unsweetened Applesauce Good for You?
This homemade unsweetened applesauce recipe is low in calories and fat. Even though this recipe is unsweetened it is still quite high in sugar (imagine how much sugar there is in sweetened applesauce!). However, this is natural sugar called fructose and when consumed as a whole fruit, it has very little effect on sugar levels. The fibre in the apples slow down the absorption of sugar and aid digestion.
Making your own recipes at home are so much healthier and tastier than store bought packaged versions. There are no extra food enhancers, salt, sugar or fat content added to promote flavour. Instead, it is packed with unprocessed products that make it a lot better for your health.
On top of that it is inexpensive and super easy to make. You can store it in the fridge for 7-10 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
This recipe is also good for you because it is;
- Suitable for vegans or vegetarians
- Gluten Free
- Low in fat and calories
- A great ingredient to use in baking instead of eggs
What You’ll Need
Rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre and contain vital antioxidants that help neutralise free radicals. They may contribute to fullness and reduced calorie intake and also help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
High in vitamin C which assists with immune system health and also reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. Lemons may also help to control weight, protect against anemia, cancer and prevent kidney stones.
High in medicinal properties, cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and is also an anti-inflammatory that helps fight bacterial, fungal infections and lowers blood sugar levels. Cinnamon may also protect against cancer, have beneficial effects on neurodegenerative diseases and may help fight HIV virus.
Relieves pain, detoxifies the body, boosts skin health and improves circulation.
Dissolves vitamins and minerals which make them more accessible in the body and helps remove waste products.
How to Make Homemade Unsweetened Applesauce
Firstly, peel and core the apples and cut into 1 inch cubes. You can leave the skins on for more texture or remove them all for a smoother sauce. I like to remove some of the skins and leave some too.
Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and put it on a high heat. Bring to boil then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with the lid. Stir occasionally to check and make sure that the apples are not sticking to the bottom of the saucepan. Add a little bit of water if the apples are not cooked yet and the pot is almost dry.
Simmer for 20 minutes or until the apples are super soft and the water has almost evaporated.
When the apples are cooked put them into a food processor or use a hand held immersion blender to make the smooth sauce. Transfer the sauce to a sealed container or jar.
How to Store and Make ahead
Homemade applesauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 7-10 days. You can also freeze for up to 2 months and use it at a later date. Once the applesauce has thawed refrigerate and do not refreeze.
If you try this homemade unsweetened applesauce recipe or have a comment then feel free to leave a rating and let me know. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make, thanks!
Homemade Unsweetened Applesauce
- Saucepan or skillet
- Blender / Food Processor / Hand held immersion blender
- 450g apples peel and core the apples, leave some skins on if you wish
- 1 slice of lemon
- 1/3 tsp cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- 1/2 cup water
- Peel and core the apples and cut into 1 inch cubes. You can leave the skins on for more texture or remove them all for a smoother sauce. I like to remove some of the skins and leave some too.
- Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and put it on a high heat. Bring to boil then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with the lid. Stir occasionally to check and make sure that the apples are not sticking to the bottom of the saucepan. Add a little bit of water if the apples are not cooked yet and the pot is almost dry.
- Simmer for 20 minutes or until the apples are super soft and the water has almost evaporated.
- Remove the lemon rind from the pot then put the apples into a food processor or use a hand held immersion blender to make the smooth sauce. Transfer the applesauce to a sealed container or jar.
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