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three jars of unsweetened apple sauce with a blue napkin and two cinnamon sticks

Unsweetened Applesauce

It's so simple to make Unsweetened Applesauce at home! All you need is apples, a bit of water, and cinnamon if you like. Make Instant pot apple sauce in just 10 minutes or make your applesauce on the stove top in a little bit more time. This recipe is freezer-friendly, and perfect to use in muffins, bars, and other recipes.

Course Preserves
Cuisine American
Keyword Applesauce, Instant Pot Apple Sauce, Unsweetened Applesauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 158 kcal
Author Katie Trant

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs apples cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon optional
US Customary - Metric

Instructions

Instant Pot Apple Sauce

  1. Core and slice your apples.

  2. Place the apple slices into your Instant Pot with 1/4 - 1/2 cup water.

  3. Set to manual high pressure for 10 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to come up to pressure.

  4. Once the pressure cooking cycle is complete, allow the Instant Pot to vent naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.

  5. Purée the applesauce using an immersion blender, or let cool slightly and transfer to a stand up blender to purée.

Unsweetened Applesauce (Stovetop Instructions)

  1. Place the cored sliced apples into a large heavy-bottomed pot with 1/2 cup water.

  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pot.

  3. Stir every few minutes to break up the apples and move them around.

  4. Continue cooking until the apples are very soft and starting to break down. This can take up to 30 minutes.

  5. Purée the applesauce using an immersion blender, or let cool slightly and transfer to a stand up blender to purée.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Unsweetened Applesauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 324mg9%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 163IU3%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.