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Applesauce in a small mason jar.

Unsweetened Applesauce Recipe

Mariah Mandile
You are going to love this EASY Unsweetened Applesauce recipe! I've been making homemade apple sauce for the last few years, and it truly doesn't compare to what you buy in the store. In my opinion apple sauce does not need ADDED SUGAR. It's deliciously sweet and flavorful on its own.
Mariah Mandile
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Cups
Calories 99 kcal


  • Pressure cooker or Instant Pot
  • Immersion Blender or Potato Masher
  • Apple Slicer


  • 12 Cups Sliced Organic Apples
  • 1 Cup Filtered Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon Nutmeg


  • Start by washing your apples. You can leave them in a fruit soak for a few minutes in the sink, or give them a light scrubbing! You won't be peeling off the skin so you want to make sure they are clean.
  • Next slice your apples into large chunks. You can do this by hand, or use an apple slicer! Don't worry about making the slices even, it's just for quicker cook time.
  • Pour your apple slices into your instant pot or pressure cooker. Next add in cinnamon, nutmeg, and water. Give it a good stir until the apples are evenly coated.
  • Place the cover on your pressure cooker, and make sure it's set to SEAL. Cook on HIGH for 25 minutes.
  • When it's done, release the pressure and remove the cover. Use a hand masher or immersion blender to blend until desired consistency. If you want it on the chunkier side, don't fully puree the mixture.
  • Let it cool for a bit, then add to a mason jar or a glass container. Place in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve! Enjoy!


You'll need about 8-10 apples to make 12 cups of apple slices. It depends on the size of your apples, but I always buy a couple extra in case I need more than what I thought!
Once the apples cook down, it should yield about 8 cups of apple sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use the crockpot for this recipe?

Yes, if you want to use a crockpot you can! I prefer the instant pot because it’s so much faster. If you use a crockpot set the timer to high for about 4 hours. Check if they’re done by sticking a fork in an apple slice! You can also cook them low and slow for 6 hours.

Does this recipe require any added sugar?

No, I do not add sugar to this recipe – it’s plenty sweet! By cooking the apples, you’ll naturally bring out the sweetness. You can also choose sweeter apples like Honeycrisp if you’re looking for a sweeter version.

Do I need to peel the apples before slicing them?

No you do not need to peel the apples! You can if you want to, but I like that it adds a bit more fiber. (Plus less prep time!!) Once they cook down, you don’t even notice the skin is there!

How do you mash apples after they're done cooking?

You can use an immersion blender, or hand masher. I prefer the immersion blender because it’s easy to use, and takes less time! It’s one of my most used kitchen tools.


Serving: 1CupCalories: 99kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 201mgFiber: 5gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 101IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
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