Create your own unsweetened apple sauce with this simple recipe using green apples and water. Enjoy the pure flavour and versatility of homemade apple sauce with no sugar, that can be used as a base ingredient for various dishes.
This apple sauce is made with green apples which are naturally lower in sugar than red. This simple unsweetened apple sauce recipe can be enjoyed on its own, used as a sauce, or incorporated into baked goods such as these Gluten Free Blackberry Muffins.
🍎 Best Apples for Applesauce Without Sugar
When it comes to unsweetened applesauce, my apple of choice is the Granny Smith apple. This variety of apple brings a unique balance of tartness and natural sweetness. The slightly sweeter profile of Granny Smith apples makes them a natural choice for crafting applesauce that's rich in flavour without the need for added sweeteners.
And with a sugar content of around 9.59g per 100g (compared to 11.8g per 100g for red Gala apples), these apples provide just the right touch of sweetness while keeping the sugar content reasonably low.
Alternatively, if you're seeking a tangier flavour profile for your applesauce, consider using Bramley cooking apples instead, which are another low sugar option. While they may be quite tart on their own, in recipes with added sugar-free sweetener such as xylitol, this tangy flavour really shines.
When selecting apples for your applesauce, the choice ultimately depends on your taste preferences and the flavour profile you wish to achieve.
If you're aiming for a well-balanced, naturally sweetened applesauce, Granny Smith apples are your best bet. On the other hand, if you're drawn to a more assertive tartness that complements other ingredients or dishes, Bramley cooking apples are a good option to add a unique dimension to your recipes.
- Granny Smith apples
Optional additional flavourings include:
- Ground sweet cinnamon
- Lemon juice
Start by giving the apples a thorough wash. Peel, core, and chop them into small cubes, approximately 1cm x 1cm in size. Place the chopped apples and water into a saucepan.
Bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer. Allow the apples to stew for about 10-15 minutes. You'll know they're ready when the water evaporates, and the apples turn soft, easily breaking when pressed.
Let the cooked apples cool slightly. Then, either use a blender or a stick blender to transform the apples into a smooth purée.
Store your freshly made applesauce in an airtight glass container within the refrigerator. It'll stay fresh for up to one week. Alternatively, extend its shelf life by freezing the purée into individual portions.
Experiment with different apple varieties and natural spices to explore varying levels of natural sweetness.
Enhance your applesauce by blending in a touch of fresh ginger or vanilla extract for unique twists. This versatile purée can also serve as a delightful topping for oatmeal or yogurt.
Should you wish to enjoy the applesauce as is, feel free to add your chosen flavourings. Adjust according to your taste preferences.
Standard kitchen tools such as a saucepan, blender, or stick blender are sufficient for this recipe.
Opt for an airtight glass container to store your applesauce in the refrigerator for up to a week. Alternatively, freeze individual portions for extended shelf life.
✨ Top tip
If your applesauce appears too watery after blending, you can return it to the heat to reduce excess moisture, achieving your desired consistency.
This recipe is designed to provide the pure flavour of apples without added sugars. However, if you prefer a sweeter version, you can add a sugar-free sweetener like xylitol to taste.
Absolutely! This unsweetened applesauce can be used as a substitute for traditional sweetened applesauce in baking recipes, adding moisture and flavour without added sugars.
More Candida Diet Baking Staples
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Unsweetened Apple Sauce Recipe - Candida Diet Friendly
- 4 green apples e.g. Granny Smith
- 240 ml water
- Optional flavourings:
- Ground sweet cinnamon salt, xylitol, nutmeg, cloves, lemon juice.
- After thoroughly washing the apples, peel, and core them and then chop up into small cubes of around 1cm x 1cm.
- Add the apples and water to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the water starts to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and stew the apples for around 10-15 minutes, or until the water has evaporated and the apples have softened and break easily when pressed.
- Allow the cooked apples to cool slightly before adding to a blender or use a stick blender to blend the apples into a smooth purée.
- If you find your apple sauce is too watery, you can return the apple sauce to the heat to remove some excess moisture, until the desired consistency is achieved.
- If you intend on eating the apple sauce as is, feel free to flavour with your choice of the flavourings listed above to your taste.