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Homemade Applesauce Recipe (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

  • Author: felicia | Dish by Dish
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 16oz jar 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Making your own homemade applesauce cannot get any easier than this! All you need is 4 ingredients and 30 minutes to get smooth, tasty applesauce that’s slightly sweetened with a hint of cinnamon! Naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan too.


  • 5 medium apples, peeled, cored, and cubed (see recipe notes for types of apples to use)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (optional, leave out if you prefer unsweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 cup water, plus more if necessary


  1. Peel, Core, Cut: Peel, core, and cut the apples into small cubes.
  2. Combine Ingredients in Skillet: Combine the cubed apples, sugar, cinnamon, and water in a large skillet. Mix well and bring to a boil, before reducing heat to medium and covering the skillet.
  3. Cook Until Soft: Let the apples cook for approximately 20 minutes, until they are soft and translucent and can easily be mashed with a fork or a slotted spoon.
  4. Blend Until Smooth: Transfer the apples to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth (skip this step if you prefer a chunkier applesauce).


Types of Apples to Use: You can use any type of apple for this recipe, as it really depends on whether you prefer your applesauce slightly sweeter or a little more tart. Since I like mine to be a little more on the sour and tart side, I usually use green Granny Smith apples. 

Sugar: I used granulated white sugar in this recipe but you can also use brown sugar if you prefer. If you are diabetic of insulin resistant, I highly recommend using Lakanto monkfruit sweetener (a 1:1 sugar substitute that is zero glycemic index).

Cinnamon: I like adding a hint of ground cinnamon for extra fall-vibes, but feel free to leave out the cinnamon if you prefer (or if you don’t have cinnamon on hand).

Sugar-Free Applesauce: If you prefer your applesauce to be completely sugar-free and unsweetened, simply leave out the sugar in the recipe.

Plain Applesauce: If you don’t want to use cinnamon, you can leave out the cinnamon stated in the recipe.

Consistency of Sauce: If you like a chunkier consistency, just mashed the cooked apples with a fork or a potato ricer or the back of a slotted spoon. For a creamier consistency, make sure you peel the apples and once the apples are cooked, process them in a high-speed blender or food processor to get an extra-smooth texture.

Adapted from: All Recipes

  • Category: Basics
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: homemade applesauce

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