35 Minute Unsweetened Applesauce Recipe

The one and only unsweetened applesauce recipe you’ll ever need.

  • Author: Erin Hendrickson
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: about 4 cups 1x



4 pounds apples (about 8 apples)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Combine all ingredients, along with 1/4 cup water into a large pot.

2. Cover pot and simmer over low heat for about 30-40 minutes, or until apples are mushy and easily break apart.  Add more water if mixture becomes dry to avoid scorching.

3. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.

4. Transfer apple mixture to a food processor and process in batches.

5. If mixture is too watery, return to pot and simmer until thickens.

6.  Store in an airtight container for up to a week.