No-Sugar Applesauce & Apple Butter

Total Time:
Level: Easy
Serves: 12


  • 12 apples of mixed variety (we like Fuji, Gala, and McIntosh), cored and cut into 1-inch chunks (about 4.5 lbs)
  • juice of 1 small lemon (about 2 Tbsp) and all of its peel, sliced into thick strips
  • 3 cinnamon sticks


  1. Combine all ingredients and ¼ cup water in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Cook, covered, over medium heat until softened, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to medium-high and cook 15 minutes more.
  2. Mash mixture with a potato masher into a chunky puree. Cook uncovered over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  3. Discard lemon peel and cinnamon sticks, and puree with a regular blender to desired smoothness.

Your applesauce will keep 1 week in the fridge or 6 months in the freezer.

95 cal, 0 g fat(0 g saturated), 0 g protein, 25 g carb, 19 g sugar, 4 g fiber, 2 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol per serving


Make the applesauce, then add 1 tsp ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground cloves, ¼ tsp ground allspice, and a pinch of salt to the pot. Simmer uncovered over medium heat until thick and dark brown, about 2 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent the bottom from burning.

This recipe originally appeared in the October/November 2014 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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