No Sugar Apple Sauce

no sugar apple sauce

no sugar apple sauceWhether you’re using it for a side dish or putting into your baking (apple sauce is a great ingredient when it comes to vegan baking as it’s a good substitute for oil or eggs in recipes!), this ‘No Sugar’ apple sauce is just like the real deal except there’s no processed sugar in it.

Recipe provided by New Zealand Gluten-Free Chef Jimmy Boswell, food writer, chef, food stylist; author of The New Zealand Gluten-Free Cookbook, Published by Penguin New Zealand. For more info on Jimmy, visit his Facebook page.


– 7 small apples or 5 large apples (I used gala apples but any sweet variety of apples will do)
– 1 cup water
– 1 tspn fresh lemon juice
– ½ cup raw honey
– 1 tspn cinnamon (I also add a pinch of cloves but this is optional)


In a large skillet, add the water and the lemon juice. Peel, core and chop the apples into bite sized chunks and put them in the lemon, honey and water mixture. Since apples tend to brown when exposed to the air, I peeled and chopped each one individually and then put it into the lemon water. The acid from the lemon will keep the apples from turning brown.

Heat the skillet on a high heat until the water is boiling, cover, and reduce to a simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the apples are soft.

Stir in the cinnamon, and mix the sauce until it’s incorporated. If you like a smooth apple sauce, you can drop the mixture into the food processor or use a potato masher to get to the desired consistency.

Image / Jimmy Boswell

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