A generous bowl of applesauce in a white ceramic dish.

Homemade Chunky Applesauce

A small batch, stove top Homemade Chunky Applesauce recipe made with only 3 ingredients, Choose the best apples for applesauce to eliminate the need for sugar! 
Course snack/breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword applesauce recipe, applesauce with no added sugar, easy applesauce, how to make applesauce, unsweetened applesauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 95kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 4 fresh apples peeled, cored and chopped into chunks
  • ¼-½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg optional


  • In a medium saucepan, combine apples and water. (There should be just enough water to cover the bottom of your pan).
  • Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, covered, for approximately 10 minutes. Stir occasionally and make sure that there is always a thin layer of water at the bottom of your pan.
  • Add cinnamon (and nutmeg if using) and continue to cook for another 10 minutes or so. Once the mixture has softened, you can mash the mixture with a fork or a potato masher, until your desired consistency is achieved. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender for a smoother consistency.
  • Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.



  • Use a mixture of sweet and tart apples. Different apples provide different flavors and are the basis for making an unsweetened applesauce recipe.
  • Ensure there is a thin layer of water at the bottom of the pan. This prevents scorching.
  • Applesauce can be kept refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  • Recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, etc...
  • 1 portion is 1/2 cup.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.2mg