Kym's Almost-No-Recipe-Needed Applesauce


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Kym's Almost-No-Recipe-Needed Applesauce

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To keep calories in check, lightly sweeten with a safe sugar substitute, such as sucralose or Splenda. You'll need just a tad to brighten the natural sweetness without overpowering the fresh, bright apple flavor.

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12 medium apples (choose a mixture of Jonagold, Pink Lady, Jonathan, Honeycrisp and/or Golden Delicious)
¼ c. sugar substitute, such as Splenda Granulated or Splenda Brown Sugar Blend (for a deeper flavor)
⅛ tsp. salt
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 c. water
Optional Flavorings: 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries (my personal favorite), 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries, 1 cup fresh or frozen pitted cherries, 2 cinnamon sticks


  1. Wash, core and remove any bad spots from apples with a paring knife.
  2. Roughly cut apples into 1-1/2-inch pieces.
  3. Combine apples, sugar substitute, salt, lemon zest, water and any optional flavoring in large, heavy-bottomed non-stick pot or Dutch oven. Stir to combine, cover pot and cook apples over medium-high heat until they begin to break down, about 15 to 20 minutes. Be sure to check on them occasionally and stir with a wooden spoon to prevent burning. Remove pot from heat.
  4. Allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Using an immersion blender or food processor, puree cooked apples to desired consistency. You can create a traditional super-smooth puree or leave some “chunks” for a bit of variety. Season with more sugar, sugar substitute or honey and add additional water to adjust consistency.