No Sugar Recipe for Kids: Grandma’s Homemade Applesauce

My Grandma’s Homemade Applesauce



When I was a little girl, my Grandma taught me one of her mottos: “Waste not, want not.” She was reducing, reusing, and recycling before it was cool – a real trendsetter! One of the ways that my Grandma puts this motto into practice is by turning nearly overripe fruit into applesauce. Instead of throwing the fruit away, she turns it into a delicious, healthy treat – with no added sugar!

No Sugar Recipe for Kids: Homemade Applesauce


  • 4 apples
  • strawberries, peaches, or other leftover fruit
  • We keep use an extra bowl to collect apple peels, cores, and anything else that can be used as compost.


  1. Wash and peel the apples. You can use a regular peeler, an apple peeler, or a paring knife.
  2. Core the apples, using a knife or an apple corer.
  3. Cut the apples in cubes.
  4. Place them in a medium saucepan.
  5. Wash and prepare any other fruit that you will be using. Cut harder fruits (e.g., peaches or pears) into chunks. Softer fruits like strawberries can be used whole.
  6. Place the fruit into the saucepan with the apples.
  7. Bring to a simmer on medium heat.
  8. Lower the heat and continue to simmer until fruit softens.
  9. Mash the fruit with a wooden spoon or a potato masher.
  10. Continue to simmer on low heat and mash fruit until it reaches your desired consistency.

I used Red Delicious apples, for this applesauce but you can use whatever type you have handy. You can add sugar or cinnamon as desired, but my kinds and I found it to be sweet enough just on its own. This recipe made about 2 servings.

Thank you to my beautiful, 91-years-young Grandma for this wonderful, kid-friendly applesauce recipe.applesauce

Want to make applesauce in your crockpot? Try this recipe.

And for more great recipes for kids, like this applesauce check out our Recipes Kids Can Make page.

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  1. Ari says

    Wow, a big thanks to your grandmother for this sensible recipe! It’s true, even overly ripe fruits can still be delicious if made the right way! I like how you set up a bowl for all the scraps to put in the compost! That’s what we do at my house, and that way we really don’t waste anything! Your girls are so cute with the preparation, and very helpful as seen by them even peeling the apples! Seems like a perfect kid-friendly recipe! You did such a great job with this, the end result looks very much like real applesauce but even better as it has no additional preservatives or sweeteners! Thanks for sharing the tip about fruit size! I’ll have to remember this recipe for those days when we end up with ripe fruit! Thank you and your grandmother!

  2. Constance Zimmer says

    I don’t know why I can’t think to do stuff like this on my own! Thank goodness for these recipes! Tell your Gma THANKS from Sanford, NC!!! <3

  3. Dorothy says

    My son learned to make applesauce sweetened with honey by himself when he was 7 and entered it in the county 4-H food show. He liked it so much, he made it for snacks and for meals for our family after that.

    Along the “Waste not, want not” line: My grandmother had an old apple tree and my mother would peel and slice the apples and dry them for later. The peels were not wasted, though. She would simmer the peels in water to make juice for delicious apple jelly. The apples were, of course, unsprayed and unwaxed.

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