Cranberry Applesauce - No Sugar Added

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a vividly pink, wonderfully tart cranberry applesauce. Makes a great condiment for savory foods such as meat or potato pancakes, and also wonderful when eaten alone. It has no sugar added, thus it is VERY tart (which I love) - If you prefer a sweeter sauce, add 1/2 cup of sugar. I recommend using 1/2 sweet apples (I like Braeburn) and 1/2 tart apples (Granny Smith, for example).


  1. Cut apples into approximately 1 inch cubes.
  2. Add all ingredients to pot, and turn heat on high. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the apples have softened significantly. Half way through simmering, you may add sugar or other sweetener if you desire.
  3. Stir frequently, making sure that the apples are not sticking to the bottom of the pot. Add more liquid if necessary. Remove lemon slices.
  4. Mash with a potato masher or use a food mill for a smoother consistency. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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We enjoyed this a lot, I added 1/4 cup of splenda while it was cooking. It was still a little tart but that's how we like it. Served over pork cutlets, a lovely match and will freeze in small amounts to use over pork and fish. Actually DH had it over his pork cutlet, I had it over my steamed Basa fish, it was very good over the fish! Thanks for posting it, I will make it again.

I've had such a hard time coming up with stars on this that I decided to do it without. This is easy to make and really beautiful. Your photo sold me on trying it. The results, though, were VERY tart. So tart that I couldn't eat it. Now, I added a very generous couple of shakes of splenda to it, and it was a very good cranberry applesauce. Thanks for one I really enjoyed making!