Sugar-free Strawberry Apple Sauce

This strawberry apple sauce is naturally sugar-free and quick and easy to put together!

Strawberry Applesauce with no added sugar!

I almost didn’t post this strawberry applesauce because the color is so unpleasant. I thought this would be a pretty pink color, but no. Four hours later, I got this funky colored strawberry apple sauce. Bla. I swear – it tastes a lot better than it looks!

When we went to pick strawberries, one of the places was selling already-picked apples with tiny bruises on them for .50EUR/kg (.28USD/lb). Well okay. If someone wants to basically give away apples, I’ll take some. Or 20 pounds. ;)

Quick and Easy Strawberry Applesauce with no sugar added!

Although this strawberry applesauce was really tasty, I don’t like how small the yield is. I really thought that with I’d end up with loads of apple sauce that I could eat daily for months. But that wasn’t so. I think this recipe should be something you use when you have way too many apples and strawberries and you don’t know what to do with them. I was imaging something like the strawberry apple sauce from the store, but this didn’t taste very berry-like to me. But it was still great. :)

It turned out to be really sweet and sugar definitely isn’t needed. I did use super sweet strawberries, but I can’t imagine needing to add sugar. I just added the apple juice because I had some sitting in the fridge that I wanted to get rid of. I can’t imagine it’d make such a huge difference, but as I’m not sure, I’m leaving it in the recipe.

Now that I’ve made this strawberry apple sauce, I want to try other kinds of flavored apple sauce! Do you have any favorites? I’d love links!

Update: For a non-crockpot version, check out my sugar free raspberry applesauce. Use strawberries instead of raspberries and you have a much quicker version!

Sugar-free Strawberry Apple Sauce

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  • Yield: 10 cups of strawberry apple sauce


  • 4.5 kilos (9.8 lbs) apples, about 20 cups / 20 apples, cored and not peeled 1
  • 1 kilo (2.2 lbs) really sweet strawberries (about 5 cups smushed strawberries)
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) no sugar added apple juice


  1. Combine everything in your largest pot and cook, covered, over medium heat for 3 - 4 hours (it'll depend on how thick you want it). During the last hour, I took off the lid in hopes of getting it a little thicker. And it was thick! Or if you have a gigantic crock pot, cook on high in your crock pot for 4 hours. I really doubt all of this could fit in a crock pot, though. You could easily halve it.
  2. After it cooled down a little, use an immersion blender or a food mill to get it really smooth.
  3. Let it cool completely, place in a jar, and refrigerate for one up to one week. Freeze any leftovers after that.


  1. You need the peel. It adds pectin and it'll totally break down during the cooking process. I never eat the peel but you really can't tell it's here.

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20 comments on “Sugar-free Strawberry Apple Sauce” — Add one!

  • Erin says
    June 29, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    Heidi – Aww, thank you. If you mix in fewer strawberries, it won't have such an ugly color! Good luck. :)

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles says
    June 29, 2012 @ 1:28 am

    Aw, it doesn't matter that this didn't turn out to be the prettiest color because I know it must taste amazing! I love making my own applesauce, but I have never mixed in strawberries. How is that possible?! Gotta try it! :D

  • Erin says
    June 27, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    Pencil Kitchen – Maybe in an apple sauce or spice cake but I wouldn't want some strawberry apple sauce flavored chocolate brownies. But yeah, I'll try using some of the frozen stuff the next time I make spice cake! Thanks for the idea. :)

  • Pencil Kitchen says
    June 27, 2012 @ 12:50 am

    Apple sauce! And no sugar! Wouldn't this be perfect for a substitution of butter too?

  • Erin says
    June 26, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    Clair – Aww, thank you. That was nice of you to say. :)

  • Clair says
    June 26, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    You made it look so pretty despite the color! Looks really delicious to me though, and I love that there is no added sugar.

  • Erin says
    June 26, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    Jessica – What's weird is that it turned out really sweet. I don't understand why the apple sauce companies have to add sugar!

  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction says
    June 26, 2012 @ 1:01 am

    This is great! I love strawberry apple sauce and I like how this doesn't have added sugar!

  • Erin says
    June 25, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    Amy – Aww, thank you. Childhood triggers are always nice. I'm happy this post did someone some good. :)

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says
    June 25, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    i actually love the color! i must've eaten homemade berry-applesauce growing up, because the color totally triggered a childhood memory for me. i think it looks fab + i love that it's sugar-free!

  • Erin says
    June 25, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

    sensualappeal – Thanks!

    Kathryn – Me too! But I hate how long it takes and the small yield. Oh well. I suppose you can't have everything all the time. :)

  • london bakes says
    June 25, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    Love that this doesn't have sugar!

  • sensualappeal says
    June 25, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

    Ohh lovely recipe. I'm a sucker for good applesauce!

  • Erin says
    June 25, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    Honey – Sorry I missed your comment! You submitted just before me. :) And thanks! You should try it. Even the stuff from the grocery store is yummy!

  • Erin says
    June 25, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    Marta – Haha, well the boring strawberry sauce is still coming! I wrote two posts last night. :) And yay strawberries! Karl's (they have those stands) went from 4.50/kg to 5.00/2kg overnight. At least in Mitte!

    Cassie – Thank you! Me too. Which is why I was bummed I didn't have loads of the stuff!

    Chung-Ah – Haha. I think they already sell strawberry apple sauce but the question is, does it have sugar? I bet it does! :)

    Miryam – When did you live in England?! I didn't know that. And it would be great to just have apple trees everywhere, wouldn't it? And does apple pie use so many apples? I haven't made it in such a long time. That sounds like a yummy idea. Now I want pie!

  • Honey says
    June 25, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    wow, never ever made or ate strawberry applesauce, looks insanely good.

  • says
    June 25, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    I totally get what you are saying about obtaining so little sauce after using so many apples and strawberries :-) I used to do tons of apple pies when I used to live in England because there where apple trees every where, and used to get tons of apples, not any more :-)

    Anyhow, I like how this has not sugar added and the fact that it is mixed in with the strawberries. Great recipe!!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says
    June 25, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

    I'm totally loving the combination of fruits here! You should totally sell your recipe to Motts :)

  • Cassie/Bake Your Day says
    June 25, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

    This is a great recipe, Erin! I love apple sauce!

  • Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today says
    June 25, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    And you wrote that you made a boring strawberry sauce. Girl, it's with apples, so it seems like I'll have another jar full of a strawberry-apple sauce in my fridge. Go strawberries!


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