We try to eat simple but healthy snacks at my house and applesauce usually fits the bill. But, have you read the ingredients on a jar of applesauce from your local grocery store? It is hard to find one without added sugars like high fructose corn syrup and other fructose based artificial sweeteners.

So, I looked into making it myself. But, you know what? I hate (and I do mean hate) peeling apples. I don’t much care for peeling potatoes either when I make mashed potatoes. Seems that I do more damage to my fingers than anything.

Using a Food Mill To Make Applesauce

Now I make applesauce myself at home and I let the food mill do the peeling job for me. If you have never used a food mill, read this article to learn more about them. But, basically, a food mill is a grinder type of kitchen device that pushes soft foods through a disc with small holes. It works as both a grinder and a sieve. So, soft and smooth applesauce comes out the end and the peeling, seeds, and other debris are filtered out. My favorite one is by OXO and I have a full review you can read about it if you’d like.

You don’t really need a formal recipe for this. All you need are 5 or 6 of your favorite apples and a little bit of water for great tasting and healthy applesauce at home. I used a mix of apples that I needed to use up. Some were even a little bruised.

Add a little sugar or spice at the end. I like a little cinnamon and nutmeg myself with no sugar.

Hope you like it as much as we do!

Easy No Peel Applesauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

I hate peeling apples (and potatoes and most other vegetables) so this is how I make applesauce.  Bits of skin and peeling add nutrition while making this the easiest way to make applesauce at the same time!

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Puree, Simple
Servings: 2 people
Author: Scott
  • 5 medium apples
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg, etc optional
  • 1 Tbsp sugar or brown sugar optional
  1. Cut each apple into 6 pieces. No need to peel them first. You can core them if you want but the food mill will filter most of this out for you.

  2. Add the apples and water to your favorite pan and cook on medium until soft. Usually 10 to 20 minutes depending on the type of apple.

  3. While the apples are cooking, assemble your food mill and have it ready to go. (I used this one for this recipe and the video)

  4. Once the apples are soft, scoop them up and add them to your food mill bowl.

  5. Rotate the food mill handle until all the soft apple goodness has been pushed through it. Don't forget to scrape the bottom of the food mill too with a clean flat spatula or spoon so that seeds and debris don't get added to the applesauce.

  6. Add spices or sweetener to taste.

  7. Refrigerate or serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Sometimes small bits of peeling or seeds will make it through the food mill. That is ok and actually adds to the nutrition. Larger particles should be removed for anyone with choking problems.