This kosher, gluten-free, no added sugar recipe is a wholesome treat not only for your Chanukah table, but also for your kids lunch boxes.

It is already quite ambitious to brave the frying pan and try to make latkes. The thought of making homemade applesauce just seems daunting on top of it all. I found this recipe to be so easy to make and loads healthier than a store bought applesauce. It is a great option for a dessert for your kids, or for your husband (after a long day at work this definitely appeases his sweet tooth!)

Here is why you should not buy the store brand: The second ingredient in Mott’s applesauce (most common store brand) is high fructose corn syrup. Processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup are toxic. These are just facts…. Apples are already so sweet and delicious there is really no need to add additional sugar if you are using high quality fruit. Try my recipe below and you will never want to go back to the processed manufactured applesauce again.

(Kosher, Parve, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, No added sugar)


  • 4 organic apples
  • 2 very ripe organic bartlet pears
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla – just a dash
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon


  1. Peel, core and dice apples and pears. Place all ingredients into a saucepan over medium-low heat until the apples become tender. It may seem at first to have not enough liquid, but as the cooking time progresses water from the apple will seep out. Stir frequently in the beginning to ensure the apples don’t stick. Puree with a hand mixer and serve either warm or cool.
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