Unsweetened Applesauce

unsweetened applesauceUnsweetened applesauce is a great thing to have on hand for your pup.  It can be mixed with yogurt and peanut butter (Avery’s current favorite flavor), stuffed in a kong and frozen.  Perfect for a special treat during crate time or just as a nice brain game to wear your doggie out.

It’s also bland enough that it can be used when your dog isn’t feeling well or perhaps has an upset stomach.

If your dog is vomiting or has diarrhea, possible dehydration is an unwanted side effect.  Unsweetened applesauce is gentle enough that it won’t irritate the stomach and also has a lot of liquid with it so that it can help aid in hydration (this applies for humans too!).

Most stores carry unsweetened applesauce and that is exactly how it will be labeled on the jar.  Dogs don’t need added sugars in their diets and they don’t need extra chunky cinnamon flavored either.  Regular applesauce will do the trick just fine!

Unsweetened applesauce is also super simple to make, all you need is a few apples and some water.

Andrea’s Unsweetened Applesauce

  • 4-5 Apples, peeled and cubed
  • 1C Water

In a medium sized pan add in the apples and water.  Bring to a simmer and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and add apples and water either to a blender or food processor.  Blend until smooth. Store in an airtight container.

This recipe is simple enough that you can adjust the amount to fit what you need. You want just enough water in the pot to help the apples simmer along.  They don’t have to be covered or submerged in water, just enough that they can cook and then be blended.

I use red apples and tend to avoid the more tart apples.  If your doggie likes tart applesauce then go for it!

The applesauce will keep for a week or two in the fridge but I have a feeling it will get used up a lot quicker than that.


  1. On the flip side you can give the dog apple slices and it helps clean the teeth and is high in fiber. Anna loved apples both ways.

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