This is a nice applesauce to enjoy anytime, but especially with latkes during Hanukkah. You don't need to get your blender dirty; you just need a potato masher and a little elbow grease.
- Put chopped apples in a large nonstick saucepan and stir in water, sugar, sugar-substitute, and lemon juice. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until apples are tender (about 10 minutes).
- Use a potato masher to break cooked apples up into a nice puree.
- Stir in ground cinnamon or apple pie spice. Serve warm or cold.