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Apples to Applesauce

By Alana Sugar, September 30, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alana Sugar

Frosted Caramel Apple Layer CakeApplesauce is really simple to make at home (here’s a basic Applesauce recipe). It’s just cooked, pureed apples. You can make it smooth or leave it chunky, and you can use just about any apple, red or green. It’s great on its own or sweetened and spiced up with ambitious applesauce-enhancing goodies, like these:

  • Cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and ginger like in this spicy Ginger Applesauce.
  • Raw sugar, Sucanat, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, or agave
  • Dried fruits, date sugar or raisin syrup
  • A dash of fresh lemon juice

If you’d rather purchase ready-to-eat applesauce, there are several varieties available. Just remember to avoid artificial sweeteners and chemical preservatives (you won’t find these in the brands we sell). I personally love simple, unsweetened organic applesauce. I add spices and enjoy it for breakfast on pancakes, waffles, muffins, scones, biscuits and more. 

Applesauce is also wonderful for lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts.  Check out these ideas and tips:

  • Mincemeat CookiesUse as a topping for hot breakfast cereals such as oatmeal, cream of wheat, rice, barley, quinoa or buckwheat.  It adds natural sweetness so no sugar is necessary. Add chopped nuts, spices and dried fruits as desired. Try applesauce with Amaranth Hot Cereal with Cherries and Walnuts, Kasha Breakfast Porridge or Overnight Oatmeal.
  • Enjoy a bowl with dried fruits, nuts and orange or grapefruit sections.
  • Add applesauce to a smoothie. 
  • Stir into dairy or non-dairy yogurt, ricotta or cottage cheese. Add fresh or dried fruits. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds add great taste, a satisfying crunch and good nutrition.
  • Serve as a side dish to barbequed or roasted meats or veggie proteins such as tofu or tempeh. It’s great with crispy nitrate-free bacon or tempeh “bacon” strips.
  • Serve applesauce with Simple Potato Pancakes, Zucchini Pancakes, Potato Latkes and Zucchini Potato Latkes.
  • Make toast; spread with nut or seed butter, or cheese (like goat cheese or cream cheese) and applesauce.
  • Eat applesauce with tangy hard cheese like sharp cheddar or Swiss. 
  • Try a bowl of granola topped with applesauce and yogurt.
  • These wonderful Mincemeat Cookies are made with applesauce, dried fruits, coconut, and all-fruit preserves in place of sugar. Perfect for the holidays!
  • This Instant Banana Pudding calls for applesauce and is a good kid-friendly, healthy treat.
  • Samosas are delicious vegetable-stuffed pastries from India.  Here’s a recipe for Sweet Potato Samosas with Spiced Applesauce.

Applesauce adds tenderness and gentle sweetness to baked goods like cakes and muffins. It’s also a wonderful fat-replacer! You can use it for some or all of the fat called for in a baked-goods recipe. Here are some favorites:

If you’ve got an appetite for applesauce and a favorite recipe, let me know.

Category: Food & Recipes, Produce

 

7 Comments

Comments

mary torres says ...
Megusta todo pero mas el postre
10/02/2013 11:09:54 AM CDT
Angie says ...
Just what I was looking for since I have about 50 apples at home!
10/10/2013 8:25:38 AM CDT
Mary Ann Quinn says ...
I love receiving your emails, they have a lot of good information and recipes. I love shopping in your new Maple Grove Mn. store, it has so many items to choose from.
10/10/2013 4:18:06 PM CDT
nancy murphy says ...
Do you carry Macintosh apples?
10/26/2013 12:44:01 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@NANCY - Most of our locations should carry Macintosh apples but our products can vary. Check with your local store directly to make sure they have them in stock!
10/28/2013 2:00:07 PM CDT
wayne says ...
i need some recipes for low sugar,but good tasting applesauce.Have any?
11/08/2013 6:10:14 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@WAYNE - We have an advanced search on our site where you can search for low sugar recipes. If you are looking specifically for applesauce, it will have natural occurring sugar from the apples.
11/08/2013 4:13:41 PM CST