An Appetite for Applesauce

Whether you buy ready-made or try one of our simple from-scratch recipes, applesauce is perfect for escalating your standard breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert fare.

Fall is in the air and a fresh crop of apples hitting our stores signals that it’s the perfect time to crank up your stove again. Sure, apples are great for snacking, but they always inspire me to dive into the kitchen and whip up some cold-weather recipes — none more enticing than spiced applesauce.Applesauce is simply a puree made of cooked apples and it’s really easy to make at home. It can be made with several types of apples — some green, some red, either peeled or unpeeled, — and a variety of “sweet” spices such as cinnamon, ginger (freshly grated or ground), cloves, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom. Sometimes a squeeze of lemon or a bit of sugar, brown sugar, honey, agave or maple syrup can be added. Applesauce can be chunky or completely pureed. In the old days, it was prepared ahead and stored for the winter.

Here’s a simple recipe for Homemade Applesauce opens in a new tab and here’s a spiced-up version of Ginger Applesauce opens in a new tab.

Of course, you can always purchase ready-to-eat applesauce, too. Just remember to avoid artificial sweeteners or chemical preservatives (you won’t find these in the brands we sell). I prefer unsweetened applesauce made from organic apples. Give it a try and you just may find that you love the natural taste with no added sugars.

Applesauce can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts. Here are some awesome ways to use applesauce:

If you’ve got an appetite for applesauce and a favorite recipe to boot, I’d love to know.

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