The perfect sweetener, binder or add-in for many homemade recipes. Plus it’s healthy, refined sugar-free and super easy to make!
Never in the world did I think I would be posting a recipe for Homemade Apple Sauce but here I am…..
To be honest apple sauce is not something I use a lot in my cooking. It’s just not really that popular at all in Australia. However, I have heard that it works well in baking and is also very popular on American food blogs, particularly one of my favourites, Sally’s Baking Addiction.
The other day she posted a very delicious looking recipe for apple cinnamon muffins (you’ll here more about those soon enough) and of course it called for 1/3 cup apple sauce. Now I could have just substituted it with some more oil or mashed banana but the fact is, its just not going to be the same, is it?! So I looked in the fridge and realised that we actually had a lot of apples, which is weird for summer but I guess it was meant to be!
I was actually so amazed at how easy this applesauce is to make. Like, seriously, why haven’t I done this before?! I’m 99.9% sure that just about anyone could make it without fail. Actually I’m 100% sure. Please, do yourself a favour and make it now. I have no doubts that it probably tastes and IS a lot better than the store bought versions.
Personally, I think this apples sauce is sweet enough as it is so I opted out of using any sugar or sweeteners and instead added some cinnamon and lemon zest for an extra dimension of flavour.
Homemade (Unsweetened) Apple Sauce Recipe
Makes about 1 ½-2 cups
- 2 large apples, chopped into chunks
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ lemon, zested
- Heat a medium-sized saucepan over high-heat.
- Place the apples, cinnamon and lemon in the saucepan and cover with enough water so that the apples are fully submerged in it. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes or until the apple chunks are soft and tender to touch. Drain water through a sieve or colander.
- Place the apple chunks in a food processor and blitz until the mixture becomes smooth.
- Freezes well for around 5 months, give or take.
So, what can apple sauce be used for?
- Try these Wholesome Apple Cinnamon Muffins or any other muffin really.
- In banana bread or cakes.
- In porridge or overnight oats.
- In an apple pie smoothie.
- As a binder in apple granola.
- Maybe in apple cinnamon pancakes.
- In biscuits/cookies!
- Alongside roast pork.
Yeah. I think I got most of them. But I’m sure there’s many others. Can you think of any?? I need as many ideas as I can get….