Spice up fall with this simple, no-added sugar pumpkin spiced-applesauce. Delicious on its own or added to baked goods, get the recipe now!
Apples have always been more like crackers to me. Delicious with cheese or peanut butter, but just okay on their own.
But as I’ve gotten more into cooking and baking, I’ve gotten a stronger respect for apples as an ingredient.
Sure, they’re delicious baked into pies and cobblers, but with their combination of sweet and tart, apples can add so much flavor and moisture to dishes.
While I’ve used a lot of shredded or diced apples in recipes on the blog, I wanted to change things up and start playing around with applesauce.
But before adding it to baked goods and dishes, I wanted to really nail down homemade, no-added sugar applesauce.
This healthy pumpkin-spiced applesauce recipe is super easy to make and doesn’t have any added sugar! Instead, it has just the right balance of sweet, tart, and spice for a truly Fall-inspired treat.
Generally, soft apples are the best as they break down easily. However, with the help of a food processor, I think it’s more important to focus on flavor than texture.
I like to use a combination of sweet and tart apples. For example Cortland, Fuji, and Gala are all on the sweeter side and can be balance out by Granny Smiths, Braeburn, LIberty, and Rome apples.
Of course, you can also go with apples that are a mix of sweet and tangy, such as honeycrisps or Pink Lady’s.
Traditional apple picking apples, such as McIntosh, Gravenstein, and Jonmac are ideal for applesauce has they’re both soft and a balance of sweet and tart.
Making homemade applesauce is super easy as long as you have a large soup pot and a food processor. A vegetable peeler is helpful too!
While I peeled my apples for a smoother sauce, you can definitely leave the peels on if you want a chunkier sauce.
Here’s what you’ll do:
As good as applesauce is on it’s own, I also love using it in other recipes – especially baking! With the pumpkin spice added to it, this homemade sauce would be especially good in fall-flavored muffins, quick-breads, pancakes, or waffles.
Here are some other ideas for putting leftovers to good use:
Looking for more ways to enjoy in-season apples? I’ve got you covered!
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