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.
Now, as someone who grew up in an apple valley town in Connecticut, Bry would strongly disagree. To him, apples are the epitome of fall – with or without the cheese or peanut butter.
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.
Now, making applesauce is super easy and straightforward. The creative part of it is coming up with just the right combination of apple varieties and spices for how you want to use it.
For this recipe, I wanted a no-added sugar applesauce that was slightly tart and lightly spiced.
Besides being a good snack, I also wanted a recipe that would help add a little fall-spiced warmth to any recipes I used it in — especially muffins and quick breads.
However, feel free to play around with different apple types and spices!
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.
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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