Last weekend, I was hunting through 3 different grocery stores here in Ireland for applesauce. I wanted to use the applesauce in a healthy muffins recipe, so the applesauce was more of an ingredient than a stand-alone dish. No, they do not carry applesauce in Ireland. My boyfriend just shook his head at such a characteristically American convenience. He has a point. Why was I even looking to buy applesauce anyway when it’s so simple to make? Instead, I picked out some rather unattractive cooking apples and made plenty of applesauce to spare.
Applesauce is great for canning when a large number of apples are in season (fall). Nonetheless, you will spend less any time of year by purchasing fresh apples rather than packaged applesauce, and you can adjust the sweetness and spices to your liking.
Remember, you can replace the oil in baking recipes with an equal amount of applesauce, or try half oil, half applesauce. This is a great way to make baked goods a little bit healthier. Add cinnamon and a touch of agave nectar or honey to the applesauce to sweeten. Applesauce is also tasty with potato pancakes. Yum!
Here are a few recipes to make your own applesauce.
Amazing Applesauce– You can make applesauce in the microwave in just a few minutes. Adjust the spices to your liking.
Crock-pot Applesauce– Pop the apples in your crockpot before bed and cook on low overnight. You will love waking up to that smell!
What can you do with applesauce?
Healthy Blueberries Muffins– This fat-free muffins make a great breakfast or snack for those watching what they eat.
Apple-Oatmeal Bars– These dessert bars are very low in fat and yet full of tasty apple flavor.
Apple Coffee Cake– Make a delicious and easy coffee cake with the help of biscuit mix.