Crispy sweet apples combined with warm spices and orange zest makes this spiced apple sauce a warming fall favorite. The orange zest provides a unique flavor to the sauce, but you can skip them if you prefer.
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apple sauce is another way to enjoy apples if you are not a fan of eating the fruit raw. Today, we will be making a healthier version without refined sugar.
Applesauce can be used as a substitute for eggs and fats in most baked goods. For instance, If a recipe calls for one egg, you can substitute with a quarter cup of applesauce, this helps with the texture of the baked goods. Whenever I use this homemade spiced zesty applesauce in my baking, I reduce the amount of sugar I use because the applesauce already packs some natural sugar.
Another way to enjoy applesauce is with yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, ice cream, baked goods, or by itself. It also pairs well with pork chops for a delicious dinner.
Which apples make the best applesauce?
There are varieties of delicious apples out there, but it's essential to pick a select few when preparing homemade applesauce. Look for apples that are sweet or mildly sweet like the golden delicious apples, Fuji, Jonagold or Mutsu. You also need a little tartness, apples like Mcintosh, Cortland, Jonathan, Winesap, Newtown Pippin, and Braeburn provides that mildly sweet, tart, crisp, juicy and aromatic flavor.
After selecting the apples, it’s time to peel, core and chop. If you are like me and love kitchen gadgets that simplify life in the kitchen, then you have to get an apple peeler/corer. I love this one here because it peels, cores, and slice the apples for you. Seriously, how awesome is that? Apples are my to go snacks, so this gadget comes in handy every day, Winning! If you don’t have an apple corer use a potato peeler or knife to peel the skin, core the center and slice into small chunks for even cooking.
This zesty spiced applesauce is super easy to make; it only takes 17 minutes or less.
How to make Zesty Spiced Applesauce
- Apples, I used a combination of golden delicious, Mutsu, McIntosh, and Fuji.
- Apple cider
- Granulated swerve ( any sweetener is fine)
- Ground cinnamon
- Orange zest
Peel the apples, remove the core and chop the apples into chunks.
Place the apples, apple cider, water, sweetener, ground cinnamon, allspice, and orange zest in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat and cook for 10-12 minutes, until they are fork tender. Add the butter and stir to combine. Mash with a potato masher or pulse in the food processor until you reach the desired consistency depending on how chunky or smooth you prefer the texture. Serve! Enjoy the applesauce with plain yogurt, spoon it over ice cream, or on hot oatmeal.
Store any leftover in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Zesty Spiced Applesauce
- 3 Medium Apples, I used a combination of golden delicious, Mutsu, McIntosh, and Fuji.
- 3 tablespoons Apple cider
- 3 tablespoons Water
- 2 tablespoons granulated swerve ( any sweetener is fine)
- 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon Allspice
- ½ teaspoon Orange Zest
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Peel the apples, remove the cores and chop the apples into chunks.
- Place the apples, apple cider, water, sweetener, ground cinnamon, allspice, and orange zest in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat and cook for 10-12 minutes, until they are fork tender. Add the butter and stir to combine.
- Mash with a potato masher or pulse in the food processor until you reach the desired consistency depending on how chunky or smooth you prefer the texture. Serve! Enjoy the applesauce with plain yogurt, spoon it over ice cream, or on hot oatmeal.