I don’t know what it is about my relationship with applesauce these days, but I am swooned. I love it, my kids love it and my husband does too. Universal love. A great clean, healthy, sweet treat for anytime at all. In a constant effort to satisfy every one’s sweet tooth cravings with healthy stuff, applesauce is a sure thing.
There is a nice amount of freedom to add a wide gamut of other fruits and flavors to your applesauce. The past few months I have been a fruity scientist creating all kinds of yummy flavor combos. As far as sweetness goes, your choice of apple and other fruits will determine how much extra natural sweetener you want to add in the end.
In this applesauce there are two high vitamin, antioxidant packed superfoods: Pumpkin and Apples. Pumpkins are jam packed with good for you vitamins, fiber and minerals. They are a huge source of the antioxidant beta carotene (hence that beautiful orange glow,) they are low calorie and packed with fiber. You can use canned pumpkin or make your own purée. Save your pumpkin seeds to roast. Not only do they taste great but they are also filled with loads of health benefits including zinc and omega-3 fats. Keep your skins on your apples, that way you can keep all beneficial fiber and vitamins found in them.
What is your favorite applesauce recipe?
Pumpkin Vanilla Applesauce
Makes 8-10 half cup servings
- Sweeten your applesauce to taste with your favorite natural sweetener. You might not need to at all. I like stevia powder. You can also use pure maple syrup, honey or sucanat (unrefined cane sugar.)
- I used canned pumpkin purée in this recipe. Food For My Family has a great Homemade Pumpkin Purée post.
- Simply add more water to adjust thickness.
- 2 pounds Apples, cleaned, cored and cut into chunky pieces
- 1/4-1/2 Cup Pumpkin (canned or fresh is good, use 100% unsweetened pumpkin not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Stevia Powder or your favorite Natural Sweetener
- 3/4 cup Water
In a medium saucepan combine apples, water, spices and vanilla. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer. Simmer applesauce for about a 1/2 hour, stirring occasionally. Let cool a bit before handling. With ladle add applesauce to blender or food processor. Add pumpkin puree and desired sweetener. Puree until smooth.
Did you know that you can substitute applesauce for some of the oil in certain baked goods? This requires some experimentation to get the right ratios. Vanilla Pumpkin Applesauce would be a nice addition to banana bread, pumpkin bread and carrot cake. The general consensus is to replace 1/2 the oil with applesauce to maintain texture and taste. Some people with very restrictive diets might want to use all applesauce and no oil. Just depends upon your families needs and taste buds.
Applesauce Recipe Links
- Chai Tea Infused Applesauce MarlaMeridith.com
- Cranberry Pear Applesauce MarlaMeridith.com
- Mango Applesauce MarlaMeridith.com
- Homemade Applesauce Simply Recipes
- Roasted Applesauce Southern Fried Curry