Apples are plentiful in the fall and if you are looking for some tasty alternatives for your applesauce, then you’ll want to check out this list!
Replace the oil in baking. We add oil or fat to our baked goods to make them moist and tender. It’s pretty packed with calories though, so if you are looking to cut some calories then cutting the oil out is a great place to start. Instead of just cutting the oil out of your recipes, replace 2/3 of the oil called for in your recipe with applesauce. It will add moisture and great flavor to the end product!
Skip the sugary syrup. We love pancakes and waffles for breakfast (and sometimes even for dinner). I don’t like filling my kids up with sugary syrup to start (or end) the day so instead of putting syrup on our pancakes or waffles, we reach for applesauce! A dollop of applesauce on top of your hot cakes cuts the dryness, adds some sweetness, and keeps it nutritious! Sometimes, I lace the applesauce with a little maple syrup or cinnamon to taste.
Add sweetness and fiber to oatmeal. Just like in the breakfast example above, applesauce is a great addition to oatmeal instead of brown sugar. You’ve already gone through all of the trouble to make a healthy breakfast by making oatmeal. Don’t ruin it with butter, brown sugar, and cream.
Make Fragrant Holiday Ornaments. You can mix equal amounts of cinnamon and applesauce to make fragrant ornaments. Start with a cup of each and mix, adding more cinnamon if needed to form a stiff dough. Then, mold holiday ornaments, such as wreaths or hearts or roll it out to 1/2 inch thick and use cookie cutters. You can make a hole in it with a chopstick or pencil and add a loop or ribbon. Let your ornaments dry completely for several days on a baking sheet or wire rack. These would be great for adorning a gift this Christmas too!!
Craving applesauce now? Here is a super simple crockpot applesauce recipe to get you stocked up!
10 large cooking apples (peeled, cored & sliced or chunked)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 – 1 cup sugar
Put all ingredients in crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. When finished cooking, use a stick blender or mash and mix by hand to desired consistency.