Applesauce. Humble applesauce.
Humble applesauce that can do so many great things! Applesauce is one of my favorite baking ingredients for a variety of reasons- it’s a super cheap, healthy alternative. It’s always available (unlike beloved pumpkin), it doesn’t need time to ripen (sorry, bananas), it doesn’t impart to much fruity flavor, and it adds to daily fruit intake.
I’ve complied a round-up of recipes using applesauce for you. Applesauce’s only fault is that once you open a jar, you better use it up! You could buy the handy single serving containers to avoid this problem, but if you like to save by buying in bulk,the jar is your best option.
I’ve tried most of these recipes with great success, but there are a few that are on my to-make list. Enjoy!
Baked Oatmeal via Chocolate Covered Katie
This is a very simple baked oatmeal recipe. When I made it for myself, I halved the recipe and swapped the oil for an egg. It doesn’t have a strong a flavor, so it can be used as a blank canvas.
Lazy Girl’s Apple Spice Oatmeal via Clean Eating Veggie Girl
When I was on a hot oatmeal kick, this was my go to. It’s super quick thanks to the use of applesauce in place of apples. I highly recommend sunflower seed butter on this.
Spiced Greek Yogurt Applesauce Bread via Running with Spoons
Unlike a lot of healthier bread, this bread is not flat, but really fluffy! Toast up a slice with some butter & go to town!
Pumpkin pecan chunky granola via Mindful Eats and Treats
Beware… this stuff is seriously addictive, but in all the right ways.
Fluffy Applesauce Pancakes via 100 Days of Real Food
These are perfect for a Saturday morning when time is on your side.
Apple Oat Greek Yogurt Pancakes via Running With Spoons
Yay for single serving pancake recipes! Less time over the stove, more time to enjoy a big ol’ stack for yourself.
Super easy applesauce crackers via Happy Healthy Mama
A snack-y option that’s a little different than the usual.
No bananas? No frozen fruit? No problem! Applesauce makes for a yummy smoothie, I promise.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars via Chcolate Covered Katie
These are a favorite of mine. I’ve made them several times! Sometimes I reduce the oil and add more applesauce and it turns out just fine.
Peanut butter and apple oat balls via Peanut Butter and Peppers
It’s the classic combo, apples & peanut butter, but it ball form!
Deep Dish Cookie Pie via Chocolate Covered Katie
I made this for guests once before and was eager to see what they thought about a pie made of beans… they didn’t detect them at all.
One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake via The Minimalist Baker
Double chocolate cake? Is there anything left to say?
Skinny Double Chocolate Chip Muffins via Salley’s Baking Additiction
These muffins make for great grab & go snacks. They freeze really well too.
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles via Amy’s Healthy Baking
This may be a traditional Christmas flavor, but I advocate for it year around!
Do you have a favorite way to use applesauce?