Homemade Apple Pie Spiced Apple Sauce

Lately I have been making more and more things from scratch. When I am buying groceries it just doesn’t sit well with me anymore to see the long list of preservatives I can’t pronounce, fillers that don’t need to be there and high fructose corn syrup. So little by little, I find myself slowly making more things from scratch. I know what’s in them and I can pronounce all of the ingredients– and it actually tastes so much better!

The latest thing that I have started to make from scratch is apple sauce. I decided to spice it like apple pie so it has all of those delicious flavors but the bonus is it doesn’t have all the sugar of apple pie or store bought apple sauce. And if you have an incredibly sweet tooth like me and you are wondering how no added sugar could possibly taste good, let me assure you that with the right apples, it is perfectly and naturally sweet!

Ingredients
• 5 medium apples, diced (I used Gala)
• ½ cup water
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• ¼ teaspoon ginger
• 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1 teaspoon vanilla

Step 1:
Begin by dicing your apples into ½-1 inch pieces as seen in the first image.

 

Step 2:
Add all of the ingredients, minus the vanilla, and let everything simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the apples are tender.

Step 3:
Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Allow the sauce to cool slightly and then using an immersion blender or standard blender, puree the sauce until it is smooth. And that's it!

You can either allow it to cool or eat it hot. I found it was fun to eat it like a mock apple pie al la mode, using yogurt and granola as my “ice cream” and “crust”. It is also delicious mixed into oatmeal. Or if you are needing a little gift to let someone know they are the apple of your eye, simply package into cute little glass jars and give as a healthy Valentines gift. Lots of yummy and delicious ways to enjoy this apple sauce!

 

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