6 Creative Ways to Use Applesauce
Have you had a chance to try our Instant Pot applesauce yet? I don’t want to be dramatic, but it’s changed my life. I’m now craving applesauce with every meal—and that didn’t happen when I was buying those little cups.
So, we’ve all heard of “pork chops and applesauce” a la Peter Brady, but how about some ways to use applesauce that maybe you’ve never considered?
#1 Ice cream sundae sauce
Heat 1/2 cup applesauce with 1 tablespoon light brown sugar and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon. Once warm, spoon over vanilla bean ice cream and top with chopped toasted pecans. It rivals apple pie—and that’s saying something.
#2 Cheese board accoutrement
Add a little ramekin of homemade applesauce (no cinnamon, please) to your next cheese board. It’s just the right amount of unexpected sweetness paired with cheese and crackers.
#3 Applesauce cookies
Yes, applesauce can be used as a fat replacement in recipes (I think the best application for replacement is in muffins), but what about really letting the applesauce shine? Applesauce cookies are light, fluffy, and soft with a mild apple flavor. Perfect for fall outings!
#4 Potato pancake topping
You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten a potato pancake with applesauce and sour cream. Trust me on this one. Make Meseidy’s potato pancakes (they’re the base for this recipe); you can even use instant mashed potatoes! Hint: make the potato pancakes ahead of time and reheat in a skillet or the oven just before serving.
#5 Oatmeal stir-in
Oh, oatmeal really doesn’t get cozier than this! Cook up oatmeal using your favorite method, top with a generous swirl of applesauce and chopped pecans. Comfort food breakfast for fall!
#6 Peanut butter spread
Stir equal amount peanut butter and homemade applesauce until smooth. Spread on toast, bagels, crumpets, graham crackers, you name it. I actually prefer this to straight peanut butter toast. It’s so light and delectable!
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