Homemade apple sauce, flavored with pumpkin pie spices, it doesn’t get any better than this!
Apples are my favorite fall fruit. They’re so crisp, juicy, sweet, tart, and delicious at this time of year. I love them as they are, and I love them in pies, or salads. But my favorite way to eat them at this time of year is when they are transformed into a warm, woodsy applesauce. Why would I describe the flavor as woodsy? Because that’s what the combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves tastes like to me. It’s truly the ultimate spice trifecta if you want to taste fall.
My recipe doesn’t call for a lot of sugar, because the apples have enough. I feel like if you add too much sweetener you’ll cover up the beautiful flavor of the fruit. Besides, why turn something healthy into something that’s the equivalent of junk food? A tiny bit of coconut palm sugar (which has a sweet, earthy flavor) and pumpkin pie spices are all you’ll need to create a delicious dish that can be eaten so many different ways.
I love to smother vanilla coconut ice cream with hot applesauce. I’m drooling just thinking about it. Or, sprinkle some granola over the top and it tastes like an apple crumble. Mix it into your hot, steamy oatmeal in the morning for a decadent start to your day. Of course, it’s also perfect all by itself. No need to complicate things if you’re in the mood for simplicity.
You’ll love the way this makes your house smell. The aroma of apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves is incredible. Save the peels and simmer them in a little water with the same spices and you’ll have a few days of this heavenly smell wafting through your home. Or, if you’re not the kind to watch over a simmering pot, share the peels with your neighborhood animal friends. I like to divide the peels and throw half of them into my garden. I know that the squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, and birds appreciate the treats.
Let me know what you think, comments are always welcome!