7 Saucy Ways to Make Delicious Dishes Using Applesauce

If you’re only enjoying applesauce as a satisfying snack, you’re missing out on tons of delicious dishes. Using applesauce when you’re cooking and baking adds fabulous flavor and tasty texture to a wide variety of foods. You’ll be amazed at the magnificent muffins, perfect pancakes, and exquisite cakes you can prepare using applesauce. Mother Earth News explains that applesauce is also a great fat-replacer in many baked goods and can be used in place of butter and oil. Ready to use the sweet sauce to make breathtaking breakfasts, savory suppers, and decadent desserts? Here are 7 recipes to get you started.

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1. Mom’s Applesauce Pancakes

You can create AllRecipes.com’s mouth-watering morning meal using pancake mix, cinnamon, eggs, applesauce, lemon juice, and milk. This recipe, which yields 4 servings, will give your pancakes a fantastic fluffiness. If you’re looking to add even more apple flavor to this dish, you can prepare Brown Eyed Baker’s Slow Cooker Apple Butter to serve with your breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dry pancake mix
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup milk

Directions: In a large bowl, stir together pancake mix and cinnamon. Make a well in the center of the pancake mix. Add the eggs, applesauce, lemon juice, and milk; stir until smooth. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately ¼ cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

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2. Oatmeal Blueberry Applesauce Muffins with Walnut Oat Streusel

The applesauce used in Ambitious Kitchen’s recipe, which was adapted from Joy the Baker, helps creates marvelous muffins that are healthy, moist, and filling. This breakfast treat is topped off with a wondrous walnut-oat streusel that adds a tasty texture and satisfying crunch. It yields 12 muffins, with each containing 172 calories and 5 grams of protein.

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1⅓ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaping cup unsweetened natural applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1¼ cups blueberries
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons oats
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 12-cup muffin tin with liners and coat the inside of them with cooking spray. In a large bowl combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl combine applesauce, oil, brown sugar, egg, and almond milk. Add flour mixture and stir until just combined. Gently fold in the walnuts and blueberries. To make the topping, combine oats, walnuts, flour, butter, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle 1 heaping teaspoon over each muffin. Bake muffins for 15-19 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached.

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3. Cinnamon Applesauce Bread Recipe

McCormick’s recipe uses applesauce, cinnamon, walnuts, and raisins to create a hearty quickbread that is bursting with fabulous flavor. It yields 16 servings and is perfect for breakfast or to enjoy as a satisfying snack.

Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon, ground
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chunky applesauce
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup fat-free milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, divided
  • ½ cup raisins

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Set aside. Beat egg in medium bowl. Stir in applesauce, brown sugar, milk, and oil. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in ½ cup of the walnuts and raisins. Pour batter into 9-by-5-inch loaf pan sprayed with no stick cooking spray. Sprinkle top evenly with remaining ½ cup walnuts. Bake 55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.

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4. Roasted Pork Loin with Cider and Chunky Applesauce

Applesauce can easily be used to prepare a savory dinner dish. Food Network’s recipe calls for pork rib roast, seasonings, cider, and applesauce to create a zesty supper. If you don’t want to prepare your own applesauce, you can use a chunky store-bought version instead.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sprigs rosemary leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 sprigs sage, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • Pinch crushed red pepper
  • Salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (6-chop) pork rib roast
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 1 bundle thyme, tied with string
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • Chunky applesauce

Chunky Applesauce:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch chunks (toss the apples in lemon juice if not using right away)
  • 1½ cups of the reserved cider from the roasted pork loin with cider
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped

Directions: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a food processor, combine the chopped herbs with the garlic, crushed red pepper, a generous pinch of salt, and enough olive oil to make a paste. Brush the paste on the outside of the pork rib roast. Toss the onions with olive oil and salt, and place in the bottom of a roasting pan. Add the thyme, bay leaves, and ⅔ of the cider. Place the pork on top of the onions and place in the preheated oven.

Roast the pork at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes or until the pork has developed a brown crust. Check the pork, stir the onions and cider if they are starting to burn. Add more cider when the level starts to go down. Lower the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and roast for another 30-35 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer reads 150 degrees Fahrenheit. If the crust on the pork starts to get too dark, cover it with foil.

Remove 1½ cups of the cider from the bottom of the roasting pan and reserve for the applesauce. Let the pork rest for at least 15 minutes before carving.When ready to carve remove the pork from the bone and cut the loin into thin slices. Serve with the onions braised in cider and chunky applesauce. To prepare the chunky applesauce, melt the butter in a saucepan large enough to accommodate the apples.

Add the apples and saute over medium-low heat until the apples start to soften. Add the reserved cider, apple cider, and cinnamon and cook over low-medium heat until most of the cider has evaporated and the apples are cooked and very soft. Add the heavy cream and walnuts and cook until the cream has reduced by half. The end result should be a very chunky, sweet and savory applesauce.

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5. Apple Glazed Vegetable and Edamame Stir Fry

You will love how simple, cheap, and tasty this Averie Cooks recipe is. Using the veggies of your choosing, applesauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, and sensational seasonings, you’ll create a delightful dinner dish. If you’re looking for a rice recipe to serve as a side, consider pairing your superb stir-fry with Kraft’s applesauce rice. It’ll be a match made in heaven.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups diced vegetables
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning (Note: You can also use Mrs. Dash or another similar seasoning combination.)
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (or white, or reduce/omit as desired)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or hoisin sauce (optional)
  • ½ cup edamame beans, previously cooked
  • Optional: garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper

Directions: Spray non-stick skillet with cooking spray and add the vegetables. Cook, covered on high heat, for about 5 minutes. While they are cooking, combine all remaining ingredients except edamame in a bowl and stir. Add mixture to the vegetables and stir to coat. Reduce to medium-low or low heat and allow vegetables to simmer for another 5-10 minutes or until tender. Sauce will reduce and thicken. Add in edamame, stir, and serve.

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6. Applesauce Cake

This rich-tasting, sweet, and delightful dish creates an elegant and enticing dessert. Martha Stewart’s cake calls for cinnamon, cardamom, brown sugar, honey, and applesauce, creating a tempting treat you won’t be able to resist. The recipe yields 10 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1¼ teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups Basic Applesauce, or store-bought chunky applesauce
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Confectioners’ sugar, optional

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom. Set aside. In another bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and honey until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture; beat just until combined. Beat in applesauce.

Generously coat a nonstick 9-inch tube pan with cooking spray. Spoon batter into pan; smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, but slightly wet, 50-60 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Turn out of pan onto a cutting board or baking sheet; invert cake onto rack, top side up. Cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving, if desired.

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7. Puffed-Up Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Thanks to the applesauce in Cooking Light’s recipe, these scrumptious cookies are soft, chewy, and only contain 2.9 grams of fat. It yields 3 dozen servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Cooking spray

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl; stir well with a whisk. Spoon applesauce into a fine sieve over a bowl; let stand 15 minutes. Discard liquid. Scrape drained applesauce into a large bowl. Add sugar and butter; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy,about 2 minutes.

Beat in vanilla and egg. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed until well-blended. Fold in chips. Drop by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until almost set. Cool on pan 2 to 3 minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pan; cool on wire racks.

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