I canned 84 pints of applesauce this year. Both Jeff and I like to eat it as a part of our lunches but beyond just being a snack straight out of the jar, applesauce has a multitude of other uses – both sweet and savory. In case, you put up more than just a few jars yourself here are 6 Sweet & Savory Ways to Use Applesauce:
1. Use it as a Fat Replacement in Baked Goods
Applesauce can be used as 1-to-1 replacement for oil or melted butter in all those baked goods – cakes, quick breads, etc. It keeps everything moist and tasty and makes it a bit a lighter.
2. Pile it on as a Topping
Potato Latkes are famously topped with applesauce but I often put it on top of pancakes instead of syrup, too. My friend, Jess, from The 104 Homestead uses applesauce as an ice cream topping. It’s great mixed with some granola and yogurt too.
3. Have a Savory Lunch & Dinner
Most of us probably know that applesauce makes a great accompaniment to pork chops, but it’s also incredible in Mac and Cheese, a great addition to homemade breakfast sausage, works well in some soups, and makes for tasty sweet and spicy appetizers.
4. Bake Up some Sweet Treats
5. Layer it with Other Ingredients to Create Leathers and Sauces
If you want to make an apple leather, it often starts with applesauce. Use those jars of applesauce to make up some naturally sweet treats for the lunch box. Applesauce can be in used in vinaigrettes, BBQ Sauce, and much more – let your creativity fly!
6. Eat a Hearty Breakfast
My husband will eat applesauce straight out of the jar with some peanut butter toast for breakfast. But there are so many other creative ways to enjoy it: mix it with oatmeal, fill homemade pop tarts, or use it in smoothie.
Maybe these tips will inspire you to see all those beautiful jars gracing your pantry as the start of something truly delicious rather than a monotony of applesauce on the side of brown bagged lunches.
What’s your favorite way to use up applesauce?
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