September 21, 2016 10

Maple Sweetened Basic Stovetop Applesauce

Vegan, maple sweetened, basic stovetop applesauce.
Maple Sweetened Basic Stovetop Applesauce | A maple sweetened, basic stovetop applesauce that is ready is thirty minutes. A vegan, quick, homemade applesauce recipe. #mapleapplesauce

If you read my blog regularly.

You know that I try not to consume a lot of dairy.

Because I find it flares up my eczema.

And, endometriosis.

But over the past few months, and since the beginning of summer, I’ve been craving and consuming yogurt. Thick, rich, plain yogurt. With applesauce. And this low-sugar, lightly maple sweetened, basic stovetop applesauce recipe is making all my dreams come true.

I’ve been craving this combination mainly in the afternoon, after I’ve been cooking and shooting and editing and writing for hours. And I need a little something on the go, but I don’t want a smoothie. My idea for this snack started after a visit back to Denver last May.

When I was there, I was feeding my nephew a bowl of plain yogurt and organic unsweetened, store bought applesauce. And I was like, whoa this is way more delicious than I thought it was going to be. And so, my yogurt applesauce snack routine was born.

I’m really into siggi’s yogurt right now. It is hands down, genuinely, the very best yogurt I’ve ever had. It’s a strained yogurt, which yields an extra rich, high protein product. It’s made with milk from grass-fed cows on family farms in Upstate New York and Wisconsin. And it prides itself on being all-natural, fresh, non-GMO and free of artificial preservatives, thickeners, sweeteners, flavors and colors.

Also! It’s apple season, so I’ve been making my own applesauce. This maple sweetened stovetop applesauce recipe reminds me of the kind my dad used to make when I was kid. Exactly the way I like it. Lightly sweetened, smooth but still a little bit chunky, and extra cinnamon-y.

Store bought organic, unsweetened apple sauce, totally works for this applesauce yogurt bowl. But if you have thirty minutes and an abundance of apples, homemade is definitely worth it. Especially since it practically cooks on its own.

You can eat this applesauce alone, or over ice cream or yogurt. The type of yogurt you choose is totally up to you. Dairy or non-dairy alike. I also like to add a little bit of extra maple and pink salt and granola to mine.

Maple Sweetened Basic Stovetop Applesauce | A maple sweetened, basic stovetop applesauce that is ready is thirty minutes. A vegan, quick, homemade applesauce recipe. #mapleapplesauce

Maple Sweetened Basic Stovetop Applesauce | A maple sweetened, basic stovetop applesauce that is ready is thirty minutes. A vegan, quick, homemade applesauce recipe. #mapleapplesauce

Maple Sweetened Basic Stovetop Applesauce | A maple sweetened, basic stovetop applesauce that is ready is thirty minutes. A vegan, quick, homemade applesauce recipe. #mapleapplesauce

Maple Sweetened Basic Stovetop Applesauce | A maple sweetened, basic stovetop applesauce that is ready is thirty minutes. A vegan, quick, homemade applesauce recipe. #mapleapplesauce

Maple Sweetened Basic Stovetop Applesauce

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Serves 2 cups

You can use any variety of apples - I find the sweeter the better, which helps cut down on the amount of maple you add. Store extras in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds apples 
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

Directions

Peel, core and dice the apples into small pieces. 

Place the diced apples and the rest of the ingredients in a sauce pot over low-medium heat and bring to a low, gentle simmer.

Cover and cook for about 30 minutes, checking and stirring during this time.

If the apples look a little dry add in more water.

If the sauce isn't as sweet as you'd like it, add in more maple syrup. 

When the apples are done cooking and very tender, mash with a handheld masher or puree in a food processor.

Eat warm or cold. 

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10 Responses to "Maple Sweetened Basic Stovetop Applesauce"

  1. Reply

    Shelley

    September 22, 2016 at 4:35 AM

    Why is it always the simplest recipes that are just the most perfect and fantastic?! These bowls, and your applesauce, look truly heavenly. It doesn’t feel like Fall here yet, but I might just have to cave, and start making some applesauce. Beautiful, Sherrie.

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    Jess @Nourished by Nutrition

    September 22, 2016 at 4:51 AM

    siggi’s is now the only yogurt I buy! Other’s just don’t compare. These yogurt bowls are beautiful. I love making applesauce in the slow cooker once fall rolls around and love topping oatmeal, yogurt, or just throwing granola on it of a quick crisp.

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    Andrea Lotempio

    September 22, 2016 at 7:03 AM

    Great! Love the granola added!

  4. Reply

    cynthia

    September 22, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Oh my gosh, I’ve been waiting for this since I saw it on your Instagram! I’ve never thought to have applesauce and yogurt together, but now you have me smitten with the idea — especially with applesauce so lusciously homemade as yours, and crunchy granola on top. This is perfect, Sherrie.

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    Em

    September 22, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    So funny that you say you rediscovered plain yogurt when feeding your nephew because feeding Lana totally got me back on plain yogurt, too! I think I kinda like the almost-but-not-quite-savoriness of it, especially with sweeter toppings. And siggis, as I also now know, is hard to beat! Also, I mom-brained to the max and bought a 5lb bag of apples on my last 3 three trips to the grocery store, so now I have close to a small child’s worth of apples just waiting for this non-recipe. Mind reader. Love you!

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    September 23, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    I love that you learned of this idea from feeding your nephew! So cute. And this sounds like a winning combo too – love me some applesauce!

  7. Reply

    Emma

    September 24, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    This looks really, really good and super simple as well – perfect for busy mornings. I just stumbled upon your blog, and I think I’ve spent this past half an hour bookmarking several of your delicious recipes (and drooling…). You take gorgeous pictures! Love, Emma

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      September 25, 2016 at 11:59 AM

      Awe you too sweet, Emma! I’m glad you found me, xx.

  8. Reply

    Rebecca

    September 25, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Gorgeous photos! Yum – LOVE siggi’s.

  9. Reply

    Marcia

    October 19, 2016 at 6:20 AM

    Genius combo – this looks so delicious!

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