Vegan, maple sweetened, basic stovetop applesauce.
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.
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
- 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
- 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.