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How to Make Applesauce (Sweetened with Dates)

Make this easy, healthy, and delicious applesauce at home from scratch with just a few basic ingredients!

Homemade applesauce is a perfect snack or dessert to enjoy and can be used as a flavor base in many dishes.

applesauce sweetened with dates served in a bowl

Tips for Making the Perfect Applesauce

  1. Choose the freshest, most flavorful apples. You can mix different varieties of apples. 
  2. You can make it sweetened (use dates) or unsweetened. Since a sweeter apple will naturally make a sweeter sauce, so adjust the sweetness according to your taste.
  3. If the cooked apple mixture seems very watery, drain the excess water before pureeing. Then blend the mixture until you get the desired consistency.
  4. Store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
ingredients for applesauce sweetened with dates
applesauce ingredients added to a saucepan
apples and other ingredients boiled in a saucepan
pureed apples and dates in a blender

Uses for Homemade Applesauce

Applesauce is a healthy and tasty snack that can be eaten on its own but can also be used to make a variety of dishes. So what else can you do with applesauce?

zoomed in photo of applesauce sweetened with dates served in a bowl
  • Use it in baking cookies, muffins, or cakes. Applesauce is vegan and is a perfect replacement for butter and egg in baking. 
  • Use it to make pancakes or waffles.
  • Make cinnamon applesauce bread.
  • Use it to sweeten your oatmeal.
  • Serve it with ice cream.
  • Spread it onto toast with peanut or almond butter.
  • Make yogurt, granola, and applesauce parfait.

How to Make Applesauce (Sweetened with Dates)

Course: Desserts, Helpful How-to, Snacks, Dips and SaucesCuisine: VeganDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

cups
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Total time

20

minutes

Make this easy, healthy, and delicious applesauce at home from scratch with just a few basic ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet red apples, cored and chopped

  • 1 lime

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

  • 8-10 pitted dates

  • ⅛ tsp salt

  • 1 ½ cups water

Directions

  • Add all the ingredients to a saucepan placed on medium heat. Stir and cook until the apples are soft and tender.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool down. Then add to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Transfer the applesauce to a bowl and serve it warm or chilled. Store it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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