Maple Spice Applesauce – Easy Recipe!

Maple Spice Applesauce by The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

Maple Spice Applesauce is a Delicious Twist on a Classic!

This maple spice applesauce is lightly sweetened with real maple syrup and spiced up with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. If you are looking for a tasty way to use your apple harvest, this recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without over-indulging.

Use this homemade applesauce to top pancakes, waffles, vanilla ice cream, or add some granola and try it for breakfast. I like it with Greek yogurt or with a graham cracker crumbled on top for a quick and easy snack.

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Maple Spice Applesauce by The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

Make a Small Batch or Make a Lot!

I have 2 bushels of apples on order from the Amish this fall. I’m looking forward to canning a big batch of this applesauce for our winter pantry! In the meantime, I found a bag of discounted Honeycrisp apples at the store. Some had bruises or scrapes on them but I knew they would be great for a small batch of maple spice applesauce.

If you decide to make a big batch, the extra may be frozen or canned for later. For canning instructions, check out my post How to Make Homemade Applesauce โ€“ 2 Easy Recipes and Canning Instructions. You’ll also find instructions there for making a quick batch of microwaved applesauce – super easy!

Apples for your maple spice applesauce
I like sweet-tart apples best for my homemade applesauce, but any kind will work!

What Kind of Apples Should I Use?

That’s a good question! You can use any variety of apples you have on hand to make your own applesauce. If you are using sweet apples, add about 2 or 3 tablespoons of lemon juice for every 8 cups of apples. This will enhance the flavor and give the finished applesauce a sweet-tart taste. If you are using a tart apple, increase the amount of maple syrup in your recipe.

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I’m excited to be reviewing this new book about maple syrup! Check out the information at the bottom of this post. ๐Ÿ™‚

Adjust This Maple Spice Applesauce Recipe to Suit Your Tastes

There really aren’t any rules for making applesauce. Just make sure you wash the apples well, peel them (unless you want the peels included), and remove the cores. Adjust the amount of maple syrup (or other sweeteners) and spices to suit your taste.

I like chunky style applesauce, so I don’t cook the apples down for very long. If you like a smooth texture, cook your apples longer or puree them after the sauce cools down.

Here’s the Recipe…

Maple Spice Applesauce

This homemade applesauce is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg for a delicious twist on an old favorite!
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: apple
Author: Lisa Lombardo

Ingredients

  • 8 cups tart apples coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Instructions

  • Wash, peel, core, and chop apples.
  • Add 1 cup of water and apples to a large saucepan and place on a medium burner.
  • Bring the pot to a low boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low. (Be careful not to burn the apples on the bottom.)
  • Simmer until apples are soft and water has evaporated somewhat. Cook less for chunky applesauce or cook longer for a smooth texture.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Add maple syrup and spices and stir to combine. For very smooth applesauce, puree the finished product in your blender in small batches.
  • You may add a little more maple syrup and spices to taste. Add in small increments to prevent over-sweetening. For a more sweet-tart flavor, add 2 or 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and combine.
  • Cool and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for later. Ladle into freezer safe containers. Leave 1-inch headspace, label and freeze for up to 1 year.
maple syrup

Did You Know How Versatile Maple Syrup Is?

My cousins make maple syrup and every year they share some with us…it’s such a treat! They tap sweet maples on my Dad’s land in Western New York. In return, they are sure to give our family some of the rewards of their labor. It’s a pretty sweet deal for us!

We use real maple syrup on our pancakes, French toast, and in oatmeal. Sometimes I sweeten my homemade granola with it. It also works really well as a sugar substitute in baking and cooking. I’ve tried the fake stuff and let’s just say, I’m not a fan! I’d rather not have any syrup if it isn’t the real deal. ๐Ÿ™‚

Want more delicious recipes using maple syrup? Check out my posts Easy Pumpkin Butter Sweetened with Maple Syrup, Maple Nut Granola, and How to Make Jack Wax and Hard Maple Candy!

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This Maple Spice Applesauce Recipe is a delicious way to enjoy a bounty of apples! It makes a great #FallRecipe #Apples never tasted better!

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Lisa Lombardo

Freelance Writer at Tohoca, LLC
Lisa writes in-depth articles about gardening and homesteading topics. She grew up on a farm and has continued learning about horticulture, animal husbandry, and home food preservation ever since. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is a self proclaimed gardening freak and crazy chicken lady.

In addition to writing for her own websites, Lisa has contributed articles to The Prepper Project and Homestead.org.

The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.
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