I love to make a big pot of applesauce after a day of apple picking — there's something just so satisfying about its simplicity. However, after a few days of eating it from a bowl, dusted with cinnamon, I tend to grow tired of the snack. Luckily, there is a whole lot more you can do with applesauce. It's an incredibly useful ingredient in the kitchen, particularly in baking, as it adds moisture and can be a wholesome substitute for eggs, oil, or butter. Here are 10 recipes that prove it.
Think of these baked oatmeal cups as the best possible version of oatmeal muffins. Feel free to have fun experimenting with other toppings like chopped hazelnuts, dried apple, and even mini chocolate chips.
These soft breakfast bars are reminiscent of those packages of instant apple-cinnamon oatmeal, in the best way. And because the recipe calls for using ground oats in place of traditional flour, they also happen to be gluten-free.
This is as moist and tender as a cake can be, thanks to both applesauce and mashed bananas in the mix. Poppy seeds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds make this cake hearty — but not dense — and add a great layer of crunch.
These muffins are completely vegan, thanks to the use of applesauce in place of eggs or butter. They also use whole-wheat flour, so you can feel great about eating them in the morning.
These colorful bars utilize applesauce in the crust to help bind the dry ingredients together. Other berries like blueberries or raspberries would be a great swap-in for the strawberries if you prefer.
These muffins stay moist for days, thanks to the applesauce and grated zucchini in the batter, which means they are perfect for on-the-go breakfasts all week long.
This unique cake is just as tender as those containing eggs, milk, or butter, thanks to a mix of molasses, coconut oil, and applesauce in the batter.
These lightly sweetened, gluten-free, and vegan bars are the perfect thing to grab when you're running out the door in the morning or feeling an energy crash mid-afternoon.
Inspired by potato latkes, this twist on a loaded baked potato couldn't be easier or more fun.
This gluten-free, vegan breakfast loaf is ideal for toasting and slathering with jam or nut butter.