We spent a beautiful afternoon at the local apple orchard last weekend. I had my mind set on making several batches of homemade applesauce while the fruit is in abundance and is reasonably priced.
When we first moved to our current home, J and I planted several apple trees on the back portion of our property. That was 13 years ago and we have not been able to harvest one single apple since then. We planted them in an open area beyond our woods which must be the perfect spot for all of the local deer to munch on whatever fruit begin to grow on the miniature trees.
In our area there are several great orchards so taking a trip to purchase bulk fruit and vegetables isn’t too much trouble. We picked up lots of apples, sweet potatoes, cider, fresh apple donuts, and chestnuts.
I’ve been making this particular applesauce recipe for years and years. The addition of vanilla makes a world of difference, adding an extra layer of flavor. If you own an apple peeler/corer, it will make this recipe super quick and easy to assemble.
Chunky Homemade Applesauce with Simple Granola Topping
8 cups apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a large pot, combine apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook over medium-low heat for about 30 minutes; while stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Mash apples to desired consistency. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Simple Granola Topping
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins or dried fruit, if desired
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, and brown sugar. In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto parchment lines sheet pan. Cook for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally to achieve an even color. Add raisins or dried fruit if desired.
5 thoughts on “Chunky Homemade Applesauce with Simple Granola Topping”
You have an evil, evil delicious blog… I’m trying to stay away from desserts and you are making it impossible!
Now that you’ve said it…I probably should cut back on the sweets in this household as well. My kids are athletes and I always feel that a few extra calories won’t hurt…I will have to add to the blog a few more nutritious recipes in the future! Thanks for stopping by, it’s so appreciated!
Thanks for visiting my little space of the web.
I have recently started making my own granola, so this lovely apple recipe will be perfect to try out. As soon as I get some sour apples. I prefer them with a bit of zing 😉
Yes, I have tried granny smith apples and it really changes the flavor of the applesauce. For some reason, my children enjoy the golden delicious from a local orchard so I buy lots of apples and try to freeze as much as I can. Thanks for your valued comments and for visiting my blog! 🙂