Strawberry Applesauce

May 9th, 2013 at 6:06 am
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I think I love apples a little too much. They are definitely one of my desert island foods that I can’t live without. So I’m always trying to come up with new ways to enjoy them, although that’s not too hard because I will eat them in just about any way, shape, or form.

There was a beautiful bowl of strawberries sitting in the fridge a few weeks ago, so I decided to team up my favorite fruit with the luscious berries and turn them into sauce. (You may have seen me mention it on Instagram.) The entire batch was gone in about 2 days…and I didn’t even bake with it. Spoonful by spoonful, it just sort of disappeared!

My favorite apples for making sauce are McIntosh, but those are usually only around in the fall. So I improvised and just used a blend of Gala and Golden Delicious apples for this sauce. Any kind will do so long as they are on the sweeter side. (Don’t use Granny Smiths!)

The strawberries lend a lovely pink hue to the sauce and plenty of spring flavor, too. I could eat my weight in berries, especially in the spring and summer when they’re ripe, juicy, and sweet. Other than a few frozen berries once in a while in the winter, I really try to eat berries only when they’re in season for the best flavor and nutritional profile. As soon as organic berries go on sale, I buy in bulk and freeze what I don’t eat right away.

Beyond eating applesauce straight off a spoon, I love to slather it on pancakes, use it in baking, top a bowl off with nuts and raisins—

Whoa! Just had a great thought. Spoon some of this applesauce over some of this ice cream. Top it off with some cacao nibs and maybe a few thinly sliced mint ribbons…..yes yes YES!

Savor the season’s beautiful strawberries with more healthy recipes like these:


Strawberry Applesauce

Yield: Makes about 4 cups

No-sugar-added applesauce gets a spring twist with fresh strawberries!


2 pounds sweet organic apples (see note below), cored and chopped (no need to peel)

1-1/2 cups halved fresh strawberries

1 cup water

1/2 cup unsweetened organic apple juice (or additional water)


Place all of the ingredients in a pot large enough to hold them. Bring to a rapid simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes. (Add additional liquid to the pot if it dries out during cooking.) The apples should easily turn to "mush" when pressed up against the side of the pot with a wooden spoon.

Transfer to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Do this in batches if necessary. (Use caution when pureeing hot foods!)

Cool the sauce to room temperature, then refrigerate in an airtight container.

Ingredient Note: Use sweet apples for this, such as Gala, Pink Lady, Braeburn, or Golden Delicious. I like a blend of Gala and Golden Delicious. Leaving the peels on will lend even more of a pink hue to the sauce with the help of the strawberries.

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  1. I used to love a packaged applesauce like this – yours is obviously much healthier as I’m sure mine was full of sugar :) This will be fun to make with the kids.

  2. How do you come up with such creative recipes that are so simple!? Love this idea and bet my niece would, too – she’s a strawberry addict!

  3. I love this! So simple and yet so beautiful. I can image all sorts of things to slather it on.

  4. We are already getting some really good strawberries from our strawberry plants here. What a fun way to use them up! Love this, Hallie! :)

  5. NinaB26 said on June 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I found this on a “reverse” search! Translation: I already have chopped apples, strawberries, cinnamon and water in the pot! Then I Googled strawberry- applesauce and stumbled upon you! So, with that said, i know my ingredients CAN com together! Thanks for recipe!

  6. I can’t wait to make this but I was wondering how long can I store it in the fridge for? I attempted ur carrot cake bites this evening. Turned out so tasty but I will add more nuts next time as mine was a little mushy. Keep up the fantastic work :)

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