I first made this applesauce while in the middle of my Whole 30. I hadn’t eaten anything sweet for over two weeks when we took a trip to our local Farmers’ Market in search off fresh, fall apples. I LOVED every second of our walk up and down the aisles sampling all the different varieties of apples.
Finally, after many samples, the kids and I settled on the farmer we liked best and filled up two half peck bags with a variety of firm, sweet and tangy apples.
My grandma used to make applesauce for me when she went apple picking and I know that she would use only one variety of apples and a lot of sugar. She had different varieties available to her than we have down South, but oh how I loved that applesauce.
When we would visit, she always had numerous cookies, pies and cakes for us, but if there was applesauce in the freezer, that’s what I would choose for my special dessert.
I thought the Instant Pot would be perfect for making applesauce – and it was! But don’t worry, if you don’t have a pressure cooker, you could make this in your slow cooker or in a pot on the stove. You will just have to be careful to keep the water volume just right. You want a little water on the bottom of the pan so the apples won’t stick, but you don’t want watery applesauce. There’s an art to it. But if you have an Instant Pot, that magical machine will take care of the liquid problem for you. Easy peasy.
My opinion is that this applesauce is best made with a variety of sweet and tart apples, but by all means, use what flavors you like and what varieties are available to you.
After a couple weeks with no sugar in my diet, this applesauce tasted like the most decadent treat. I had to keep reminding myself that it’s just apples and a little flavoring. This is THE perfect fall treat.