Dark Maple Apple Sauce

Warm, lightly spiced, and rich with color and maple flavor, this applesauce has a deeper flavor than its store-bought counterpart. It is delicious on its own or as an addition to a plated salad or roast pork. Perfect as a dessert substitute if you’re trying to control your cravings and portions. Make it vegan by doubling the amount of maple syrup and leaving out the honey!


  • 9 ingredients
  • deep, intricate flavors
  • delicious with your favorite apples



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Dark Maple Apple Sauce

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes


  • 8 Crips Pink apples Honey Crisp, Kukui apples, or any other type
  • 1 cup (200ml) water
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/3 cup 75g maple syrup or 2/3 cup (150g) for vegan applesauce.
  • 1/3 cup 75g honey leave out for vegan version
  • grated nutmeg to taste


  1. Core and remove the seeds of the apples and cut them into chunks or slices small enough to fit into a blender, food processor, or bullet.
  2. In batches (or if processor is large enough), blend the apples with the water until smooth. Pour the mixture into a Dutch oven or pot and add the ground spices.
  3. Bring the sauce to a simmer and keep covered, cooking for 30 minutes. Let the applesauce cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in maple syrup and/or honey and grated nutmeg.
  5. Serve warm or chilled.

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