Make the most of your applesauce supply with these delicious kid-friendly recipes that use applesauce. You can use leftover applesauce, a new jar, or just find recipes that rely on this natural sweetener for little kids.
Recipes That Use Applesauce
If you find yourself with a little leftover applesauce to use up or wanting to bake with it, the recipes included here are some of our very favorites. We love cooking and baking with applesauce since it adds such lovely flavor and natural sweetness to foods—and it can even help bind recipes in place of egg when needed.
Below you’ll find recipe ideas using applesauce, including muffins, cookies, pancakes, oatmeal, and more, so you can choose the options that appeal most to your family’s preferences.
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You can use any store-bought applesauce in these recipes below, but if you’re wanting to start with a homemade one, here are some easy options: Crock-Pot Applesauce, Instant Pot Applesauce, Strawberry Applesauce, and Easy Homemade Applesauce.
Recipes to Use Up Applesauce
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These happy little Applesauce Muffins are packed apple-cinnamon flavor, whole grains, and vitamins and all without excess added sugar! They’re a perfect healthy snack or breakfast for kids to make ahead and serve throughout the week.
With whole grains and lower sugar, these Applesauce Cookies are bursting with fresh apple flavor…all with a one-bowl method!
These Fluffy Applesauce Pancakes are easy to mix up, taste sweet and comforting, and the leftovers store nicely in the fridge or freezer. They are really yummy topped with maple syrup—or served plain!
Overnight Oats are a perfect breakfast recipe to make ahead. They pack protein, probiotics, vitamin C, fiber, and healthy fats—and all you need to do to make them is to stir the ingredients together and let it hang out in the fridge while you sleep!
You can make your own applesauce pouches to save money and keep a stash of snacks on hand with this simple method.
Mini Cinnamon Muffins
With simple ingredients, natural sweetness, and a super easy stir-together method, these Cinnamon Muffins are a great breakfast for kids. You can make them ahead and serve them throughout the week or even stash half of the batch in the freezer for later!
Birthday Cake Muffins
Applesauce lends a subtle sweetness and flavor to these extra-fun mini muffins.
This quick bread is a favorite fall breakfast and snack—and it’s also a great side for soups like Carrot Soup and Black Bean Soup. It comes together in one bowl in just minutes and bakes up into the most delicious quick bread. It is lightly spiced, super moist, and freezes beautifully.
With two kinds of apple for the best flavor and a tender texture, this is our absolute favorite Applesauce Cake. It’s easy, stores well, and is just so delicious.
Overnight Oatmeal with Apple
Stir together a few healthy ingredients in the slow cooker, set it to cook overnight, and wake up to this nutritious Apple Steel-Cut Oatmeal recipe to share with the whole family—babies and toddlers included. (There’s an easy stove-top option, too.)
Applesauce and yogurt add flavor and moisture to these veggie-loaded pancakes.
Easy Homemade Granola Bars
Use applesauce as your flavor option for a subtle, delicious addition in these soft granola bars.
Use applesauce as your flavor option for delicious, moist cookies even baby can enjoy.
Best Tips for Success
- Use a smooth applesauce in baking or recipes when you want a smooth finished product.
- If using homemade applesauce, make sure it’s cooled before using it in a recipe.
- Follow the storage tips in each recipe to store in the fridge or freezer.
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