The Apple Sauce Recipe: My Favourite Sweet Stuff ‘Topper’

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I have tried so many times to kick my breakfast-specific sweet tooth to the curb, but every time I end up craving a bowl of Coco Pops after a couple of days. The need for something sweet in the AM is too strong. If we’re talking brunch then I’ll happily chow down on an Avocado on Toast number, but straight when I wake up I need some sugar to get me going. It’s alright, it’s my vice – I’m not a huge coffee drinker, so it all evens out, right?

So I’m back on the Bircher Muesli/Porridge (if I’ve forgotten to make my Bircher the night before) game, but it needed something extra to get me excited. That’s when I came across a recipe for a Cinnamon Apple Sauce in Madeleine Shaw’s Glow Guides App which when I got round to making was an absolute winner. Now I’ve modified the recipe a bit here and added in a touch of Maple Syrup to satisfy my inner Buddy The Elf, but I’ve been using this recipe as a sweet stuff topper for months now and always make sure I have a tub on the go in the fridge. Sometimes I just scoop out some and throw it in a bowl on its own if the urge for a chocolate bar arises and I can’t be arsed to trek down to the shops. Win. Here’s the recipe:

APPLE SAUCE (makes enough for a week’s worth of dollops to put on top of things): A sweet and semi-sour sauce that is the perfect accompaniment and topper for granolas, porridge, yogurt, and basically anything that’s sweet.

You will need: 3 Large Cooking Apples (other varieties work too), 1 Orange, A Sprinkle of Cinnamon, A Dash of Maple Syrup (optional) 

Remove the core of the apples and roughly chop. Don’t bother to remove the skins and the smaller you chop, the quicker they will cook so get dicing if you’re low on time. Add to a saucepan and squeeze the juice from the orange over the top. If you’re feeling fancy you could grate some of the zest from the orange in there too for some extra flavour. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon in the saucepan and any other spices you fancy (Mixed Spice works well too). Begin to heat it up. I find that putting the lid on top makes things a bit faster and remember to keep stirring occasionally. Eventually after around 10 minutes it will end up as one big pan of mush, so when the apple is cooked through, transfer it to a food processor and blend until smooth. At this point I like to have a quick taste and sweeten with Maple Syrup if necessary. Spoon the mixture into a sealable bowl and keep in the fridge until needed. Whip up some Bircher Muesli too and breakfast tomorrow will be glorious.


  • Line

    I’ve never tried making apple sauce with (fresh) orange juice, will do next time!:) thanks for sharing!

  • C (The Life Of C and H )

    Finally! I was wanting an official post on this after watching it repeatedly feature in your snapchats! 🙂 C x

  • Jen Brett

    looks so tasty! i’ll have to try this next week, after the parents leave and i can resume my normal life.

  • I need something sweet in the mornings as well. Starting the day with something savory just doesn’t feel right.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Laura Torninoja

    I’ve seen this in your snapchats and it looks soooo good! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I can’t wait to try it myself. 🙂

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • emily couture

    I need to try this Apple Sauce now! 🙂

    emily xx

  • Sounds delicious! I always crave something sweet in the mornings too and sometimes end up putting raw cacao powder on my porridge x

  • Nadia Sabrina

    Oooh so delish! Must. Try. Immediately!

    Love from Indonesia,

  • The Sunday Mode

    Ah this really throws me back to when I used to make my own homemade applesauce, although I never would’ve thought to add in a bit of orange. Applesauce tastes amazing on top of protein pancakes as well if you ever want to try that!

    PS, it’s comforting to know that I’m not the only one out there who’d always pick pancakes for breakfast over eggs! Sweet breakfasts just reign supreme.

  • This looks delicious Anna – I love apple in the morning 🙂
    – Ambar x

  • Cannot wait to make this, such simple, healthy ingredients as well which is amazing!

    Rebecca Claire – RebeccaClaireBlog

  • I’m definitely going to make this!! Thanks for the recipe! x

  • Megan Clarke

    This looks delicious! I’m trying this as soon as I get back off holiday!

  • I would never thing to put apple sauce on top of porridge!! That sounds actually incredible. Definitely grabbing the apple sauce next time I make some oatmeal.

    xoxo Mollie

  • Ana

    Tried this when I saw it on your snapchat and got addicted to it!!! Amazing on greek yogurt too!!! 🙂

  • Megan Forbes Hickland

    Cannot wait to try this on top of porridge! Looks delicious xxx

  • Erin Russell

    everytime you make this on snapchat all I can think is how good it looks! I must admit I am a lot obsessed with your snapchat!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  • This sounds amazing, definitely gonna try it tomorrow 🙂 And I love your serving description ‘makes enough for a week’s worth of dollops to put on top of things’ which says it all!


  • I love apple on porridge, will have to give this recipe a go!


    love that idea for the glorious breakfast! thanks!

  • Susan

    Of course you know that chocolate is good for you, too?

  • Isobel Bruning

    Looks so good! will defiantly need to try! 🙂
    Izzy |

  • rucita nur shadrina

    i tried this recipe today and it tastes sooo good!! thanks anna xx

  • Alexandra Frumosu

    I tried this today and it defenitly was a golrious breakfast. Thank you xx

  • Lilly

    ur u supposed to put water in it?