Rustic Bourbon Spice Applesauce

Applesauce bourbon spice

It’s time to shake up the classic homemade applesauce recipe! Let’s add a splash of Bourbon and freshly squeezed orange juice, then give it a swirl and simmer with a few apples, a vanilla bean, and cinnamon stick. This is a ‘no fuss’ recipe that doesn’t need any babysitting. Just toss in the ingredients, let simmer for a while, then it’s ready. Full of delicious apples, this no sugar added recipe is sweet enough for dessert or fiber-full enough to be an afternoon snack. Plus, when simmering, this recipe will make your kitchen smell like the holidays!



  1. Add all ingredients to a pot and stir. Make sure the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean are submerged in the liquid, then cover the pot with a lid and simmer on medium-low heat for 45 minutes – 1 hour. You can stir once or twice but it’s not required.
  2. Once the apples are nice and extra soft, take the pot off the heat, then carefully remove and discard the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean. Pour everything into a food mill (apples and all liquid), and turn through a small hole disk into a serving bowl.
  3. Enjoy warm right off the stove or chill in the refrigerator before serving.


Don’t have a food mill? You will need to remove the apple seeds and stems before cooking. After the apples have simmered and softened, use a metal colander to force the apples through the bottom holes, pressing down with the back of a spoon or soup ladle. Discard any leftover peeling or apple pieces in the colander bowl that wouldn’t fit through the holes.

To lower the calories, use less Bourbon and substitute with more freshly squeezed orange juice or water.

Each 1/2 cup serving is equal to 1 1/4 serving of fruit.


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