Two-Ingredient Tuesday: Spiced Apple Sauce!

As some of you know my part time job is one where I get to cook for and with middle schoolers at an awesome school in Sunset Park BK (how lucky am I?). Our current theme is *apples*. Perfect for this season!

This morning, we made fresh apple sauce in our class. It was heavenly. The smell of the apples and cinnamon wafted through the school and people came in droves to see what deliciousness we had going on. With only TWO ingredients (plus water) this easy AF recipe really blows me away with how delicious it is. 

Not only do I love the taste of this simple yet elegant apple sauce, but it really is so nourishing and warming to the body. This time of year it’s so important to eat warming foods as our body adjusts.

Packed with fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants (aren’t apples wonderful?) this sauce is great as a condiment, dessert, or snack. Be loose about it and play around with spices you may have at home to find your own special sauce. 

Ways to eat this apple sauce:

  • Stirred into OATMEAL
  • With YOGHURT
  • On (or in!) PANCAKES
  • With NUT or SEED BUTTER etc etc

Rustic Apple Sauce

This recipe contains a great amount of fiber, vitamin c, and antioxidants all from the apples. Makes 2 cups.


  • 8 apples (I like gala or honey crisp for this recipe)
  • 1 tsp good quality ground cinnamon (Ceylon, saigon, or vietnamese are all good…will do a post about the importance of good quality cinnamon soon!) or 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup filtered water


  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean (slice in half length wise and run the back of your knife against the bean to scrape the seeds out)
  • 1 tsp star anise, ginger and/or cloves


  • Wash apples, core them and cut into 1-2 inch chunks (I just cut in half and then do 2 "V" shaped cuts to remove the core)
  • Add to heavy bottomed pot along with water (if using a cinnamon stick, vanilla beans (and throw the pod in there too!), or whole spice like star anise, add those now
  • Cover and let simmer for 30-40 minutes until very soft, stirring every 5 or so minutes to prevent burning
  • When apples are soft enough to mush with the back of a spoon, add your ground cinnamon (and vanilla bean or other ground spices if using).
  • Remove cinnamon stick and vanilla bean pod if used, then crush apples to desired texture with the back of a large spoon. Enjoy!


Make a large batch of this and freeze in cup or pint containers. Defrost in a pot for instant comfort food!