Monday, November 10, 2008

roasted apple butter

i used up the last of our apple bounty to make apple butter. i found a roasted applesauce recipe in vegan with a vengeance, but (of course) wasn't cool with all the sugar involved. i'm sure the original recipe is tasty, but i think apples are already sweet, so i opted for the less caloric approach and pretty much modified the whole thing. also, this turned out decidedly more apple butter than applesauce, because it was thick and could be spread on toast (which i did a lot of).


  • about 10-12 small golden delicious apples
  • 1-2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • cinnamon to taste

preheat oven to 350f°. peel, core and chop the apples into medium size chunks. spread apple chunks in single layer in 9x12 baking/casserole dishes (i used two for 12 apples). drizzle with agave and sprinkle with cinnamon, then gently toss so apples are evenly coated. bake the apples for about 15 minutes, turn once, and bake for 10-15 minutes more. pull out the dishes and let cool. i used a potato masher for one of the dishes, but then my arm got tired. so i used a magic bullet for the other half. makes about 2 pints.

20 comments:

Conquerbysmiling said...

Yummy:D That really looks delicious! I have a bunch of apples that I should use, but I never get around the using them! haha.

allularpunk said...

yeah! applesauce/butter/whatever looks great! and i also don't understand adding sugar to applesauce. apples are sweet! silliness.

kishykat said...

that looks so yummy!!

Meg said...

Yum...and I love that the recipe uses agave nectar!

shellyfish said...

This sounds super yum! I'm with you on all the sugar - I love apple butter & sauce, but usually halve the sucre!

VeggieGirl said...

HOLY YUM perfection.

Lauren said...

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greendogwine said...

what a great idea! it almost looks like a roasting pan of potatoes if you look at it quickly! :)

allularpunk said...

hey i tagged you for a meme.

Bianca said...

I should probably start thinking more like you on things like this. I've switched to evap cane juice and turbinado, but still...

allularpunk said...

ha! i had no idea i was starting so much internal turmoil with you by tagging you, buddy :)

you can do it in my comments if you want. or, you don't have to do it at all. but you could always post it, then post 2 recipes in the same post to make up for it as well. good luck deciding!

Adam said...

I pretty much do applesauce the same way, with no sugar at all. I like how we are both calorific minded :)

Your arm got tired? It's ok to switch hit ya know... :)

Ricki said...

Sounds yummy! And so much easier than what I'd expect.

Thanks for the comment on my blog--love the look of your blog, and will add you to my Google Reader so I can keep up! :)

HangryPants said...

oooh this looks so good and so easy!

aTxVegn said...

This looks so good and so easy to do. And so healthy!

Reena said...

Roasting anything definitely creates more intense flavors, so I could see this working really well with apples! I have to try this before they are out of season! Have you tried different types of apples?

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Oh my, it sounds SO good!

Usha said...

I love the simplicity and use of agave nectar in this recipe...

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

very cool! I've never made my own apple butter but I love it.

JennShaggy said...

It is totally amazing :)

That's a great idea! I should make them red with green swirls and package them all pretty. Great and inexpensive way to do gifts this year.