This apple blueberry sauce is packed with fruit and a touch of maple syrup for a deliciously healthy sweet treat that is perfect on oatmeal or desserts. Made with just three ingredients, this easy applesauce is refined sugar free, vegan and gluten free.
Sometimes simple recipes are the tastiest, don't you think? Fruit sauces and compotes have the best natural sweetness and are packed with healthy vitamins and goodness. As with this applesauce, it's easy to make them refined sugar free too, so they are the ultimate healthy sweet treat I can't stop spooning onto my oatmeal!
Back to this recipe . . . it's just three ingredients, really simple to make and versatile. I love it on oatmeal, but my mum always mixes it with yoghurt and muesli for breakfast. It's a family friendly recipe too as everyone will love it - it's a blueberry applesauce for babies, kids and adults!
Why this recipe is so good
A decadent sweet treat. The balance of sweet apples and blueberries is just so delicious. It's smooth and flavourful, and feels like such a treat.
Refined sugar free. Made without sugar, we use maple syrup for a touch of extra sweetness making it a healthier recipe.
Few ingredients. All you need it apples, blueberries and maple syrup - that's it!
Make sure to check the recipe card below for the quantities of the ingredients! You will need:
- Apples - I suggest using red apples or something like a Braeburn apple (the type I tend to use). Those varieties have a better sweetness than green apples which can have a sharper, more sour taste.
- Blueberries - you can use fresh or frozen blueberries.
- Maple syrup - to keep the recipe refined sugar free.
Variations to the recipe
Leave out the maple syrup. As fruit has a natural sweetness, you can leave out the maple syrup if you prefer a low sugar applesauce recipe. It means it won't be quite as sweet, but it will still be delicious!
Add a hint of spice. Fancy a bit of spice? A pinch of ginger, cinnamon or cardamom will give the sauce a lovely depth of flavour.
Step by step instructions
Just a bit of prep for the apples, then a few easy steps:
De-core, peel and roughly dice the apples (they don't need to be uniform in size, just roughly similar in size for an even cook time). This is the only prep you need to do and takes about ten minutes, but definitely don't skip the peeling or coring bit! Using an apple corer makes that task much easier (image 1).
Tip the apples and blueberries into a large pan and pour in the maple syrup and water (image 2). If you are using frozen blueberries I suggest using a little less water as they will release liquid.
Bring the pan to a low boil, so you can see the water at the bottom of the pan slightly bubbling. Reduce the heat to a very low simmer and cook for 20 minutes or until the apple is soft and the blueberries have mostly dissolved (image 3).
After allowing the sauce to cool slightly (especially if you are using a Nutribullet as I find hot liquids can be an issue for the cup sticking when trying to twist off the blender attachment). Then blend in a food processor, blender or use an immersion blender in the pan itself (images 4 & 5).
Frequently asked questions
Yes you can use frozen or fresh blueberries. You may wish to use slightly less water in the sauce as frozen blueberries release more liquid than fresh ones.
Add a pinch of a spice such as ginger, cinnamon or cardamom for more flavour.
No! You can blend to a thicker sauce that still has a lot of texture and chunks, or keep blending to a very smooth sauce.
How to serve apple blueberry sauce
This sauce is very versatile, and can be served with breakfast, dessert or as a snack. Depending upon your dietary requirements, it's delicious on oatmeal or yoghurt, as a topping for pancakes or ice cream or you could add a spoonful onto my rice pudding!
It can also be used in small quantities in some baked goods such as muffins, cakes or bars as a binder in place of eggs.
Large pan - make sure it's big enough for all the apples and berries!
Blender - to blend the fruit into a sauce. You can use something like a NutriBullet, which is what I use, or a food processor or immersion blender.
More sweet treats to enjoy
Fruit is always so delicious, and makes for a healthy dessert that all the family will love. Some more fruity ideas for you to check out!
Apple blueberry sauce
- 8 small apples cored, peeled, diced
- 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ¼ cup water (more for a thinner consistency)
- Peel the apples, remove their cores and dice into small pieces.
- Add the apples, blueberries, maple syrup and water to a large pan. If using frozen blueberries add a tablespoon of water rather than ¼ cup, then more if required as the berries will release liquid. Stir to combine.
- Bring the pan to a light boil, then reduce the heat and cook for 20 minutes on a very light simmer. Stir occasionally. If the apples cannot easily be pierced with a knife, continue to heat for a further 3-5 minutes. The blueberries should be mostly dissolved to liquid.
- Allow to cool. Transfer the mixture to a food processor or blender and blend. If the mixture is too thick add a little more water.
- Adjust the amount of water to preference of how thick you prefer the sauce to be.
- If using frozen blueberries, you likely need slightly less water as they release their own liquid.
- Blend to the texture you prefer. Blending longer will give a smoother consistency.