In my quest to find a great recipe for paleo pancakes, I tried yet another one. It was OK, but still not what i was looking for. Either way, I needed something to top my panfakes with. Since I’m still in the grasp of the Whole Life Challenge, that means no maple syrup may be drizzled atop this flourless experiment. So what to do? I decided that I would try to make some sort of sweet concoction using the apples I had sitting around. I pretty much took what I would use to make apple pie filing and threw it on the stove top. What resulted….was apple sauce.

1 fuji apple, diced small (granny smith is too tart. You want slightly tart, sweet, and firm. yes, I realize that sounds like a personal add on craigslist)
1 tsp unsalted butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp date puree (seedless grapes pureed with water)

1.  Put the apples, lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook for 5-7 minutes, until the apples start to break down. Then add the butter and date puree and continue cooking. Just keep cooking it down, stirring occasionally until everything breaks down and it turns into applesauce. That was really hard.

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If you add a few more tbsp of salted butter, you’ve basically created apple butter to use on top of banana bread.