Unsurprisingly, the main ingredient that you will need here is apples, and Hahn uses an equzl amount of Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples. “You can play around with different types of apples and combinations. You really can’t go wrong,” she explains. She does stress the importance of using organic apples, “as [non-organic apples] are a produce item that is typically sprayed quite heavily with pesticides.”
Other than the apples, you’ll also need some good old water, fresh orange juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice. Speaking of that pumpkin pie spice, it happens to be what Hahn considers the magic ingredient in this recipe: “It takes this applesauce up a notch and gives it a true fall taste,” she says. “Plus, anytime I can use a quick blend of spices, I do for the time-saving aspect.” That said, if you don’t have actual pumpkin pie spice on hand, Hahn notes that you can add nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger to compensate for those flavors.