Swedish Apple Pie (gluten-free, vegan, whole grain, dairy-free)

This Swedish apple pie is similar to a crisp and is naturally gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and 100% whole grain!

Last Monday, I was so excited about posting those caramel apple cheesecake bars that I forgot about my International Apple Cake Monday thing I have going on. But I’m back with this Swedish apple pie! It’s obviously not cake but it’s close enough. ;)

I Americanized this recipe by adding vanilla to the topping and some spices to the apples. Vanilla extract doesn’t seem to be a thing in Europe. Everywhere I go, I find vanilla sugar.

And most brands aren’t even real vanilla sugar but use synthetic vanilla flavoring! Yuck. Luckily, it’s really easy to make homemade vanilla, so that’s what I use.

Swedish Apple Pie (gluten-free, vegan, whole grain, and dairy-free – please click through to the recipe to see the dietary-friendly options!)

Most Swedish fruit pies I’ve had didn’t have any spice but because I’m me, I added cinnamon and cardamom. Scandinavians love their cardamom and so do I! It just belongs in this pie.

I’ve mentioned this before, but I was an exchange student twice in Sweden and have gone back for lots of visits during the summer. This has resulted in me eating lots of Swedish pies.

The type here is called a smulpaj, or crumb pie and is almost like a crumble or crisp. I wanted to make today’s apple pie gluten-free, so I replaced all-purpose flour with oat flour, and although the texture is a little different, it’s no less delicious!

If apples aren’t your thing, any kind of fruit can be used, though you’ll probably want to adjust the amount of sugar and spices! Part of the beauty of this recipe is that it’s really hard to mess up. Pie crusts are kind of my nemesis so I LOVE this pie. :D

Swedish Apple Pie (gluten-free, vegan, whole grain, dairy-free – please click through to the recipe to see the dietary-friendly options!)

Instead of ice cream, Swedish fruit pies are usually topped with vanilla sauce (that usually comes from a box, I might add!) I included a recipe for vanilla sauce in the book that uses egg yolks and cream but because I was feeling too lazy to divide eggs and I wanted the sauce to be dairy-free, I’m sharing a different version here.

This one is easier and uses a whole egg and milk rather than cream. For a vegan alternative, use this paleo vegan vanilla sauce! I’m not including the recipe here because it’s not as straightforward as the egg version. It’s super easy but I think the post should be read before making the sauce as it includes a lot of tips and answers to substitution questions I’m anticipating.

9/21/2016 update for the people coming in from Pinterest – I have no control over what ingredients Pinterest shows in their pins. I’ve linked to a vegan alternative for the vanilla sauce since the very first day I posted this pie recipe – both in the post and in the actual recipe. The pie is indeed vegan and does not contain milk or eggs.

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Swedish Apple Pie (gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, 100% whole grain)

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Swedish Apple Pie (gluten-free, vegan, whole grain, dairy-free)
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  • Yield: 8 slices

Ingredients

    For the apples:

  • 4 cups firm baking apples, peeled, cored and chopped to 1/4" chunks (this was about 4 medium apples or 492 grams of chopped apples)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar or granulated sugar
  • For the topping:

  • 9 tablespoons (126 grams) coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) raw sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups (113 grams) rolled oats (use gluten-free oats, if necessary)
  • 3/4 cup + 1 1/2 tablespoons (78 grams) oat flour (use gluten-free oat flour, if necessary)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the vanilla sauce:

  • click here for the → paleo vegan vanilla sauce or see the recipe in the notes section below for a non-vegan vanilla sauce1

Directions

    For the pie:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and grease a 9" pie pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the apple chunks, cinnamon, cardamom and sugar.
  3. In another large mixing bowl, stir together the melted coconut oil, sugar, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Add the oats, oat flour, baking powder and salt and stir just until combined.
  4. Spread the apples evenly over the bottom of the prepared pie pan. Spread the topping over the apples.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the apples are bubbly and the topping is firm.
  6. Serve warm, room temperature or cold.
  7. Cover and store at room temperature for up to 2 days. Refrigerate after that.

Notes

  1. This is the recipe for the non-vegan vanilla sauce.
    – 1 1/2 cups (355 milliliters) milk of choice (just not canned coconut milk)
    – 3 tablespoons raw sugar or granulated sugar
    – 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    – pinch of salt
    – 1 large egg
    – 1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

    In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the milk, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Whisk in the egg. Slice the vanilla bean open and scrape out the seeds. Add them to the pan along with the scraped-out bean.

    Bring to an almost simmer while stirring constantly. It should thicken quite a bit and coat the back of a spoon. It's okay if it simmers briefly, but do not let it boil. It'll likely take 5-10 minutes. If using vanilla extract instead of a vanilla bean, add it now. It will continue to thicken a little as it cools. Remove the vanilla bean before serving. Once cooled, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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  • Tam
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    April 18, 2017 @ 10:51 am

    O-M-G it is absolutely perfect, thank you so much for this amazing recipe!
    Have a nice day! <3

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    • Erin replies to Tam
      April 20, 2017 @ 8:22 pm

      I’m so happy you liked it! Thanks a bunch for your comment and I hope you’re having a great day, too. :)

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  • Andrea says
    March 7, 2017 @ 3:45 pm

    This looks delicious. I was wondering if it was possible to make this recipe with pears instead of apples?

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    • Erin replies to Andrea
      March 8, 2017 @ 5:07 pm

      Thanks! I’ve never actually baked with pears so I’m not sure how they’d hold up. They’re a lot juicier than apples, right? That’s what would worry me. Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you!

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  • Amanda says
    January 4, 2017 @ 6:32 pm

    I plan on baking this tomorrow for my mom’s birthday! I’m curious what kind of apples you chose to use?

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    • Erin replies to Amanda
      January 4, 2017 @ 6:35 pm

      I believe I used whatever I had laying around but I’d recommend a mix of Granny Smith and something sweeter! Here’s a great list of apples good for baking. I hope your mother has a great birthday. I’d love to hear how the pie comes out!

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  • Alison Jones says
    October 25, 2016 @ 3:18 pm

    Vanilla is most definitely a thing in Europe and the ‘real’ thing is readily available in all supermarkets.

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    • Erin replies to Alison Jones
      October 25, 2016 @ 6:23 pm

      In my 9 years living in Sweden and Germany and travelling during that time, I have never found vanilla extract in any supermarket. I recently found artificial vanilla flavoring in a large German store (like Walmart) but that’s it. I haven’t looked in England, Ireland or anywhere in Eastern Europe so perhaps they have it. :)

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      • Fee replies to Erin
        January 26, 2017 @ 9:28 am

        You can find vanilla extract in a lot of food stores. I don’t know where you gave a look, but it is quit easily to find :)

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      • Juliana replies to Erin
        May 20, 2017 @ 12:33 pm

        I live in the Czech Republic and I have to agree with Erin :) And I thought it was a Czech thing!

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        • Erin replies to Juliana
          May 20, 2017 @ 10:59 pm

          Haha. It’s a European thing for sure! I’ve looked in so many full-sized grocery stores in lots of different countries and it doesn’t seem to exist. Unless they’re hiding it somewhere other than the baking aisle… ;)

  • Tusdae Convertino says
    October 7, 2016 @ 11:20 pm

    Can you use another flour besides oat flour. If so which type?

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    • Erin replies to Tusdae Convertino
      October 8, 2016 @ 9:34 am

      I’ve only tried this with oat flour, sorry! Do you have oats? You can just process them in a food processor / coffee grinder until they’re powdery!

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  • Thanksgiving!! says
    October 6, 2016 @ 3:28 pm

    This looks ridiculously good. Dumb question.. but I’m new to cooking.. apples on the bottom and the oats mixture on top? Your pic doesn’t look too layered, does it all mix in while cooking or should the mixture be able to pour and combine through the apples? I’ve never made a pie without a crust before (or a pie in general to be honest!)

    Thanks!!!

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    • Erin replies to Thanksgiving!!
      October 6, 2016 @ 8:53 pm

      Thanks! And it’s not a dumb question. Now that I look at the pictures, it doesn’t look layered, does it? But I made the recipe exactly as written so I guess the mixture seeps down in there! I think this is a great pie to start off with because it’s a lot easier than a regular one. I’d love to hear how it comes out! Good luck. :)

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  • Pat Plu says
    September 9, 2016 @ 1:15 pm

    Looks great! However, the recipe uses milk and egg. The milk could be non-dairy, which would make it non-dairy. It also uses an egg. Eggs are not vegan. You should not have it stated in your posting of the recipe that it is vegan. It is misleading. There is nothing naturally vegan in this recipe if you use regular milk and an egg. Please correct that misleading information in your post. Thanks!

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    • Erin replies to Pat Plu
      September 9, 2016 @ 3:20 pm

      The pie is vegan but the sauce isn’t. There’s a link to the vegan alternative for the sauce in the recipe. :)

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  • Lib says
    September 8, 2016 @ 7:09 pm

    Could I make an extra one and freeze it?

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    • Erin replies to Lib
      September 8, 2016 @ 9:38 pm

      Hmm. I don’t think it’d freeze very well (but I could be wrong!).

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  • Susan Wells says
    August 17, 2016 @ 6:19 pm

    Did you get that Swedish coffee cake recipe from Katerina @diethood? I would really like to try it also.
    I am from a Norwegian family,. and we really like
    our cardamom too.
    I will be making your delicious Swedish apple pie
    very soon. Thanks

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    • Erin replies to Susan Wells
      August 18, 2016 @ 5:25 pm

      I found it here! I hope you’ll enjoy the Swedish apple pie. :)

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  • brittany says
    March 8, 2016 @ 3:10 pm

    I’m confused. The vegan alternative also includes one large egg. I was under the impression the vegan means no animal products. Like eggs…or milk or cream. Maybe a better title for this post would be WITH vegan alternative recipe (that isn’t really vegan) having a large picture of the pie with vegan written on it is extremely misleading when it’s just a vegan alternative.

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    • Erin replies to brittany
      March 11, 2016 @ 9:33 am

      There’s no egg in the vegan alternative. You see where it says, “Use this as a vegan alternative”? You have to click on “this” to bring you to the vegan alternative. The vanilla sauce, which contains the egg, was just something extra I threw in because people asked for the recipe. The pie itself (the post is titled Swedish Apple Pie and not Swedish Apple Pie with Vanilla Sauce) is indeed vegan.

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      • Kira Robinson replies to Erin
        September 9, 2016 @ 3:27 am

        I was reading it the same as Brittany. I assumed the pink “this” wasn’t a hyperlink but rather it was saying the pink font words in the alternative recipe were the changes made. Bit confusing. Glad I read this though or I would have never clicked on the “this” : )

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        • Erin replies to Kira Robinson
          September 9, 2016 @ 3:19 pm

          Oh! Thanks for explaining that. I couldn’t understand why people were having issues with it. I’ve made it clearer by saying, “please click here for the vegan alternative.” Thanks! :)

  • Reniata Fairview says
    February 26, 2016 @ 1:11 am

    I could not find cardamom in the store! Will it taste very different without it?

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    • Erin replies to Reniata Fairview
      February 26, 2016 @ 5:38 pm

      It’ll be great without! You could add a little more cinnamon if you want. :)

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  • Vanessa Ryan
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    December 27, 2015 @ 4:55 pm

    Accidentally used almond extract for the topping instead of vanilla because I hadn’t quite had my coffee yet and it was amazing!! I recommend trying this version too!!

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    • Erin replies to Vanessa Ryan
      December 27, 2015 @ 5:06 pm

      That does sound delicious! I love almond extract, especially paired with cardamom. I’m definitely trying that! Thanks for your tip. :)

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  • Carol Ann Napolitano says
    December 13, 2015 @ 1:41 am

    I’ve never made a apple pie since going grain free. I bought so many apples, and my son Joe asked me to make a apple pie for tonite. I’ve look at so many but this one really caught my eye, so much that I’m not gonna make it, not until tomorrow anyway. I really want to give this pie a whole day to make sure it comes out right. I’ve read the comments and everyone is so nice and so friendly, I just wanted to say hi, and can’t wait to try this, and I’ll keep you guys posted on how it came out, my son is gonna love that sauce. He works out so much and eats clean most of the time, he really deserves this pie, heck we all do! Thanks, take care!

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    • Erin replies to Carol Ann Napolitano
      December 13, 2015 @ 2:15 pm

      I hope that you and your son will enjoy the pie! But it’s not grain-free (because of the oats) – it’s just gluten-free. I hope that’ll still work for you all! Thanks so much for your nice comment. :)

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  • Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips says
    November 25, 2015 @ 3:34 am

    Erin, I am totally making this tomorrow for Thanksgiving. Wondering though, since I don’t have to make it dairy free, do you think it would be fine with butter?

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    • Erin replies to Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips
      November 25, 2015 @ 8:00 am

      I’m honored that you want to make this for Thanksgiving. :) Coconut oil is 100% fat and butter is 80% so in certain types of recipes, you have to use a little less coconut oil than butter. I’m guessing you’d need 9.5 tablespoons of butter but it’s just a guess. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

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  • arlene mellifluous says
    November 10, 2015 @ 4:25 pm

    This recipe is mislabeled as vegan, since it contains egg.

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    • Erin replies to arlene mellifluous
      November 10, 2015 @ 4:28 pm

      The pie doesn’t contain egg. The egg is in the optional vanilla sauce. In the post and in the recipe, I link to a vegan alternative for the vanilla sauce. I hope that helps. :)

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  • Rose | The Clean Dish says
    October 8, 2015 @ 4:03 am

    You are so right! It’s vanilla sugar everything in Germany. Also, the fake vanilla is horrendous, I absolutely agree! Well, this Swedish apple pie takes the cake (gettit?!) – My mom is visiting and looking for stuff to bake so guess what I’ll be having tomorrow as dessert :)) thanks for another awesome recipe!!

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    • Erin replies to Rose | The Clean Dish
      October 14, 2015 @ 5:40 pm

      Haha. Good one! :D How long has your mom been visiting?! It feels like it’s been such a long time!

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  • Kim Beaulieu says
    October 7, 2015 @ 9:43 am

    I really wish I lived near you. I would be over every single Monday. Apples all the live long day.

    I make my own extracts too. Just so much fun to make, and then you know what’s in them. Always a good thing.

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    • Erin replies to Kim Beaulieu
      October 7, 2015 @ 9:08 pm

      I wish you lived near me, too! We could exchange goodies. :)

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  • Jessica (Savory Experiments) says
    October 7, 2015 @ 4:09 am

    Yay for apple season!!!! This looks amazing, I might give a whirl this weekend along with vanilla bean ice cream.

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  • Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen} says
    October 6, 2015 @ 11:26 pm

    Ooooh ohh! I have heard of swedish apple pie… this looks WONDERFUL!

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  • Cookin Canuck says
    October 6, 2015 @ 7:24 pm

    I’m so surprised that vanilla isn’t use often in European baking! Who knew?! Once again, you’ve made one stunning apple dessert. I need to make this for my husband.

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    • Erin replies to Cookin Canuck
      October 7, 2015 @ 9:06 pm

      Thanks! And yeah, they seem to prefer vanilla sugar for whatever reason. I definitely prefer extract. :)

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  • Renee - Kudos Kitchen says
    October 6, 2015 @ 5:59 pm

    This Swedish pie looks absolutely delicious and that vanilla sauce really tops it off nicely. I love cardamom too, so that’s a really nice touch with apples.

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  • Lora @cakeduchess says
    October 6, 2015 @ 3:00 pm

    How wonderful you were an exchange student in Sweden and have spent time there. I love Swedish sweets and this is getting added to my list of must-bake!! That vanilla sauce looks fantastic!

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  • Rachel Hosie says
    October 6, 2015 @ 9:51 am

    Looks divine! Also, I should let you know that vanilla extract is totally a thing in the UK – I think it’s more in Continental Europe where it’s harder to find :) x

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    • Erin replies to Rachel Hosie
      October 7, 2015 @ 9:04 pm

      Oh, neat! I’ll have to look for it the next time I go. Thanks for the tip. :)

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  • Sara says
    October 6, 2015 @ 4:16 am

    I love cardamom too, it’s awesome in cranberry sauce at the holidays! This cake looks like something I need to make ASAP!

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    • Erin replies to Sara
      October 7, 2015 @ 9:04 pm

      I’ve never tried it in cranberry sauce. I’ll have to try that!

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  • Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
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    October 6, 2015 @ 1:22 am

    I have GOT to try this!! Love the flavors. This looks like perfection!

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  • Meg @ With Salt and Wit
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    October 5, 2015 @ 11:17 pm

    Holy moly….I am drooling over here. Thank goodness because you just made my Monday! That sauce, that cake, everything about it has my name on it!

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  • Brenda@SugarfreeMom says
    October 5, 2015 @ 10:34 pm

    That looks so much better than so many apple cakes I’ve seen around, more dense and lots of apples. But that vanilla sauce looks even better, i’d use that to top on pretty much everything!

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  • Sarah @ Bourgeois Essence
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    October 5, 2015 @ 8:58 pm

    I love autumn time! This automatically makes me think of all kind of different “wintery” spices I can use in recipes. Love how you have combined them with apples!

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  • Stephanie says
    October 5, 2015 @ 8:27 pm

    These pictures have me drooling! Looks super delicious!

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  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says
    October 5, 2015 @ 8:25 pm

    Love the spices that you added and that you made it your own! I have never made Swedish apple pie but it looks too good not to try!

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  • Katerina @ Diethood says
    October 5, 2015 @ 7:33 pm

    I think I’m in love with this unique pie! I make a Swedish coffee cake and everyone is always like, what the what?!? It’s totally different than its American counterpart. :-D

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  • Amy Stafford says
    October 5, 2015 @ 6:03 pm

    That sauce looks amazing topped over all that apple yumminess!

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  • Medeja says
    October 5, 2015 @ 5:29 pm

    Looks lovely! I love that vanilla sauce!

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