Fresh applesauce is so ridiculously easy to make, I assure you that you’ll never want to spend the extra money on buying prepackaged again. Plus, when you make it yourself, you can add any spices you choose, and keep out preservatives and extras you don’t want. This recipe keeps the applesauce chunky- preferred by my daughter and myself, which really makes it a satisfying and healthy snack.
- 6 medium Apples (I used Gala here)
- Wedge of Lemon
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Tsp Brown Sugar (optional)
- 1/4C Water
Peel your apples and slice them into about 1/2″ slices. Place all of your apple slices into a pot and squeeze the wedge of lemon over top (watch out for seeds). Add the cinnamon and brown sugar. (The natural sweetness of the apples will come out during cooking, so I don’t ever add extra sugar; I like the brown sugar for just a bit of flavor). Add 1/4C of water and give everything a good stir. Set the heat to medium low and let the apples do all the work. Cook for about 20 minutes, giving an occasional stir, or until the apples are tender enough to cut with a wooden spoon.
Remove the pot from the heat and use an immersion blender, or if you don’t have one, a potato masher or the back of a fork, and smash the apples up to desired consistency. If you like a really smooth applesauce, you can also add the mix to a blender, but be very cautious with the hot ingredients! Remember that the hot stuff will expand so don’t over fill. My daughter and I both love to eat this a little warm, which makes it such a nice comfort food, without the guilt. 😉
This recipe makes about a pint, with enough left over to sample a bit.