Apple sauce is delicious and nutritious as a snack but can also be used in recipes to replace some of the sugar and oil as it adds natural sweetness and moisture to baked goods. Store-bought apple sauce can be loaded with sweeteners, colours, artificial flavours and additives. It’s easy and economical to make your own.Apples – Apples are high in fibre and are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Apples can help lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar levels, reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, asthma and type 2 diabetes. Choose organic or wash thoroughly before use – conventionally-grown apples can be sprayed with numerous pesticides.
Servings: 2 cups
- 4 organic apples, washed, cored and chopped (leave skin on)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp lemon juice (optional)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- Add a touch of vanilla, ginger, cardamom or nutmeg
- Place all ingredients into a pot and slowly bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover with a lid.
- Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the apples are soft and easy to mash.
- Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
- For chunkier applesauce, mash with a potato masher. For a smoother texture use a blender or an immersion blender.
- Store in a jar in the fridge or freezer.
- You can easily double and triple this recipe and freeze the extra in wide mouth mason jars or plastic containers (be sure to leave about an inch of head room for expansion).
- You can also make pear sauce, peach sauce, apricot sauce, plum sauce, etc….