Yes, you heard me. Applesauce. Plain and simple. It’s not just for babies anymore.
Applesauce is so easy to make, you’ll wonder why you never made it before, and it’s way better than buying it in a store. It is perfect for adding to recipes or for enjoying simply by the spoonful. My boys have always enjoyed eating plain applesauce, even way beyond their baby years, and I only just appreciated how good it is now.
Yes, I can be a bit slow sometimes.
But now that I know how awesome it is, I want to share it with you!
This recipe has no sugar…it doesn’t need it if you pick the right apples. And when I mean pick the right apples, you can pick whatever apples you like best or what is available in your local market at the moment. Delicious, Macintosh, Pink Lady, Braeburn…there are so many to choose from. Granny Smith apples will be a bit tart for applesauce, but if that’s what you like, run with it! You can mix different apple varieties as well to get a more complicated apple-y flavor, or stick to one. The choice is yours, but it’s easy and fun to experiment. I do not add cinnamon to my applesauce, but it’s in the recipe if you want to add it.
Use it for adding to those recipes that ask for applesauce, like my Flourless Chocolate Chip Brownies! It adds just the right amount of sweetness to your oatmeal. Add a dollop to your pork dishes (who doesn’t know the Brady Bunch and Peter’s infamous “pork chops and applesauce”??). Or eat it as is, right out of the refrigerator! I did just that the other night when I felt like I wanted a little something sweet after dinner, but I didn’t want chocolate or ice cream (I know…what was the matter with me?!). Then I spotted some applesauce I had originally made for my Flourless Chocolate Chip Brownies recipe and decided to have some. It hit the spot…it was refreshing and offered just the right amount of sweetness.
And dare I add, it’s low in calories and healthy! So get on it…get some apples and make your own!
Simple Unsweetened Applesauce
- 3-4 large apples Delicious, Macintosh, Pink Lady, etc.
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- Give those shiny apples and good wash and then peel them. I've used a grater for the apples before, and I've chopped them. Grating them will obviously make smaller pieces/chunks, but I found both of them easy enough to do. If you want chunks in your applesauce, you might prefer chopping them, but if you don't have a preference, do whatever is easiest for you.
- Toss all the apples in a medium pot with the water and lemon juice and heat over medium heat. Once the mixture begins to bubble, let it cook for a couple of minutes, giving it a good stir. Stir again before covering the pot slightly with the lid, and turn the heat down to low to let the apples simmer and cook through. The smell of apples cooking will waft through your house, giving it that oh-so-wonderful homey feeling that the smell of apples seems to do.
- Simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes, Remove the lid and let simmer for another 5-10 minutes to let the liquids evaporate and reduce stirring the mixture once in a while.
- At this point, your applesauce can be done! Or, if you prefer a smoother applesauce, you can use a potato masher right in the pot to mash up any remaining big bits (I use a spatula and mash it right in the pot), or toss it all in a food processor, blender, or use an immersion blender. Let the mixture cool and store in a jar in the fridge for about a week...if it lasts that long.
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