Sweet and delicious homemade applesauce is a great way to use up fresh apples.
The season's freshest apples concentrated in a delicious treat everyone loves. This recipe also produces an applesauce suitable as an ingredient in other recipes.
My favourite apples to use when making apple sauce are the same ones I use most of the time, Honeycrisp. Honeycrisp have a tart sweetness I just love; however, they can be pretty expensive most of the year. Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, or almost any other variety will also work. If you choose to use something like a tart Granny Smith, you will probably need to add some sweetener if you are enjoying your applesauce as a dessert. Also, if using as a dessert, add some cinnamon to fill out the autumnal flavour.
This recipe is vegan and sugar-free. The nutritional values below do not include optional sweetener or cinnamon.
(Makes 4 servings)
4 large apples, peeled, cored, and cubed (or 6 medium apples, or 8 small apples)
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup monk fruit sweetener (or granulated sugar) (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, add the apple chunks, lemon juice, water, salt, and if using, the sweetener and cinnamon. Mix well and bring to a simmer. Cover tightly and reduce heat to low. Continue simmering for 30 to 40 minutes or until the apples are cooked through and tender.
Using an immersion blender (or potato masher) blend the apples to the desired consistency. For very smooth applesauce, use a high-powered blender and work in batches once the apples begin to cool.
Cool then store in airtight glass containers in the refrigerator. Can be served warm or cold, or used in other recipes.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
total calories = 113 | total fat = 0.42g | saturated fat = 0.07g | cholesterol = 0mg | sodium = 149.5mg | net carbohydrates = 25.07g | dietary fibre = 5.04g | sugars = 22.3g | protein = 0.59g