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Homemade Applesauce

Ah, applesauce – the delightful, pureed apple treat that has won the hearts of generations. Not only is it a comforting and delicious snack, but it’s also loaded with nutrients when prepared right. As a nutritionist, I can’t help but advocate for the numerous health benefits of apples. Today, I’m thrilled to share with you the simple steps to make homemade applesauce and why it trumps its store-bought counterparts.

Nutritional Benefits of Apples
Before diving into the recipe, let’s understand why apples are a gem in the world of fruits:

  1. Rich in Fiber: Apples are a great source of soluble fiber, which aids in digestion and can help reduce cholesterol levels.
  2. Vitamin-packed: They are a good source of vitamin C and various antioxidants, which are vital for overall health.
  3. Low in Calories: Apples are naturally low in calories but can keep you full, making them an excellent choice for those watching their weight.

Why Homemade Over Store-bought?
Store-bought applesauce can contain added sugars, preservatives, and other unnecessary ingredients. Making applesauce at home ensures you know exactly what goes into it, allowing for a more nutritious and fresher taste.

  • Author: Kim Nicholson
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

Scale

6 medium-sized apples (preferably a mix of sweet varieties like Honeycrisp, Gala, and Fuji)

1/2 cup water

12 tsp lemon juice (optional, for a zesty twist)

1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional, for added flavor)

Sweetener to taste (e.g., honey, maple syrup) – optional

Homemade applesauce is not just a treat for the palate but also a boon for your health. With no added artificial ingredients, you get the pure, unadulterated goodness of apples. Plus, the process of making it can be therapeutic and fun, especially if you involve your loved ones. So the next time you have some extra apples lying around, you know what to whip up!

Instructions

Prepare the Apples: Wash, peel, core, and chop the apples into small chunks.
Cook the Apples: In a large pot, combine the apples and water. Cover and let it simmer over medium heat for about 20-25 minutes or until the apples are soft and mushy. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
Mash or Puree: Once the apples are soft, use a potato masher to reach your desired consistency. For a smoother texture, you can blend the mixture using a hand blender or a food processor.
Flavor It Up: Stir in lemon juice, cinnamon, and sweetener if using. Adjust to taste.
Cool & Store: Allow the applesauce to cool. Transfer it to airtight containers and refrigerate. It should last for up to a week in the fridge.
Serving Suggestions:

Use as a topping for oatmeal or yogurt.
Mix with smoothies for added flavor and texture.
Serve alongside roasted meats for a delightful contrast.
Eat it plain as a snack or dessert.

Notes

Homemade applesauce is not just a treat for the palate but also a treat for your health. With no added artificial ingredients, you get the pure, unadulterated goodness of apples. Plus, the process of making it can be therapeutic and fun, especially if you involve your loved ones. So the next time you have some extra apples lying around, you know what to whip up!

 

 

 

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