Recipe 52: Sugar Free Applesauce

Yesterday I really felt like either baking or cooking something sweet, but I'm trying to stick to food that is as healthy as possible (except for on special occasions, of course). I saw that I still had a big pile of apples in my fruit basket, so I went with apple sauce! It's incredibly easy, and you are not going to miss the sugar at all.
Ingredients

  • Apples, medium and sweet - 4 pieces
  • Cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
This applesauce is very cinnamonny, but you could use less of the spice if you want to.

Instructions
  1. If you want to peel the apples first, that is what you should start with. Te skin of an apple actually carries most of the nutrition in the fruit, so I decided to keep it on. Then cut up all your apples into bite size pieces.
  2. Put water into a medium large saucepan, until it's about an inch deep. Then add the apples, and put the pan on medium to medium low heat. Put a lid on, and let it simmer away.
  3. The apples need to cook for about half an hour, but do not forget to stir the apples through every 5 minutes. This is important because all the pieces of apple need to cook evenly.
  4. You know the apples are done when you can mash them using a wooden spoon. That is how soft they need to be. When this happens, add the cinnamon and lemon juice, and take the pan off the heat.
  5. Let the apple-cinnamon mixtures set for about 10 minutes before continuing the process. When they have cooled down a bit, put everything into a food processor. If you have not added the skin of the apples, you could also use a potato masher.
You can eat the sauce warm or cold, to top something off or on its own, and however you like it. I topped off my chia seed pudding with it, and it was divine!

Enjoy!

Liefs,

Debs.

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