I have a secret to tell you. Just a few short years ago homemade applesauce was a mystery to me. I would buy jars of unsweetened, organic applesauce but I did not make my own. All it takes is coring a bunch of apples, boiling them up in some water and adding a pinch of spices (or in this case a cinnamon stick.) Depending the sweetness of your apples, you might add a smidge of natural sweetener too. The lesson I learned as soon as I made my first batch was how simple, quick and easy it is to make your own. It tastes better when you make it yourself and your house smells delicious as it cooks.
Not too long after I started my blog I became online friends with Liz Weiss and Janice Bissex the lovely women behind the website Meal Makeover Moms. They are both registered dietitians and busy moms. We share a similar philosophy regarding the meals we prepare for our families. It is essential for us to cook healthy, delicious food for the ones we love.
They recently published a book called No Whine with Dinner (love that name.) In this book they share 150 easy to follow recipes that were cooked up by moms and taste tested by their kids. The idea behind that all that testing was to find recipes even the pickiest eaters would love.
Liz and Janice want to ensure that family meal time is happy, healthy and filled with great whole food ingredients. There is also a fun chapter called “50 Mom’s Secrets for Getting Picky Eaters to Try New Foods.”
I was so honored when they asked to feature my recipe for Cranberry Pear Applesauce in their “Bloggers Best” section in the book. These days I always have a big batch of homemade applesauce on hand. Not only do we love to snack on it, I also love to use it in baking. Applesauce adds sweetness, flavor and a nice crumb to baked goods. It also reduces the fat needed in cakes, muffins, cookies, etc.
I also use it as a dip for my morning stuffed french toast instead of maple syrup. My kids love it in their lunch boxes. Next time you have oatmeal stir in some applesauce instead of sugar. Applesauce yogurt parfaits are fun too for breakfast, dessert or snacks.
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Cinnamon Stick Applesauce
Makes about 48 ounces (12 half cup servings)
- Sweeten your applesauce to taste with your favorite natural sweetener. You might not need to at all. I like stevia powder. You can also use pure maple syrup, honey or sucanat (unrefined cane sugar.)
- You can make your applesauce smooth or chunky, simply purée it until it reaches the desired consistency.
- Adjust water to make thicker or thinner. I have found that 3/4 cup of water per pound of apples is a middle ground for thickness.
- My favorite apples are Pink Lady, Honey Crisp and Granny Smith. I generally use a combination of these when I make applesauce.
- I keep the skins on the apples for added nutritional value, fiber and flavor. Once it is puréed you cannot even tell they are there.
- Cooking the applesauce with the cinnamon stick really infuses the flavor into the sauce. If you do not have cinnamon sticks you can add a few pinches of ground cinnamon to taste towards the end of cooking time.
- 3 pounds your favorite Apples, cleaned, cored and roughly chopped
- 3/4 cup Water per pound of apples
- 1/2 Lemon or 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- fat free Greek Yogurt
- Sour Cream
- Spices: ground Cinnamon, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Dried Fruit: Raisins, Blueberries, Cranberries, tart Cherries
In a heavy bottomed large pot add apples, water and cinnamon stick. Squeeze in lemon juice. Bring to boil over medium high heat. Lower the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let applesauce cool a bit. Take out the cinnamon stick. Purée in blender or food processor until desired consistency is achieved. Add more water if needed.
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