As the peak of apple season is approaching, I wanted to share with you this fun recipe. Apples are a great snack because they are full of fiber, potassium, calcium, and vitamin C. This applesauce recipe allows you to enjoy all of these benefits, as well as have some fun. If you have kids, I’m sure they would love to help with the mashing! This recipe is great because it has no added sugar. I prefer to leave the peels on just for the texture and health benefits, but if you don’t like it, you can peel half of the apples. You can also add as much nutrition as you want—like walnuts or cranberries for antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties!
3 lbs apples
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
1 1/2 cups water
2 thin lemon slices
1/4 teaspoon salt
Feel free to add cranberries, walnuts, etc!
1. Peel and core apples—for the most health benefits keep the skin on, if not, peel half. Cut apples into approximately 1 inch cubes.
2. Add all ingredients to pot, and turn heat on high. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the apples have softened significantly.
3. Stir frequently, making sure that the apples are not sticking to the bottom of the pot. Add more water if necessary. Remove lemon slices.
4. Mash with a potato masher or use a food mill for a smoother consistency. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 8 servings.
Enjoy it as a pre/post-fuel snack as well as an after dinner treat!