Void of added sugar or preservatives, homemade applesauce is a healthy, wholesome snack and a great way to make use of apples that are bruised or past their prime.
Uses for Homemade Applesauce
- Substitute for oil in recipes for pancakes, muffins, and quick breads
- Mix into yogurt or oatmeal for fruit-based sweetness
- Use as a topping for potato pancakes or pork chops
- Freeze in ice pop molds to make homemade ice pops
- Enjoy it on its own, chilled or warm
Ingredients (Makes about 10 servings)
- 3 pounds apples
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- ½ cup water
Peel all, some, or none of the apples depending on your taste and texture preference. Core the apples and cut into roughly 1-inch cubes.
Add all ingredients to a pot, partially cover, and place on the stove over high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Apples should be soft. Add more water if the apples are sticking to the pot.
Mash with a potato masher to desired consistency. A food mill, food processor, or blender can also be used to achieve an extra-smooth consistency.
Calories: 80 calories (per ½ cup serving)
Fat: 0 g
Protein: 0 g
Carbohydrates: 19 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sugars: 14 g
Sodium: 1 mg
Potassium: 145 mg