Organic, Sugar-Free, and Delicious!
Written by Gayle
As I have mentioned more than once before, I am super picky about my apples. I have thrown away far too many apples in my lifetime because after one bite I have rejected a less-than-crisp orb. And though the apples are great this time of the year, sometimes I bring home more than we eat. Or we buy some and accidentally leave them in a warm car.
That's what happened this weekend. The guys went on a fishing trip, and ended up with more apples than they ate. They were a little weathered by the time they got back home. But no worries! I made a quick batch of applesauce with the not-quite-perfect apples. Sugar-free, organic, delicious--just the ticket for an autumn snack!
Homemake Sugar-Free Applesauce
- 4 cups of cored organic apples--I used Galas for their sweetness
- 1 cup water
- a cinnamon stick, if desired. You can also add ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp fresh organic lemon juice
- Core and chop the apples. I do not peel them, but if you want chunky applesauce and don't like the peelings, you'll need to peel the apples.
- Put the apples in a pot with the water, lemon juice, and the cinnamon stick
- Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer
- Stir the apples regularly until they are very soft, about 30 minutes
- Keep an eye on the mixture so that it does not begin to scorch. Add a little water if needed
- When the apples are very soft, remove from heat and cool for a few minutes
- Remove the cinnamon stick and then push the mixture through a strainer or ricer. I just used a strainer and the back of a spoon to push the applesauce through. You should keep pushing it through until all you have left are the peelings.
- If you have peeled the apples, you can just use a potato masher (and leave as many chunks as you'd like!)
- If you'd like, add some ground cinnamon or agave syrup for a little more sweetness.
- Cool completely and enjoy!
- The applesauce can be refrigerated for several days or bottled in a hot-water bath.
You will love this taste of Autumn!