We love apples in my family. They are a go-to snack that my daughter loves thanks to their sweetness. I also love that they are packed with Vitamin C and dietary fiber. In addition to being quick and healthy, apples are also extremely versatile to cook with and can be found in an assortment of pies, butters… and one of my favorites, applesauce.
Since applesauce is essentially just apples with some mild flavorings, I try to make my own as much as possible and stay away from store-bought varieties that can be packed with preservatives and way too much sugar. For this recipe, I used a combination of yellow delicious and Granny Smith apples from my local farmers market, some cinnamon, cloves and some almond extract that involved minimal cooking. The recipe even includes the peels, so the prep work is really minimal for a tasty treat that is ready in minutes.
Easy Peasy Applesauce
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
- 3 Yellow Delicious and 3 Fuji apples (feel free to use your favorite apples)
- 1 cup of water
- ¼ tsp of ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp of ground cloves
- 1 tsp of almond extract
- Wash all of the apples and remove any stickers. Cut up the apples and remove the seeds. Set the apples aside.
- Boil the water and add the apples. Bring the mixture back to a boil and add the cinnamon, cloves and extract. After about 20 minutes (when the apples get soft), turn off the flame and let the apples cool.
- Using a hand blender, mash the apples until they reach your desired consistency. (As an alternative, you can also use a strainer, sieve or food mill.). Taste the apple mixture and feel free to add more cinnamon if you desire. Enjoy!
-Keep the remaining applesauce in a jar.
-Choose apples that are naturally sweet so that you won’t have to add any additional sugar.