Applesauce - No Sugar Added
Homemade applesauce, crafted with just three simple ingredients—apples, water, and a hint of vanilla—embodies the essence of wholesome simplicity. This no-sugar-added recipe celebrates the natural sweetness and flavor of ripe apples, creating a deliciously pure and nourishing treat. Applesauce can have different uses:- Enjoy as a healthy snack or dessert on its own.- Serve as a topping for pancakes, waffles, or ice cream.- Use as a natural sweetener in baking recipes, such as muffins, cakes, and bread.- Incorporate into savory dishes, such as glazes for roasted meats or sauces for pork chops.- Mix into oatmeal or yogurt for a nutritious and flavorful breakfast option.
- large saucepan
- Potato masher (or immersion blender)
- Mason jars (or airtight containers for storing)
- 8 medium apples, preferably a mix (such as Gala, Fuji, or Granny Smith)
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Prepare the Apples: wash, peel, and core the apples. Cut them into chunks or slices, removing any seeds or tough parts.
- Cook the Apples: in a large saucepan, combine the apple chunks with water and vanilla extract (if using). Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes, or until the apples are soft and tender.
- Mash or Blend the Apples: once the apples are cooked, remove the saucepan from the heat.Using a potato masher or immersion blender, mash or blend the cooked apples to your desired consistency. For a chunky applesauce, leave some pieces intact. For a smoother texture, blend until smooth.
- Adjust Consistency and Flavor: if the applesauce is too thick, you can add a little more water to reach your desired consistency. Taste and adjust the sweetness, if necessary.
- Serve or Store: homemade applesauce can be served warm or chilled, depending on your preference. Transfer the applesauce to mason jars or airtight containers for storage. It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or frozen for longer storage.
- Choose a mix of sweet and tart apples for a well-balanced flavor profile in the applesauce.
- Feel free to adjust the amount of vanilla extract according to your taste preferences.
- Add some cinnamon instead or in addition to vanilla.
- Homemade applesauce can be enjoyed on its own, served as a topping for oatmeal or yogurt, used as a filling for pies and pastries, or incorporated into baking recipes for added moisture and sweetness.