Homemade Applesauce (sugar-free!)
Apples are the fruit of fall and there is no better time to make fresh Applesauce. The flavors are true and deep, and this recipe suggests no sugar to allow the apples to deliver the fullest flavor possible. Ready in about 30 minutes.
To change up the flavor a different juice other than apple cider may be used such as pear.
Calories 668 kcal
6 medium-large Apples , peeled, cored, and rough-chopped (using a variety of types will improve the depth of flavor) ½ cup Water ½ cup fresh Apple Cider (I use organic fresh-pressed juice though any will do) 1 ½ teaspoon Agave Nectar or Honey; 'to taste' , adjust amount if needed
In a medium to large size pot or saucepan, combine the apples, water, apple cider and sweetener.
Bring to a low boil over medium heat; lower heat to a simmer (medium-low heat) and cover.
Cook until the apples are soft, approximately 15-20 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow to sit covered for an additional 10 minutes.
For Smooth applesauce: Pour the contents of the cooking pot into a blender (if using a smaller blender, blend in batches) and puree until smooth.
For Chunkier applesauce: Use a potato masher to mash all the apples, stirring to combine with the liquid. Using an immersion blender creates a consistency in between pureed and mashed.
May be eaten warm or chilled.
Calories: 668 kcal | Carbohydrates: 175 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 22 mg | Potassium: 1287 mg | Fiber: 26 g | Sugar: 135 g | Vitamin A: 590 IU | Vitamin C: 51.3 mg | Calcium: 65 mg | Iron: 1.3 mg