This might seem like a really simple recipe but I have been asked so many times recently how I make apple sauce. Do I add in extra sugar? So I add in spices? Do I blend it or keep it chunky? So to honour all of your questions, I have made up some of my homemade apple sauce. I always have a jar of it to hand sat in the fridge and I have lots of tubs of it in the freezer ready for a rainy day.
Apple sauce is an amazing accompaniment to virtually anything. You can spoon it in to smoothies, bake with it, add it as a sauce for roast dinners (especially pork), have it as a filling for homemade apple pie or just eat it on it’s own with a sprinkling of tiger nut flour. However you choose to eat it, apple sauce will never go out of fashion! Apples are in abundance everywhere at the moment, so if you have an apple tree get picking them! If not, head to your local farmers market or farm shop for locally sourced apples.
I like to mildly spice mine to add a little warmth to it. I try not to add any sugar, however if it’s needed then I would suggest adding 1-2 tsps coconut sugar or honey. In terms of chunky vs. smooth I would personally go for chunky all the time! The sauce breaks down enough so that it is very smooth but with those few chunks of apple. It just adds a lovely bite and texture. However, if you feel that you would rather have it completely smooth then add it to a Nutribullet or blender and blend until smooth.
Four of my favourite recipes, which all use apple sauce:
Four health benefits to apples:
- Apples are full of vital vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
- Apples are jam-packed with fibre. If you can try not to remove the skin as this’ where the most valuable source of fibre and phytonutrients are contained.
- Exercise extender and heart health: An apple before exercise can give you that much-needed energy boost. Apples are pumped with the antioxidant Quercetin, which increases endurance, keeps your heart healthy and helps to prevent allergies.
- Apples contain no fat and no cholesterol
- 500g Apple (Cooking or eating), chopped and peeled
- ½tsp Cinnamon
- ½tsp Nutmeg
- 1 pinch Sea salt
- 1 tsp Lemon zest
- 1 -2 tsp Coconut sugar (optional to add once cooked)
- Place apples, chopped and peeled in to a pan
- Cover with water and bring to boil
- Once boiling turn to a simmer and add your other ingredients (other than coconut sugar).
- Cook until soft, the apples will absorb the water and you can break them down with a wooden spoon, if you want them sweetened now add in the coconut sugar
- Once cooked and soft, you can mash the apple sauce down with a potato masher or place through a blender or just leave to have chunky.
- To freeze, once cool, spoon in to lockable freezer bags