Ever heard the saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away?" Well, can the same be said for applesauce? Applesauce in its simplest form is really just cooked apples, so it contains much of the same nutritional benefits and vitamins. Store-bought and homemade applesauce may contain added sugars but is still a nutritious supplement to fresh apples as a low-calorie option.
Applesauce is a low-fat source of antioxidants and can be a treat enjoyed on its own, combined with a variety of options such as yogurt, fruits and nuts, or can be used as a replacement ingredient for certain fats used in baked goods.
With a number of health benefits ranging from reducing blood pressure, added soluble fibre for digestive health, and may even aid in reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity and cancer, why not try to make your own applesauce!
Making applesauce is as easy as boiling water and adding fresh apples, but many recipes may include adding sugar and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
6 cups apples (approx. 4-5 apples) - peeled, cored and chopped
¾ cup water
¼ cup white sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tbsp lemon juice
In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients.
Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft.
Allow to cool and mash with a potato masher or fork.
For a smoother texture, you can blend your cooked apples in a food processor or blender.
Serve on its own or with added nuts, fruits, or stir in some yogurt!
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