Fall is certainly here...and as a summer loving, sun worshiper who gets cold even on a 70 degree day, this change of season is often bittersweet. The bitter part is mostly because it means that brutally long winter is around the corner, but the fall brings mostly sweet thoughts! The crisp air with a hint of that summer sun, beautiful foliage, pumpkins, and thoughts of the holiday season to come are just some of the wonderful traits the fall brings to the northeast. This also means an abundance of all things apple, pumpkin and cinnamon! What would thanksgiving be without an apple pie, or an apple crumb to cure a sweetooth on a chilly fall evening? Unfortunately even the homemade versions of these fall desserts are often filled with added sugar and topped with crisp buttery layers of dough or sugary crumble. If you are one of these apple treat lovers....try my healthy homemade applesauce which is so simple to make, and can help you use up any of those bruised apples leftover apple picking! (plus HEALTHY). This is a great alternative to those decadent desserts and does not skimp of taste...it may even be better than those calorie filled pies!
Healthy Homemade Applesauce
- 8-10 apples diced small with skins on for extra fiber. (can use any variety of apples you like, but I recommend having at least half be Macintosh apples/ macoun and the rest can be a sweeter variety such as gala or Fuji. The tartness from the macintosh is a good contrast.)
- 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon+ cinnamon stick
- squeeze of lemon juice
- 1/2 c water to help it soften
- light amount of oil to coat sauce pan
Directions: lightly oil saucepan and bring to medium high heat. Add all of the apples, cinnamon, lemon juice and water. Cover and let come to a "sizzle" and stir to make sure all the apples start breaking down. They should almost start to boil...keep stirring and then turn to medium heat, cover and let cook down for 20min, should still have some natural chunks , but nothing should still be crunchy! I let it sit with cover on and heat off for 30-40min to continue to cook down.