During Autumn, organic apples are at their peek. Fresh and delicious, apples are packed with fiber (if you eat the peel) and vitamin C. Below is a delicious recipe for easy and healthy homemade organic applesauce that’s not just tasty but since it’s organic, it’s a safer choice than conventional.
Why go organic?
Organic apples are a safer, healthier bet than conventional apples. Apples topped the Dirty Dozen list this year, meaning, conventional apples are packed with pesticide residue. Ick.
Organic applesauce ingredients:
- 2 pounds of organic apples. Mixing apple varieties will offer you new subtle applesauce flavors, so feel free to experiment with whatever apples you like and/or the freshest you can find at your local grocery store.
- 1 organic lemon (you won’t be using the whole thing, so plan for another lemon dish as well).
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
- 1/2 cup water
Make your organic applesauce:
1. Wash, peel and core all your apples.
2. Chop apples into 8-10 chunks per apple.
3. Wash your lemon then peel two or three very thin strips of the peel using a veggie peeler.
4. Place apple chunks, lemon peel, cinnamon and water into a pot.
5. Allow the mixture to come to a boil. Reduce to simmer. Cover and allow it to cook for about a half hour, or until apples are soft enough to mash with a fork. If the mixture seems super thick as it cooks down, add a bit more water, if you like, but not too much.
6. Remove from heat, allow it to cool a little then use a spoon to get the lemon peels out.
7. You can serve this right away (warm or cool it first) and then chill or freeze any extra.
- You can mix in some organic berries for added flavor combos. Simply steam the berries until very soft and mix in during the blending stage.
- This is the perfect applesauce for babies – just make sure you puree it well.
- For little ones you can mix this in oatmeal for breakfast.
- For babies you can mix this into baby cereal for a heartier meal.
- A fun way for a green family to obtain the necessary apples is to head to an organic you-pick farm or the local farmers’ market.
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