During Autumn, organic apples are at their peek, fresh and delicious. Plus apples are healthy, packed with fiber (if you eat the peel) and vitamin C. You really need to go organic with apples though. Apples topped the Dirty Dozen list this year, meaning, conventional apples are packed with pesticide residue. Ick.
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.
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 whichever are freshest.
- 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
To 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.