- Dr. Nadia Mawji, ND
Seasonal Applesauce Recipe
Did you know that apples sprinkled with cinnamon is one of my favourite snacks?
This applesauce is perfect to pair with nut or seed butters as well as a vanilla coconut ice cream (yum!!!). And it’s also allergy-friendly (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free). This guilt-free dessert is perfect for any holiday dinner!
Here's what you'll need:
3 pounds of apples (I prefer variety: Granny smith, Gala, sometimes Red Delicious)
½ cup water (you may need more or less)...more explained in the directions
For the fall/winter seasons, I like to add 2 tablespoons 100% organic maple syrup and 2-3 teaspoons of fresh pure cinnamon in its powdered form (you can always add more or less of these depending on your preference)
1 tablespoon lemon juice to help round out the flavour
Wash the apples.
Peel the apples.
Core the apples.
Chop the apples (don’t worry about perfection here). Smaller chunks may be helpful to speed up the process a bit.
Add all ingredients except the lemon juice into a saucepan and place over the stove at medium heat. Start with ¼ cup water, then you can add as you go. Stir every 5 minutes.
You will notice the apples will start to break up into smaller pieces over the heat.
This next step depends on what you enjoy. For a chunkier consistency, you can stir the apples against wall of the sauce pan to smooth out majority of the chunks with a cooking spatula. Or for a super smooth and velvety texture, add all ingredients into a heat resistant food processor! Blend until super smooth.
At this point you can add in the lemon juice (I don’t add in all of 1 tablespoon at once). Flavour to your taste buds. You can also add in more maple syrup if you wish. I usually add more cinnamon!
This makes about 6-8 servings, you can multiply the ingredients to make more!
Serve chilled or warm. Enjoy with a warm-spiced tea.