Homemade Applesauce

Making applesauce is one of my favorite things in the world to do in the fall. Have you ever read the ingredients on the back of a regular applesauce container? Did you know that almost every conventional regular applesauce contains either high fructose corn syrup (aka corn sugar) or sugar? Did you know that apples naturally have more sugar than any other fruit? So much sugar, that they can even be used as a sugar substitute in many recipes? What is my point?

You don’t need to add sugar to applesauce for it to taste deliciously sweet! In fact, not adding sugar allows your body to digest the applesauce much easier. And making applesauce is SO EASY! You can prepare everything for the applesauce in less than 30 minutes, then you just have to let it cook for about 45 minutes. So today I thought I would share my recipe with you. There are no exact measurements, it all just depends on how many apples you use and how you prefer your sauce to taste. Here is my recipe:

Emily’s Homemade Spiced Applesauce

Apples

Lemon Juice

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

Cloves

Water

Simply peel and dice your apples. Squeeze lemon juice onto the apples to keep from browning (you will not taste the lemon). For a small batch I use about 1/4 of a lemon. For a really big batch I use about 3/4 of a lemon. Once all the apples are diced sprinkle spices generously (I also put more cinnamon than any of the other spices), add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan, stir, and turn on the heat. I start mine out at about medium high and then once it starts to boil I reduce the heat to low and allow it to simmer. In the beginning you will need to stir frequently, once you reduce to a low simmer there is no need to stir, just allow the apples to cook. You can taste the sauce while it is cooking to see if you would like to add more spice. Serve warm or allow to cool.

One thing that I have that I absolutely love is an apple peeler, corer, and slicer. Mr. Hero got it for me for my birthday a few years ago after I drooled over a friends. He bought mine at Williams Sonoma but you can get them anywhere. Here is one from Amazon: