Happy Monday! Hope your week has started off on the right foot.
During the weekend, the topic of veggie juices came up in discussion. Over a few vodkas (ironically enough), my friends were telling me about their favorite green juices at Crussh, a food & juice bar in London. Combinations like ‘apple, celery, kale, and cucumber’ were described as incredible and Green Goddess juices were deemed amazing. I couldn’t help but laugh: To many people, that would sound crazy. After all, who goes ga-ga over fruits & vegetables! However I completely get it, and go ga-ga on a daily basis over apples…applesauce to be exact.
I’m sure the mere mention of “applesauce” conjures up images of Mott’s Snack & Go cups in supermarkets’ canned fruit aisle. Yeah no…homemade chunky applesauce is a whole different ball game. If you have ever eaten apple pie, it tastes just like the filling. Trust me on this. The eating possibilities are endless but some of my favorite uses include:
- Oatmeal or waffle topper
- Mixed with plain Greek yogurt
- Straight out of a bowl
- As a toast or rice cake topping: Peanut butter & Applesauce is totally the new Peanut butter & Jelly
- As a butter/oil replacement in baking
Some recipes involve lemon juice, others call for copious amounts of sugar. I stick with 3 ingredients…because that’s really all you need for perfect applesauce:
Homemade Chunky Applesauce
- 2 large apples (I tend to use Gala, Golden Delicious, or Pink Lady’s but any kind will do)
- ¾ cup water
- 2 heaped teaspoons cinnamon
- Cut the apples into 1-inch cubes (leave the skin on)
- Place apple pieces in a saucepan over medium heat, and cover with water
- Bring to a boil, add cinnamon and then leave it to simmer
- Once the apples have completely absorbed the water (about 15-20 minutes), turn off the heat
- Transfer to an airtight container after the applesauce has cooled down. Store in refrigerator.
It really is a piece of
pie cake to make. And if you want to be efficient with your cooking, triple or quadruple the recipe…I just have no self-control over homemade applesauce when it’s in the fridge ;)!
What’s your favorite way to eat applesauce?
What fruit or veggie can you not get enough of?