• Kris

Minimalist applesauce.

With only a few ingredients and the simplest steps you can make this applesauce at home. Flavorful, fragrant and versatile. Vegan, gluten free, sugar free.

The other day, I went to this big bulk store. You know, in the new standards of ‘fewer trips to the grocery stores’, buying in bulk is our new way to go. So, along with n bunches of bananas, o boxes of berries, p cartons of grapes and q crates of oranges, I also bought r pounds of apples. And after two weeks now, I still have s pounds of apples left!

It’s a good thing that apples are sturdy pups! Wrapped in newspaper, kept in dark, they stay good for a good while. But they are not immortal ya’ll! You can’t store them for your whole lifetime! So, I had to do something with them that can allow me to keep them for an even longer time. And what other than apple sauce could do that?

This recipe of mine is so simple that you’ll be surprised! You won’t even have to peel the apples. Use a cheap apple ‘corer and slicer’ and put them on the stove with the spices. Then just set the timer and forget about them and get lost into web surfing. Or reading. Or watching Netflix. Or whatever your jam is. It’s really a slam dank!

When you’re done, you’ll get nice delicious, spice laced smooth applesauce that will keep for days. This applesauce is really versatile too! Eat it as a snack, top your morning oatmeal with it, serve on chops if you’re an omnivore. This works beautifully as a replacement for fat in baking too. I even use it as a binder in burgers! There are so many possible ways of using it that even Dr. Strange can’t keep scores when he sees the future!

Why wait then? Lets make us some of this ‘easy as apple pie’ goodness.

About the dish :

Course – Condiment

Servings – 80 oz (20 x ½ cup servings)

Difficulty level – Easy

Recipe type – Vegan, sugar free

Does it keep –Keeps in the refrigerator for 10-12 days

What you need :

5 pounds Fuji apples

2 large cinnamon sticks

1 star anise

5 cloves

Juice of 1 medium lemon

What you do :

1. Core the apples and cut them into wedges. Leave the skin on. Get rid of any brown spots on the apples.

2. Put all the apples in a large stock pot. Add water to just cover them. Add the cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves.

3. Turn the heat on to a medium high. Bring it to a boil. Then lower the heat to medium low. You’re looking for a gentle simmer.

4. Cook the apples uncovered for 40-45 minutes. Stir occasionally.

5. Let it cool down to room temperature.

6. Discard cinnamon, star anise and cloves. Strain the apples out with a slotted spoon.

7. Put the softened apples in a blender, add the lemon juice and blitz in high to have a smooth puree.

8. Ladle into clean glass jars.

You can reserve the apple cooking water to use in smoothies or even soups. It’s slightly sweet, has nice fragrance of spices and is full of leached nutrients.

Nutritional info per serving (1/2 cup) :

Calories – 59 Cal

Carbohydrate – 16 g

Protein – 0 g

Fat – 0 g

Saturated fat – 0 g

Sugar – 12 g

Sodium – 1 mg

Dietary fiber – 3 g

Wasn’t it absolutely hassle free? So, next time you go to the grocery store, don’t forget to buy a big bag of Fujis, yo! This simple, flavorful and multipurpose condiment will really be the applesauce of your eye!

Light, peace and avocados; from my heart to yours!

Do you have any questions? Any feedback after you’ve made it? I’d surely like to hear from you! Feel free to comment below.


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