While this Recipe for Applesauce may seem like it goes against what we preach about eating a whole foods diet, homemade applesauce is an exception to the rule. This Recipe for Applesauce is very different than the packaged applesauce you buy at the supermarket in a way that completely sets it apart!
Whether you whip this up as an easy-to-grab snack, a healthy breakfast, or even a quick dessert to satisfy that sweet tooth, we promise, you won’t be disappointed!
Recipe for Apple Sauce
Like mentioned above, while most applesauces would not fall under a “whole foods” dietary approach, this one most certainly does! And the best part is, this recipe only utilizes two major modifications in order to prioritize optimal nutrition. In this recipe, we….
Kept the Apple Skins: Supermarket applesauce is not made with the “whole” apple because it doesn’t include the apple skins. Keep in mind the apple skins are where most of the fiber in apples is. The apple skins contain nutrients, including important flavonoid phytonutrients such as quercetin. Click here to learn more about quercetin!
And, if you are concerned about your weight it is especially important to note research has actually compared the consumption of “whole” apples to skinless applesauce and apple juice. Research found that apples eaten without their skins don’t even come close to being as filling and satisfying as the “whole” apple. The healthy applesauce recipe below is made with the “whole” apple—skins and all.
Let the Fruit do the Sweetening: Commercial applesauce is often sweetened with empty calorie sugar. Sure, you can buy unsweetened applesauce but it still doesn’t have the beneficial apple skins. It also doesn’t exactly taste all that great either. The healthy applesauce recipe below is still sweet, but instead of using empty-calorie sugar, it gets a nutrient-rich sweet kick from “whole” raisins. When you puree the cooked sweet, plump and juicy raisins with the apples, they blend right in and make the whole thing taste like dessert! YUM!
Adding More Flavor
The healthy applesauce recipe below is actually a slight variation on a recipe of my moms. Mom never skinned the apples. Mom never added sugar to her applesauce recipe either. But, I like things sweet so it was my idea to add the white raisins to the recipe below.
If you want to make it even sweeter you can add “date sugar”. Date sugar is a “whole food” sugar made from dehydrated and ground dates, and is a great replacement for brown sugar!
I know ginger has so many health benefits and anti-inflammatory properties, so I added ginger too. However, you can feel free to leave the ginger out if you prefer. In addition, the cranberries add a burst of vitamin C along with a broad spectrum of phytonutrients. Click here to read more about phytonutrients!
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Recipe for Applesauce
This Recipe for Applesauce is very different than the packaged applesauce you buy at the supermarket in a way that completely sets it apart!
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 20 mins
- Yield: 3–4 servings 1x
- Category: American
- Method: Handheld Stick Blender
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
- Add all of the ingredients to a large heavy saucepan; cover and heat over medium heat.
- Cook for approximately 15 minutes, or until apples and raisins are soft.
- Keep the lid on, remove from heat and let sit at least 10 minutes.
- Use a handheld stick blender to puree. Serve warm or cold.
Applesauce will keep for 4 days if stored in a covered container in the fridge.
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