Thursday, December 8, 2011

What's in your Applesauce?

I recently discovered how EASY it is to make Applesauce! (Thanks to Aunt JJ and Nanna!) I did however modify the age old family recipe.

Here is an example of what is in store bought applesauce:
http://ebrandaid.com/kids-foods/label-trickery-finding-a-healthy-apple-sauce/

Mott’s Classic Variety – Original vs. Natural

Motts_Classic_Original

Original

(4oz serving , 90 cals, 20g of sugar)
Ingredients: Apples, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Ascorbic Acid (To Maintain Color).

Now Mott's does have an applesauce that is not that bad: Healthy Harvest
But I am still skeptical at anything that says, "natural flavors".

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP!
Now here is the deal, ANYONE who had made applesauce with a sweet apple like "Gala" knows NO SUGAR is needed in applesauce! The apples alone are SWEET!

So here is a SUGAR FREE, SUPER FRESH, SUPER YUMMY, Applesauce recipe:

Peel, core and cube 10 apples of your choice.

Here is a handy dandy tool to use to peel apples: (Yes, it's on my wish list)
http://www.amazon.com/Back-Basics-Apple-Potato-Peeler/dp/B0000DE2SS

Put in stock like pot. Add one cup of water, dash of salt and about 1 tsp of lemon juice (to prevent the apples from turning brown)

Cook on low heat for 1 hour. Stir now and then.

Use a potato masher or blender and mix/mash then up to your liking.
Add cinnamon for additional flavor.
Place in fridge for up to 2 weeks? :)

Literally THAT EASY!

Now go, buy some apples, and make this YUMMY treat! I could not believe how fresh this tasted. Loved it warm too!  We did add cinnamon so it tasted like apple pie filling! YUM!

Remember to pair this treat with some fat like nuts for better nutritional absorption!




Have a HAPPY and HEALTHY week!
xo

Jeni Clark~

1 comment:

Edie said...

Mmm, home made applesauce...never lasts long around here! And so much cheaper and very easy.

Any one interested in more info on some of those "natural" ingredients in canned and packaged foods can check out www.truthinlabeling.org. For example, Citric Acid is not just "vitamin C" as they would have you believe!

Thanks Jeni!