You have to peel the apples. You have to slice the apples. You have to cook down the apples.
And it’s kind of a pain the a….
But hear me out.
Because like most things in life,
The extra effort is worth it.
I walk into the grocery store now and laugh at the sad little jars of mushy Mott’s.
One bowl will have you scoffing at the applesauce in the market and wishing you could eat this stuff every single day of your life.
And, good news.
With this recipe….
Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce
Makes 5-6 servings, depending on how greedy you get…about 145 calories per 1/2 cup serving
- 3 lbs of fresh apples
- 7-8 Medjool dates
- 1 T honey/maple syrup/agave nectar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- First you have to peel all those apples. I know, I know…but it’s so worth it.
- Slice the apples up into smallish chunks. Smallish is a word in my kitchen.
- Place Medjool dates in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes (or place in a dish of water and microwave for 30 seconds…the point is to soften them). When soft to the touch, take out the pits and place into food processor. Pulsate until dates form a soft paste.
- Transfer date paste, apples, and all other remaining ingredients into a large pot over medium heat.
- Cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more cinnamon if you want more spice…
- Place half of the mixture into a food processor, or mash by hand to achieve desired level of “chunkiness” or “smoothness.” I pureed half of mine and left the other half chunky…but the choice is yours.
- If you spoon some of this applesauce while it’s warm over vanilla ice cream, you may never feel the need to make another new friend in your life. Just sayin’.