My mom and I made some homemade applesauce for me to take to college next week! It’s so delicious – fresh and tastes just like cinnamon apples. We didn’t add any extra sugar, salt, or excess lemon juice. Each serving is ~ 90 calories, 0g fat, 22g carbs, 2g fiber, 17g sugar, 1g protein. I used it to bake some cookies too as a replacement to oil and butter and it worked perfectly! The applesauce has the perfect amount of natural sweetness, so delicious. You should make yourself a batch and freeze it for longterm use! It’s delicious to eat during the winter time or when you’re sick. It’s also a very delicious dessert!!
Yields ~ 5 cups of sauce (~ 8 – 10 servings)
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
7 large apples (I used large Gala apples)
6 large cinnamon sticks
7 tbsp lemon juice
1. Slice all of the apples and remove the cores.
2. Blend together all of the apples with about 1/4 cup water. You definitely don’t want to use more or your sauce will become very thin so try to use a very strong blender.
3. Heat the apple puree on the stove top in a large pot. Throw in the cinnamon sticks (I broke mine in halves) and the lemon juice. Heat for about 15 – 20 minutes till all of the water has boiled. You will see the apple puree bubble and the applesauce will get thicker. Stir frequently.
finished applesauce – yum
4. Let the applesauce cool then store into an air tight container. It will remain fresh for a while actually – you can refrigerate it for about a week or freeze it for about a year!
I’ve never really had cottage cheese before but my mom bought a tub of it from Trader Joe’s yesterday so I decided to give it a try – the extra protein boost and live cultures can’t hurt right? Well, it turned out to be delicious! I sprinkled a little cinnamon on top because that’s my favorite spice with strawberries. It was the perfect pre-workout, afternoon snack! You could even eat it at breakfast, as a dessert, or as a snack – and it’s flexible in terms of what toppings you use. Next time, I’m going to try it with chocolate chips yumm!