This was the best applesauce I have ever tasted! I used transparent organic apples from the Okanagan which are small, tart and green. It tasted like sour apple O’s to me (which I love J), but then I added cinnamon and maple syrup for a sweeter, apple pie like flavour. For a sweeter base you just use naturally sweet apples, like red delicious, fuji or honey crisp. Apples are like mini multivitamins – as they have a bit of everything. Many important nutrients are found in the skin, so I kept them on and kept them raw which keeps this snack very high in nutrients and keeps you hydrated. This is another fun way to get your apple a day! Enjoy.
4 medium apples
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (1 lemon)
1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
1.Core and quarter the apples and leave the peel on.
2.Place the apples, lemon juice and maple syrup into the Vitamix.
3. Turn on to Variable 5 for a pureed consistency for 30 seconds using the tamper to press ingredients into the blade. Makes 1 ½ cups. Place in bowl, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.
Note: It is also good to use a mixture of apples as they compliment and heighten the flavour of one another.
**If you do not have a Vitamix you can bring apples to a boil with a couple cinnamon sticks and a few lemon peels (heighten the apple flavour), then simmer for 20-30 minutes, until apples are soft through and through. Drain and remove cinnamon sticks and peels. Mash with a potato masher or food processor until you reach the consistency you would like. Sweeten with cane sugar or maple syrup to taste**
Apples are history rich – from the Garden of Eden to Snow White and the wicked queen to Johnny Appleseed.
The apple is a member of the rose family, along with the pear. It is a crisp, white-fleshed fruit with a red, yellow or green skin. There are more than 25 varieties of apples available; they vary in color, appearance, sweetness, flavour and tartness.
Apples are a mini multivitamin as they contain a little of everything. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium, pectin and other fibers. They contain vitamin A, B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6) and biotin. They contain other minerals besides potassium, such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron. They also contain traces of copper, manganese, selenium and zinc. They even have some vitamin E, mostly in the seeds. Most of the apple’s important nutrients are contained in its skin and raw apples are higher in many nutrients and phytochemicals.
The pectin (soluble fiber) in apples can lower cholesterol, help control insulin levels by slowing the release of sugar into the bloodstream, has a detoxifying quality that is used in many cleansing formulas and improves the intestinal muscles ability to push waste through the gastrointestinal tract. They also contain insoluble fiber, so together with pectin they help promote bowel regularity, relieving both constipation and diarrhea.
Eating apples also helps clean teeth and is a perfect food for mothers-to-be suffering from morning sickness. It is a good source of fluid to keep you hydrated and is packed with valuable nutrients for you and baby.
*Apples are among the most heavily sprayed produce in North America with dangerous chemicals, such as pesticides and herbicides. It is strongly recommended to choose organic or local farmers that follow practices close to organic. Lots of the nutrients in an apple are in the skin so you don’t want to be peeling your apples*
Apple sauce can be eaten as a snack, with oatmeal or muesli, in baked goods or an accompaniment to a main course. We used to eat potato pancakes with applesauce, which is a popular dish my mom used to make for us from her German background. Stay tuned for the potato pancake recipe!! Apples are great sprinkled with cinnamon for a snack or just on its own. They are good in salads, baking, desserts and sliced with cheese.
Food For Thought:
"You can never do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late."
Ralph Waldo Emerson