Did you know over 2,000 varieties of apples grow in the US? They're probably one of my favorite fruits, especially this time of year. I know there's so many choices to choose from but I'm pretty traditional and I think just the classic macintosh are my favorite! What's your fave?
Apples are a filling and healthy snack on their own (or with peanut butter), but one of my favorite fall snacks is homemade applesauce. You could also eat this as a healthy dessert, mix it with oatmeal, serve as a side with dinner, on pork, etc.- get creative!
Homemade applesauce is so much more flavorful and satisfying than store bought, besides, it doesn't get easier than this...
4 apples any kind, cored and diced
~1 Tbsp cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
1/4 - 1/2 cup water
(I've noticed that the amounts seem to vary depending on the ripeness of the apples, adjust to consistency and taste)
1. LEAVE THE SKINS ON THE APPLES! They give the applesauce a nice pink color and they're a great source of fiber.
2. Heat the apple chunks and a 1/4 cup water in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
3. Simmer until the apples are soft and easy to mash with a potato masher. The time it takes likely depends on the type of apple, but it should about 10 minutes or so.
4. Add the cinnamon. You may need to add more water as well, if the apples are sticking to the pan. You can adjust the water as needed to reach your desired consistency.
5. Mash the apples to the texture you like (leave some chunks if you like!). You could also use an immersion blender or regular stand up blender to puree the sauce until smooth (If you used a cinnamon stick, remove it before blending).