No Sugar Added Applesauce Recipe
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Diabetic Friendly Recipes
When you are a diabetic or live with someone who is a diabetic, it is very important to be sure that you are offering foods that are within the dietary restrictions of that person. When my husband was diagnosed with diabetes, I became obsessed with reading the labels to be sure that he would be able to eat whatever I was purchasing. The labels have come a long way since that first diagnosis, but so has my ability to cook foods that are much fresher and healthier for our family. This applesauce recipe is one of my favorite fall recipes to cook. There is not a grain of sugar added to this applesauce, and it is great to freeze when you have an excess amount of apples.
How many apples for applesauce?
A general rule of thumb when you are making your own applesauce is that one medium sized apples is about one serving. Therefore, depending on how many people you wish to feed, you will need that many apples.
When I make applesauce, it is usually when the harvest from my in laws' farm has come in and I have a glut of apples. I do not typically measure them out. Instead, I make large batches that I usually can or freeze to use later in the year.
The recipe that I will give will be for 6 servings, yet as stated, this can easily be modified to make larger (or even smaller) serving sizes.
What kind of apples should I use for applesauce?
There are many people who believe that it is best to use certain kinds of apples for applesauce. Many people say that you should use a sweeter apple for sauce. Apples like Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, and Fuji apples. My personal feeling is that a mix of apples works great. My in-laws have a variety of apple trees on their farm and I use any and all kinds in my applesauce. I think that the variety gives the sauce an added depth of flavor that would not be found in sauce that is made from just one variety. In other words, use what you have and you will not go wrong.
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Steps to Making Sugar Free Applesauce
This recipe is so easy that you will wonder why you haven't made this before.
- 6 medium apples
- 1 cup of water
- 1 Tablespoon of cinnamon (optional)
- Peel, core, and chop the apple into chunks.
- Place them in a pot. Pour the water into the pot.
- Bring to a rolling boil over medium to medium high heat.
- Turn the heat down to low and cook for 20-30 minutes or until the apples are soft.*
- Add the cinnamon if you are using it and allow to cool slightly. Serve warm or cold.
*I use a slotted spoon to mash the apples down as the begin to soften. I do not blend mine to make it smooth because we like ours on the slightly chunky side. If you wish to blend it, allow it to cool first.
That is it. You will have delicious, fresh applesauce for you and your family and it will be free of added sugars or preservatives.
Can you freeze applesauce?
Freezing applesauce is a great alternative to canning. Just allow your homemade applesauce to cool before placing it in quart sized freezer bags. Lay flat in the freezer to allow more space to stack several portions of applesauce on top of each other. Don't forget to use a permanent marker to write what is in the bag along with the date that you made it. It should last for about six months in the freezer. This is a perfect way to use up large amounts of apples and have them for future needs such as Thanksgiving dinner!