Naturally Sweet Homemade Applesauce
No sweetener needed for this recipe, it has tons of flavor on its own. Plus, by leaving on the skins, you get all the fiber and vitamins. Great for kids and adults to eat. The key - you need a powerful blender to get a silky smooth consistency, unless you like your applesauce chunky. For me, the recipe tastes best when you blend the apples and skins to a creamy smooth texture.
- 12 cups apples with skin about 4 pounds of apples
- 3 tsp lemon juice
- 2-3 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp fresh nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/4 cup water
Chop Apples: Leave Skins ON!
Chop apples into uniform bite size pieces. Leaving the skins on gives you all the great fiber and vitamins. Don't throw it away!
Put the apples into a 6 - 8 quart stock pot as you chop them.
Add 1 tsp of lemon juice for each 4 cups of apples chopped. Lemon juice prevents the apples from browning and adds flavor.
Once the apples start to sweat, add the cinnamon (2-3 tsp depending on your taste, I like 3 tsp), fresh nutmeg, and sea salt.
Continue to cook covered until apples are soft (20-30 minutes total). Stir often.
The apples will make their own syrup as they cook down. You want to retain some of this. Apples will be soft enough while you still have the thick delicious sweet syrup in the bottom of the pot. Don't over reduce it!
Blend, Blend, Blend
Once the apples are cooked, place in a high powered blender with the water. Blend on high until apples and skins are blended to desired consistency.
I love my Vitamix because it gets my applesauce silky smooth. You don't even know the apple skins are there!
What Apples Should You Use?
Use whatever apples you like to eat. I prefer apples that are both tart and sweet and I like to mix apples. Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Pink Lady, Macintosh are all apples I love to eat fresh and as applesauce.