What is apple sauce?
Healthy Apple sauce is without a doubt my favourite condiment for a roast dinner, there’s no competition in my eyes. In fact, it may well be my favourite part of a roast dinner on the whole. Carvery lunches have always been a big thing in my family, it only takes one person to mention it and were all getting our coats on with excited but slightly guilty looks across all of our faces. Its always worth it, even on a bad day. You just can’t go wrong with a meal that involves serving yourself and getting all of your favourite bits but not having to do the washing up at the end. With todays financial climate, roasts at home are a more common sight than going out for a meal. Sadly now whenever I do treat myself to a pub carvery, I always notice how quiet the dining rooms are. Maybe one day soon carvery’s will be a thing of the past all together as more people take to cooking at home to save money.
Whilst I have been making roasts at home for some time, I still do it just for the apple sauce but apple sauce bought in shops just isn’t the same. They’re not healthy either, the amount of added sugar is clear in the taste and it doesn’t compare to freshly stewed healthy apple sauce, still warm from the pan. Its so easy to make your own healthy apple sauce that you will never want to buy it in a jar again.
I love to make this healthy apple sauce and dish it into portioned pots which I then freeze or refrigerate to use as needed. This recipe will create 6 large portions of apple sauce. No teaspoon servings here! Its just 70kcal per portion.
Do you have a diet restriction?
This recipe is:
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
- Low GI
- Paleo Friendly
- 1 syn
Step 1: Prepare the apples
To start with grab 6 apples. When im using apples both for cooking and to eat fresh I always choose granny smith apples. They have a crisp sweetness that no other variety of apple can compare to. Peel and core your apples before cutting them into small chunks.
Step 2: Season and cook your apples
Put your apple into a saucepan with 2 tbsp of water, 1tsp of apple cider vinegar 1/4 tsp of all spice and 1/8 tsp of salt. Heat on low for 10 minutes. Stirring regularly. Once your apple is soft, add 1 tbsp of honey (or maple syrup if vegan) and start to mash your apple. I think the consistency of apple sauce is largely down to preference. Some like it completely smooth however i personally like a nice mix of chunky apple and smooth sauce, to do this I mash one section of apple well whilst being mindful to keep the rest of the apple away from my potato masher. If you do not have a potato masher you could use a fork it may just take slightly longer. If you would like completely smooth healthy apple sauce, you may want to blend the apple instead.
Step 3: Storing your healthy apple sauce
Taste your apple sauce to check the sweetness and add more honey if desired. Leave your healthy apple sauce to cool before serving or transferring into portion pots. As the fruit in this recipe is fresh you will need to refrigerate this apple sauce, it will not survive in the cupboard as this recipe is not full of preserving chemicals like shop bought versions.
Can I reheat healthy apple sauce?
You probably could if you wanted to although apple sauce is typically consumed cold or room temperature as any other condiment would be. It can however be used as part of a cooked recipe for example a fruit pie.
Can I freeze healthy apple sauce?
You sure can! Portion the apple sauce into pots as mentioned above for easy defrosting and leave to thaw completely before eating.
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