About two days ago my brother and I were roaming around my dad's pharmacy. We were in the food aisle when he spotted the Mott's applesauce fruit snacks.
Oh man oh man does the kid have strong vocal cords...
He started whining for me to buy him the little apple sauce cups.
I quickly scanned over the ingredients and didn't like what i was reading, so i decided to go home and make some myself :]
These pictures are not my own, credits to whomever owns them
Now this recipe is fairly simple, i got it off a website on Google, but i adjusted it slightly
You will need
3 pounds McIntosh or other apple of choice (about 9 apples)
10 large frozen/fresh strawberries
1/6 cup sugar
/6 cup of brown sugar
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup water/apple cider
1/8 tsp. cinnamon or allspice
I used fresh strawberries and i used about twenty because i REALLY wanted my sauce to be berry-full :]
Now, i only had three LARGE Fuji apples on hand when i made this, the original recipe also called for about 1/3 c. of sugar, but i wanted to add a bit of brown sugar for smell and taste
like i said, this recipe is VERY versatile so adjust it accordingly
You can always add other berries and fruit to it.
First of all, you're going to want to
peel, core and cut your apples into small chunks no bigger than 1/4'' thick
When you've done that place the apples in a sauce pan and add the remaining ingredients
Simmer the ingredients until you get the right saucy consistency it will take about twenty to thirty minutes depending on your heat settings
Oh boy oh boy, will your kitchen fill with a GORGEOUS aroma
My batch took about twenty minutes for the apples to soften
After a while the strawberries and sugar started to stick to the bottom of the pan, so I took it off the stove.
If you light your sauce chunky, you can cool it and serve right away
However i wanted mine to be a bit more smooth, and have as little chunks as possible,
So i took the sauce and placed in a blender and purred for a while until it was smooth and the chunks were gone
Alternatively you can use a potato masher to mash the applesauce up
Now you can cool and serve with vanilla ice cream
eat it as a snack with bits of fresh strawberries and apple slices on top
Or enjoy it with a bowl of yogurt drizzled with honey
I stored mine in a plastic container and you can bet i'll be whipping up this delicious little number when school starts for lunch :]
And there you have a it.
A cheap and easy and HEALTHIER alternative to those little fruitsations :]