homemade chunky applesauce.
Kickin’ it Ma Ingalls style again this week, ya’ll.
Here was my experiment: can I make homemade organic applesauce for less than I pay for the jarred stuff?
Well you’ll just have to keep reading to find out how my little experiment turned out…
Cook down apples with water, lemon juice, cinnamon and a little agave nectar or honey…
…then take out your aggressions on those apples with a good mash.
And now for the results of my little experiment:
- It took me about 30 minutes to make the applesauce (peeling, slicing and chopping apples, then cooking). On the other hand it takes about 5 seconds to locate said applesauce on the shelf and add it to my cart (a plus for jarred!).
- Homemade was in our opinion a lot tastier than jarred (a plus for homemade!).
- Total cost (for 6 servings) was $3.07 versus $2.29 for the jarred version (a plus for jarred!).
SO…while it was a great recipe to make with the kids and a tasty version of the premade stuff, I think I’ll typically stick to buying my organic applesauce pre-made. BUT, if you’re interested in giving it a try, give this recipe a go for a tasty and healthy snack! It lasted no time at all at our house, as we ate it plain, with yogurt, ice cream, granola, you name it…
Homemade Chunky Applesauce
(makes 6 servings or 3 cups)
5 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into small cubes
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine apples, water and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until apples are soft (about 15 minutes).
Stir in agave or honey and cinnamon. Simmer for 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool slightly.
Using a potato masher or similar kitchen utensil, smash apples into a chunky sauce. Transfer to a sealable jar. Cover and refrigerate.
TOTAL: $3.07 or $.52 per serving.
Wondering how on earth I arrived at these costs? Take a look at my shopping guide to show see what I pay for items, per serving, etc.
90 calories per serving
0 grams of fat
0 grams protein
4 grams fiber
Mosey on over to Facebook and let me know what you think or send me a pic if you tried it!