If all the fall apple picking leaves you with more apples than you know what to do with,
put them to use with this easy, yet decadent homemade chunky applesauce. Low in sugar, but big on flavor with a hint of sweetness, you can eat it by itself, use it to top your oatmeal (or pancakes!) or enjoy with a dollop of your favorite whipped topping. (One friend suggested using it as apple pie filling because it was so tasty!) The secret ingredients are a Granny Smith apple and … Chinese Five Spice, a blend of cinnamon, anise, fennel, cloves, and <gasp> pepper!
However you choose to indulge, you can do it without the guilt with this one!
- A variety of 5-6 apples, including one Granny Smith (for tang)
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 1/2 Tbl. Chinese five spice
- 3 Tbl. date sugar
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Peel the apples.
- Core, then coarsely chop.
- Place all the ingredients into a pot on the stove on medium heat, cover and cook until soft (about 25 minutes).
- Stir occasionally to ensure the applesauce doesn’t get too hot or stick to the bottom; if it sticks, add a little more water and stir.
- If you want a smoother consistency, put into a food processor or blender after it cools and blend until you reach your desired consistency. Make sure the applesauce has cooled though!