Monday, September 16, 2013

Baked Cinnamon Applesauce

I love applesauce all year round... but especially in the fall. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the colors, the smells, the crisp weather, & the warm, hearty food.

This is my recipe for super easy at-home applesauce. Perfect for using up some of your less pretty apples (bruises don't matter once they're baked). Great for entertaining, as your house will smell amazing & your guests will have a sweet, healthy dessert.

I came up with this recipe after searching all around for a cinnamon apple side-dish to serve with the pork chops I was making for my boyfriend's "surprise dinner". Every site I found seemed to recommend canned pie filling & strange additives.... I decided to pass on that & make my own.

Apples are delicious on their own, so they don't need much help to create a great applesauce. Use whatever apples are your favorite, and feel free to mix & match to switch up the flavors. I go for Pink Lady apples, since they are a favorite of mine (& boyfriend's) for their sweet-yet-slightly-tart taste.


This is amazing served warm for dessert (would be perfect with vanilla ice cream!) & just as good as a cold snack. Mix in some almond butter for some healthy fats & a little crunch! I hope you enjoy one of my most favorite recipes, & happy almost Fall! :)

 Ingredients:
  • 12 medium-large apples (I used Pink Lady)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • coconut oil spray

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Peel, core, & slice your apples. (I got lucky & had a helper for this step!)
  3. Coat a large baking dish with coconut oil spray & fill with sliced apples.
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon & nutmeg & mix around to combine.
  5. Cover with foil & bake for 1 hour*.
  6. Remove from the oven & let sit for about 10 minutes.
  7. Use a fork to smash the apples for a chunky sauce like mine. You can also use a blender if you like a smoother sauce.
*I leave mine uncovered for the first half, then place foil on top for the remaining time. This makes a chunkier, drier sauce. If you like a wetter applesauce, cover for the entire hour.





You can also make this in the crock pot! Just throw in all of the ingredients & cook on low for about 6 hours. Enjoy!
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