Homemade applesauce has long been a favorite of mine. My mama always made the best applesauce going when I was growing up, though it usually had copious amounts of cinnamon in it. And since that’s officially off the list, applesauce had sort of fallen off the radar. And that’s a shame. A damn shame.
A few weeks ago, we had several apples that were just sitting. Some were a little gritty. Others were a tad bruised. Not the best for eating as is. So. I thought, why not make applesauce? I mean, really.
And then I got stuck.
Do people actually eat applesauce without cinnamon? And how would I make it sweet without adding a ton of sugar? Sugar makes me a little twitchy these days. An unfortunate side effect of eating healthier, I suppose.
So I stuck my head into our fridge to see if it would have an answer, and discovered a half-eaten pint of strawberries that had a day or two of life left. Why not.
And that, my friends, is the story behind this amazing recipe.
A bunch of stuff that was going bad. Tossed in a pot. A little water. A little (and I do mean a little) sugar. And voila. Heaven.
Homemade Strawberry Applesauce
15 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
45 minTotal Time
- 4-6 apples, any variety or mix thereof
- 6-8 strawberries (plus or minus)
- 1/8 - 1/4 cup sugar
- Peel, core, and chop apples into small chunks. Doesn't need to be precise.
- Place apples into pan and fill with water until apples are just covered.
- Cut strawberries and add to apples.
- Turn stove to high and bring to a boil.
- Lower heat and simmer until apples are tender. Approximately 30 minutes.
- Once apples are tender, take a potato masher and mash apples until desired texture is achieved.
- Add sugar and stir.
- Serve hot or cold. your choice. It's amazing either way!
Nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free, wheat free, corn free, soy free, and egg free.
- Use as many apples and strawberries as you have.
- Add sugar (or your favorite sweetener) to your liking. The more strawberries you use, the sweeter the applesauce will be.
- Use your favorite apples. And use a variety! The last batch I made had granny smith, yellow delicious, red delicious, and gala apples.
- Try adding other fruit to the mix. I bet that peaches, blackberries, apricots, and pears would be divine.