Everyone who knows me, knows I have a sweet tooth. Candy, chocolate, cupcakes,… nothing was safe for me.
But then there came that moment a few months ago I heard I had to avoid (processed) sugars. Never a brownie/cake/… again? No way, there had to be a solution! And there is: applesauce!
When you start looking for alternatives for sugar, one of the most common is applesauce (or “appelmoes” in dutch).
But when you buy it in store almost always sugar is added to the ingredientslist. So I had to make it myself.
Being the city girl I am, I had no idea you could make this yourself, so luckily I found this blogpost to help me out.
I adapted it a lite bit, so here it comes:
- A bag of apples (2 kilo, I used Jonagold)
- 1L orange juice
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- Peel, core, and slice apples. Toss them into a large stock pot.
- Pour orange juice and sprinkle spices onto apples. Then cook over medium-high heat until you reach a strong simmer — let stay at this heat for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Lower heat, cover, and let cook for another 15 minutes. Again, return to the pot to stir on occasion.
- Then use a masher to mash apples for a nice, thick and chunky sauce.
I use this applesauce in my oatmeal for breakfast or as a sugar replacement in desserts.
And the best thing is, you can freeze it, so you can make a whole lot in once!