by Anda Mtshemla
Applesauce is one of those versatile ingredients that can be added to a variety of dishes and absolutely make it. Whether you use it as an egg replacer when baking, a sweetener for smoothies or just to add that classic apple-pie flavour to your morning oats, it’s a staple for every vegan pantry.
While most store-bought variations of this smooth, sweet stuff are vegan, they’re packed with sugar and preservatives and I’m of the belief that if you can make something at home healthily, cheaply and easily, you should.
My favourite thing about this recipe is that it’s a great way to put your overripe apples to good use– plus the natural sugars your ripened fruits have developed will make for an even better sauce!
You will need:
(for 1 cup of apple sauce)
6-8 small apples, peeled and cored
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup water
Peel and core the apples then place in a large pot over medium-low heat
Add lemon juice and stir until apples are coated (add sweetener now too, if you choose)
Pour in water and give a final stir before covering
Leave to simmer for 20mins or until tender
Drain and allow to cool before pureeing in a food processor or blender
Store in airtight container and refrigerate for up to two weeks