Imagine my surprise when I got more direct messages, emails, and calls this week for my recipe for 5-minute healthy applesauce than I did for latke help. Earlier in the week, I had posted a photo of my brussels sprouts latkes on Instagram, with a dollop of homemade applesauce on top, which could explain the sudden interest.
A non-scientific poll I conducted showed that applesauce is the preferred topping on latkes. Hands down. 9 out of 10 people surveyed wanted to top those latkes with applesauce. I guess I’m not alone! One of the reasons I like apple sauce as a topping is that it is a healthy choice.
5-Minute Healthy Applesauce Benefits:
- Apples are a good source of fiber and vitamin C.
- Good for weight loss: Apples are filling because they are high in fiber and water.
- Apples are loaded with flavonoids which have been shown to lower blood pressure
- Apples have compounds that can help fight asthma, cancer and low bone density.
- Promote Good Gut Bacteria: apples feed good bacteria and therefore could be the reason they protect against obesity, heart disease and type II diabetes.
- Keep the peels on: they contain polyphenols which are loaded with anti-oxidants.
I used to make applesauce in the slow cooker. Although I did love the way the house smelled after a day of apples and cinnamon cooking away, I often didn’t have the time to wait for them to be ready. Where was 5-minute healthy applesauce then? Most of my most popular recipes are born out of a personal need, and this one is no exception! Another reason I like applesauce as a topping for latkes is that it is quick and simple to make.
5-minute healthy applesauce tastes like apples!!
A few years ago, I was experimenting with eating a mostly raw and vegan diet, I tried making applesauce without cooking it and I was so surprised how much more like apples it tasted! Another thing to love about this raw applesauce is how quickly it comes together. I could make applesauce, from scratch in under 5 minutes!!! Additionally, keeping it raw meant no nutrients lost in the cooking process. What I didn’t love was that it couldn’t be made in advance without turning to a brown, murky color. Enter the apple cider vinegar….which hubby thinks is the cure-all to everything….in this recipe. Genius really!
With the addition of apple cider vinegar, 5-Minute healthy applesauce will stay good in the fridge for up to a week!! Game changer on so many levels. When I entertain, I like to leave as little as possible for the last minute. Because of this, I love that I can make this applesauce in advance. This frees me up to enjoy my guests. Another reason I like applesauce is that it makes an awesome gift! Last year, after the apple cider vinegar discovery, I started bringing a jar of homemade applesauce along as a hostess gift at holiday parties. Everyone enjoys a homemade (and tasty) gift. I definitely plan on repeating that success again this year.
10 Best things about 5-minute healthy applesauce:
- Good for you
- Simple prep
- Easy clean up
- Tastes like apples
- Loaded with fiber
- No nutrients lost in cooking
- Stays good in fridge for up to a week
- Makes a great gift
Wishing all who celebrate a Happy and Healthy Hanukkah….filled with light and latkes (and applesauce).
- 6 organic apples**
- 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Slice apples in half. Do not peel. Core and seed (I use a melon-baller to make this easy), then trim the stem and ends. Slice halves in half again and then add to bowl of food processor or pitcher of high-speed blender.
- Add in apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and dates if using.
- If you’re using a vita-mix, use the tamper to get things going and if needed 1-2 Tablespoons water.
- If you’re using a food processor, use the pulse button and mix until desired consistency. Take care not to over process and wind up with mush (though it will still be tasty).
- Raw applesauce will stay good in fridge for up to a week. If you’re going to eat it right away, you can skip the ACV.
OPTIONAL: add in 2 medjool dates, pitted for additional natural sweetness, a pinch of cloves or allspice (JUST A PINCH) is also tasty.
*A variety of apples will result in a more flavorful and wholesome sauce. Use a mixture of cooking apples like Gala, Fuji or McIntosh along with some firmer apples like honey crisp or pink lady.
You may need to add 1-2 Tablespoons of water.
Amount Per Serving Calories 95Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 4gSugar 19gProtein 0g