June 22, 2011

Berry Applesauce

Homemade applesauce was a staple in my mama's kitchen. Many nights we would have pork chops with chunky applesauce. Applesauce with breakfast the next morning and then have it packed into our school lunches. This Berry Applesauce can be served hot or cold and makes for a healthy snack, topping for waffles, and even a great choice for those who make their own baby food (omit the cinnamon). Blueberries give this applesauce a deep purple hue and pack a heavy dose of potent cancer fighting antioxidants. Feel free to use whatever berries you have on hand.

Makes 4 Servings (Serving size = 1/2 cup)

Stars of the Show:
  • 2 cups peeled, cored, and diced apple - I used red delicious apples.
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries - I used blueberries.
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
And Action:

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer, cover, and cook over very low heat for about 25 minutes, or until the apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Mash lightly with a potato masher or purée in a food processor, if desired.

Stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, leftover Berry Applesauce will keep for up to 3 days.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Calories: 108
Fat: 0.4 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Protein: 0.8 g
Carbohydrates: 26.9 g
Sugar: 20.1 g
Fiber: 2.7 g
Sodium: 11 mg
Calcium: 29 mg
Iron: 0.9 mg
Vitamin C: 49.2 mg
Beta-Carotene: 13 mcg
Vitamin E: 0.4 mg

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Jeanette said...

What a gorgeous applesauce - so healthy with the addition of berries! Your Itty Bitty is lucky to have a mom making homemade applesauce for him.

Pretend Chef said...

Jeanette - The color is so vibrant and the flavor is incredible.Thank you for that kind compliment.

Lisa said...

I love berry applesauce. What a yummy healthy treat. Personally, I also like to freeze mine so it becomes almost like a granita.

Peggy said...

I love the touch of berries in this applesauce! Definitely going to try it with my next batch of blueberries =)

Pretend Chef said...

Lisa - I tried it cold today and preferred it warmed up. I normally like my applesauce in the cups you buy at the store at room temperature.

Peggy - If you try this you'll have to let me know how you liked it.

The Country Cook said...

Definitely love the berries combined with the applesauce. Very nice flavor. And I love that your Mom made homemade applesauce for you as kids. We usually had the jar stuff..lol. A while back I decided to make it myself. I think it turned out pretty good - did it up in the Crock Pot. Might have to try that with this!

Lizzy said...

We always have homemade applesauce at my in-laws. SO yummy! I love the idea of adding berries...so pretty and tasty~

Pretend Chef said...

Brandie - I was lucky in my teen years to get to have my mama at home. She was a very good homemaker. Nice to take a play from her book.

Lizzy - The berries gave it such a wonderful flavor. I love the health benefits in the berries.

Pegasuslegend said...

What a great idea!
I love this combination! Everyone will love this here will try soon!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

How delicious. I want to try that recipe soon!

Pretend Chef said...

Claudia - Love both of your blogs. Happy you announced the giveaway on Blogs Got Heart to introduce me to that website.

Katie - You'll really enjoy this recipe!

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