How to Make Your Own Vegan, Gluten-Free Applesauce From Scratch

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If you have a bunch of apples and don’t feel like making pie or apple crisp, try our easy, four-ingredient applesauce! It’s vegan, gluten-free, and super inexpensive. Fresh applesauce tastes so much better than store-bought, and it’s incredibly simple to whip together.

In fact, the hardest part of prep is cutting the apples into chunks. The rest of the time, you’re just simmering the apples in coconut sugar, water, and cinnamon! Or whirling it in the blender until it’s nice and smooth…..try it, you’ll be amazed by the flavor!

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Applesauce

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds apples (any kind will do. Use one variety, or mix and match!)
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons coconut sugar (you can also use turbinado)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS

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Cut the apples into small chunks. You can either throw away or compost the seeds, stem, and skin. Pour the chunks into a large saucepan.

Add the 1/4 cup water, 3 tablespoons coconut sugar (feel free to adjust for your sweetness preferences), and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (again, adjust for your taste).

Place the saucepan on your stovetop and bring the contents to a light boil. Cover the saucepan and turn the heat down to a low setting. Simmer for about 20 minutes. A lovely and sweet aroma will fill your kitchen. This mixture smells just wonderful!

You can check to see if the apples are done by sticking a fork into one of them. The flesh should give way easily, but not be too mushy.

Remove the pan from the stove and pour the contents directly into your blender or food processor. Give the controls a whirl and blend to your desired consistency. If you like a really chunky applesauce, you can mash the apple mixture with a potato masher instead.

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Pour the applesauce into a container, cover and place in your refrigerator for at least two hours. You want your treat to be nice and cold.

Remove from your fridge and enjoy! Note: this recipe only makes about a cup of applesauce. If you want more, feel free to double triple, or quadruple the ingredients. You can refrigerate the applesauce for up to a week, or freeze batches for several months.

If you want to get fancy, add a bit of grated orange peel to your recipe. But the applesauce is great plain. In fact, you may never want to go back to store-bought again. What a flavor difference! We’re wild about this recipe, and hope you will be, as well.

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