Wishing you all a great start of the week (and crossing fingers you’re joining us for another Meatless Monday).
I’m going to begin this post with a quick update: I’m already on day 14th of my Vegan Month challenge. As I explained on a previous post I’m following a strict vegan diet throughout whole July curious about how my body handles it and how feasible it is to keep it up for a longer term.
As promised, I’ve made sure to share over Instagram pictures of my meals or funny anecdotes from this challenge.
One reader, Eleonora (who had not too long ago suggested the winning vinegar + baking soda combination for my Banana Bread Muffins), commented: “Is it really being a “challenge”? Looks like you are enjoying it” – which I have to admit is just spot on! I’m enjoying this “challenge” so much that I can’t justify referring to it that way anymore. I feel my creativity in the kitchen has gotten a boost and I’m having a blast putting together colorful, plant-based dishes.
One thing I have clearly noticed is my increased fruit intake. Since I haven’t really taken so much time to bake any vegan friendly desserts or snacks, I find myself eating a lot more fruit than before.
Here’s where today’s recipe comes into play…
If you do a quick research on vegan baking, you’ll notice how applesauce is a MUST! Most of the time what’s tricky to replace in recipes is the egg and a substitute that keeps coming back is applesauce.
Even though this is a pretty basic recipe, I thought of sharing how to make your own applesauce at home, this way you can prepare it as natural as possible and free of all that refined sugar. It’s super simple and in no time you’ll have this versatile (and handy) ingredient, great for baking or topping, to mix with cereals for breakfast, put on toasts, etc… Here we go, hope you like it!
Homemade Applesauce (Sweetened with Maple Syrup)
Ingredients (will make around 1L sauce):
4 apples (weighed 820g after peeling and removing seeds)
Half lemon juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons maple syrup (or your favorite sweetener: agave syrup, honey, etc.)
1. Start by peeling the apples and removing the seeds. Cut them into medium squares.
2. Put them in a saucepan and pour in the water (the apples should be partially covered by water but not completely, otherwise the sauce will be too fluid). Start cooking at medium temperature. Add the lemon juice, cinnamon and maple syrup. Stir well and bring to a boil, this will take around 5 minutes.
3. When boiling, lower the temperature and let simmer for 20 minutes making sure to stir regularly.
4. Crush the apples with the help of a fork or a potato masher if you like a chunky applesauce, otherwise feel free to blend everything with a hand mixer.
Let cool down and store in the fridge (preferably in an air-tight glass container) for later use.