Homemade Applesauce + Apple Peel Crisps

Just to be clear, I haven’t invented some revolutionary new way to make applesauce. I just figured someone could use a quick and easy recipe for it.

Cooking, baking, and cleaning are some of the ways I handle my anxiety. Either these things keep me calm or I become anxious and simply have to cook or clean something.

Today it sparked from having to be home, yet again, with my youngest daughter. She has such a terrible ear infection that her eyes are oozing mucus. Delicious, right?

So in my anxious state I got to thinking, “What can I make today while AJ is still awake and it’s something I know she and her sister will eat?” BOOM. Applesauce.

Now, we are super fans of the applesauce pouches, as well as the fruit and veggie pouches. They are super convenient when you’re on the go! But lately the girls have been snagging one (okay maybe 3 or 4) a day. One or two in the morning before school, and one or two in the afternoon after school. That puts us going through a lot of pouches. We usually get them from Costco but we only go once a month. We last bought 2 boxes of 48 each and now we have only maybe 12 left.

So anyway, I figured why not make our own applesauce to eat while we are home and save the pouches for our on-the-go snacks.

So first I peeled the apples. Then I stood there staring at the apple peels. I thought “It’s such a waste throwing these away.” Then BOOM. Another idea. So I tossed those babies in some grape seed oil, sprinkled a little cinnamon sugar mix I made on top, tossed again, and popped them in the oven for about 12 minutes.

Now, back to the applesauce.

I peeled the apples, then sliced each side. Then placed them in my food processor with a little water and the rest of my cinnamon sugar mix I made for the apple peel crisps. I blended them up until I got the texture I wanted. I like my applesauce slightly chunky.

The best thing is that I then immediately placed the applesauce on my daughter’s plate for lunch. A wonderful addition she wasn’t expecting. πŸ™‚ The rest of the applesauce I placed in a wide-mouth mason jar and sealed it shut. Now we have homemade applesauce to use throughout the week. Whew. πŸ™‚

Ingredients for cinnamon sugar mix:

  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Ingredients for applesauce:

  • 6 small-medium apples (I used gala apples)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon sugar mix

Instructions:

  1. Peel and cut the apples into chunks. Place in a blender or food processor along with the water and cinnamon sugar mix.
  2. Blend all ingredients together until you have the consistency you prefer.
  3. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to one week.

Ingredients for apple peel crisps:

  • leftover peels from the apples
  • 2 tsp of grape seed oil (you can also use unsalted melted butter or melted coconut oil)
  • about 1 tbsp cinnamon sugar mix

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place apple peels in a bowl. Toss with the oil until all the peels are lightly coated. Toss in the cinnamon sugar. Use the amount you want. I got a bit heavy handed with ours but they turned out delicious. πŸ˜‰
  3. Spread the peels evenly on a pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  4. Toss the remaining cinnamon sugar mix on top.
  5. Bake in the oven for 12-13 minutes.

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