11/22/16

Autumn Applesauce with Warm Almond Milk & Almond Slices

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Now that fall has arrived my kitchen has taken on the aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and apples. One of my family’s favorite recipes is our homemade applesauce. It can be eaten plain, enjoyed with a variety of toppings and used for baking. It’s a staple item that we always have on hand! It's SCD and Paleo legal. And for those of you with little ones that have a hard time swallowing supplements, we sneak our nightly vitamins and medicine into the applesauce and it's easier to swallow. Plus, did you know apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber? The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

Not only is homemade applesauce super simple to make, but you can use any variety of apples and adjust the spices to your liking. For those with a sweeter palette, you can even add in a couple tablespoons of honey.

Grab your peeler, gather your apples and get to work! This autumn applesauce will make the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving table.

Autumn Applesauce
Yield: 6-8 servings

INGREDIENTS:
4 lbs apples, peeled, cored and cut into one inch pieces
1 cup water
½ tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cloves

TOPPINGS:
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ cup almond slices

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Place all the ingredients for the applesauce into a large pot on the stove. Cook over medium heat for 20-25 minutes until apples are soft. Adjust spices as necessary.
2. While the apples cook prepare the almond milk. Combine the almond milk and vanilla in a small saucepan and whisk together. Cook until warmed, but not boiling.
3. Using an immersion blender, mix together the applesauce mixture until smooth.
4. When serving the applesauce top with 1 tablespoon (more or less if desired) almond milk and sprinkle with almonds.

**If you follow the SCD diet use homemade almond milk or omit and make sure the spices are legal

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