My son likes to hang out in the kitchen with me. He’s pretty dern tall for his age, but he STILL likes to stand on a chair and watch me cook. He towers over me, casts a major shadow on my workspace, and is always asking if he can help. It’s awesome. He’s awesome.
He loves Granny Smith apples, so we picked up a few the other day. Once we got home, he asked if we could make applesauce. I told him of course we could, but HE had to develop the recipe and name it. I let him smell several spices to see what he might want to incorporate, and he also helped chop the apples. We had a great time and ended up with a super simple applesauce that I will probably make regularly from now on. There was a little bit of an argument about whether or not we should add ghee, but Mommy won that one (and later he agreed that it was a good move). The ghee added a little more depth and nuttiness to the finished product. This recipe yields about 3 cups, and I’ll be honest – it didn’t last very long in our house. In fact, I think Auron is finishing it as I type. Makes a nutritious after-school snack or dessert, even if you are following The 21 Day Sugar Detox (which I completed earlier this year and plan to do again soon – hopefully this time with my husband on board).
4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 tsp orange zest
1 Tbsp grass-fed ghee
Mix all ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer for about 20 minutes, until apples are soft. Mash mixture to desired consistency (we like ours a little chunkier, and this favorite tool of mine worked brilliantly!). Cool and store in a covered glass container in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. Sauce will thicken a bit as it cools.
We hope you enjoy his “awesome” apple sauce!
Abbey (& Auron)