We love Fall over here and there are plenty of more delicious Fall Recipes ready for your kitchen. Find them here!
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Applesauce is one of my favorite Fall recipes to cook up – it’s incredibly easy and amazingly delicious. Like, seriously, so easy and so delicious. This is a recipe you can enjoy on its own, as a snack, for breakfast, as a condiment… the possibilities are endless. I have even used this recipe as an ingredient in homemade muffins (look out for the recipe coming soon!) and I’ve heard it can be used in pancakes and smoothies… and I may have some experience combining it with vanilla ice cream 🙂
What I love about this recipe in particular is that it pulls together some of Fall’s most favorite flavors – pumpkin, pear, cinnamon, and of course, apples. With a wider variety of seasonal ingredients, you receive a wider variety of nutritional benefits. And it tastes better, too!
What’s important about eating this variety of seasonal foods right now?
Let’s break it down:
Apples: As we move into a season that has us saying yes to extra dessert, it’s important to keep the organs of detoxification healthy. Your liver is responsible for cleansing most of the toxins you’re exposed to. Apples and other seasonal fruits (like pears!) are one of the best and easiest foods you can eat to help your liver function.
Pears: these delicious Fall fruits are very high in fiber, which can help keep your digestion regular and help you maintain your weight. This is a nice benefit of high-fiber foods during the colder months when activity levels may decrease.
Pumpkin: High in vitamin A (1 cup has 2X the recommended daily intake), which helps you see better – especially in dim light. This is especially important when the days are darker and you’re inclined to curl up with a book in bed. This vitamin is also important for skin, bones, hair, teeth and nails.
Cinnamon: the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of cinnamon help the body fight infection, repair tissue damage and benefit the immune system. It’s especially beneficial to the respiratory system, which can easily become aggravated as the weather turns colder.
You don’t necessarily have to know any of the above to know this recipe is delicious! Take a peak below to see how simple it is, too: no soaking, peeling or precise chopping – cut it up, throw it in a pot and let the ingredients do the rest.
- 1 apple, diced
- 1 pear, diced
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon cardamom
- Add all ingredients to a saucepan and cook on medium heat, stirring frequently as the applesauce heats up
- Continue the cooking process for 10-15 minutes until apples and pears have been broken down into a sauce consistency
- Remove from heat and serve alone or stir in hempseeds for protein