Spiced Chia Applesauce
Thick, chunky applesauce that's sweetened with fruit only and thickened with chia seeds. Add dates for extra sweetness or simply keep it as is. Eat it as a snack or dessert on its own or add in oatmeal, parfaits or desserts!
- 4 medium apples, peeled and diced
- 3 Medjool dates, chopped (optional)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice mix
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
Peel and dice your apples in 1 inch cubes.
Add all your ingredients (except the chia seeds) in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low. Stir in your chia seeds and let simmer, covered for 15 minutes, stirring a few times. The chia seeds should absorb the liquid and thicken the sauce.
Mash the apples with a fork, leaving some chunks if desired.
Start with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and add more to taste. Use 1 teaspoon or more if you love a strong cinnamon taste.
I used Cortland apples.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
This recipe makes approximately 2 cups.