Apple season is still in full swing, so I bought more apples this past week, and my fridge is loaded with them. If you have an overabundance of apples like me, here are some great apple recipes to get you started. My apple farmer said they could stay good until March if I keep them in the fridge. Fresh apples until March? Count me in. No more exported apples for us in the winter- hopefully. I will be buying more next week to add to my stash. I think I need a second fridge.
I have even contemplating canning. Though I have never done it, I do have a book about it. Perhaps it is time to dust it off, and learn about canning or I could just talk to my dad who is a canning expert. I would love to just puree some apples and can them for future apple sauces, or to make apple muffins.
Which brings me to my recipe this week- easy chia seed apple sauce. I mean, my 2 year old could make it. If she knew how to work my Blendtec, that is.
Chia Apple Sauce
Yields: 2 cups
- 3 medium to large apples, chopped
- 2 Tbsp of chia seeds
- 4 dates, soaked
- 1/4 cup of date water soaking the dates
- Cinnamon for sprinkling on top
- Place the dates in just enough water to cover them and soak for 30 minutes or longer- until nice and soft
- Throw the dates, 1/4 cup of the date water, and 2 Tbsp of chia seeds in your high powdered blender- I use my Blendtec. You will probably have to stop a few times to scrap down the sides. I am sure a food processor would work just fine.
- Add the chopped apples to the date mixture and blend until smooth. You could also leave it chunky and just pulsate it as well.
- Place in the fridge for 30 minutes, so the chia seeds soften and plump up the apple sauce.
I am sure you could freeze it, if you wanted to, but I don’t think you will have any left after you taste it. The apples I have are very sweet, so the next time I might add less dates. If you don’t have any dates on hand, try maple syrup, honey or any sweetener you have on hand. I just personally like the dates, it adds a great creamy texture to the apple sauce.
What will you be doing with your apples stash?