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How to make chunky cinnamon orange applesauce

In this time when childhood obesity is rampant in America it is important to remember to feed children healthy meals and snacks whenever we can. Just switching one sugary and fatty snack or dessert can make a significant difference. Getting children to eat healthy foods can sometimes be a difficult tasks, but if you prepare foods in a manner that is both healthy and delicious children will naturally find them more appetizing. I grew up eating homemade applesauce from my grandmother, it was one of the best thing I have ever eaten. Try this recipe to share with your children to jump start the year on a healthy foot.

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Chunky Cinnamon-Orange Applesauce


  • 12 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored,
  • and cut into large chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3/4 cup white sugar, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1. Cook apples and orange juice in a large heavy pot over medium heat, stirring frequently, until apples begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Stir white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, orange zest, lemon zest, nutmeg, and lemon juice into apples. Cook, stirring often, until applesauce is chunky and thickened, about 25 minutes. Serve warm or chilled.

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