Updated: Nov 3, 2021
Do you and yours ❤️ apples 🍏🍎 as much as we do?!? Here are a few simple fall recipes for the apples in your CSA box. Be sure to enjoy all those apples in your LoveBug CSA box and below we have a few recipes to get you started.
Easy Apple Sauce
All you need for this recipe is enough apples to fill a 4-5qt pot and enough water to fill 1" on the bottom of the pot. Prep the apples by washing, coring, and slicing into large chunks. Peeling is not necessary. You can use both the gala and granny smith apples that you'll receive in your LoveBug CSA boxes.
Optional: Cinnamon, sweetener of your choice, and a tiny bit of lemon juice
Place the apples in a pot. Add in enough water to cover 1″ from the bottom of the pot (this is just to help the apples start cooking, the rest of the liquid will come from the apple juice from the apples themselves as they cook). Bring water to a boil on medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer and cook c
overed for approximately 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent apples from sticking to the bottom. Enjoy the beautiful aroma!
Once cooked, mash the apples in the pot using a wooden spoon. Use an immersion blender, potato masher, or fork to blend the applesauce down a little more to your desired consistency. Taste and add in optional add-ins, like spices and sweetener as needed (see notes in ingredients above).
Pour into jars (only filling each one ¾ of the way if you’re going to be freezing them), allow jars to cool, and then store in the fridge or freezer for use as needed. Don’t forget to enjoy some warm while it’s fresh too! It’s quite a treat :)
Get creative! I usually leave my applesauce plain (a blank canvas) and add the cinnamon and sweeteners later as needed in baking, etc. My apples have a good balance between sweetness and tartness, so I never add any sweetener personally. If you find your apples are on the sour side, then add in a bit of sweetener to your liking. Only use lemon juice if your sauce is too sweet for your liking, otherwise it’s not necessary. I do love eating my applesauce warm with a dash of cinnamon :) .
Vegan and Paleo Overnight oats
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup chopped apple, such as Braeburn or Honeycrisp
1 cup unsweetened plant milk, such as almond, soy, cashew, or rice
2 pitted whole dates, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon orange zest
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
Dash sea salt
In a medium bowl combine all of the ingredients. If desired, divide mixture between two glass jars or bowls. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.
If desired, top servings with additional orange zest.
That's it!! You've got breakfast done for tomorrow!