Cherry Berry Applesauce

by | Sep 10, 2020 | Dessert, Snacks | 2 comments

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Applesauce is one of those recipes that is truly foolproof, especially with the tools we have in the kitchen today. I love the smell of my house whenever I have a crockpot full of apples and cinnamon simmering, it screams Fall! You know that feeling when you come home from a long day at work and the aroma of that pot roast or chili you left to cooking all day has permeated the house? Yep, it’s that good. Cherry Berry Applesauce was born out of my obsession with Triple Berry Sauce; I truly believe I could write an entire cookbook dedicated to it. Anyway, this applesauce is the perfect marriage of the best fall and summer flavors, making it the perfect September applesauce. AND it’s ridiculously easy to make too!

What are the best berries to use?

Absolutely, I use a mix of fresh and frozen. For this recipe, I used the Good & Gather Cherries and Berries blend I found at Target for this recipe. I like it because it’s the only cherry blend I could find with tart cherries and no raspberries or blackberries; I didn’t want to use berries with lots of seeds for this recipe. I also tossed in a handful of blueberries to round out my two cups of frozen cherries and berries. I found that blueberries and strawberries were the best berries to use in this recipe because they tend to have fewer seeds.

Can this be made using real sugar instead of a sugar replacement?

You can you any sweetener you prefer—or none at all. I make my decision on sweetener I used based on the sweetness of my fruit. The cherry-berry blend I used has tart cherries in it, so I added some sweetener. If you prefer a more tart sauce, you can cut back or leave it out altogether.

Can I use just apples and skip the berries?

No berries are required for this recipe, if you want to make straight-up applesauce, simply eliminate the cherry-berry blend, increase apples in the recipe to ten, and bump up your cinnamon to one teaspoon (or to taste). Depending on how sweet your apples are you may also be able to cut down on the Swerve as well. When I make this without the berries I typically add only a tablespoon or two of the swerve or sugar.

What kind of apples should I use?

My favorite apple was the Honey Crisp until I tried Raves. Now it’s a toss-up, so I used both in this recipe. In the past, I have used a mix of Granny Smith and Honey Crisp. You can use any apples you like, but I do always try to do an apple blend. I think it gives more depth of flavor to the applesauce. Every apple has it’s own texture and flavor. For those of you who like tart, Honey Crisp and Granny Smith apples are a great combination for applesauce and pie filling!

Do I need to peel the apples?

I never peel my apples, and I’m not even going to pretend it’s because all the nutrition is in the skin (although it is a valid argument). I’m just lazy. I like to throw it all in the pot, give it a stir, and walk away until it’s done. That said if you plan to use a potato masher to process your applesauce you will have to peel them. Since I use a blender, the skin gets pulverized and you never know they weren’t peeled.

To blend or to mash? That is the question.

I am going to have to admit, I have never used a potato masher for my applesauce, I’ve always turned to my blender. However, if you love chunky applesauce, a potato masher is the way to go and because I have eaten spoonfuls of this before I’ve blended it, I know it is every bit as delicious done this way. You can also achieve a smoother, but still textured result with an immersion blender. I like using a blender. I have both the Vitamix and the Ninja Professional 1500, both make quick work of this task. The Vitamix provides a bit of a smoother and more velvety texture, very similar to baby food, while the Ninja gave me a little more ability to blend to a texture that was in between. The answer to this one truly is a personal preference.

Can I cook this on the stovetop or in a pressure cooker like the Ninja Foodi or Instant Pot?

I have not tested this recipe using either of those cooking methods. However, I am certain it will work with outstanding results. Because I haven’t tested it in my kitchen, I can only offer general instruction (a best guess based on my cooking knowledge) on using these methods. For stovetop, increase water to 3/4 cups and simmer, covered on low heat for 1-2 hours until apples are soft (stirring occasionally).  For the pressure cooker, increase water to 1 cup, and cook on hi-pressure for 8 minutes with a 5-minute natural release. Personally, I prefer to use the slow-cook method for applesauce because it’s extremely easy and my house smells fantastic for hours!

 

CourseBreakfast, Dessert, Snack
WW Points0
Calories69kcal
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Cherry Berry Applesauce

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Servings: 12 servings
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
WW Points0
Calories69kcal
Author: Lisa

Equipment

  • Crockpot

Ingredients

  • 7 apple, peeled, cored, and sliced (I used a mix of Rave and Honey Crisp)
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen mix of cherrys, blueberries, and strawberries (I used Good & Gather Cherries and Berries Blend from Target.)
  • ¼ cup Swerve™ Brown Sugar Replacement
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp water

Instructions

  • *Peel, core, and quarter apples. - See recipe notes
    apple slices for applesauce
  • Add all ingredients to slow-cooker, then give a good stir to coat the apples and cherry blend with the sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Cover and set to cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
  • Cook until very soft. Cool completely and then use a potato masher, blender, or food processor to achieve the desired texture.

Notes

To slice and core my apples, I use an apple slicer as pictured, and I use a blender so I do not peel my apples. You can use an immersion blender, food mill, blender, food processor, or a potato masher to finish off your applesauce, it is your preference. This time I used the Ninja Professional 1500 Kitchen System Blender to achieve the results I wanted. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

2 Comments

  1. Sheila

    Lisa this sounds so good! I can’t wait to try it! Thank you so much.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      I hope you enjoy it! It is one of my favorites!!

      Reply

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Happy FriYAY-Weigh!!

It's been a busy week. But I stayed consistent. I'm not even lying when I say that I danced a little jig this morning after I weighed myself. It was the kind of loss we all want to see EVERY week, except that it just isn't realistic.

But that didn't stop me from high-fiving my bad self.

It also made me think about the scale and the power I give it to influence my mood depending on its reading.

Here's the thing, the scale isn't my enemy, and the numbers don't lie. BUT numbers are just the data. Simple metrics--one of lots of ways I measure my progress. It's me who brings meaning (true or not) to the numbers on the scale.

My goal this week is to stay consistent, and when next week rolls around and it's time to weigh in, I'm going to celebrate no matter what the numbers are, because the truth is, I have that choice.

Happy Friday!!

xo Lisa
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It's FriYAY-Weigh!

I'm down .2lbs this week for a total of 6 lbs this month.

I caught myself grumbling when I stepped off the scale. I had to remind myself that I'm not in a race, and there's no deadline or expiration date for taking better care of myself.

I turned my frown upside down, stopped grumbling and started gratitude-ing! And you know what I learned?

Gratitude is the cure for disappointment!!!

I've come a long way in three years and I am so grateful for the opportunity to share my journey with you!

What are you grateful for today?

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The last two weeks have definitely challenged my resolve. But I refused to allow my emotions and/or circumstances control my choices.

AND accountability has been key in helping me in that area. I know that for some of you tracking is a dirty word, but it's been my secret to success all along.

Since I started holding myself accountable again (ie. tracking) I've lost 5.8 lbs.

I make better choices when I'm accountable.
I'm more consistent when I'm accountable.
I'm more disciplined when I'm accountable.
I'm more mindful when I'm accountable.
I'm more focused when I'm accountable.
I'm more empowered when I'm accountable.

Accountability is POWER!

How do you hold yourself accountable?
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Happy Fri-Weigh!!!

It feels good to be consistent again. I have a clear understanding of what works for me--and what doesn't. But as I always say, knowing isn't doing.

The lesson I learned in 2022 was to stay in my own lane.

So here's to more of the doing!

Have a great day!

xo Lisa ❤️

#weightlosswisdom #weightlossjourney #mywwjourney #happynewyear2023
...

It's fair to say that I spent a good part of 2022 in a funk that spiraled into a complete state of stuck-ness. I felt completely out of alignment.

Stuck-ness was my norm for roughly 30 years, so I know the state all too well--consistently allowing my life circumstances to control my emotions and daily choices tends to put me in a perpetual state of doubt, that leads to paralysis. It's a real growth stunter!!!!

In 2020 I made the decision not to live like that anymore, and I stand by it. I may have lost a little ground last year, but I'm done beating myself up and hiding. 

My plan is simple. You might even call it basic...😆

I'm going back to the basics.

Because they work.

💥Consistency
💥Discipline
💥Self Love
💥Accountability 
💥Patience

It's a new year, and yep, still the same me. But I'm showing up with a renewed commitment in all the areas I got stuck last year (which was kind of all of them) and this time I'm coming armed with enough love and grace to push me through to the finish line.
#weightlossjourney #weightlosswisdom #bigfatskinnywisdom #mywwjourney

It's fair to say that I spent a good part of 2022 in a funk that spiraled into a complete state of stuck-ness. I felt completely out of alignment.

Stuck-ness was my norm for roughly 30 years, so I know the state all too well--consistently allowing my life circumstances to control my emotions and daily choices tends to put me in a perpetual state of doubt, that leads to paralysis. It's a real growth stunter!!!!

In 2020 I made the decision not to live like that anymore, and I stand by it. I may have lost a little ground last year, but I'm done beating myself up and hiding.

My plan is simple. You might even call it basic...😆

I'm going back to the basics.

Because they work.

💥Consistency
💥Discipline
💥Self Love
💥Accountability
💥Patience

It's a new year, and yep, still the same me. But I'm showing up with a renewed commitment in all the areas I got stuck last year (which was kind of all of them) and this time I'm coming armed with enough love and grace to push me through to the finish line.
#weightlossjourney #weightlosswisdom #bigfatskinnywisdom #mywwjourney
...

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Fairlife Nutrition Plan protein shakes are my personal favorite, so that's what I use for them but you can use your favorite protein shake. And you can make it any flavor you'd like.

3 WW Points
Approx 100 calories
9g Protein 

3.5 ounces (about 1/3 of a bottle) Salted Caramel Fairlife Protein Shake, heated
1 Packet Nestlé Sugar Free Hot Cocoa Mix
1/2-3/4 C hot water (enough to fill your mug)
3 tbsp whipped topping
Drizzle of sugar free caramel

Warm protein shake in mug, stir or use frother to stir in cocoa mix, fill mug with hot water stir (or froth) well. Top with whipped topping and caramel.. Enjoy!

#bigfatskinnyrecipes #weightlossjourney #sweettoothfix

I'm officially obsessed with my protein hot chocolate creations. They are super satisfying for that evening sweet tooth. AND a total calorie and point bargain!

Fairlife Nutrition Plan protein shakes are my personal favorite, so that's what I use for them but you can use your favorite protein shake. And you can make it any flavor you'd like.

3 WW Points
Approx 100 calories
9g Protein

3.5 ounces (about 1/3 of a bottle) Salted Caramel Fairlife Protein Shake, heated
1 Packet Nestlé Sugar Free Hot Cocoa Mix
1/2-3/4 C hot water (enough to fill your mug)
3 tbsp whipped topping
Drizzle of sugar free caramel

Warm protein shake in mug, stir or use frother to stir in cocoa mix, fill mug with hot water stir (or froth) well. Top with whipped topping and caramel.. Enjoy!

#bigfatskinnyrecipes #weightlossjourney #sweettoothfix
...

New year. New you. Yep, diet season has arrived...

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How about we normalize loving ourselves better instead of trying to change all that we think is wrong with us.

It is a new day--and a new year. And I'm living proof that change is possible. But it does not start with a diet. It starts with loving yourself where you are right now.

So instead of vowing to change all that is wrong, commit to loving yourself through every season of the transformation you're seeking--including where you are today.

Happy New Year! 

xo Lisa 💜
#weightlossjourney #weightlosswisdom #happynewyear2023 #selflove

New year. New you. Yep, diet season has arrived...

Can we PLEASE not fall for that this year? Because the truth is, if you're not loving the old you, you're definitely not ready to love the new you either.

How about we normalize loving ourselves better instead of trying to change all that we think is wrong with us.

It is a new day--and a new year. And I'm living proof that change is possible. But it does not start with a diet. It starts with loving yourself where you are right now.

So instead of vowing to change all that is wrong, commit to loving yourself through every season of the transformation you're seeking--including where you are today.

Happy New Year!

xo Lisa 💜
#weightlossjourney #weightlosswisdom #happynewyear2023 #selflove
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