I have a lot of apples falling off my apple trees in these windy times. I decided to stew lots of them, which I can then use in a myriad of ways. Apple Sauce as an Egg Substitute. Apple in with Overnight Oats. Stewed Apple in with my Porridge. As a base for an Apple Crumble or other Apple Dessert. Stewed Apple freezes really well so it can be pulled out later on and used as above or for anything else you need Stewed Apple for.
I always stew my Apples using freshly squeezed Orange Juice, this adds sweetness without making them too sweet, which I don’t like.
For a big pot of Apples I used the juice of one Orange. This is enough moisture as liquid comes out of the Apples also. Just be careful not to have the heat too high initially as you don’t want to boil it all away before the Apples begin to break down and release their juices.
You can also add cinnamon to them if you want, but then it is more limiting in what you can use it for, so I tend to make it plain and then add flavours to it when using it.
For the last few days I have been using my Stewed Apples in my Porridge and it is delicious. I cook my Organic Porridge Oats in some Almond Milk and then when it is cooked I add in a big spoonful of the Stewed Apples and then let it cook slightly with the Porridge to heat through.
Then into the bowl with some Flax Seeds, Chia Seeds, a small mixture of Nuts (this is Macadamia, Almond and Walnut) and some lovely plump blueberries.
Apples are a very good source of antioxidant nutrients. They are also an excellent source of both Soluble and Insoluble Fibre and both types of Fibre are beneficial for your digestive health. Fibre cannot be broken down and absorbed by your digestive system, instead it moves through your Small Intestine into your Large Intestine or Colon. Soluble Fibre is the type of Fibre that mixes with water to create a gel like substance in your intestines for example what happens when you add liquid to oats in overnight oats, or if you make a chia seed egg!! Insoluble Fibre does not dissolve in water, it remains fibrous as it travels through your system and adds bulk to your stool. The friendly bacteria in your Large Intestine love a Fibre rich diet !!!!