by Texas Homesteader ~
My aunt always shares bushels of apples from her tree. Oh how I love them! I’m not sure what variety they are, but they’re flavorful, crisp and sweet. I’ll tote all those apples home and get to processing Apple Pie Filling, dried apple slices, Fruit rollups, and much more.
Many times I’ll take the less-than-perfect apples and immediately peel and core them for applesauce. Heck it’s so easy, chunk it all in a slow cooker and just let it do its thing. When they’re soft I take a stick blender to make it smooth. There’s no need to add sugar, these apples are already sweet. Sometimes I’ll add a tiny amount of vanilla. But what to do with this applesauce?
Oftentimes I’ll can the Homemade Applesauce and have it on the shelf as a sweet snack. Plus I use that canned applesauce as replacement for some or all of the oil in baking sweets. Cheaper, lower fat and much lower waste too!
But today I’m taking a stroll down memory lane…
Popsicles You Feel Good About Serving To The Kids
You see, when the kids were little they loved popsicles. And of course I enjoyed giving them popsicles too. But, you know, so much sugar. It wasn’t good to allow them unlimited access to that kind of treat.
So I bought a popsicle mold and poured plain applesauce into them and froze it solid. But even frozen the applesauce doesn’t freeze into a hard block of ice. They’re firm yet soft enough to bite into.
So they were a sweet treat that I felt good about serving. To make them sound more exciting to the kids I called them “Apple Sticks’. Where did I get this oh-so-thought-provoking name? Well, because basically I pulled out a frozen stick of apple. LOL
Anyway, if I was cooking supper and they were too hungry to wait, I’d offer them an apple stick. I didn’t mind them having it, and I wasn’t worried it would ruin their appetite. So the kids always knew they could ask for one.
I knew it was simply a fruit serving. But the kids really thought they were getting away with something by having treats before supper. That made it even that much more enjoyable for them. I knew it was just a healthy addition to the meal they would enjoy later. Mom Power!
Healthy, Cold Refreshment: Frozen Applesauce
Fast forward to today. My little ones are grown now with kids of their own. But I’m still making apple sticks. And today I’ll use my homemade applesauce to make them too. I simply pour the applesauce into the molds and pop them into the freezer until they’re frozen.
Since RancherMan & I do most of our chores outside during these hot, sticky days of summer, it’s a pleasure to sit in the porch swing and rest a bit.
To cool off a bit.
And maybe enjoy a sweet icy treat. Apple Sticks!
- Apple Pie Filling
- Cinnamon/Vanilla Applesauce
- Apple Cider
- Cinnamon/Sugar Apple Chips
- Fruit Leather Rollups
Other Delicious Apple Recipes
- Homemade Apple Pie
- Apple Pies Baked In Canning Jars
- Single-Serve Apple Hand Pies
- Apple Crumble from Apples in Syrup
- Baked Apple Pie Tortilla Roll
- Quick, Hot Apple Dessert
Snacks We Love
- Fresh Pico de Gallo
- Homemade Hummus
- Rosemary Crackers w/Olive Oil & Garlic
- Pumpkin Bread (with Cake-Mix Shortcut)
- Cantaloupe Bread w/Pecan Praline Glaze
- Easy Blueberry Muffins
- Fresh Pear Cake
- Rice Krispie Treats With A Chocolate Twist
- Healthier ‘Ice Cream’ Using Bananas & Fruit
- Easy Cookies-n-Cream Ice Cream Cake
- Homemade Honey Graham Crackers
- Cake-Mix Cookies – Only 3 Ingredients!
- Double Chocolate Banana Chunk Cookies
- Sugar-Free Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
- Triple Chocolate Truffles
- Watermelon Smoothie (or Daiquiri)
- Rich & Creamy Hot Cocoa
- …And MANY MORE!