Homemade Peach-Applesauce For Gut Health

I limit the amount of processed foods from a store in our diets and try my best to make as much from scratch as I can to eliminate preservatives and added sugars. I see whole food as life-preserving and enriching— the closer it came from the earth, the better it is for the body, mind, and soul. The further removed it is from the earth, the more likely it is stripped of nutrients and added with fillers. That’s not doing the body/mind/soul complex many favors!

When I discovered an apple with too many bruises to pass as a cut-up snack for my daughter, I decided to make a single serving of applesauce. I found a small peach that was also close to crossing the rainbow bridge for produce and made a dish that she devoured.  Here's what I did:

Wash fruit well and cut up into small bits leaving the skin on (extra fiber!)

Boil in a small amount of water until soft. Strain and add 1/2 tsp of organic extra virgin coconut oil (I include this for its anti-microbial and anti-viral benefits).  

I always add fresh ginger to her applesauce for its anti-microbial benefits.  I grabbed my microplane (a must-have kitchen staple) and grated about 1/2 tsp into the stewed fruit.  Then I blended it all into a chunky puree with my hand-held blender (another kitchen item that is very handy when you need to blend food directly in its cooking pot).  If you do not have a blender, you can mash it up with a fork and stir it well.

The end result was a beautiful, fragrant peach-yellow applesauce that I knew not only tasted great, but also had gut-enriching properties.  Yum!