I guess I am finished buying those little lunch box applesauce packages now that I have an empty nest. Still seems weird. I don't eat applesauce, though I do like it. Last fall, I made this tasty treat that tastes a lot like the sweet cinnamon laced sauce my boys always liked. The trick is to use the awkwardly ugly but lovable Chayote squash in place of apples. It has so little flavor--it really takes on the sweetener and the cinnamon.
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Chayote Cinnamon Applesauce
2 chayote squash
1 quart water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp EZ Sweetz Stevia with Monkfruit or sweetener equal to 1/4 cup sugar
Dice unpeeled squash. Cover with water in a medium saucepan and simmer 45 minutes until very tender. Let cool. Drain squash and place into a blender. Add cinnamon and sweetener. Puree or mash for a chunkier version. Great as a lunch box snack or even as a topping for pancakes and waffles.
Serves 4: 19 calories 3 net carbs
Hint: If you don’t mind aspartame, a little sugarfree apple cider drink mix will create a stronger apple flavor, but this is good as is.
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