This is one of my secret weapons for gut health. It's easy to make and everyone loves it!
Raw apples can be problematic for some people with digestive issues or have a sensitive gut. Stewed apples, however, are a very different story as they are much easier to digest and provide essential nutrients for gut healing.
The phenolic compounds in the apples (as well as the cinnamon!) work to decrease inflammation in the gut and fight unwanted pathogens.
The pectin in the apples is a prebiotic, which means it is food for the good bacteria in the colon. The bacteria convert this food to small chain fatty acids (SCFA), which help to maintain the health of the gut bacteria as well as the gut lining.
Apple Skin - Whilst this recipe suggests peeling the apples for a nice consistency, the content of phenolic compounds, dietary fibre and minerals are higher in the peel. I leave the skin on half of my apple pieces for this reason. If, however, you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, peel your apples as the insoluble fibre in the skin may give you problems.
If you have any sort of digestion-related issues or suspect you have Leak gut, this is a great one to try for a snack or healthy dessert.
• 6 Granny smith apples
• ½ cup water
• ½ cup sultanas/raisins
• 2 tsp cinnamon
Cook for 15 minutes, covered, stirring regularly. Cook until soft, the apples should be a russet brown colour with the cinnamon.
Serve hot with Greek or coconut yoghurt
Store in the fridge or freeze in individual portions