We have been getting tons of local apples from our CSA, and this raw applesauce recipe was a delicious way to prepare them!
I kind of suck at eating apples. There has never been an afternoon where I was feeling snacky and thought, “Ooh! An apple!” That is just not me. This raw applesauce recipe, though, is totally something that I would dish up and snack on. It’s extra good mixed into some vegan yogurt!
I’ve made applesauce in the crock pot before, and I love how it makes the house smell. What I don’t love is waiting three hours for applesauce. Raw applesauce comes together in minutes. Boom! Insta-apples!
This applesauce recipe is on a few different things. The initial inspiration came from Cadry’s post about her pancake brunch featuring ginger-cinnamon apples. Then I kind of mashed up the Vitamix cookbook’s raw applesauce recipe with my crock pot recipe for ginger-vanilla pear sauce.
If you don’t have a Vitamix, don’t worry! I have instructions below on how to make this with or without a high speed blender. Before it died, I pureed apples plenty of times in my crappy old blender. Seriously, this thing was seven years old. It takes longer to blend, and you have to do a little bit more chopping, but don’t let the quality of your blender stop you from making this spicy, sweet applesauce recipe!
Raw Applesauce Recipe with Ginger and Cinnamon
Yield: 2 1/2 cups
- 7 apples, cored, peeled, and chopped (You can do big chunks if you’re using a high speed blender or a smaller dice for a regular blender.)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In your high speed blender: Put all of the ingredients in in the order listed. Start up on variable speed 1, then increase the speed quickly to 6 and purÃ©e for about 30 seconds. Use the tamper to push the apples down as you blend, so they can’t escape the blade’s wrath. You can stop here for a chunkier sauce. For a smooth applesauce like I made, increase to 7 or 8 for a few more seconds.
- In a regular blender: Put all of the ingredients in the blender and purÃ©e until smooth. Make sure you stop and scrape down the sides or stir to get all of the apples nice and purÃ©ed.