We have been getting tons of local apples from our CSA, and raw applesauce 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 ½ 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.)
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
- ½ 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 puree 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 puree until smooth. Make sure you stop and scrape down the sides or stir to get all of the apples nice and pureed.