My kids love Apples, perfect little apples. If an apple is less than perfect, they choose another. Their preference for perfection, leaves me with plenty of cooking apples.Apples for Apple Sauce
Apple cakes and pies are yummy, but as I’m always searching for healthy lunchbox snacks,  I more often make apple sauce.

I suspected that Raw Apple Sauce would be an easy, healthier version of my homemade apple sauce.  My Vita-Mix blender came with recipes, including one for “Raw Apple Sauce.”  I decided to give it a try.

The Vita-Mix recipe was complete, but short on method. The recipe suggested combining the sliced apples with 1/4 pineapple juice or lemon juice. I assume this is to retain the apples’ color. I live in Michigan, so pineapple is not a regular part of my pantry. I opted for what I had in the refrigerator: Juicy Juice. I added the juice of 1/2 lemon (I do keep lemons around).

The recipe suggested,”Sugar to taste,” but I never add sugar to my cooked apple sauce, so I decided to skip the sugar. The apples and Juicy Juice should make the sauce sweet enough.

 

I pulsed the apples and juice as described in the recipe, stopping the blender before the sauce became too creamy.

While I do like my cooked apple sauce chunky style, chunky Raw Apple Sauce, seemed “odd.”

 

 

I decided to make creamy Raw Apple Sauce instead. The texture for the sauce improved with the additional blending,  but became a little thin. No problem – I put it in a kitchen strainer  and presto, the sauce was the right texture and consistency.

 

 

Since my raw apple sauce did not retain a fresh apple color, I  added 1/8th of a teaspoon of cinnamon. The cinnamon is added in case one of the kids asks about the color, and I’ll tell them that the cinnamon made the applesauce brown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus: straining the liquid from the sauce gave me a delicious glass of apple cider.

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe Update:

The kids asked, “will you make some more?”:  A very positive review.

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