Today, I am all about love. I love my Vitamix blender, and was super excited to use it to make something else we all love around here: homemade applesauce. I love the Indian summer weather we’ve having, which allows me to sneak in some Vitamin D, but still crave autumn flavors thanks to the fall breezes. I love that I have discovered the most delicious honey ever, which I was able to use on this beautiful day, in my beloved Vitamix, to make some mighty tasty applesauce.
I use and suggest honey in many of recipes, and long ago explained the difference between refined and raw. While your kids might love the look of those plastic bear bottles at the supermarket, processed honey lacks but the nutrition and flavor of raw. For the most part, I keep our pantry stocked thanks to the bulk section in Whole Foods, where I can fill my own bottle of raw clover honey.
Recently, though, I decided to treat myself. I had a gift voucher for one of my favorite healthy online stores, Abe’s Market. If you sign up for their email list they often run deals, and twice now I’ve been able to get a voucher through Eversave (a savings website akin to Groupon).
This Vintage Bee Spice Creamed Honey trio put me right in the mood for fall, and made me nostalgic for flavored, fresh honey I’ve gotten before at farmer’s markets and fairs. I also loved that Vintage Bee is small, family-run business that uses organic fruits and spices in their products.
Needless to say, all three flavors are amazing. Just the aroma that wafts out of the jar when you pop the lid… divine. I must confess, unsurprisingly, that my favorite of the three is the Pumpkin Spice. I believe I have mentioned my pumpkin addict once or ten times
Today I’m all about the Spiced Apple, however, as what could be more perfect to sweeten up some homemade applesauce?
The reason I’m so enamored with my Vitamix is that it can do all sorts of fancy tricks. Its motor is so powerful that the thing can make hot soup without a stove top. It can turn cashews into creamy sauce and can pretty much blend up just about anything.
I’d never thought to make applesauce in it before, however, as I’ve always made the fall staple in my crock pot or on the oven. I love the smell of the simmering apples, and while the peeling is a bit tedious there’s something so comforting about making it.
The great thing about today’s recipe, though, is that I had homemade applesauce in less than 10 minutes. I didn’t even peel my apples, which made the process easier and allowed the good fiber from the peel to make it into the sauce. What I traded off in terms of delectable aroma and apple chunks (we love our homemade sauce a little chunky) I more than made up for in time and convenience.
If you don’t have a high-powered blender, I would definitely suggest peeling your apples first. And even with my powerhouse I found I couldn’t dump everything in all at once; I added the water, honey and a couple of apple pieces, then gradually added more apple as I went along.
You can use any natural sweetener here, but remember I’m using this post to plug my new favorite honey I honestly can’t recommend Vintage Bee enough. In addition to finding their products on Abe’s Market, you can find out more about the company on their web and Facebook pages.
But back to my applesauce! I’ve taken longer writing this post than the day’s recipe took to make…
Homemade Blender Applesauce
6 large apples, cored and cut into chunks (peeled if you don’t have a high-powered blender)
3 tbs. raw honey (or more, to taste)
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4-1/2 tsp. cinnamon, to taste
Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Serve room temperature, chilled or warm up before eating.