So I’m really loving my Vitamix these days. Juicing for breakfast, and sharing with my son. (Say goodbye to his multivitamin!) Warm Vitamix Chicken Tortilla soup on a cool evening. And now, Vitamix Applesauce, with a twist.
As you may recall, my goofy kids enjoy applesauce and frozen peas. I don’t know why, they just do. I’m not complaining, since they don’t normally volunteer to eat anything green. So, when I set out to make Vitamix appleasauce, I was determined to fuse other healthy foods in to the mix as well.
Here’s what I did:
I found a bunch of pre-sliced apples on clearance at Kroger, so that’s what I used. You can use whatever kind of apples you have on hand, but I recommend you stick with the sweeter, rather than tart apples. Also, I use all organic ingredients whenever possible.
First I made a batch that was JUST apples, lemon juice, and cinnamon. I used too much cinnamon, and my daughter was not a fan. So I made another batch, using other ingredients to blend with the cinnamon-y batch, to tone it down.
- 2-3 sweet apples
- a splash of lemon juice
- a small handful of baby carrots (I have small hands, sooo, I’d approximate about 1/2 cup.)
- ~ 2/3 c frozen strawberries
- 1 spoonful of sugar or sweetener (optional)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Blend all ingredients, starting with slowest speed, working your way up. If you have a tamper*, use it to help push ingredients down. If mixture seems too chunky or not “smooth” enough, add small doses of water, as needed. I believe I ended up adding about 1/4 c water all together. Blend to desire smoothness and enjoy!
One thing I want to try with my next batch is to freeze it in small containers, or fill an ice cube tray and freeze that way – then I’ll have applesauce handy, and can toss in kids’ lunch bag in the morning, and it’ll thaw by lunch time. Also, I’m going to try adding a bit of spinach with this recipe. I’d also like to try a batch with dates, or other nuts, as inspired by The Blender Lady. What other ingredients would YOU add to Vitamix applesauce?
* I don’t have a tamper so I had to improvise. (What can I say? When you get a $9 Vitamix, you don’t always get all the cool accessories!) When ingredients looked “stuck”, I’d turn off and open the top and push down with long plastic spoon. Yeah, a tamper would be SOO much easier!
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