Raw Apple Sauce

I love apple sauce in any weather. The thought of turning on the oven to make some right now? Or lighting up the stove? In this heat? Not a good one. What to do? Make raw apple sauce. It’s tart, tangy, refreshing and delicious. On top of that, “uncooking” cuts back on energy consumption. It also keeps the house nice and cool –as cool as it can be on these 90 plus degree days.

It seems as though the heat got to my older son this afternoon. He was out for a good part of the day at rock climbing camp and arrived home slightly fatigued and tired looking.

I pondered the possibility of mild dehydration and gave him a tall glass of water and more after that, however by dinner time he said he had a pretty bad headache. I put him in a tepid bath with Epsom salts and that didn’t quite do the trick. Next I added sea salt to his water to get him to retain some extra fluid and catch up on hydration. Then came the magnesium which sometimes works for me in a pinch; all of this to no avail.

Finally he came up with a solution — green tea. I gave him a small cup of it and in less than 15 minutes he was back to his usual self –bouncing off the walls. Well, not quite, by 7:30 pm he was begging for me to tuck him into bed. And of course I obliged. The good news? His headache was long gone and he quickly drifted off to sleep. He even managed to eat some of this apple sauce before bedtime and commented on how much he liked its tangy flavor.

Raw Apple Sauce

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  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Place all ingredients in food processor
  • Process for 2-3 minutes, stopping as necessary to scrape sauce down the sides
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
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As you can imagine, this smooth, soothing sauce is a comforting summer dish; I especially like that the cinnamon and lemon provide warming elements to balance out the coolness of the raw apples.

This gluten free raw apple sauce is delicious plain or as a condiment –we ate it straight up this evening, though I think I might try it over pancakes. If you made this raw apple sauce, would you eat it plain or serve it with something?


34 responses to “Raw Apple Sauce”

  1. Thank you for sharing I make applesauce all the time never without cooking, I am so excited to try this. Thank you for sharing will share this with my family

  2. I love all the wonderful recipes on your site. My husband and I just started eating better after working hard at low carb for several years. We really enjoyed this applesauce recipe. We eat it straight up and with eggs for breakfast. Thanks again.

  3. Made this in a high-speed blender using organic apples so I wouldn’t have to peel them. Used one of each variety they had on the store (braeburn, gala, granny smith). So simple and delicious, Thank you!

  4. I am definitely going to try this! We made 60 pints of applesauce last year. It was so hot and uncomfortable in the kitchen I swore I would never make applesauce again. Well I should never say never, because I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  5. I just made this with unpeeled apples and added frozen blueberries and even more cinnamon. It is SO delicious. The consistency is a little strange, but I think it’s great. I was thinking of added whole fruit to it as well for different textures and serving with either whipped cream or yogurt. Thanks Elana!

  6. I think this would be a very good treat to have on a one of these hot summer days. I think my mom and I would enjoy making this for a quick and easy snack someday. Thank you for posting it!

  7. I’ve been sooo into eating Applesauce the past few days…
    Today I used a Red Delicious, 1 Pink Lady, and a Granny Smith.
    I cut out the core but by leaving the skin on it made lovely red, pink, green speckles in the applesauce :)~
    I also used 2 tbsp. of raw honey and some cinnamon, clove, cardamom and ginger.
    THank you for your awesome recipes~~~!

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