Blendtec Raw Cinnamon Applesauce

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I made applesauce in the crockpot once. It was easy but took forever and cooking the apples tends to destroy the nutritional content. I really had no idea that there was a raw alternative, though it makes total sense. Sometimes I’m a little behind. I don’t want to talk about it.

We got our Blendtec just over 4 months ago and have racked up over 400 uses on it. Applesauce never once crossed my mind. Thankfully,  the wonderful folks over at Blendtec thought of that one. I changed the recipe just a bit, because I prefer my applesauce a bit more on the chunky side. Feel free to add more water if you prefer it thinner and smoother.

If you want to make this Whole30, leave out the dates/date paste, it will still be delish! The first time I made this applesauce, I was lazy and didn’t peel the apples. You might like it that way, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the additional texture from the peels and neither was anyone else in the house. The texture was much better without the skin, so take that information and do what you want.

There’s a Strawberry Applesauce variation below, you absolutely have to try it. I actually like it better than the Cinnamon version. The picture for this recipe is actually of the Strawberry version, hence the little red specks. I will be trying other fruit combos, I’m kinda addicted to raw applesauce now. We really should have an apple tree with as many apples as we go through. Oh wait, we do, it just doesn’t produce any apples. Cool. Not.

By the way, “Not” is what a child of the 90’s would say. We do not say “Said no one ever”. Just in case you were wondering.

Blendtec Raw Cinnamon Applesauce | Our Paleo Life

Raw Blendtec Applesauce

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


Plain Applesauce

  • 2 Tbsp Water
  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 1-2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2-3 Medjool Dates, pitted or 2-3 Tbsp Date Paste
  • 2 Apples, I prefer Fuji or Gala apples, peeled, cored and quartered
  • 1 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice

Strawberry Applesauce

  • 2-1/2 Tbsp Water
  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2-3 Medjool Dates, pitted or 2-3 Tbsp Date Paste
  • 2 Apples, I prefer Fuji or Gala apples, peeled, cored and quartered
  • 6-8 Strawberries, hulled
  • 1 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice


  1. Add all ingredients in the order listed to a high powered blender like the Blendtec.
  2. Run the “Sauces” cycle. I stop it with about 15-20 seconds to spare so it’s a little chunkier.
  3. Eat. Store leftovers in the fridge.


* Nutrition Infor is for Plain Applesauce only.

** If you are using a regular blender or a food processor, process/blend until you get the texture you want.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 7gSugar: 40gProtein: 1g

Nutrition is calculated by a third party and may not be 100% accurate

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  1. Try a pressure cooker. Throw a bunch of peeled, cored and sliced granny smith apples in with a little lemon juice, dash of salt, and 1/3 cup of water. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes with a quick release and stir – no blending necessary!

    1. I have cooked applesauce before, but the point of this recipe is to be able to have some in a pinch, without cooking out any nutrients.

      1. Gotcha – that’s something I hadn’t considered. Most likely the vitamin C content would suffer as it’s pretty sensitive to heat. Some fruits actually increase antioxidant activity when cooked, like blueberries, but I haven’t yet seen anything about apples. If one *had* to cook a fruit or veggie, though, pressure cooking them results in less nutrient loss since it’s quicker and typically requires less water.

  2. you do not need to add all those ingredients. if you’re getting rough texture from the apple skins, you might want to switch to vitamix for some recipes. i just put four sliced unpeeled apples in the vitamix and blend with the tamper. blend for 30 seconds. no water or anything is necessary. even the pickiest eaters cannot differentiate this from store bought applesauce; accept that it tastes way better.

    1. The extra ingredients are for taste, not necessarily texture. I just don’t like the apples peels in general, I don’t think a different blender would help with that. And I’m pretty partial to my Blendtec anyway 😉 I have made it with just apples before as well, but I love the extra flavor from the added ingredients.

  3. I’m allergic to citrus fruit, and have a yeast intolerance so can’t use vinegar such as apple cider vinegar as an alternative. Do you have any other ideas what I could try instead of the lemon juice? This sounds great and I’d like to try it!

    1. Hi Ruth. You can leave the lemon juice out altogether. It’s more of a preservative for the color, and can be safely left out without really altering the taste.

  4. Thanks for the recipe. Texture is beautiful but it was too much cinnamon and way too sweet for me. Next time I will omit those two things and it should be perfect. I am Paleo and don’t eat much added sugar so I should have guessed the dates would make it too sweet for my taste. It was super quick and easy so will be trying it again soon.

  5. Can’t wait to give this simple recipe a whirl, I love applesauce! Going to see how well it works in a Nutribullet. 🙂 Also, thanks for the laugh regarding using the 90’s word “Not”… I say that all the time still, and never once did it occur to me that no one else says it anymore, haha!

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