Spiced Chunky Cranberry Applesauce

This week I found myself with a large bag of apples not knowing what to do with them.  Usually I’ll juice them, add them to salads or as a snack I just adore them cut up with almond butter.  But, today I decided to do something different.  I felt like making applesauce.  I’ve always found apple sauce to be boring but for some reason today it sounded good, and I put my own lil spin on it making this chunky spiced cranberry applesauce.  With a touch of  ginger and cinnamon it has such a nice warm spice kick to it.  This is a great recipe to add to a meal, as a snack or even for breakfast.

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Chunky Cranberry Apple Sauce

In the winter, especially during the flu season I like to use a lot of cranberries and ginger.  Cranberries are full of antioxidants that help boost your immune system.  Research has shown that those who regularly drink cranberry juice have fewer symptoms of colds and flus.  Cranberries are full of wonderful health benefits.

Chunky Cranberry Apple Sauce

Ginger also has amazing health benefits.  In Chinese medicine it has been recommended to help cure and prevent several health problems.  Ginger is known to help promote  circulation in the body, which in the winter time helps to keep you feeling warm.  Ginger helps strengthen the immune system, so especially in the cold winter months take advantage of using this amazing powerful ingredient to naturally build a resistance to colds and flus.

Chunky Cranberry Apple Sauce

Why buy applesauce at the store filled with preservatives and artificial ingredients when you can so easily make your own at home? With just a few simple ingredients you can have a delicious healthy apple sauce with all the nutritional benefits intact since nothing is heated.  Why settle for less than the best when it comes to your health and what you put in your body?

Recipe:

2 large Pink Lady apples (or any other sweet apple), chopped with skins

1/2 cup fresh cranberries

5 medjool dates, pitted (add more or less depending on the sweetness desired)

1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1/4 tsp freshly grated ginger

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1) Soak dates in orange juice until they become nice and soft,  for about half an hour.

2) In a food processor pulse apples until they are blended.  Make sure not to over blend to the point where it is smooth.  It should be small chunks.

3) Add in the rest of the ingredients, including the dates and juice they were soaked in and blend until well mixed.  ( I like mine slightly chunky, so I pulse it to make sure not to over blend it.)

 

 

4 Comments

  1. Ronna on February 21, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Christine,
    MMMMmmm FRESH apple sauce sounds wonderful! Where do you find fresh cranberries at this time of year? Do you order on line?
    Thinking of you with sweet thoughts
    Ronna

    • Christine on February 23, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      That’s a good question. I recently got fresh organic cranberries here from Trader Joe’s, but I haven’t checked recently to see if they’re still around or out of season. If you can’t find them anywhere perhaps you can use frozen cranberries and let them thaw out, or I know in health food stores like Whole Foods they sell them freeze dried that might work even better. I hope that helps! Lots of love. Xo

  2. Ronna on May 1, 2015 at 10:01 am

    I wasn’t able to go to Whole Foods to find frozen cranberries, so I used dried cranberries from Sprouts, I soaked them with the orange juice and dates. Dennis LOVED it and asked me to make more Applesauce for today, since I still have some apples. Only drawback is the cranberries, have added sugar. I will continue to look for the freeze dried, or frozen cranberries for the future. Thanks for this recipe!

    • Christine on May 3, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      What a great idea Ronna! I usually can find dried fruit, including cranberries, with nothing add and sun-dried at farmers markets. So if you have one near you might want to try there. Otherwise I’ve had a hard time finding them in stores. So happy even Dennis loved it that’s awesome!

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