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Good Girl Gone GreenApple season is still in full swing, so I bought more apples this past week, and my fridge is loaded with them. If you have an overabundance of apples like me, here are some great apple recipes to get you started. My apple farmer said they could stay good until March if I keep them in the fridge. Fresh apples until March? Count me in. No more exported apples for us in the winter- hopefully. I will be buying more next week to add to my stash. I think I need a second fridge.

I have even contemplating canning. Though I have never done it, I do have a book about it. Perhaps it is time to dust it off, and learn about canning or I could just talk to my dad who is a canning expert. I would love to just puree some apples and can them for future apple sauces, or to make apple muffins.

Which brings me to my recipe this week- easy chia seed apple sauce. I mean, my 2 year old could make it. If she knew how to work my Blendtec, that is.

Chia Apple Sauce

Yields: 2 cups

  • 3 medium to large apples, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp of chia seeds
  • 4 dates, soaked
  • 1/4 cup of date water soaking the dates
  • Cinnamon for sprinkling on top
  1. Place the dates in just enough water to cover them and soak for 30 minutes or longer- until nice and soft
  2. Throw the dates, 1/4 cup of the date water, and 2 Tbsp of chia seeds in your high powdered blender- I use my Blendtec. You will probably have to stop a few times to scrap down the sides. I am sure a food processor would work just fine.
  3. Add the chopped apples to the date mixture and blend until smooth. You could also leave it chunky and just pulsate it as well.
  4. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes, so the chia seeds soften and plump up the apple sauce.

I am sure you could freeze it, if you wanted to, but I don’t think you will have any left after you taste it. The apples I have are very sweet, so the next time I might add less dates. If you don’t have any dates on hand, try maple syrup, honey or any sweetener you have on hand. I just personally like the dates, it adds a great creamy texture to the apple sauce.

What will you be doing with your apples stash?

Want to learn more about the health benefits of chia seeds? Head over to Groovy Green Livin where she discusses what all the chia seed rave is all about!

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29 Responses to Raw Apple Sauce

  1. julieann r September 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Never heard of chia seeds before…where do you get those at?

  2. Shane@EnviroBooty September 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Um Yum!! This looks perfect for anytime but perfect for fall.

  3. Sarah September 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    I’ve been hearing quite a bit recently about chia seeds. Sounds like they are the new power grain like quinoa was last year. Are you able to find them locally? This recipe sounds tasty, I bet my toddler would love it.

    • Good Girl Gone Green September 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

      You can buy them on amazon or at any health food store. I am sure conventional grocery stores have them, but they might not be organic. I love chia seeds. I use them in smoothies, and they are great t make pudding!

  4. Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama September 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Sounds awesome!

  5. Deirdre September 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Saw this pin on Pinterest! Love your date soaking- way to get sweet, but not too sweet. Cheers!

  6. All Natural Katie September 28, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    1. The recipe sounds amazing! I am so going to try this when I get back from vacation
    2. I didn’t know you could keep apples in the fridge until March! I’ve kept them for a month before, but March is awesome (I guess this is where local farm fresh apples come in)
    3. You can so can! If I can can, you can can. Check out my latest post about canning.

  7. Jenni Mullinix October 1, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    What an interesting way to make applesauce! :)

  8. Kathy Shea Mormino October 1, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Hello, new follower here! I would love to have you link up with my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/09/clever-chicks-blog-hop-2-featured-post.html
    I hope to see you there!
    Cheers!
    Kathy
    The Chicken Chick

  9. Jessica October 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Chia applesauce is such a brilliant idea! I will be making this right after I make my visit to the orchard! Thanks for linking up :)

  10. Mariel October 2, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    I’ve never heard of chia, but I’m totally looking it up today! Thanks for a really neat recipe. :) I would love to have you stop by ‘Or so she says…’ and share your great ideas at the Saturday link party (runs until Tuesday night…tonight!) I hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

  11. veggie mama October 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Love the inclusion of dates! very clever.

  12. Cheerios and Lattes October 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    The Iron Chef Mom Team would love to invite you to join us this week with this fabulous apple recipe and any others you might want to enter into the contest!
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  13. Heidi October 3, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    Looks yummy! I would love it if you visited my new Gluten-Free Monday party at OneCreativeMommy.com and linked up this and any other idea you would like to share. I hope to see you there.

  14. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) October 3, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    Your posts always make me hungry! YUM Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) See you next Friday! Next Friday one lucky blogger will be randomly selected to win a case of Planet Rice! Its yummy! Its gluten free, sprouted and grown in the US. You can link up to 3 entries! The more you link up the better you chances to win! (entries from US only) Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  15. Janis October 4, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Sounds easy enough…I have been hearing alot about the benefits of chia seeds. thanks for sharing!

    • Good Girl Gone Green October 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

      Chia seeds are great bit you could make the apple sauce with just apples and dates as well!

  16. Lisa @ Two Bears Farm October 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    We love chia seeds! This looks great.

  17. Nancy October 6, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    I bet the texture is amazing, not to mention delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipe at RT this week. xo

  18. Debra @ Sweet Kisses and Dirty Dishes October 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    That is so cool thickening it up with chia seeds. I really want to experiment with those more. Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday! Hope to see you back this week.

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