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Cherry Vanilla Applesauce

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Author: Angela Marinelli, M.S., M.Ed.


  • 5 cups chopped apples about 4 large apples
  • 5 cups cherries
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2-1 tsp almond extract depending how strong you want the almond flavor
  • 2 tsp water
  • pinch sea salt


Ahead of Time:

  • Wash and chop apples into uniform pieces (large dice), leaving skins on. You can put your lemon juice on your apples as you chop them so they don't brown.
  • Wash and pit cherries.


  • In a 6 quart stock pot, over medium heat, add the apples, cherries, lemon juice, vanilla extract, almond extract, water and salt.
  • Stir often so the fruit doesn't brown.
  • Once the fruit begins to soften and release moisture, raise the heat to medium high to bring the mixture to a strong simmer/light boil so the fruit can break down.
  • Adjust heat as needed and cook partly covered (I cock the lid) and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until fruit is broken down and soft, and flavors have come together.
  • Immediately put your mixture into a high powered blender and whiz until completely smooth and creamy. (If you have a strong blender, like a Vitamix, the skins will pulverize fine.)


  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate OR
  • Preserve in small Mason jars using your preferred jarring technique


Copyright: Angela Marinelli, M.S., M.Ed., Nourishment Connection 2017