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Productive Senior Citizens and Raw Apple Sauce

This is Stella. My apple tree. Ok, I get that not everyone names their trees but Stella deserves a name. She has been here for a very long time. Stella is the biggest apple tree I have ever seen. With a trunk of over 9 feet around, she just might be over 100 years old assuming that she was planted when the house was built. Showing signs of her age, some of her largest branches have been dying off. I have been keeping a watchful eye.




Stella surprised me this year. She produced a bumper crop of beautiful, healthy apples. I don’t spray my trees so the apples can get pretty wormy by the time they hit the ground. But this year, not a worm to be found. Just healthy, tasty apples. Lots of healthy, tasty apples. Stella is one heck of a productive senior citizen.

In honor of her huge harvest this year I bring you Stella’s Apple Sauce. Believe me, there will be more apple recipes to come. I have to keep up with the old gal! This will freeze well so take advantage of the season and make extra! I also use this in many of my cookies and to come.


Apple Sauce


Stella's Apple Sauce

  • 6 apples (cored but not peeled)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup agave (or liquid sweetener of your choice)
  • pinch salt (optional)
  1. Core and quarter apples.
  2. Place in food processor with 1/4 cup agave.
  3. Process to applesauce consistency. Add more agave to taste.
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  1. loquia wrote on November 28, 2013

    looks fantastic

  2. Robin wrote on April 22, 2013

    This looks great, can’t wait to make it for myself and by 7-month old daughter. By the way, it is not odd to name your trees. I have a Mr. Maple, Lady Willow, and Piney and I love them all! Keep up the good work.

  3. carol Prichard wrote on August 21, 2012

    Thankyou for introducing us to Stella. I always think of that play now what’s the name. STELLAAAA.

  4. Rosanna wrote on April 22, 2011

    Any suggestion for substituting agave syrup? I’m fructose intolerant… so both agave and honey are a big no no for me….

    • Susan wrote on April 23, 2011

      Use what ever sweetener you like to use.

  5. Carla wrote on October 28, 2010

    Do you think I can freeze this? It is so good I just stopped and grabbed a bunch of apples before the local apple orchard closed for the season and I wanted to make a big batch and freeze some. What do you think?

  6. Christine wrote on August 19, 2010

    I just made this. It reminds me of my grandma’s applesauce with 1/10th the work.

  7. Raederle Phoenix Jacot wrote on June 29, 2010

    I just thought I’d mention that agave is cooked, and that apples are already sooo sweet that it’s really silly to add sugar in any form. In my opinion, going raw is about going back to nature. Honor Stella and her amazing fruit and don’t add a refined sugar to her. If you want to spice up the flavor, why not add a drizzle of raw coconut juice, or half a blended kiwi or a couple of dates, or raisins or currants or even goji berries?

    • Susan wrote on June 29, 2010

      You can find agave that is not cooked. Xagave is an excellent brand. And honestly, I made the recipe this way because that is how I like it. :-)

  8. Carol G. wrote on November 28, 2009

    Just discovered your website today and love everything found including all the awesome recipes you graciously shared.

    Wish I knew you were in Boulder as we could have had a gathering honoring your presence.

  9. Judith wrote on September 25, 2009

    When Mother Nature offers up a gift, like worm-free organic apples, the best response (as you have) is to receive it joyfully and USE it, ! Your Rawmazing website isBEAUTIFUL, easy to navigate and well-written. It is fun to both read your articles and look at the photos of foods in season–and the results of them as healthy, delicious dishes! I look forward to seeing more of what can be done with raw foods in each season.


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