Blackberry Five Spice Sauce


  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups (430 g) blackberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 6 whole black peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) olive oil


  1. Place vinegar, blackberries, cinnamon, spices, and sugar into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 5-6 minutes until heavy steam escapes from the vented lid.
  5. Reduce speed to Variable 5 and remove the lid plug.
  6. Pour olive oil through the lid plug opening. Blend an additional 20 seconds

Serve with grilled pork tenderloin, chicken or duck. Chinese five-spice sauce can be found in the Asian foods section of better grocers.

This recipe has been written for the C-Series machines with Variable Speed control and Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different Vitamix machine or container size, you may need to make adjustments to the Variable Speed, processing time, and/or ingredient quantities.