As many of you have seen in the past, I am doing Baby-Led Weaning with my son, (learn what that is, and all about the nutritional value of it HERE). Along with that, I am also feeding him only food I cook, (for the most part). So, I am avoiding jar baby food, and as much processed foods as I can. Mostly I am feeding him whole fruits and vegetables that I steam or bake and then cut into strips. There are a few items that I puree myself so that he can try out various textures and practice using utensils, and APPLE SAUCE is one of those.
So today I'm going to share my EASY-PEASY HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE with you!
First, let me start with a little nutrition lesson:
DISCLAIMER: No judgement if you buy this for your children, just want to show you how much sugar and other unnecessary ingredients are added to these types of store bought foods, and how easy it is for you to make this homemade at your house!
1) Applesauce for a baby does not need ANYTHING added to it! It doesn't have to be sweet for them to eat it. Remember, as a baby, you are helping them develop their taste pallet, so it's okay for it not to have brown sugar or cinnamon flavoring in it.
If you are making this for older kids or adults, try some flavoring (I'll mention what I did at the end), but still try to avoid added sugars. There is enough natural sugar in fruits that you don't need to add more!
2) True Applesauce doesn't need anything added to it except a little water.
You have probably heard that high fructose corn syrup is one of the worst things you can eat, and one of the main reasons you should avoid processed foods because it is added to everything! I am not a nutrition pro (yet), but I will say after making my own Applesauce, I have NO IDEA why they would need to add all of these things to their ingredients.
*Some recipes tell you to add Apple Juice as your liquid base. Not a big deal if it is ALL NATURAL. BUT, once again, if it is store bought Apple Juice, then it probably has unnecessary sugars added to it as well, so you are just replacing one with the other. The safest way to go is to just use water as your liquid.
3) Many store bought foods, even foods for kids/babies have tons of sugar added to it! Like a ton...Like WAY TOO MUCH!
Check out how much sugar is in one small cup of this Applesauce. When making my own Applesauce, obviously there is sugar, but it's all natural sugar, so I don't even worry about it. A lot of the sugar in this brand's sauce probably came from the unnecessary added high fructose corn syrup mentioned above.
On to the recipe!
-Take 2 apples
-Peel them, core them, dice them
-Put on to boil with 1/2 a cup of water
-Let them cook on med/high heat for about 20 min (apples will be soft and slightly broken a part)
-Pour the apples/liquid into blender & blend until smooth
-For a baby, divvy it up into containers and freeze. Then when you are ready to serve it, heat slightly so that it melts and serve it to baby.
I ate the Homemade Applesauce just like this, and it tasted great! Seriously, with the already natural sugars that apples have, it had plenty of flavors.
For my husband, I wanted to try something a little different, so I added a 1/4 of a teaspoon of cinnamon, and he ate it like that. It was great with the cinnamon flavor as well. Still though, there was no need to add any more sugar to it in my opinion.
So, instead of taking the easy way out and buying the store bought brands, why not take just a little more time out of your weekend and prep a bunch of yummy Homemade Applesauce for the week!
Applesauce makes a great snack for adults and kids! You can take it for lunch, or eat it in the afternoons, and seriously it takes about 25-30 minutes to make, and most of that time is when it is boiling on the stove so you can be getting other things done. Then you can rest easy, because you know exactly what is in the food that you are feeding yourself and your children. Plus, your just adding to the daily serving of fruits that you are taking in, and that is always a PLUS!
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