I was always one of those moms who bought applesauce from the grocery store for my baby. I knew that he loved eating it but thought that making applesauce was time-consuming – boy was I wrong! It’s as easy as my Easy Brown Rice recipe.
Applesauce is so versatile in baby food. I find that I not only serve it on its own with cinnamon, but I’ll mix it with other fruits, and even my baby’s lunches and dinners so that they’re a little sweeter.
I personally love using Red Delicious apples because they have a nice sweetness to them, but I find that any red apple will do (especially if it’s on sale). Next in sweetness are Golden Delicious apples while, in contrast, Granny Smith apples have a very tart flavour. I love Granny Smith apples the most but find that they need to be paired with sweet fruits in order for my baby to eat them.
To make about 2 cups of my applesauce, start by boiling water in a pot.
While the water is heating up, cut and core 2 apples. You can leave the skin on if you have a high-tech, fancy blender like Vitamix or Blendtec. If not, you may want to peel the apples before cutting them since the skin doesn’t usually blend well in a traditional blender. Of course, I suggest trying it out both ways: you never know what your baby will like. And remember to use your life-saving (ok, more like time-saving) garbage bowl.
Once the water is boiling, throw in your apples and cook for about 3-4 minutes, until they’ve softened a bit and you can smell the apples.
Then, throw the apples in the blender with some of the water they were boiled in. Blend until smooth, adding more of the apple water until you get the consistency you want.
QUICK & EASY APPLESAUCE
Prep Time: 5 mins | Total Time: 10 minutes | Serving Size: Makes about 400 mL
• 2 Red Delicious apples (or another red apple), cored and sliced (optional: peeled)
• 2 cups water
- Boil water in a small pot.
- While water is heating up, peel (if peeling), core, and slice the apples.
- Add the apples to the boiling water. Cook for 3-4 minutes until they’ve softened.
- Add about 1 cup of the water the apples were cooked in to the blender. Then add the apples. Puree until smooth. Add more of the apple water until you get the consistence you want.
These are great to make big batches of and then freeze for future use.
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