Tuesday, May 6, 2014

{Tiny Tot Tuesdays} Homemade Organic Baby Applesauce

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Applesauce is one of those things that I'm sure most people just prefer to buy, and that's completely fine. You can purchase it organic and sweetened or unsweetened, so I can see why it's a good option for most people. I still prefer to make all of Bradley's food, even applesauce, and here's why: I can choose which types of apples to use (Gala are his favorite) and make it the consistency he likes (not to mention I want to avoid all those preservatives and whatnot). 
Chris and I love applesauce, too (who doesn't?), so when I make Bradley's I make a big batch for us to split. I keep Bradley's half plain and then whip up the second half with cinnamon and other flavors that Chris and I like in our applesauce. It's a win-win! Bradley loves applesauce for breakfast, especially mixed with oatmeal!

Printable Recipe

Makes 12 servings

  • 4 organic red apples (I used Gala, but you can use any apple that tends to be a little sweeter)
  • Purified water
Heat a large pot of water to boiling. 

Peel and core the apples. Rinse under cold water then cut into chunks.

Add the apples to the water and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until tender.

Drain apples and add to a food processor. Add a couple tablespoons of purified water and process until smooth. Add more water, if necessary, to get to your desired consistency.

Allow to cool then serve to your baby with a spoon. I recommend adding some breast milk or formula to the pureed apples as well...this thins out the apples and adds a flavor they already know and enjoy.

If saving for a later date, pour it into storage cups to freeze or refrigerate. You can refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze for 30 days. Make sure you label your apples! Once you are ready to serve, heat the refrigerated or frozen apples up in the microwave and allow to cool to just warmer than room temperature. Add breast milk or formula to thin it out.

*Consult with your pediatrician before feeding your baby solid foods and to see what amount/type of food you should give your child.

Source: SK Original

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