I have a baby who looooves applesauce. He has loved it since he started eating solids. I also have 3 other kids who LOVE those applesauce pouches. I however, have a problem with the applesauce pouches. They are small servings and kind of expensive for what you are getting. Really you are paying for a small amount of applesauce and a lotta packaging. They may be really convenient…but I have a better solution that will save you money and is much healthier.
When Oliver (my baby) started eating solids I pulled out some reusable pouches that a friend gave me. I loved them. I could throw applesauce, yogurt, smoothies, baby food in the pouch and run out the door. We are always on the go. The pouches that I had were small though, really small. I could only fit a few ounces in it by the time it was zipped up. I wanted a pouch that would be big enough for 2-3 servings for my baby, or one nice sized serving for my older children. Solution: ReSqueeze. They are the perfect size guys! I seriously use a few of these every day, take them everywhere. Even use them in our school lunch boxes.
So after a week or two of only packing applesauce and yogurt everywhere I decided I needed to add some better nutrition to my baby’s diet. I mean, we are seriously always on the go. I decided to start making my own apple sauce. It is fresh, has more fiber, less sugar. I know all the ingredients, because I I make it, no deciphering the label. AND I can throw in extra fruits and veggies into the crock pot to add extra vitamins + different flavors.
I start by coring and cutting the apples into 4ths. I add a little bit of brown sugar, lemon and water. Crock pot cook it and blend it to desired consistency. It is THAT simple. For extra fruits in veggies, keep the sugar the same but add a little extra water.
I am providing you with the applesauce base. You can throw in berries, carrots, anything you like! Blend it up and wa-la, you have a healthy inexpensive snack. I’m gonna be making a lot of this this summer.
Head to their website and order some. Use it for lunches at school. For snacks on the go, or for easy feeding a baby.
- 3 lbs apples (the sweeter the better)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup water
- juice from one lemon
- Core and cut apples into fourths. Leave skins on for extra nutrition.
- Place all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
- When apples are tender blend in blender in batches to desired consistency.
- Store in air tight container in fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- If adding additional fruit you may want too add up to 1/3 cup additional water.
PRESSURE COOKER: Place all ingredients in pot, set to vegetable mode for 5 minutes, natural release. Blend apples in blender or with immersion blender.