Homemade Warm Applesauce

As a health-conscious mom, I am always looking for new recipes to serve to my family. One of my daughter’s favorite, old-school snacks is applesauce. I mean seriously, what is there not to love about applesauce? I was in the aisle looking for applesauce when suddenly, I became quite overwhelmed. There are soooo many varieties. Cinnamon, strawberry, fruit-packed, banana, hey, even banana strawberry, huh? huh? At first I was amazed at all the different kinds. I was sucked in. “Wow, this is fantastic! My daughter will be happy,” or at least I thought. I read the label on the back of the package. The second ingredient was high fructose corn syrup (uh, no!), then natural flavors. Let me thinks about this, natural flavors? What is natural flavor? Shouldn’t it already have its own natural flavor that nothing needs to be added to call it natural flavor? I quickly became not impressed with my boxed product and decided to go home and make my own. I mean why not really? This way I know the exact amount and even ALL the ingredients. Doesn’t that sound better to you? Actually knowing what is in your food? It’s good and easy, I really hope you make them!

Ingredients:

  • 4 apples; cut in bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed or bottled)
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Recipe:

Step 1: Place all ingredients into sauce pan and simmer until tender over medium heat

Step 2: Place in a bowl. If there’s too much liquid, drain some.

Step 3: Using a potato masher or the back of a fork, mash until desired consistancy.

Serve up to your family and friends for a extra sweet snack!

Absolutely award-winning in my mama book! (And the kids loved it too!) What other ingredients do you like in your applesauce?

 

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