Homemade applesauce is the easiest thing to make at home.
If you want to know more about making applesauce for baby or a toddler, you’ve come to the right place.
I am going to show you a quick and easy way to make applesauce without adding anything but water.
No sugar or flavor enhancers!
Plus this recipe requires very little work on your side.
But let’s look at some applesauce facts first.
Why make your own applesauce?
As with most food, meals made at home are healthier, tastier and often cheaper than store or restaurant-bought.
Because we are in control of what goes into our food.
No hidden MSGs, sweeteners, artificial flavors and so on.
For instance, much of the commonly sold applesauce contains Ascorbic Acid, a synthetic vitamin C.
Not only is this vitamin man-made in a lab, it is most likely made from GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) such as corn syrup. To learn more visit The Healthy Home Economist.
If we want our children to learn healthy eating habits, cooking and eating at home is absolutely necessary.
And teaching them about our food system is the first step to making it better for future generations.
Is applesauce healthy?
Eating a raw apple is certainly a better choice in many ways.
But for very young children, apples are too hard and can easily become a choking hazard².
Applesauce contains fiber (unpeeled apples), and compared to apples is higher in calories, carbohydrates, and potassium³.
Cooking or boiling apples makes much of the vitamin C disappear, however.
Regardless, I still consider a homemade applesauce a better alternative to many “sweet treats” for our kids.
Best apples to use for applesauce
Apples belong to the worst produce items when it comes to pesticide residue¹.
Therefore choosing organic is wise.
Of course, not everything we eat or buy at our house is organic. But apples are one of the things that we absolutely do.
Are you wondering what are the best apples for applesauce?
For naturally sweeter taste choose Gala, Fuji apples or Golden Delicious.
For a mild sweetness go for Granny Smith or Red Delicious.
Things to make with applesauce
Ever wondered what is applesauce good for?
There are several ways of using applesauce besides eating it by itself.
We add it to our plain white yogurt and cottage cheese for flavor, make oatmeal or even cream of wheat with it.
I often substitute parts of sugar in my baking creations with applesauce (or bananas).
It also tastes great with pancakes or waffles instead of syrup.
Plus if you love baking your own apple pie, simply use your homemade applesauce as a filling.
How to make applesauce without sugar
Once I finally tried to make applesauce in a slow cooker, I haven’t made it any other way.
It is the easiest and less-involved way of cooking healthy meals!
I am not aspiring to become a food blogger, therefore my recipe is explained in a very simple way.
All I use is apples and water.
Here are exact quantities:
- 3lb organic apples (in this photo recipe I used Granny Smith)
- 1.5 cups water
- Wash the apples under running water.
- Slice them with an apple slicer.
- If you prefer to peel the skin off, do it after you sliced the apples. I did it in this particular photo recipe. But I just recently stopped peeling them completely to save even more time!
- Place the sliced-up apples into Crock-Pot. Add 1 1/2 cups of water.
- Cover and set the heat on LOW. Cook for 7 to 8 hours.
- Once done, simply use fork or potato masher and stir to desired consistency. The apples will be so soft and mushy, that this is easy and effortless!
- Place the applesauce in containers, preferably glass ones. Leave them out on the counter to cool off before storing in the fridge.
And that’s it!
When stored in the fridge, the applesauce lasts a while.
This particular batch was still good after two weeks!
In a similar way, you can make any baby food! Instead of apples, make pears, peaches, squash or sweet potatoes.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe and that it comes handy to many of you!