I made this post for all the moms out there who want a tasty and nutritious recipe for their toddlers and kids that takes all of 5 minutes to make 🙋🏼🙋🏻🙋🏽🙋🏾
Because as much as I looooovvve to make homemade applesauce (Strawberry Applesauce, Carrot Applesauce and Beet Applesauce) during the fall when apples are bountiful, the rest of the year my laziness takes over and I usually just go for an organic store-bought applesauce.
The problem - since we eat applesauce ALL-THE-TIME, we get completely burned out on plain ol' applesauce.
The solution - let's blend some of that plain o' applesauce with some other amazing fruits and vegetables (sneaky mom for the #win) and create some amazing new applesauce combinations that will knock your kiddos socks right off.
So like a mad mom scientist, I got to work and mixed and blended everything in my fridge and freezer with that plain o' applesauce and came up with some winning combinations.
Apple + Mixed Berries + Vanilla
Apple + Mango + Pineapple
Apple + Cherry + Almond
Apple + Sweet Potato + Banana
Apple + Peach + Ginger
Apple + Beet + Strawberries
Apple + Carrots + Cloves
Apple + Butternut Squash + Mango
But before you get started blending away, I want to let you in on a couple tips and tricks I learned during my applesauce experiments.
Tips & Tricks
I used the organic applesauce from Trader Joes and Costco for these recipes. When buying applesauce I always look to make sure that it doesn't have any added sugar and that it is organic since apples are high on the Dirty Dozen list.
I tried adding in both fresh and frozen produce into these combinations, and found that frozen fruit actually worked the best and produced the boldest flavors. Plus, frozen fruit is easier to get and most of the time it is way cheaper 🙋🏻!
Immersion Blender vs. Regular Blender
As much as I love my fancy high-speed blender, I found that it didn't chop up the added fruits and veggies enough while leaving the overall applesauce slightly chunky. It's a fine line between a smooth puree applesauce and a slightly chunky applesauce. The immersion blender did a great job at first blending up the added in fruits and veggies and then gently mixing in the applesauce.
If you don't have an immersion blender, then you can totally use a blender, just make sure to scrape the sides down every 20 seconds or so of blending time and be okay with a more smooth applesauce (which will totally taste the same).
As far as immersion blenders, I have and love this KichenAid Immersion Blender, but for a more economical one this one has great reviews on amazon as well.