Toddler-Friendly Strawberry Applesauce

Before going on vacation, I had washed, chopped, and frozen a bunch of fruit we hadn’t yet gotten around to eating. Well this morning, when a bag of strawberries landed at my feet as a result of opening the freezer door, I decided it was time to put some of that fruit to good use.  I did consider making a smoothie, but I wanted to try something we don’t make all the time already.  I ran through a couple of options and quickly settled on applesauce when I saw my dish rack full of apples from washing them the night before. Miss G really enjoys applesauce and although you can easily buy organic ‘just apples’ applesauce at most grocery stores, nothing beats the real thing.  I gathered my {always enthusiastic helper} and a few ingredients and we got busy in the kitchen.

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The line up of ingredients: strawberries, apples, pure maple syrup (optional), vanilla, and water.

IMG 6189Get started by peeling and coring your apples. (I haven’t yet taught Gracen how to peel things, so I peeled and cored our apples while she gathered all of the scraps and placed them in a bowl for composting.)

IMG 6196Next up, chop your apples into smallish pieces. (We both did this job – Gracen using a regular butter knife, of course. FYI: I’ve done this several times with my Kindergarten classes and decent-quality plastic/wooden knives work too.)

IMG 6199Then, chop your strawberries.

IMG 6208Dump everything into a large pot.

IMG 6211Add a little bit of water…

IMG 6214Just a touch of pure maple syrup… (Only if you want some extra sweetness – turns out ours could have easily done without.)

IMG 6215And a good amount of pure vanilla.

IMG 6217Give everything a quick stir and pop it on the stove at medium heat.

IMG 6221Slowly cook the fruit, stirring occasionally, until everything is soft and easily mashed with a fork. 

IMG 6222Remove from the heat and mash until the sauce reaches your desired consistency. If you like a smoother texture, an immersion blender works well.

IMG 6223Dish out a small bowl…

IMG 6228And give it to your extremely excited toddler. Watch her gobble it up and ask for more.

Strawberry Applesauce

  • 2 large apples (the sweeter they are the better – we used Fujis)
  • Approximately 10 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 4 tablespoons of water
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure maple syrup (completely optional – ours would have been plenty sweet without)

Peel, core, and chop apples. Chop strawberries. Add all ingredients to a large pot and cook over medium heat for approximately 30 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pot from heat and mash or blend fruit until it reaches desired consistency. Serve warm or refrigerate for later.

Enjoy!

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4 thoughts on “Toddler-Friendly Strawberry Applesauce

  1. Kelly says:

    I love all the pictures of Gracen helping you cook…what a cutie. The applesauce looks delicious…I’ll have to try it.

  2. Great photos of the process. I just started cooking with my son, we’ll have to try this soon!

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