Take the best-tasting autumn apples, combine them with juicy pears and what do you get? A healthy, sugar-free applesauce snack (or dessert!) your kids will happily eat.
Juicy, crunchy, sour, or sweet, apples in autumn are the perfect family treat! Whether you bake them in a pie, slice them for a lunch box snack, or use them for this easy applesauce recipe, apples pack great nutrition into every delicious bite. One medium apple has just 95 calories and 4 grams of filling fiber, and now that they’re in season, the flavors are at their peak.
To show our love for apples, we use them in this simple stovetop applesauce recipe, and as you read further down the post, you’ll also see photos and links to even more kid-friendly applesauce recipes from some of our favorite food blogger friends from across the web.
Apple Pear Sauce
Makes 4 Servings
Most of the vitamins, minerals, and fiber found in apples is actually in the peel, so we leave the peels on for this simple, stovetop recipe. Once blended, the cooked peels virtually disappear. Sweet soft apples such as McIntosh and Gala work best in this naturally no-sugar-added applesauce, and their red peels add a nice rosy color.
- 3 large apples (about 1½ pounds), unpeeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 pear, unpeeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup 100% apple juice
- Juice of half a lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Place the apples, pear, apple juice, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a medium pot and stir to combine. Place over medium-high heat, cover, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook at a low boil, covered, until the apples are very tender, about 25 minutes. Stir occasionally. Let cool about 20 minutes.
2. Place the cooked fruit in a blender and blend until smooth and the peels are incorporated. (If you don’t have a blender and plan to mash the fruit with a fork or potato masher, you may want to slice off the peels first before cooking for a nice, smooth texture.)
TIP: Don’t have a ripe pear on hand? Not to worry! Add an extra apple instead or 1 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries.
Nutrition Information per Serving (1/2 cup): 140 calories, 0g fat, 5mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, 1g protein, 20% vitamin C
Once you try our Apple Pear Sauce, consider some of these other healthy applesauce recipes:
Ginger Pear Applesauce from Deanna at Teaspoon of Spice.
Homemade Applesauce with Milling Spices from The Spicy RD.
Slow Cooker Chunky Applesauce from Marisa Moore Nutrition.
Old Fashioned Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce from Juggling with Julia.
But wait … there’s more!
Juicebox Applesauce from Katie at Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
Easy Crockpot Applesauce from Sally at Real Mom Nutrition
Crockpot Applesauce from The Lean Green Bean
Bubbe’s Applesauce from The Meal Makeover Moms
Tell us about your favorite applesauce recipe!
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