A very slight twist on a simple classic!
Owen loves his applesauce and this mama loves adding high-fiber foods to his diet! Anyone who’s had their heart broken by a constipated kiddo will understand why I’m all about the fiber! Both pears and apples are great sources of fiber, particularly when the skins are left on. With skins on, medium-sized pears pack about 6 grams of fiber and apples offer about 4 grams.
This super clean and easy recipe works for snack time or as a side with any meal! You can also mix it up by substituting or adding other fruits (e.g. peaches, strawberries). This will yield about 16-18 ounces of applesauce, mostly depending on the size of your fruits. I make a batch every week or two and freeze in serving-sized containers.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hour, 10 mins
- 3 medium Bosc pears
- 1 large Honeycrisp apple
- 1/2 cup water (divided into two 1/4 cups)
- 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Aluminum foil
- Non-stick spray/oil of your choice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Core apples and pears, leaving skin on
- Dice into cubes (1/2 inch – 1 inch cubes)
- Place into sprayed/oiled baking dish
- Pour 1/4 cup water into dish
- Loosely cover baking dish with aluminum foil
- Bake on 350F for 30 minutes then stir/flip fruit
- Remove aluminum foil and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes (or until cool enough to safely handle)
- Transfer fruit to a food processor (you may need to do this in batches, depending upon the size of your processor)
- Add 1/4 cup of water and cinnamon
- Process until a smooth texture has been achieved
I hope your family enjoys this as much as ours does!
Note: All recipes on this site are ones that have worked for our family now or in the past. I recommend that you always follow the feeding, nutrition, and safety advice provided by your doctors in addition to your own judgement regarding what is safe and appropriate for your child(ren). Our children are unique individuals and may have different needs depending upon their age, development, medical status, etc.