My little family went apple picking with friends this past weekend and stocked up on some yummy apples! Now that my baby is old enough to try different solids, along with spices, I decided to try making homemade apple sauce, that way my husband and I could enjoy it too!
Most recipes for apple sauce require sugar. I do not use regular sugar, and I would never give my 7.5 month old sugar either, however I did use coconut sugar which, in moderation, has of a lot of benefits for the body, and will not harm my little one the way regular sugar will. With it being the lowest on the Glycemic index at 35 (sugar is in the 60’s and honey is at 55), it means that it is metabolized more slowly and is easier in the system. It is high in potassium, magnesium, zinc, and most importantly iron which many babies need supplemented. Coconut sugar also keeps the blood sugar levels steady rather than spiked and crash later like regular cane sugar and even brown sugar. So it adds sweetness and it is good for us… Doesn’t get better than that!
8 Apples peeled, cored, and sliced
11/2 cups water
1/2 cup organic coconut sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Put everything in pot and cover.
Let boil over medium heat for 10-20 minutes (gas and electric cook things differently). When they are soft enough to mash, they are ready. Mash with potato masher or fork. Or, if you’ re like me, you can use your ninja/vitamix/food processor and blend until desired consistency.
Now that apples are in season, it is the perfect time to stock up on some home made applesauce! It is sweet and healthy and perfect for this time of year.