Darlin’ Deals Recipe ~ Homemade Organic Spinach Applesauce!

Homemade Applesauce

I recently discovered a really easy way to get picky eaters to eat spinach. I know what you’re thinking; spinach? My kid won’t eat that! Well I’ve got news for you, mine won’t either. I’ve tried everything – hiding it in a super cheesy grilled cheese sandwich, blending it in a smoothie, bribery… like I said pretty much every way you could think of I have done it and none of them have been successful with my 5 year old 😉

Well over the weekend I was making baby food for my little girl and I realized that the Spinach Apple blend that I created looked like applesauce and even smelled sweet too. So I decided to see if my son would eat it. I gave him a spoonful and of course at first he was hesitant as to why it was green (green = veggies = no thank you Mommy) but after telling him to smell it he said, “It smells sweet. Okay I’ll try it.” To my surprise after 1 spoonful he asked for another and then asked if I could make him a batch of ‘big boy green applesauce’ so he could have more!

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Here’s how to make this tasty veggie applesauce:

You’ll need –

  • Apples (any variety will do but I used Organic Braeburn)
  • Spinach (I used Trader Joes bagged Organic Baby Spinach)
  • Steamer
  • Blender
  • Storage Bowls or Tupperware

To make the applesauce –

First you will need to slice apples and peel off the skin, then dice the slices into 1-2″ pieces. Then grab a few leaves of baby spinach, about 5-6 leaves per whole apple used. Steam for 8-10 minutes or until soft. Let the steamed pieces cool completely. Put pieces into blender and add 1/4 cup of water. Blend to consistency of applesauce.

For added sweetness or smoother texture you can put a 2″ slice of banana into the blender too. When I make it for my baby I puree it to a safe texture for a baby her age and I even add a small slice of banana to make it a smoother consistency, but for my son I left it a little chunkier for a more applesauce like texture.

Steam Apples

Hope your Little Darlins enjoy this homemade applesauce with a healthy ingredient thrown in as much as mine do!

 

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