Did you know that making your own baby food has some amazing benefits? Some great reasons to make your own baby food are: it's more economical than buying pre-packaged foods, you know exactly what is going into their tummies, you can choose your own fruits/veggies/flavors in the puree, it gets baby used to eating what the family eats… There are so many reasons to give it a go, and it is more easy than you think.
Coming into autumn, there are so many delicious fall favorite flavors that we get to enjoy. Why not our little ones, too? This recipe for Pumpkin-Apple Sauce has two ingredients on spotlight: pumpkins, and apples. Pumpkin is rich in anti-oxidants, low in calories, and high in vitamin A. Apples are rich in phyto-nutrients, anti-oxidants, are health promoting, and disease preventing fruits. So why not enjoy a helping of this delicious sauce when it's done?
This recipe was taste test approved by a picky eating four year old, a hungry baby, and a husband who was impatient for it to be finished cooking. Seal of approval, maybe?
Did you know there are also more ways to use sauce than just eating it from the jar, I mean, bowl? You can also use it to make silver dollar sauce pancakes, top cooked pork chops, add a spoonful to french toast, or substitute oil in a recipe for sauce! Go ahead, enjoy the health benefits and be creative! Happy eating!
Special thanks to Walmart Canada for sponsoring our Baby Basics program! Walmart is your one stop shop for all of your baby needs, online and in-store (Did you know that walmart.ca offers free shipping, anywhere, anytime, with no minimum purchase requirements…really they do! This is a huge value, often you pay more for shipping on an item than the actually amount you spent! ).
Our next Every Little Steps Baby Basics Program is on September 25th!
Start by peeling the apples, then core and slice apples into chunks.
2. Place apples into a pot with water and squeeze lemon over the contents.
3. If choosing to add cinnamon to the recipe, add now.
4. Stir apples over medium-high heat for 20-25 minutes (until soft and tender)
5. Let cool, then transfer to blender or food processor (or mash if you prefer thicker and chunky sauce)
6. Puree with remaining liquid in the pot, this helps keep it not overly thick. The water will also have nutrients in it from the cooked fruit.
7. Add in a few scoops of pumpkin at a time, and puree until you have the taste and consistency you desire.
8. Store in a jar or tight container in the refrigerator, and enjoy!