Juice Box Applesauce

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Who doesn’t love warm homemade apple sauce? Yummy. This easy to prepare recipe will give you some serious mommy points with the little ones. Delicious when paired with Greek yogurt for breakfast or served alongside some Graham crackers for an afternoon snack. Some notes on this awesome recipe. It’s sweetened by a little pure apple juice and maple syrup (no added sugar) and the peels are left in to provide some fiber. For those making this recipe for a baby, simply strain the sauce through a sieve to get rid of those pesky skins and make it baby safe. This recipe does require one special tool: an apple cutter (to save some quality time apple cutting). Once the sauce has cooled you can scoop it into individual portions and Waa Laa – individual apple sauces ready for lunch boxes!

8 medium apples, Granny Smith, Pink Lady or any other favorite cooking apple

1 6.75-ounce apple juice box (about 3/4 cup)

2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Use an apple slicer to cut the apples into wedges and remove the cores. If you don’t have an apple slicer, use a paring knife to core the apples and then cut them into 1-inch wedges.

2. Put the apples, apple juice, maple syrup and cinnamon into a large pot with a lid.

3. Set the pot over high heat, give everything a good stir, and cook until the liquid comes to a boil.

4. Turn the heat down until the liquid simmers and put the lid on the pot. After 15 minutes, stir the apples again and continue to simmer until very tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

5. Mash with big fork or potato masher.

Katie Sullivan Morford is a mom, food writer and registered dietitian.  You can find her family-friendly recipes and kitchen wisdom at Mom’s Kitchen Handbook