March 27, 2019

Slow cooker cinnamon carrot applesauce


This slow cooker cinnamon carrot applesauce is an easy and tasty side dish for all ages, but also a great purée for babies and snack for toddlers. My toddlers are 2.5 now and they still like to eat things like pouches and they love applesauce. I asked in my Baby & Toddler Food Recipe Share group recently what kind of recipes people are looking for and they said recipes sneaking in vegetables. I'm not above vegetable sneaking by any means, I add them to breads and muffins, pancakes, meatballs and meatloaf, smoothies, and more. But, we also offer vegetables every day so that our kids get used to their true flavors, appearances, textures, smells, etc. If I can get my kids to eat a few extra vegetables without any effort, that's great, too! This applesauce is a great way to do that. The carrots are sweet and the cinnamon adds a very slight warmth to the sauce. I like to make this in my slow cooker because it's simple and hands off during cooking time. This recipe will make approximately 1.5 pints and is easily doubled if you want to make more. You can freeze it for later use. I like to freeze some in single serve containers I have left from making baby food. I'll pull a couple out of the freezer and place them in the fridge in the evening for the next day. I also store some in a container in the refrigerator for a few days for a quick snack or dinner side.


Slow cooker cinnamon carrot applesauce
3 lbs. apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1-1/2 cups lightly packed grated carrots (I grate about 2-3 large carrots on the large holes of a box grater)
1/2 cup water (or apple juice/cider)
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (to taste)

Place the apples, carrots, and water into your slow cooker and cook on high for 4-5 hours, until the apples are translucent and everything is soft and mushy.

Purée the mixture using a stick blender, or in a blender. Add 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Stir and taste and add more cinnamon of desired. Let cool. Store for a few days in the refrigerator or a few months in the freezer.

4 comments:

  1. wow this looks super creamy and GREAT! Love the combo of apples and carrots.

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  2. I've never had carrots in my apple sauce! Really fun -- and tasty! -- idea. Thanks.

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  3. So interesting...carrot and apple and yes cinnamon...looks delicious, so creamy and colorful. Thanks for the recipe.
    Have a wonderful rest of week!

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  4. What a unique applesauce! Very clever my dear. Can only imagine the combination of these flavors. thanks for sharing this.

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