Not only is applesauce an excellent kid friendly, texture friendly dessert, it can be used to hide supplements.  Some parents report success in using applesauce to teach their child to swallow pills.  It hasn’t worked that way for us, but every idea is worth mentioning!  Homemade applesauce is a bit fussier than opening a jar, but the taste is oh-so-much better.

Homemade Applesauce

Minimum 6 apples, no maximum really
Splash of water
Cinnamon, if desired

Peel, core and chop apples into chunks. Place in a large heavy pot with a lid as you slice. Add enough water to just cover the bottom of the pot – about 1/8-1/4 cup, depending on your pot. You don’t really need any water but it does help to make sure the apples don’t burn. Cook over low heat, stir occasionally to keep from sticking. The apples should soften up in half an hour to an hour. Mash with a potato masher for chunkier applesauce, blend in blender for perfectly smooth. If necessary, you can add a bit of sugar, but you probably won’t need it.

I package them into single serving containers enough for a week of lunches and freeze any leftovers.

This is a great way to use up apples that are bruised and otherwise past their prime or if you are lucky enough to own/have access to an apple tree.

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