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Carrot-Berry Lunchbox Applesauce

Our goal each day is to eat five fruit and vegetables.  It usually isn't too difficult, but some days we are better than others.  This applesauce however is a super easy way to get three full servings of fruits and veggies, without complaint!  

Mixing veggies into applesauce is something that the food industry has caught on to, and with great success.  Slurping applesauce out of the disposable pouches has turned into multiple product lines with a variety of different fruit, and now VEGGIES!  I actually love seeing these products.  The majority of companies I've seen don't add any sugar to the product, so we totally approve.

However, with every good product that catches on with the younger kids, we like to make our own.  So, here is our

CARROT-BERRY APPLESAUCE!

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So, the process is simple. We used

  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup orange juice (1/3 for thicker applesauce, 1/2 for a bit thinner)

Placed all in a small saucepan and cooked on medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. Until our carrots were soft to the touch.

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Then, we removed the cooked fruit and blended it up. I used a food processor, but a blender will do.

We like our applesauce thick!  If your kids prefer a thinner consistency (more like store bought), you can add more orange juice.

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The apple and carrots have absorbed all the juice, and are soft enough to blend up.

Last- add your fruit and veggie sauce to lunch!

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Again, this is a super easy and delicious way to pack those veggies into your kids day.  You can send it to school in containers, or in those fun new reusable pouches.  (links below!)

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Products to send sauce to school:

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Little Green Pouch (reusable pouches) Wean Green Wean Tubs

Carrot-Berry Lunchbox Applesauce


Instructions

  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup orange juice (1/3 for thicker applesauce, 1/2 for a bit thinner)

Placed all in a small saucepan and cooked on medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. Until carrots are soft to the touch.  Remove from heat and blend in a blender or food processor.  Makes 1/2 cup!

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Comments

Natasha
08/26/2014 8:45am
Does this work with any other berries besides blackberries?
08/26/2014 10:18am
Any strong flavored fruit is great @natasha. We've used strawberries, and it tastes amazing.
Arlene
08/26/2014 9:16am
What do you use to cut your carrots like crinkle fries? My toddlers would love that!
08/26/2014 10:19am
Arlene- we call it the crinkle cutter. I got it at bed bath and beyond, but we also have a link to it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1t9zvIL
Arlene
08/26/2014 10:23am
Thanks!!!
Kristan
08/26/2014 12:22pm
How long would you store this in the fridge? Thanks! Kristan
08/26/2014 1:17pm
@Kristan- I would only keep it 2-3 days.
Paula
08/28/2014 5:52am
Thanks for sharing this recipe with us, Amy. However, I want to add this if you're preparing this (especially for kids), you shouldn't store carrots next to apples or else they grow bitter :( You can read a little more about it here: http://www.listonic.com/protips/get/xjworxxmxw Back to the recipe, it really looks yummy :)
Elizabeth
09/03/2014 6:58pm
Have you tried freezing this? Wondering if you freeze it, then put it in the lunch box to defrost by lunch time would it still be good or get too watery?
09/09/2014 7:32am
Interesting Elizabeth- because a recent comment on facebook was from a girl that said she preferred frozen applesauce! So, it must be OK!

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