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Carrot-Berry Lunchbox Applesauce Recipe
August 26, 2014 | Home >Healthy Kids >Carrot-Berry Lunchbox Applesauce Recipe

Carrot-Berry Lunchbox Applesauce Recipe

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 Carrot-Berry Lunchbox Applesauce Recipe 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!

Carrot-Berry Lunchbox Applesauce. Combining fruits AND veggies in this favorite lunch box food!

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.

Carrot-Berry Lunchbox Applesauce. Combining fruits AND veggies in this favorite lunch box food!

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.

Carrot-Berry Lunchbox Applesauce. Combining fruits AND veggies in this favorite lunch box food!

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!

Carrot-Berry Lunchbox Applesauce. Combining fruits AND veggies in this favorite lunch box food!

Again, this is a super easy and delicious way to pack those veggies into your kid’s day.  You can send it to school in containers, or in those fun new reusable pouches.

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Carrot-Berry Lunchbox Applesauce Recipe

Carrot-Berry Lunchbox Applesauce Recipe
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 medium – carrot
  • 1 medium – apple
  • 1/2 cup – blackberries
  • 1/3 cup – orange juice

Directions

  1. Peel and chop carrot and apple.
  2. Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and cooked on medium-low heat for about 20 minutes, until carrots are soft to the touch.
  3. Remove from heat and blend in a blender or food processor. Makes 1/2 cup!
Note:  Add more orange juice for thinner applesauce.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 46 2%
  • Fat: 0 g 0%
  • Carb: 11 g 4%
  • Fiber: 2 g 8%
  • Protein: 0 g 0%
  • Sugar: 8 g
written by
Amy Roskelley

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Comments(13)
Natasha says:

Does this work with any other berries besides blackberries?

Paula says:

I usually use blueberries

Arlene says:

What do you use to cut your carrots like crinkle fries? My toddlers would love that!

Amy says:

Any strong flavored fruit is great @natasha.
We’ve used strawberries, and it tastes amazing.

Amy says:

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 says:

Thanks!!!

Kristan says:

How long would you store this in the fridge?
Thanks!
Kristan

Amy says:

@Kristan- I would only keep it 2-3 days.

Paula says:

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 says:

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?

Amy says:

Interesting Elizabeth- because a recent comment on facebook was from a girl that said she preferred frozen applesauce! So, it must be OK!

Erica Walker says:

Could you use just water instead of orange juice? Or freshly squeezed oranges would work right??

Amanda says:

This looks amazing. What would be an alternative option besides orange juice as there is an allergy in my child’s daycare and we can’t send anything that contains orange.

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