Apple Puree takes little effort to make and can be used in a variety of ways. It is delicious warm, spiced with cinnamon, ginger or star anise, or chilled with some natural yoghurt.
Apple puree (sauce) is my absolute favourite recipe to make in large batches so that it’s always on hand. My kids enjoy it hot with their breakfast oatmeal or on ice cream for dessert. They also like eating it cold by the spoonful or swirled into yogurt as a tasty snack.
REASONS TO LOVE THIS PUREE
- Versatile: Apple puree can be used in a variety of dishes, including desserts, smoothies, baking and sauces for meat dishes.
- Easy to Make: Making apple puree is incredibly easy and requires only apples, a touch of water and optional spices to flavour it.
- Nutritious: Homemade apple sauce is a great source of fibre, vitamins and minerals.
- Freezer Friendly: Make in batches soo you always have some to hand.
- Cost-effective: Apples are readily available and relatively inexpensive, making it an affordable option for those on a budget.
For the full recipe, with ingredient amounts, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Apples – Each apple variety has a different colour, texture, and taste and reacts differently to heat. The best apples for puree are those that are sweet with flesh that breaks down easily. However, I generally believe that it is down to personal preference and/or what you are looking to pair your apple sauce with.
Our favourite apples are Kanzi and Pink Lady and as we have these in our house most often, this is what I generally make apple puree with. Other great options include McIntosh, Cortland, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Jazz, Royal Gala and Jonathan.
- Cinnamon – This is optional, you can miss it out or replace it with a different spice. Depending on how you wish to use your puree, ginger, nutmeg, star anise and vanilla all work well.
- Sweeteners – A lot of apple sauce/apple puree recipes call for the addition of sugar or another sweetener, such as maple syrup or honey. Personally, I do not think there is any need for sugar in apple puree, especially if you use delicious sweet apples. I have not added any to this recipe and strongly recommend you do not add if making for a baby or toddler.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
You can make apple puree by baking, slow cooking, pressure cooking, steaming or simmering the apples on the stove. My preferred method is cooking on the stovetop.
- Peel and core the apples. Peel, core, and chop the apples into large chunks.
- Transfer the apples to a large pan. Add a little water (just enough to help them steam) and cinnamon (optional or sub for other spices.)
- Cover and Simmer. Simmer the apples for approximately 15 minutes. The apples should be very soft and starting to break up.
- Puree. Puree in a food processor, blender or by using a stick blender. Alternatively, if you would prefer a chunkier sauce then you can mash with a fork or potato masher.
Apple puree isn’t just for babies! Here are some other suggestions for what to use it in.
Apple puree can be used as a replacement for fat or eggs in baking. It can also be used to naturally sweeten baked goods.
I’ve used it in these Carrot and Apple Muffins and Porridge Fingers
- Swirl into porridge
A couple of spoonfuls of puree will take your porridge to the next level of deliciousness.
- Swirl into Yoghurt
Use it to naturally sweeten some plain yoghurt like in this apple yogurt recipe.
- Spread it on Toast Along with Nut Butter
If you haven’t tried this then I seriously recommend it.
- A Sauce
For pancakes, waffles or ice-cream.
- Enjoy with Savoury Dishes
Apple pairs perfectly with pork to create a flavour duo that’s hard to argue with. My kids love when I pair fruit with savoury dishes!
- Add to Smoothies
Add some to smoothies or (for the adults only) cocktails.
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APPLE PUREE / SAUCE
Apple Puree takes little effort to make and can be used in a variety of ways.
PREP TIME:15minutes minutes
COOK TIME:15minutes minutes
TOTAL TIME:30minutes minutes
- ▢6 Medium Apples , cored, peeled and cut into chunks.
- ▢60ml (¼ cup) Water
- ▢¼ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- Place all the ingredient into a heavy-based saucepan.
- Cover and cook over a low heat until tender (15-20 mins)
- Puree using a hand blender, blender or food processor.
- My favourite apple in Kanzi or Pink Lady so this is what I use most often. Other great options include : McIntosh, Cortland, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Jazz, Royal Gala, Jonathan
- Cinnamon is optional. Leave out or replace with a different spice such as ginger, nutmeg, star anise, vanilla
- If you prefer a thicker consistency you can mash instead of puree using a fork or potato masher.
Nutritional information is a ROUGH guide only, calculated using an online calculator. The facts are based on using Pink Lady apples.
Benefits Of Boiled Apple For Babies
Benefits of Boiled Apple for Babies
- Easy Ingestion. Boiling the apples makes it easy for you to feed recently weaned babies who probably don’t have teeth yet and are just about able to swallow. …
- Improved Gut Flora.
- Fighting Inflammation. …
- Eliminating Constipation.
Is It Better To Give Baby Raw Or Cooked Apples?
How to serve apples to your baby. When your baby is first starting solids, raw apple will be too hard for them to chew, so it’s best to feed them cooked apple puree (applesauce). Once they’re eating finger foods, you can give them bite-size pieces of cooked apple (steamed or baked).
What Does Boiled Apple Do?
Stewed apples can help to alleviate constipation because they’re full of fibre. The insoluble fibre increases bulk in the stools, while the soluble fibre increases water content. Together, these help stools to move through the digestive system at a healthy pace.
Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.2mg