Fall Fun: Make Applesauce with Your Toddler

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As fall rolls in you might be excitedly compiling your autumn bucket list and looking forward to all the fun you’re going to have with your little ones. For many families, fall means a trip to the apple orchard and, when you return, more apples than you know what to do with! Though there are many tasty fall treats you can make with your abundance of apples, not all recipes make it easy for your toddler to help out. This fall, extend the fun and invite your toddler into the kitchen to help you prepare homemade applesauce.

All you’ll need is 8-10 medium apples, 1 ½ cups of water, ½ cup of sugar and 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon.

Step 1: Peel, core, and slice the apples. This step is the only one where your tot’s help might not be so appreciated. During naptime peel, core, and slice your apples so they're ready to be cooked when your toddler wakes up. 

Step 2: Mix all ingredients and cook. Toddlers are fantastic pourers and mixers. Pre-measure the water, sugar, and cinnamon and let your toddler pour them over the apples you’ve placed in a large saucepan. Cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Apples should be soft and squishable when they're finished cooking.

Step 3: Mash and mix your sauce. Give your little ones a masher, pour the cooked apples into a large bowl over a place mat, and let them go to town. Your little ones will love “testing” the apple sauce as they mash to ensure that it is sweet to the taste. 

Step 4: Eat and enjoy! Make a big deal of your little one's hard work by saving your apple sauce for dessert and letting the whole family know that they made it. If you have more than you can eat, take it over to the grandparents or a neighbor and let your little one proudly share their treat!

Do you have any fun apple activities to do with your toddler?

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Fall Fun: Make Applesauce with Your Toddler

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. She is writing a memoir on pregnancy, motherhood, and sisterhood and lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. ... More

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