Homemade Vanilla Bean Applesauce

There’s one very important thing I have to ask when feeding new foods to my baby: Is this organic?

While I was pregnant with Elle, I made sure to take care of myself by eating right, doing daily yoga, and relaxing. Naturally, I want to make sure she’s healthy and safe outside of the womb, too. Every now and then, I might grab fruits and veggies that aren’t organic, especially since I’ve moved to smaller town where organic is really hard to find. So, no judgments here. I totally understand. But take a minute to think about apples. They pretty much top the dirty dozen list (right after strawberries.) Over 45 different pesticides can be found on the skin of an apple.

Organic may not always be possible, but that label gives me peace of mind and is definitely the way to go for this scrumptious puree, made entirely of delicious, ripe apples.

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I’ve been busy lately and have fallen behind in making food for my little one on a consistent basis, so I started picking up pre-made applesauce packets. These can be lifesavers, but be vigilant and always read the labels. Stay away from non-organic foods that are high in sugar. Look for reputable brands and ingredient lists you recognize.

Or, if you’re like me, try making a huge batch on Saturday and rest easy knowing you saved money and made your little one’s food with all natural ingredients. I like to bottle this recipe up in mason jars and pass them out to my friends at daycare. Or just freeze the rest so you’re ready on those too-busy days.

Homemade Vanilla Bean Applesauce

Ingredients

  • 5 organic Fuji apples, cored and peeled
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla bean

Instructions

  1. Using a knife, peel the apples and remove the seeds. Cut the apple into slices.
  2. Add your apples to a big pot, along with the juiced lemon. Toss to coat and add the cinnamon stick.
  3. Split the vanilla bean in half and remove the seeds, adding them to your pot.
  4. Cover and cook on medium-high for 3-4 hours.
  5. After your apples are cooked, mash them with a wooden spoon or puree in  your Baby Bullet to reach a finer consistency.

Enjoy!

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About Anna O'Steen

I'm a Lady who loves to bake sweet treats like cakes, pies, bars, and desserts. I also love to cook savory foods and share my experiences with people so they can have the same enjoyment that I get from cooking.
With my YouTube show lovelyladycakes, I get my creative side out and help others, too.

Recently, a new mom to a beautiful girl, and making her organic food.
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