Nutritious snacking is an important part of a maintaining a healthy relationship with food, and instilling healthy eating habits in your children early—during toddlerhood—is important. Although you may want your toddler to avoid sweets altogether, that's almost impossible, so control sugar consumption by preparing nutritious sweet snacks at home for your little ones, without preservatives or artificials. Try this recipe for your toddler and older kids,
This simple slow-cooker snack is a wonderful choice to use as a low-sugar sweet food for kids, and it comes with an edible handle, too!
- 5 pounds of Macintosh apples
- 3 Granny Smith apples
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- a pinch nutmeg
- ½ cup water
- 9 inch prepared pie crust (not deep dish)
Step 1: Wash, peel, and core the apples and slice then into quarters.
Step 2: Add apple pieces to slow-cooker.
Step 3: Add the brown sugar, water, and spices to the slow-cooker
Step 4: Stir to combine ingredients.
Step 5: Cover slow-cooker, set heat to low, let simmer away up to 8 hours! Check the applesauce every hour or so and give it a stir. It's done when the applesauce reaches the desired texture you like; it can be chunky or really thin.
Step 6: To make Pie Crust Strips, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Step 7: Roll out pie crust then cut it into strips of any size you desire.
Step 8 (optional): For older kids ONLY, brushed some melted butter on the pie crust strips and sift a bit of cinnamon and sugar over them.
Step 9: Place strips on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake strips at until golden; approximately 10 minutes.
Step 10: Allow pie strips to cool.
Step 11: Once the applesauce is ready dish it out, serve with the pie strips and enjoy!
Want more slow-cooker recipes?
- Slow-Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe
- Slow-Cooker Sausage Soup Recipe
- Slow-Cooker Ham, Corn, and Potato Soup Recipe
- Slow-Cooker Tomato Soup
Find more recipes from Maggie Meade in her book, The Wholesome Baby Food Guide.