The first thing I had to do after learning about my son’s food allergies was figure out how to read food labels. At first, I was completely overwhelmed. One of his food allergies (and mine, I’ve since learned, too) is corn; corn is in almost everything. It hides in the craziest places…like applesauce, which my son absolutely loves.
Below are some popular brands of applesauce. Things underlined contain corn.
Mott’s Original Applesauce–
Apples, high fructose corn syrup, water, ascorbic acid
Musselman’s Natural Applesauce–
Apples, water, ascorbic acid.
Earth’s Best Applesauce–
Organic apples, water, ascorbic acid.
Santa Cruz Organic Applesauce–
Organic apples, ascorbic acid.
Although you may not have a corn allergy, you should still be aware of the issues and concerns with ascorbic acid (which you unfortunately find in the majority of foods on grocery store shelves).
- What is ascorbic acid? Simple…it’s vitamin C.
- Why is it added? Companies will tell you it is there to preserve the taste and color while adding nutritional value to their products.
- From where does it come? Corn…and almost certainly, this is GMO corn (because that’s the cheapest way to make it).
Sorry, I digress…
Back to applesauce. Shouldn’t applesauce just be…well, apples!? Since my son needs his applesauce it was one of the first things I learned to make in my scratch kitchen. Luckily, it is super easy, very tasty, and oh so good for you.
|Healthy Crock Pot Applesauce|
|Place the water, ACV, cinnamon, and nutmeg in your crock pot.Core and quarter your apples.I leave the skins on my apples, as they breakdown nicely in the crock pot. If you (or your kiddos) can’t stand the peels, then peel away. HOWEVER…please note that you are losing a lot of great nutrition when you peel them (the peels house a great deal of vitamins and minerals).
Toss the apples into your crock pot and stir everything around so you coat the apples with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ACV.
Let your apples cook down for about 3-3.5 hours on low.
Stir, plate, and enjoy!
There is no reason to make applesauce into something it should not be. This is super easy, very healthy applesauce (with no high fructose corn syrup or other added GMO corn). We really don’t need those awful things in our applesauce anyway, huh!?
After my applesauce cools, I place it into ice cube trays and freeze. I just pop those out into a freezer bag and I have applesauce anytime I like.
Let me know when you give this a try…I just know you’ll love it (and your kiddos, too). 🙂
Jess, aka Scratch Mommy
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