Kids in the Kitchen: Apple of My Eye



It’s almost apple picking season! Pick them fresh or find them at the farmers’ markets for freshness. These easy apple recipes are perfect for the kids to help make and eat. If you make the applesauce, consider using it in the granola bar recipe for double-apple goodness!

Slow Cooker Applesauce                                             

Choose a sweet variety of apples and you can avoid adding sugar!

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs. (approximately 10-11 apples) of organic Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp or Pink Lady
  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • ¼ cup unsweetened apple cider OR apple juice concentrate
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (optional)

Directions:

1. Wash, core and slice the apples (if not organic, peel them).

  1. Add all ingredients to slow cooker and cover, baking on high heat for 3 hours, or low heat for 5 hours, or until apples are soft. For blueberry applesauce, add blueberries, noting that frozen berries are usually a little sweeter!
  2. Using an immersion blender, blender, or food processor, blend the apples into a sauce consistency of your preference (chunky or smooth). Note: If the apple skins do not blend easily, return them to the slow cooker for more softening.
  3. Refrigerate for up to 1 week, freeze up to 1 year, or use water-process canning to store at room temperature for up to 1 year.

Apple Raspberry Granola Bars

These chewy delights are healthy: only 100 calories, packed with fruit and made without refined flour, sugar or butter.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raspberries, frozen & unsweetened
  • ½ cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ cup low-fat milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and spray an 8″ baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir coconut oil and room-temperature applesauce together. Stir in milk, honey and cinnamon. Note: Be sure the applesauce is at room temperature, or the coconut oil will re-solidify.
  3. Stir in the oats until they are completely coated.
  4. Gently fold in the raspberries.
  5. Gently press into prepared baking pan and bake 16–19 minutes.
  6. Let bars cool to room temperature in pan. Slice into bars. For best results, tightly wrap each bar in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator, or freeze them.

Caramel Apple Taquitos                                     

Ingredients:

  • 12 flour tortillas
  • 5 oz. caramel sauce
  • 20-oz. can apple pie filling
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Butter a 9 x13″ baking dish and set aside.

  1. In a shallow dish, stir sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together.
  2. Cut apple pieces in pie filling into smaller pieces.
  3. Microwave tortillas for 20 seconds to soften.
  4. Spread a thin layer of caramel sauce on each tortilla.
  5. Sprinkle the diced apple pie filling over the caramel layer.
  6. Roll the tortillas and place into the baking dish.
  7. Brush each tortilla with butter and sprinkle with sugar/spice mixture.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbling on the ends.

 

Shopping List:

Produce:

5 lbs. Apples (Fuji, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp or Pink Lady)

2 cups blueberries (or frozen) (optional)

1 Lemon

Condiments:
Caramel Sauce

Honey

Coconut oil

Baking & Spices:

20-oz. can apple pie filling

Old-fashioned oats

Cinnamon

Sugar

Nutmeg

Bread & Baked Goods:
12 Flour tortillas

Dairy:
low-fat milk

butter

Juices:
unsweetened apple cider

Frozen:

Raspberries, 1 cup

Blueberries (optional), if not fresh

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Dinner Conversation Starters for Young Kids:

  • Can you name the parts of an apple? (leaf, stem, core, flesh, seeds, skin)
  • Do you like red, green or yellow apples best?
  • Save the apple seeds and have the kids count them.
  • Tell the story of Johnny Appleseed.
  • Additional activities: Visit a local apple orchard and pick your own!
    Read the Dr. Seuss book Ten Apples Up on Top about counting and stacking.

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