The idea for these frozen applesauce bites was of course from Pinterest but it wasn’t me who found it for once. This time it was my mother (Baby Z’s grandma) who was midnight Pinteresting, so thanks mom for the great Pin. I was especially keen to make these as baby Z’s first tooth is finally on its way and I knew something cold would help sooth his poor sore gums.
My little boy is quite the independent eater. He is always wanting to use his fingers to pick up his food or put the spoon in his own mouth. While I am happy that he is learning these useful skills, sometimes I feel like there aren’t enough finger foods in my house to keep things interesting. So when I saw this post for frozen dots of applesauce I knew I was going to make it and hoped that Baby Z would gobble them up.
To start, you are going to need to make some applesauce although you could buy already made applesauce from the store and save yourself this step. If you do choose to make you own though, here’s the recipe:
Step 1: Wash and peel some apples
Step 2: Core the apple and cut into chunks
Step 3: Steam the apples for about 10 minutes until soft (you could also boil them but you loose more nutrients)
Step 4: Put the apples in a blender or food processor until pureed
Once you have made your applesauce put it in a resealable sandwich bag and cut the tip. Pipe a dollop of applesauce onto a piece of parchment on a baking sheet and repeat until the tray is full. Then you simply need to put the sheet in your freezer and wait for about an hour. Once they are good and frozen you can take them out, peel it off the parchment paper and put it in container. Remember these need to remain frozen so put them back in your freezer when you aren’t using them.
I made these last night and it took absolutely no time – seriously! So this morning at breakfast daddy put baby Z in his highchair while momma got a few extra zzzz’s (baby Z decided 5:30 was a good time to wake up this whole week) and gave him some applesauce bites. According to DH they were a hit and he basically ate half of them in a matter of minutes. That is a-okay with me, I am happy to make him more if he is happy to eat them! So there you have it, another easy snack for the little ones.
Note: DH said they did melt fast especially in Baby’s Z’s warm hands. He advised taking a few out of the freezer at a time and not the whole container.
Disclaimer: Although these do tend to melt in little ones mouths please be very careful when feeding anything like this to your baby as it could post a choking hazard if unsupervised.