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Kale Spinach Applesauce For Kids (Healthy Veggie Apple Puree Baby/Toddler Food)

This Kale Spinach and Applesauce is also a great Baby Food Puree. It is high in iron and a perfect puree that's packed with vitamins and minerals, for babies, toddlers, even adults!






Since iron reserves start to diminish in babies when they hit 6 months old, feeding them iron rich foods, such as spinach, is a great way to processed foods that are "iron fortified" and give them the natural, healthy nutrients their bodies need.



If your kids are turned off by the green color, then spooning it into reusable pouches, is a great way to hide the color. Once it's in the pouch, the applesauce is so sweet and delish with that dash of cinnamon, you can hardly taste the greens in it, and the kids will never know ;)



You can even add in some berries to hide the green color, steamed carrot or peas, avocado, or even steamed zucchini for added nutrients!



I always make a big batch and portion them out to freeze for later!





Then, I just pop one in the fridge the night before, to thaw, so it's perfect for serving the next day.




 I take any left over greens and blend them up in my Healthy Fruit & Veggie Muffins.




Kale Spinach Applesauce
Recipe can be easily cut in half for a smaller batch, if you don’t intend to freeze portions for later.

Ingredients
  • 10-12 organic gala apples, washed, peeled, cored, and sliced (or replace 2-3 apples with pears, peaches or mangos)
  • Optional add-ins: 1 cup chopped zucchini,  broccoli, or carrots
  • 5oz package (about 5 1/2 cups) organic baby kale and/or baby spinach, thoroughly washed
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • Optional extras: 1 cup berries or 1 avocado or 1 banana for a sweeter puree. 
  • 2/3-1 cup of the cooking water

Directions
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring 2 inches of water to a boil. Once water has come to a boil, place the chopped apples (and any additional add-ins) into a steamer basket over the boiling water, cover and steam for 6-9 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork. Add the spinach on top of the apples and cook for 1 more minute. Reserve steamer water and let cool slightly. 

Using a food processor, blender, or immersion blender, purée apples, greens, cinnamon, (optional extras),  and about 2/3-1 cup of the cooking water from your steaming pan, adding more as needed, until smooth, adding more water to achieve your desired consistency.

Once cool, store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days, or spoon into individual portions, like in an ice cube tray or silicone baby food tray, and store in an airtight container in the freezer for 3-4 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight to serve the next day.