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Apple Sauce (sugar-free)
A delicious sugar-free apple sauce, ideal for use as a dipping sauce for finger foods.
Use naturally sweet apple varieties, such as:
Golden or Red Delicious
apples medium, peeled and cored
a pinch of ground cinnamon or nutmeg
Chop the apples roughly and place in a saucepan.
Pour in about one inch of water - (you could use apple juice instead, but this will contain sugar).
Bring the apples to a boil, then reduce the heat.
Cover and simmer slowly until the apple chunks are tender (about 10-15 mins).
DON'T cook the apples to the point where the mixture actually looks like apple sauce! Cooking it this long will cause it to be watery and tasteless.
Instead, remove the apple chunks from the pan and either puree them or mash them well. Thin with a little cooking water if necessary.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and serve warm or - as a soothing treat for teething babies - nice and cold.
TIP: If you are going to freeze your baby's applesauce, DON'T add the spices before you freeze it, because they will lose their flavour.
And avoid applesauce altogether is your baby is constipated or prone to constipation, because it is very binding and will make the problem worse.