The mix of apples and carrots is especially enticing for little ones when you serve this as finger food. Keep the carrots in chunks (mash or cut them into smaller bits if needed) and then spoon the applesauce over them. Yes, it will be messy, but it’s so much fun!
Slow Cooker Size: 4 to 6 quarts (3.8 to 5.7 l); oval
❄ Freezes well, but some separation may occur when thawed—mix to combine.
🍎 Vitamins, A, B, C, E, and K, fiber, plus a little bit of iron and calcium
- 1 pound 455 g carrots
- 6 large apples, such as Macintosh
- 1 cup 235 ml cold water
- 1 ?4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
- Wash the carrots and apples. Peel and roughly chop the carrots. Core, peel, and roughly chop the apples.
- Place the carrots and apples into the slow cooker. Add the cinnamon, if using, and stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. You may need to add more water during the cooking process, so check after 3 hours. When done, the apples will be nicely simmered down while the carrots should remain soft but not overly mushy.
- Remove from the slow cooker and set aside to cool.
Preparation and Storage for Baby:
When cooled, puree the food in batches. Use a food processor to achieve a smooth texture and add water, formula, or breast milk as you continue to puree. You can also partially puree the apples and carrots so that the food has some lumps and bumps to help baby make the transition to table foods.
Using a slotted spoon, remove some of the carrots and then spoon out some of the apples; set aside to offer as a finger food meal. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days for babies and up to 6 months in the freezer. You can also freeze the carrots and apples as they are and use as needed.
For the Family:
Serve this mix as a delicious side dish. Prior to pureeing the mixture for your baby, remove some of the carrots and apples and set aside. Add these reserved portions to salads or reduce to make a soup.