Pumpkin Applesauce – After School Snack

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 20, 2010

I think I’ve accidentally started an After School Snack series for Wednesdays.

And again…more pumpkin. We just can’t get enough of it!

This Pumpkin Applesauce has always been one of Ryan and Charlie’s favorite snacks. And it’s fast becoming one of Tyler’s favorites too!  The boys love to take the Cinnamon Grinder (which was free after $1 sale price and coupon!) and crack their own cinnamon on top.  And the most adorable part is that they now ask to go crack some cinnamon onto Tyler’s applesauce.  So after doing their own, one of them will go and add some to Tyler’s bowl. Such a sweet gesture.

(I treasure these adorable moments of brotherly kindness.  They are so busy grunting, squealing, jumping off things, riding things, wrestling with each other or their giant bean bags, and other “little man”-ly things…I just love it when they settle just enough to serve and care for each other!)

So it’s been awhile since we’ve had this favorite snack because of the Canned Pumpkin Shortages…I love being able to add canned pumpkin to naturally sweetened applesauce. It’s the perfect no-sugar treat…and I get to pump the kids full of Vitamin A…and they don’t even know it!

Sneaky mom chef!

Plus, this takes just seconds to prepare.

This Pumpkin Applesauce is a total winner in my snack book!

(If you’ve got a favorite snack (or other sneaky mom chef ideas) to share in this accidental new series on snacks and you want me to feature it…feel free to submit your ideas here.)

(If you’d like to know how to cook a pumpkin in your slow cooker, Toni has a great tutorial)

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Damaris October 20, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I just came back from the store with a bunch of apple sauce. What was I thinking? I just picked apples last week. I totally could of made it myself. Duh! Thanks for reminding me to use what I already have.

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Claire October 20, 2010 at 2:54 pm

So you just add straight canned pumpkin to apple sauce? It’s not too bitter?

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ANGELA PETGERSON September 16, 2011 at 10:07 am

NO DUH ID10T

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Debbi Does Dinner Healthy October 20, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I want to make this with real apples in the crockpot, any idea how much pumpkin you add to the apples? It sounds really good!

I have a few of kids projects on my blog. The last one that I posted was peanut butter banana tortilla!

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Missy_in_WV October 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Do you all add pumpkin to your oatmeal? It’s my all-time favorite breakfast and snack food.

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Colleen October 21, 2010 at 10:20 am

Debbi,
If you ever figure out your apple pumpkin crockpot recipe I would love it! That sounds like a great idea! And the pb and banana tortilla is a hit in my home!

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Deb Metzger October 21, 2010 at 4:34 pm

You didn’t tell us how to make your pumpkin applesauce! Please send me the recipe!!!!

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Katie | goodLife {eats} October 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm

My daughter would love this! What a great way to switch up her applesauce. I also usually mix in a little bit of cold milled flax in the applesauce. She doesn’t notice and it thickens it a little bit so it’s easier for her to eat without making a mess.

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Amber October 25, 2010 at 8:47 am

Do you add equal applesauce and pumpkin? Or is it more applesauce and a little less pumpkin?

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