Pumpkin Applesauce – After School Snack

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)

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Comments

  1. says

    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.

  2. says

    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!

  3. Colleen says

    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!

  4. says

    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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