Squeeze pouch, applesauce, call it what you want, it's packed with nutrition and sweet deliciousness! Whether you're making this for kids or adults this makes a great snack any day of the week!
A homemade squeeze pouch is so incredible easy! Especially when you realize that it's just applesauce with other tasty ingredients added in. When you hear squeeze pouch you probably jump to "kid's snack." Take a second and look at the recipe and you'll realize this is a great recipe for any age. You can eat it like applesauce with a spoon, add it to a reusable squeeze pouch, or drink it like a smoothie or even freeze it as a popsicle!
This is an easy recipe, although it does take a little cook time. I wouldn't recommend shortening the cook time by adding fresh carrots and apples because it will change the flavor and texture. But, you can always give it a go! The baked sweet potato adds such great flavor, along with nutrition.
You're going to want to soften the carrots and apples, but you can always cook them for less time than I have in the recipe. Even just a gentle steam should work well to soften them slightly!
Apples: Use whatever you'd like. Of course I have my go-to choices of Gala, Granny Smith, Fuji, Pink Lady, or Honeycrisp. The crisper and sweeter the better!
Carrots: You could technically toss in ½ a cup of thawed frozen carrots but the flavor might change. Frozen carrots are lower in nitrates than fresh and actually a better option for feeding babies (of course this benefits adults too).
Sweet Potato: This is straight forward. A yam will have different flavor and no a purple sweet potato won't give you the same results. Baking the sweet potato gives you that caramelly flavor and softens it up perfectly.
Ground Cinnamon: I love this little addition and you can always add more to taste. Add other spices if you wish!
More Recipes with Apples
- Pear and Apple Bread
- Apple Cheesecake Bars
- Apple Crisp
- Incredible Apple Pie (refined-sugar free)
- Honey Chicken and Apple Quesadillas
Homemade Squeeze Pouch Fruit and Veggie
- 1 medium sweet potato (once baked you'll use ½ cup)
- ¾ cup sliced carrots (they will cook down and you'll want ½ cup steamed)
- 4 cups chopped apples (unpeeled)
- 6 tablespoon water divided (for steaming apples and carrots)
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¾ cup cold water (for blending)
Bake Sweet Potato
- Preheat oven to 425℉. Wash 1 medium sweet potato and pierce it with a knife multiple time. Bake for 40 minutes. Once baked, set aside to cool. Once cooled, remove skin.
- In a medium saucepan add 4 cups diced apples and 3 tablespoon water. set to medium-low heat (level 3) and cook with lid on for about 10 minutes. Decrease heat to low (level 2) and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want them slightly soft but not mushy. Keep liquid.
- Meanwhile add ¾ cups peeled and chopped carrots to a small saucepan. Add 3 tablespoon water. Heat on medium-low heat (level 3) for about 8 minutes. Decrease heat to Low and cook another 8 minutes. Drain liquid.
Blending All Together
- In a blender add ½ cup of mashed baked sweet potato, ½ cup steamed carrots, and all of the cooked apples including the juice.
- Add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and ¾ cup cold water.
- Blend all until smooth. Transfer puree to the fridge to chill before eating.
- Options to use this puree in a reusable squeeze pouch for kids and adults, eat it with a spoon like applesauce, or drink it with a straw like a smoothie!