3 large apples (about 1½ pounds), unpeeled and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 pear, unpeeled and cut into ½-inch pieces
½ cup 100% apple juice
Juice of half a lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Place the apples, pear, apple juice, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a medium pot and stir to combine. Place over medium-high heat, cover, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook at a low boil, covered, until the apples are very tender, about 25 minutes. Stir occasionally. Let cool about 20 minutes.
Place the cooked fruit in a blender and blend until smooth and the peels are incorporated. (If you don’t have a blender and plan to mash the fruit with a fork or potato masher, you may want to slice off the peels first before cooking for a nice, smooth texture.)
Nutrition Information per Serving (½ cup): 140 calories, 0g fat, 5mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, 1g protein, 20% vitamin C
TIP: Don’t have a ripe pear on hand? Not to worry! Add an extra apple instead or 1 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries.
Recipe Created by Liz Weiss, MS, RD, co-author, No Whine with Dinner: 150 Healthy, Kid-Tested Recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms