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Homemade Very Berry Spinach Applesauce {kid-approved}

This Homemade Very Berry Spinach Applesauce is sure to be a hit with your kids, plus it has hidden veggies and NO ADDED SUGAR! The blueberries and strawberries help to cover the “color” of the spinach they would notice if it was just apples and spinach. I added about 2 large handfuls to this batch but could probably have gotten away with more. Test it with your kids and if they love it try to sneak in more the second time you make it.

If your kids love applesauce be sure to check out our Crock Pot Pear Pumpkin Applesauce, Homemade Strawberry Applesauce and Crock Pot Blueberry Applesauce as well!

homemade very berry spinach applesauce in a mason jar

How to make Homemade Very Berry Spinach Applesauce

To make this applesauce, peel, core and dice your apples and add them to your large saucepan. Add the frozen berries and cover. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until apples are tender. This should take about 20 minutes. Then, add your spinach and cinnamon and cook until spinach is wilted.

Remove from the heat and use an immersion blender or regular blender to blend the applesauce until it is smooth. If you don’t use frozen berries or the applesauce is thicker than you prefer you may need to add a little bit of water to thin it out. I recommend adding water 1/4 cup at a time. Let cool and then store in your refrigerator for a week or 2.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is homemade applesauce healthy?

Homemade applesauce without added sugar is absolutely healthy! This one has even more nutrients in it with the addition of berries and spinach. This is a healthy snack or side dish!

Will homemade applesauce turn brown?

Homemade applesauce can turn brown if lemon is not added. This applesauce recipe however does not require the addition of lemon because the berries will mask any color change that may happen. Apples that turn brown after being cooked are still safe to eat.

Is homemade applesauce gluten free?

I can not speak to every recipe, but this recipe is! There are no gluten containing ingredients in this recipe.

Can homemade applesauce be frozen?

Definitely! I recommend freezing in small portions to it is easy to take out and defrost.

Does homemade applesauce need to be refrigerated?

Yes! This recipe does not come with directions for canning and must be refrigerated or frozen after being made.

homemade very berry spinach applesauce in a mason jar

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homemade very berry spinach applesauce in a mason jar

Homemade Very Berry Spinach Applesauce

Yield: about 24 oz
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A delicious homemade apple sauce with hidden veggies and added flavor from mixed berries.

Ingredients

  • 5 apples, gala or a sweet red
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Peel, core and chop apples.
  2. Combine apples and berries in a large saucepan. Cover and cook on medium heat until apples are soft. Stir frequently.
  3. Add spinach and cinnamon. Cook until spinach is wilted.
  4. Remove from heat and blend with immersion blender or pour into a blender. Blend until smooth. If needed add a little bit of water to get desired consistency.
  5. Cool and store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Perfect to sneak extra veggies into your kids meals. There are no added preservatives so this applesauce should be consumed in 7-10 days.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: about 4 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 25mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 8gSugar: 26gProtein: 2g

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This recipe was originally published February 19, 2019 and updated September 31, 2021.

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