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"No-Cook" Applesauce

Published October 8, 2010 9:47 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

Welcome to our first recipe post!!

I completed this recipe last week in the preschool classroom and I can honestly say the children loved it! "Apples" were the main theme through most of September and they happen to be one of my favorite foods — warm or cold they are nutritious and delicious!!

Here are the 4 simple ingredients needed:

  • 6 Apples (choose red, green and yellow apples to add flavor to the sauce and your lesson!)
  • ¾ cup of water
  • A teaspoon of cinnamon (a few shakes will do!)
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar (can substitute with 2 tablespoons of honey)

Tools Needed:

  • Blender
  • Teaspoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Spatula/mixing spoon
  • Little cups/bowls/spoons for serving

PREP: Think cooking show! Pre-peel and cut 5 of the apples ahead of time, so that you can do one with the class and then can easily move along to making your applesauce.

Recipe Steps:

  1. Peel, core and chop all of your apples. Put in the blender. Use plastic knives and let the children cut some of the apples on their own!
  2. Shake in approximately 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Let the children smell and taste a little first. Talk about the experience — how does it taste/smell? Do they like it/dislike it? Then, let them take turns shaking in the cinnamon.
  3. Pour in the brown sugar. Like the cinnamon, let them smell and taste it first.
  4. Pour in the water. Suggestion: Pour ¼ into 3 little cups (equaling ¾) and let 3 children pour a cup into the mixture.
  5. Turn on the blender and mix your apple sauce! The children can help!
  6. Give everyone some to taste and enjoy!! Have the children "use their words" to say if they like it or not and if they want more. Review the steps and have the children sequence what they did. I made 6 Boardmaker pictures that showed each of the steps highlighted above.

*Special Note: All the children voluntarily tasted the applesauce when it was completed. Several of the students independently asked for "more" and one little boy who very rarely initiates communication, independently turned to me at the end and said, "I like it!" Also, children who often struggle to remain seated and focused were fully engaged through the entire lesson.


how many servings did this make?

Nicole Bell October 17, 2015 8:09 PM

Thank you for mentioning that! I actually did send home the recipe and a copy of all the picture steps the children followed. You are so right in what you said! What I also do is write a brief note on each one and let the parents know what their child did, said or how they responded to the recipe - it's a really great easy way to pass along what we are doing for family follow-up!

Thanks again!


p.s. I've never made ice cream in a bag!! I'll have to try it!

stephanie bruno dowling, blog author October 15, 2010 8:54 PM

Food always brings kids and families together...I hope you sent the picture recipe home, too. It's great to incorporate kids into the cooking experience at home.(giving some families that extra nudge) If not consider doing so, with a things you'll need picture list (for your tools list.)  Allowing the families to work on carry-over for vocabulary and following directions.  The daring families could even make a picture shopping list and help their child find one or more items at the grocery...extending the carry-over activities even further. Can't wait to hear how your kids like making butter in a jar and ice cream in a baggie!

Kathi, Early Intervention - SLP, Berrien RESA October 15, 2010 12:53 PM

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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