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Looking for something juicy but filling? Check out our amazing range of healthy fruit cups and organic apple sauce, and see what tickles your tastebuds!
Apple sauce and fruit cups are one of the best snacks going. They’re made of fresh fruit but they taste just like dessert. Eat them alone or use them in cooking, they’re a versatile treat that both kids and adults love.
What are apple sauce and fruit cups? How are they made?
Apple sauce dates back to the middle ages and is thought to have been brought to America by German immigrants. Apple sauce is made from peeled or unpeeled apples that are sometimes flavored with other ingredients such as cinnamon.
Apple sauce is not strictly a sauce as it can be eaten alone, but it can also be used as a complement to various dishes.
Apple sauce is made by cooking apples with water or apple juice. The apples might be boiled, steamed, or baked. Apple sauce can be purchased as individually portioned fruit cups that make for convenient, nutritious snacks on the go.
Healthy fruit cups also come in a range of other juicy flavors such as strawberry, pineapple, and banana. Fruit cups are made in a similar way to apple sauce, the process varies slightly depending upon the fruit being prepared.
Apple sauce and fruit cups bring you the goodness of fresh fruit in a long-life form. You can pop it in your bag and not worry about it getting bruised or going off. It’s a great food for babies, kids, and those avoiding solid foods. Read on to find out more about apple sauce and fruit cups!
Dishes that go best with apple sauce
Apple sauce and fruit cups are perfect just as they are. Grab a spoon, open the lid, and enjoy this instant snack. BUT, there are other things you can do with organic apple sauce and healthy fruit cups too. Here are a few ideas:
- Top some vegan yogurt with apple sauce and a mixture of seeds and crushed nuts for a nourishing breakfast or healthy dessert. You could use vegan chocolate-covered nuts if you feel like indulging!
- In Germany, apple sauce sometimes accompanies potato pancakes. Try making your own German potato pancakes! Peel 6 floury potatoes and whizz them to a pulp in a food processor. Mix in 1 onion that has been sliced and fried. Add 3 tbsp flour, 2 eggs worth of vegan egg replacer, and a dash of salt and pepper. Heat a drop of oil in a skillet then fry 3 tbsps of batter at a time to make crispy, golden brown pancakes. Serve with organic apple sauce!
- Try adding some apple sauce to baked goods! Add some organic apple sauce to the dough before baking our Tahini Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies. Stir apple sauce through blackberries before assembling and baking this High Protein Blackberry Crumble. Add a dollop of apple sauce to this Banana Nice Cream instead of (or as well as!) maple syrup.
Health benefits of apple sauce and fruit cups
Apple sauce and fruit cups bring you the goodness of fresh fruit in a convenient form with a much longer shelf life. Many popular supermarket fruit cups and brands of apple sauce are packed with excess sugar and artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.
At PlantX we actively avoid this so you can enjoy the simplicity of natural ingredients and homegrown flavors.
Apple sauce contains the same amount of fiber as whole apples. This is soluble fiber, which contributes to maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. Polyphenols found in whole apples and apple sauce may help lower blood pressure too. Apple sauce is crammed with vitamin C, which supports our immune system and functions as an antioxidant.
Using apple sauce in place of sugars or fats in baking can help make tasty treats healthier. You can use it as an alternative to oil in some places, and even as a plant-based alternative to an egg for some recipes. Use apple sauce to sweeten banana bread or muffins instead of sugar.
Apple sauce can be a nutritious snack when consumed in moderation as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Make sure to buy apple sauce from PlantX to ensure you get only the best and most wholesome ingredients.
Top apple sauce and fruit cups brands to try
Gogo SqueeZ - Yummy Tummy Organic Fruit Pouches
These juicy little fruit pouches are crammed full of deliciously fresh fruit, and perfect for lunchboxes. They come in 4 sweet varieties to keep your little ones smiling. Apples, bananas, strawberries, mangos, and pineapples create different flavor combinations. Each pouch delivers a healthy dose of vitamins and prebiotic fibers to keep little bodies growing.
Cadia - Apple Sauce No Added Sugar
Cadia makes its apple sauce from three varieties of apples grown organically in the Western U.S and hand-harvested. This is a handy 4 pack that gives you 4 individually packaged servings so you can eat this apple sauce on the go. There are only 100 calories per fruit cup, and the only ingredient is apples! This fruit cup is unsweetened and organic apple sauce only.
Cadia - Apple Sauce
Cadia’s original apple sauce, with a touch of organic sugar makes things sweeter. Their ripe organic apples are peeled and then gently steamed to bring out the best of their flavor.
Nutritional fact label for apple sauce
Each of our apple sauce and fruit cup varieties is made to a different recipe with different ingredients. This is why you should check the product’s page or package for full and accurate nutritional information.
But, to give you a rough estimate, this is the nutritional information for a ½ cup serving of unsweetened apple sauce, based upon the USDA’s estimation:
- Calories: 45
- Total fat: 0 g
Saturated fat: 0 g
Trans fat: 0 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Sodium: 0 mg
- Total carbs: 11.2 g
Dietary fiber: 1.5 g
Sugar: 9 g
- Protein: 0 g
Frequently Asked Questions
Is apple sauce made of saccharin?
The apple sauce we select does not contain saccharin. Saccharin is an artificial sweetener that is around 300-400 times sweeter than regular sugar. Saccharin, combined with aspartame, is often used to sweeten diet sodas.
Our range of apple sauce is made with natural sugars only. Many of our apple sauce products contain no added sugar whatsoever - just the sweetness of juicy apples!
Some of our apple sauce contains a touch of organic sugar to keep things extra sweet. If in any doubt about what an apple sauce contains, read the ingredients list on the product’s page or package.
Are fruit cups good for your health?
Fruit cups can be healthy snacks if they do not contain excess sugar or artificial additives. Many top-selling fruit cup brands found in regular supermarkets are full of nasty and unnatural stuff.
We select healthy fruit cups that highlight the natural sweetness of fresh fruits and avoid any artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.
Our healthy fruit cups will deliver you a nutritious dose of fiber and vitamins as well as a natural, juicy burst of flavor. Kids and babies love fruit cups so we think it’s important to make sure they only get the healthiest version of this delicious snack.
Are fruit cups made from real fruit?
Fruit cups you find in regular supermarkets can be made from all kinds of dodgy stuff. The fruit cups we select at PlantX are nothing but the real deal. Our fruit cups are not only made with 100% real fruit, but they do not contain any sneaky, hidden artificial flavor enhancers.
At PlantX we know there’s no need for artificial ingredients and we think your bodies (and your kids!) deserve better. We hope you love our selection of healthy fruit cups as much as we do. Check out the awesome range of flavors we have, from mango to banana!
How long do fruit cups stay fresh?
Fruit cups have a much longer shelf life than fresh fruit despite being made of it. When unopened, you can usually store fruit cups in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. They will keep like this for around 8 months, but check the product’s packaging for a precise expiry date.
After opening a fruit cup container, you will need to store any leftovers in the fridge. Make sure it’s sealed in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Storage instructions and shelf-lives vary from product to product so do be sure to read the information on the fruit cup’s packaging.