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Kid-Friendly Snack: Cottage Cheese With Apple Sauce Recipe

kid-friendly snack: cottage cheese with apple sauce, sprinkled with cinnamon
kid-friendly snack: cottage cheese with apple sauce, sprinkled with cinnamon

I have been trying to come up with a nice variety of nutritious, child-friendly snacks to amuse and delight my toddler. I'm trying to find really healthy dishes that he will actually eat. This little snack fit the bill wonderfully.

Applesauce and cottage cheese certainly don't sound like two flavors you'd usually want together, but this snack is surprisingly addictive, easy, nutritious, and great for kids! The applesauce gives fiber and vitamins, the cottage cheese gives calcium, riboflavin, and protein, and the cinnamon on top completes the taste. Kids will usually want more and more of this stuff, it is fun, naturally a little sweet, and very mild.

When I was little, my mother would sometimes make this simple snack, except she usually sprinkled the top with brown sugar. I used the basic idea, but substituted cinnamon to make it healthier and used an applesauce with no sugar added (most grocery stories carry at least one variety of applesauce with no sugar added. Check the ingredients list, though, because even brands that claim to be "all natural" will often sneak some extra sugar in there). Despite the lack of sugar, my son always finishes his bowl and asks for more.

Applesauce and cottage cheese would also make a suitable food for babies who have started pureed solid foods but are not yet ready for foods that require chewing. This recipe is vegetarian.

A note on cottage cheese: What is cottage cheese? Curds are made by using rennet, lemon juice, vinegar, or some other acidic, edible product to curdle milk. The milk proteins form solid masses in increased acidity. Cottage cheese is a mildly flavored curd that is drained without pressing, so some whey remains, giving it the milking texture it has. It is not aged like most cheeses.

Kid-Friendly Snack: Cottage Cheese with Apple Sauce Recipe

serves one

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving cottage cheese
  • enough applesauce to cover
  • cinnamon

Preparation:

  1. Simply put a serving of cottage cheese in a small bowl and smooth it out evenly.
  2. Cover with a thin layer of applesauce.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Enjoy!

Kid Tip: To make it even more fun for kids, hold a fun-shaped stencil over the applesauce while sprinkling the cinnamon to create a little picture.

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