Some of the little treats Mom and I like are fruit spreads/sauces. They are so sweet and delicious and can be made perfectly Paleo instead of just “practically paleo.” Just like my Pumpkin Apple Butter, which you can find here, this sauce can be eaten on toast, over (shhhhh….) ice cream, on pancakes (Paleo, of course) or just in a dish. The recipe is simple if slightly time consuming with the prep, but the end game is totally worth it.
2 lbs. Gala apples, peeled and cubed
1 lb. ripe Bartlett pears, peeled and cubed
¼- ½ cup unsweetened Gala apple juice
1. Place apples, pears and juice in large sauce or soup pan.
2. Bring to a quick boil.
3. Cover and turn down to simmer. Check and stir occasionally until fruit is soft.
4. Using a potato masher, mash fruit to your desired consistency. If looking for that fine store-bought consistency, wait until fruit is cool and run it through a food processor in batches.
5. Place in jars or other containers and keep refrigerated. This can be served warm or cold.
What’s really incredible about this sauce is that the pears are what provides the sweetening. There are no added sugars of any kind.
Another favorite that comes from my homeless days is GoGo Squeez by Materne North American Corp. These are little applesauce pouches that are designed to appeal to kids and are perfect for lunch boxes. They’re a great mix of applesauce, a veggie (sweet potato and carrots are the most common, but there is also one with butternut squash) and a second fruit like peach, pear, mango, banana, strawberry, etc. You can see the entire lineup here.
I was concerned about being able to get things like fruits and veggies that would keep if I was living in my car with no room for a cooler. Canned fruit is inconvenient and full of sugar, but these pouches are all natural, 100% fruits and veggies with no added sugars. I could pick them up at Walmart for a song, and I’d get them three or four boxes at a time so I had a variety to choose from. Even after I finding a place to live, I carry these to work to have on a long shift or if my BG level drops. The lid makes them great to carry, because you can close it and don’t have to eat it all at once. There are other versions of this in the canned fruit aisle and the baby food aisle, but GoGoSqueez remains my favorite for both taste and cost. And, FYI, the Boatin’ Banana, left in the trunk of the car on a mild winter day, makes a great half-frozen treat. Not that you’d ever find yourself in the position, but, just saying’…