Cooking with Kids: Easy as “Apple Pie” Snack

Do you enjoy cooking with your kids?  We love to come up with new kid-friendly recipes, and this recipe is even easy enough to make with a toddler or preschooler.  Grab some applesauce (or make this applesauce in a crockpot recipe), and use it to make this simple treat.

Cooking with Kids - Easy As Apple Pie Snack

Cooking with Kids:  Easy as “Apple Pie” Snack


  • Granola
  • Applesauce
  • Cinnamon (if desired)

1)  Spoon granola into a small bowl or other container.

2)  Top with a few spoonfuls of applesauce.

3)  Sprinkle more granola and cinnamon on top (if desired).  Enjoy!

The girls said it tasted a little like apple pie. I’m not convinced, but it’s definitely much easier and less messy than baking an apple pie!


Easy Crockpot Applesauce

**We just picked more apples from my aunt’s apple trees, so I thought I would reshare this yummy and easy recipe for slow cooker applesauce without sugar.

Making applesauce is pretty simple — especially in a slow cooker!  You can easily involve your child and have them help you add the ingredients and mash the applesauce when it is through.  (I like a chunky applesauce, so we just use a potato masher!)

This recipe doesn’t contain any added sugar since I am trying to limit sugar in our diets.  You may need to add sugar or some other type of sweetener depending on the sweetness of your apples and your taste buds!

Easy Crockpot Applesauce


  • 8 medium-size apples
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 T pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • If desired, add sweetener of your choice

1)  Core and dice the apples into one inch slices.  I prefer to leave the peel on them.

2)  Place in a slow cooker.  Add the water, lemon juice, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Stir to coat.

3)  Cook the apples on low for four hours.

4)  Use a potato masher to make chunky applesauce.  Puree in a blender if you desire smooth applesauce.


Paper Plate Apple

This is a very simple craft you can do with a toddler or preschooler. You can also discuss the parts of an apple with your child: skin, flesh, core, seeds, and stem.

Paper Plate Apple Craft (Toddler or Preschool)


  • Paper plate
  • Red fingerpaint
  • Apple seeds
  • Glue
  • Green construction paper

1)  Use red fingerpaint around the edge of a paper plate.  Allow to dry.

2)  Glue apple seeds in the middle of the plate.

3)  Glue or tape on a green stem.


Handprint, Footprint, and Fingerprint Apple Tree Craft

We spread this Apple Tree project out over several days to allow plenty of drying time in between.  We did a project similar to this a few years ago called an Apple Pie Tree, but this one incorporates a foot, a hand, and a fingerprint!  These are definitely being added to our keepsake project box!

A nice read aloud with this project is The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall. 

Apple Tree Craft


  • Red, brown, and green paint
  • Bowl of water
  • Plates or other surfaces for the paints
  • White paper

1)  Paint your child’s foot with brown paint.

2)  Help them step onto a large piece of white paper.  Allow to dry completely.

Have a bowl of water nearby to clean their foot.  I recommend doing this either outside or on a washable surface!

3)  Paint your child’s hand with green paint.  Make several handprints for the “leaves” of the tree.  Allow to dry completely.

4)  Add “apples” to the tree with red paint fingerprints.