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Perfect Fall Fruit Recipes for Family Fun in the Kitchen

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

Fresh apples and pears with fall leaves on a wooden table

Fall is a great time to try out these fun and easy seasonal recipes with your Kid in the Kitchen! You can use either apples or pears to make these simple treats. Let your picky eater or brave taster help with some basic tasks like measuring and mixing the ingredients. Even young children can help chop the peeled apples or pears with a kid-friendly plastic knife and some supervision. What's more, you can make this a two-part activity and use the homemade applesauce or pear sauce (reposted recipe in case you missed it on the HealthSmart! Kids Blog) to make the delicious muffin recipe. Remember you can use mini muffin cups to make it even more kid (and picky eater) friendly. Enjoy!

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No Cook Applesauce or Pear Sauce Recipe


6 apples or pears

Cinnamon, to taste

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup water



Wash, peel and chop the apples or pears. Mix all ingredients in the blender. Eat immediately or refrigerate for a day or two.


A bowl of applesauce with whole raw apples cinnamon sticks and spoons on a table

Easy Applesauce or Pear Sauce Muffins Recipe (Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Friendly Option, too!)


6 tablespoons butter (or Earth Balance non-dairy spread)

1 1/2 cups flour or use gluten-free flour blend (Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking Flour works well)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 cups applesauce or pear sauce (smooth or chunky)


1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12-up muffin tin with baking cups and set aside.

2. Melt butter in saucepan on stove; set aside to cool slightly.

3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and brown sugar. Stir in the applesauce or pear sauce and melted butter until the mixture is smooth.

5. Pour the fruit mixture over the flour mixture and mix just until well-combined.

6. Fill baking cups about two-thirds full with batter.

7. Bake for about 20 minutes or until light brown. Test with toothpick for doneness.

Adapted from Family Fun

Applesauce muffins

Want some more inspiration for your Kid in the Kitchen? Check out these fun and healthy Halloween snacks! from the HealthSmart! Kids Blog.

All blog content shared through HealthSmart! Kids is for informational purposes only and not to be construed as medical advice. Always talk with your qualified health care provider for managing your health care needs.

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