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Healthy Ketchup Recipe for Kids

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Having ketchup on the side of every dinner is a favourite sauce for so many kids, not to mention the adults of the family. This healthy homemade ketchup recipe is from my book ‘The Baby Led Feeding Cookbook’. Its so fantastic as it takes less than 5 minutes to prep! I know we couldn’t believe it either! Its SO SO easy and it tastes just as good as any store bought ketchup.

Getting your fussy eaters to try new foods its always a battle, but we just know how much that the simple addition of offering them to dip it into ketchup really helps! Yes we know they are dipping into ketchup, but you do need simple quick wins along the way. Our recipe is really low in sugar, something that the major brands add a lot of into their recipes to help the taste. So at least you know that they are dipping their food into a healthy ketchup!

Healthy Ketchup Recipe for Kids

Did you know that a popular store bought ketchup has approximately 1 tsp of sugar in 1 tbsp of ketchup. That’s a lot isn’t it, and a fact that we couldn’t believe when we started looking into this. So I just had to make sure that our kids had a healthy alternative for a sauce that they love. This recipe has 4 tbsp (12 tsp) in a large jar. This works out at less than 1/4 a tsp of sugar in a tablespoon of ketchup when cooked!

Healthy Ketchup Recipe for Kids

How to make your ketchup the healthy way!

We promised you it was easy. Just pop all the ingredients into a blender, then simmer for about an hour over a low heat. The sauce should then thicken and turn darker in colour. Remove your sauce from the heat when done and pour into glass jars.

Your ketchup will last in the fridge for about 3-4 weeks! Or why not freeze it for longer!

Healthy Ketchup Recipe for Kids

Healthy Ketchup Ingredients

This simple homemade ketchup recipes brings together some star ingredients. That not only can help your fussy eater try new foods, but also includes some key nutrients along the way!

  • Garlic: Garlic has vitamin C, among other essential nutrients. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that does a few things in the body, like helping to heal wounds. It also aids in the absorption of iron which assists the immune system in protecting the body from disease
  • Chopped Tomatoes: Tomatoes are a good food for kids because they encourage good immune function in children. The reason for this is because tomatoes are high in vitamin C, a vitamin that supports immune health and assists with fighting sickness like colds and the flu
  • Ground Gloves: Cloves are best known as a sweet and aromatic spice, but they have also been used in traditional medicine. Cloves are a great source of beta-carotene, which helps give them their rich brown colour Carotene pigments can convert into vitamin A, an important nutrient for keeping your eyes healthy.
  • Maple Syrup: I only used 4 tablespoons of maple syrup in this recipe. A teenie, tiny amount for the level of ketchup we are making.
Healthy Ketchup Recipe for Kids

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If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo @babyledfeeding on Instagram. All the love, Aileen 🥰

Healthy Ketchup Recipe for Kids

Prep time

5 mins

Cook time

Servings

36

Freeze me BLW Friendly Vegetarian Quick
Healthy Ketchup Recipe for Kids

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Ingredients

1 x 400g (14oz) tin good quality chopped tomatoes
6 tbsp tomato purée/paste
170ml (2/3 cup) apple cider vinegar (good for gut health)
1 clove garlic
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
4 tbsp maple syrup

Method

Pop everything into a blender then simmer for about an hour over a low heat. The sauce should thicken and turn darker in colour.

Remove from the heat when done and pour into glass jars. This lasts in the fridge for about 3-4 weeks! Or freeze for longer!

Recipe Notes

👶🏻 Suitable from 6 months but best served to older little ones (12 months +) who have learnt to dip and like ketchup! 🍅 The better the canned tomatoes the less maple syrup you will need to use. Reduce to 2 tbsp then have a taste before adding more. This is also best done BEFORE adding the raw garlic (or no one will want to kiss you - speaking from experience!). 🍠 Serve with sweet potato fries or falafels.

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Writen by Aileen Cox Blundell - number one bestselling author, award winning blogger and Mum of 3 kiddies who all eat their veggies.

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