This healthy no added sugar homemade ketchup for kids and toddlers is a better-for-you option to sugary condiments and dips and is perfect for fries, burgers, chicken nuggets and more!
My husband often teases me that I like fries with my ketchup. It’s true. I am a ketchup FIEND. But really, what’s not to love about a sweet and tangy condiment? Like most kids, I was raised on a squirtable bottle of Heinz, but when I go to a fancy gastro-pub and get to taste a homemade ketchup, I can’t deny that it just tastes better.
Now that I’m a mom, I know there’s going to be a lot of ketchup in my future, so I figured I would come up with a healthy no added sugar homemade ketchup that I feel good about serving ON MASS. This homemade ketchup often makes the difference between my son eating his homemade fish fingers and eggs, or just wanting to eat fruit for dinner. HALL-EL-U-JAH (omg that was like really hard to sound out…#mombrain).
How to Make No Added Sugar Homemade Ketchup like a BOSS
This homemade ketchup is made with simple, flavourful ingredients your kids and toddlers already love, and is sweetened naturally with dates and caramelized onions instead of high fructose corn syrup. My husband loves it on my homemade sweet potato fries. I love it mixed into scrambled eggs. Baby E is a freaking ketchup MONSTER and likes it on EVERYTHING. Tomato is probably his favourite food in general, so it didn’t surprise me that his face lit up when I made this.
If you’re doing BLW (baby led weaning) at home, this homemade ketchup with no added sugar would be a perfect, balanced dip for these Salmon Sweet Potato Fingers, these mini Broccoli Egg bites, or these Frittata Fingers.
Mamas with picky eaters, you’re welcome.
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Now lovelies, I would love to know, what do YOU put ketchup on?
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Healthy No Added Sugar Homemade Ketchup
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 vidalia onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 5.5 oz tomato paste
- 680 ml tomato passata
- 1/3 cup medjool dates minced and packed
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ tsp ground dried cloves
- 1/8 tsp dried allspice
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
- ½ tsp salt
- Pepper to taste
- Add the olive oil to a medium skillet over medium low heat. Add the onion and cook until it begins to caramelize, about 45 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until very aromatic, sweet and caramelized, about another 15 minutes. Set aside.
- To a pot, add the tomato paste, passata, dates, vinegars, cloves, allspice, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper and the caramelized onions. Allow to cook, covered, on low for 15 minutes until the dates are very soft, then transfer to the food processor or blender to puree until smooth. Season with pepper, to taste. Serve with fries, or on a burger.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.