What childhood is complete without oodles of ketchup?? This is simply one item you cannot remove from a child’s diet. Kids want to feel normal when “hangin’ out” with their friends, regardless of their age. So asking them to pass on the ketchup when all their friends are chowing down on the stuff with a bucket of fries is pretty unreasonable.

So with this scenario in mind, I set out to create my own ketchup recipe. While it may not be the “corn syrup-ladden Heinz Ketchup” brand, it comes close enough to put a smile on my son’s face. In fact, his favourite way to eat it is with apples!

Read on for the recipe…


  • 1 can tomato sauce, no sugar added
  • 1 can tomato paste, no sugar added
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • salt to taste


  1. Using a large mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients together until smooth.

  2. Allow to sit in the fridge overnight to give flavors time to meld.

    Source: thegraciouspantry