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Harvest Cranberry Baby FRUIT BLEND
Apples and pears are often found in baby purees. However, you will not find one with cranberries and ginger. Exposing your baby at a young age to new and different flavors is important. Cranberries can be very tart, but if you add a handful to naturally sweeter fruit like apples and pears, you can gradually introduce your baby to this nutrient dense berry. Although the collagen powder is optional, it is a great way to add easy to digest protein. Make sure to use organic fruit.
Makes 10 Servings
Time: ~20 minutes
1 medium apple
1 medium pear
1 small piece peeled ginger root
Juice of 1/2 orange
2 tablespoons Great Lakes Hydrolyzed Collagen (optional)
2 tablespoons salted grass-fed butter
Rinse off and dry the apple, pear, and cranberries (make sure to choose firm berries). Core the apple and pear and cut into quarters. Place a metal steamer basket into a medium pot and fill with water to just below the steamer basket. Add the apple, pear, and little piece of ginger root. DO NOT add the cranberries yet. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil.
Once at a boil reduce heat to medium and steam for 12-15 minutes or until very tender. Finally, add the cranberries and steam for another minute. Remove from burner and transfer the fruit with a large spoon to a food processor. Chop the ginger into small pieces and add to fruit. Process until smooth (its okay if there are tiny pieces of skin). Add the orange juice, collagen, and butter. Pulse until combined.
Transfer to a baby food freezer tray, cover, and freeze. Once frozen transfer to a silicone ziplock bag or glass mason jar and keep frozen.
To thaw simply remove one serving and leave in a bowl in the fridge overnight or quickly microwave for 15-30 seconds. Prior to serving make sure to test the temperature to make sure it is not too hot for baby.
Tip: Toren loves it plain or mixed in whole milk Nancy's yogurt.
Nutrition Facts (per serving): 48kcal, 2.5g fat, 6g carbs, 1g fiber, 1.5g protein.
Banana Strawberry Cream BABY FRUIT BLEND
This tasty combination is always a hit with babies. You can use fresh or frozen strawberries depending on the season. Please always choose organic strawberries because conventional strawberries are one of the top 10 most heavily laden pesticide produce items.
Makes 10 Servings
Time: ~15 minutes
1 medium ripe banana
1-10z package organic frozen strawberries (left at room temperature to thaw a bit)
1/4 cup grass-fed organic heavy cream
2 teaspoons chia seeds
Place the strawberries and banana into a food processor and pulse until desired texture is reached. Keep it smoother for new eaters, and leave some texture for more advanced eaters. Add the chia seeds and heavy cream. Pulse to combine.
Transfer to a baby food freezer tray and freeze. Once frozen transfer to a sealable ziplock bag or mason jar. Pull out as needed and thaw overnight in fridge or quickly microwave ~15 seconds. Make sure to feel the mixture before serving to make sure it didn't get too hot.
Tip: You can mix this into cooked oatmeal or into whole milk yogurt if desired. If you transfer some into a silicone teether, then you have a baby fruit popsicle!
Nutrition (per serving): 45kcal, 6g carbs, 1.2g fiber, 2.5g fat, 0.5g protein.
Note: You may use substitute the heavy cream for 1/4 cup organic canned full fat coconut cream but you need to add 2 teaspoons of coconut oil to ensure similar fat/calorie content.
Berry Prune Baby FRUIT BLEND
This tasty delight is always great to have on hand, especially if your baby is struggling with constipation. Prunes have been found to increase stool weight and speed up elimination due to their unique fiber and sorbitol content. Furthermore, the polyphenols and prebiotic fibers in the prunes and berries help feed healthy bacteria such as bifidobacteria. If dairy is well tolerated you can stir in some plain grass-fed whole milk yogurt for added protein and food based probiotics prior to serving.
Makes ~10 servings
Time: 15 minutes
10 dried plums/prunes
1 heaping cup fresh or frozen organic blackberries (or blueberries)
1 cup water
¼ cup grass-fed organic heavy whipping cream (may sub with 2 tsp coconut oil and ¼ cup canned full fat coconut milk)
Place the dried prunes, berries, and water into a small sauce pan. Cook uncovered over medium heat until bubbling. Stir, reduce heat to medium low, and allow to simmer for ~7-10 minutes or until the prunes are tender and the majority of the liquid has evaporated (leaving a little is fine and provides enough liquid to blend).
Transfer the mixture to a food processor. Add the heavy cream and blend until smooth. Divide the mixture into a baby food tray (or ice cube tray) and freeze.
Once ready to serve, place a single serving into a ceramic dish and microwave for ~15 seconds and stir. Taste test to make sure it isn't too hot. Alternatively, thaw in fridge overnight.
Note: Blackberries are a bit more tart than blueberries. If your baby is still new to tart flavors I suggest you do half and half blackberries and blueberries, or swap them all for blueberries.
Nutrition (per serving): 50kcal, 7.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 2.5g fat, 0.5g protein.
I hope you enjoy my creative, flavorful, and nutrient dense approach to whole foods cooking. All recipes are gluten free.