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 blackberries (or blueberries) – see note
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.
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: You can use frozen berries. Thaw briefly in the microwave before adding to the prunes. Blackberries are a bit more tart than blueberries. You can also do ½ blackberries and ½ blueberries. Whatever works for you.
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.