Simple Recipes Just for Baby
As promised, this week's recipe post contains a compilation of some very simple and very healthy recipes for young babies. These recipes are ideal if you baby is sitting up and able to eat stage 2 baby foods! I have made both for my own daughter and she loves them. They are safe and tasty giving her the texture and some flavor complexity that she is now ready for at almost 8 months old!
Homemade Banana Oatmeal
You will need:
I Fresh, Ripe Banana Pureed
1. Using a fresh, ripe banana, puree it to a smooth consistency using a food processor. Add some purified baby water if necessary to achieve the consistency your baby needs
2. Add a full teaspoon of baby oatmeal to approximately three ounces of pureed banana
3. Sprinkle in a few shakes of cinnamon and mix everything together
4. Serve slightly warm - delicious!
Recipe Tip: What's the best way to warm this recipe? Lightly steam the banana before pureeing it and it will also bring out the fruit's natural sweetness!
Pureed Apple Berries and Toast
You will need:
1 cup of fresh strawberries
1-2 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced
Baby purified water
Sliced bread (I prefer a light oatmeal bread without seeds for baby)
1. Clean and cut the cup of strawberries moving the greens. Slice the berries in half
2. Peel, core and slice the apple(s)
3. In a shallow sauce pan, boil the cut strawberries and apples in a cup of purified water. Boil until all the fruit is completely soft all the way through
4. Remove the fruit from the boiling water using a hand strainer and place in food processor. Add a few tablespoons of the boiled water to the processor and puree the fruit to a smooth consistency.
5. Toast a piece of plain sliced bread in a toaster. Cut the toast into long thin strips
6. Pour the puree into a small bowl. Dip one the fingers of toast into the bowl so your baby can slurp the puree off of the toast. This a wonderful way to help your baby become independent as they can dip the toast into the strawberry apple puree and bring it to their mouth on their own. Fingers of toast are easy for little hands to hold!
Enjoy feeding your little one and share with families you are working with in feeding therapy!