Thursday, June 21, 2018

How To: Make Apple Prune Purée for Babies

Feeding your baby a blend of apples and prunes is a great way to teach them about flavor combinations. The natural sweetness of the fruit is especially pleasing to the young palate... And the prunes help keep things moving along.

Feeding your baby a blend of apples and prunes is a great way to teach them about flavor combinations. The natural sweetness of the fruit is especially pleasing to the young palate... And the prunes help keep things moving along.

My emotions are all over the place. We're less than a week away from our move and I'm feeling very nostalgic. Plus Facebook has been reminding me about some poignant memories and important milestones... including Caroline's adventures with solids foods.

Sunsweet Prunes | Taste As You Go

Even though I try not to do it, it's been hard not comparing my kids with one another. When it comes to eating, Jonathan is definitely pickier than his big sister. He's shown clear preferences for certain textures, proving that he takes after me in many ways. After several failed attempts at feeding him puréed peas, I finally caved. I bought a pouch of blended pears, spinach, and peas (this one) and he devoured it. (I guess I paid the price for not straining the peas when I made them for him!)

Peeled and Chopped Apples | Taste As You Go

Bananas were another fruit he didn't like at first. He hated plain puréed bananas, and he refused to put the diced bananas in his mouth. But as soon as I pureed the bananas with some blueberries (inspired by this)... BINGO! He couldn't get enough.

Cooked Apples and Prunes | Taste As You Go

I didn't go through these stages of experimentation with Caroline... so introducing Jonathan to solids has been quite a journey... And, I have to admit, we wasted more food than I wanted to this time around. It just goes to show you that:

- Kids are different.
- Tastes and palates will develop, so be patient.
- Mixing flavors is a great way to introduce different flavors.

Apple Prune Purée Baby Food | Taste As You Go

One of the flavor combinations Caroline loved was apples and prunes. You can either blend cooked prunes into prepared or homemade applesauce... Or you can follow this easy method for making a fresh batch in your own kitchen!

Apple Prune Purée
Total Time: 15-20 minutes | Printable Recipe

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 16-ounce container pitted prunes
  • 1 - 1 1/4 pounds apples, washed, peeled, and chopped

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Add prunes and chopped apples to a large pot or Dutch oven. Add enough water to just cover the fruit.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the apples are tender.
  3. Drain the fruit, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water. Add the fruit to the bowl of a food processor and purée until smooth, adding cooking water to thin the mixture if necessary.

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