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Baby Dessert Recipes From Our Readers

These yummy baby dessert recipes were sent in by our visitors – so read on to find out what other parents are making!

Please note: The comments that accompany these recipes are from the parents who sent them in. We recommend that you should always discuss the introduction of any new foods with your child’s doctor.

Baby Dessert Recipes

Don’t miss our unique baby dessert recipe…

Banana & Apple Bread Pudding

Sugar free and totally delicious!

Banana Ice Cream

From Marcy in the United States

Ingredients: Frozen Bananas


almond butter, peanut butter, cacao nibs, goji berries and any kind of fresh berries

optional sweetener: brown rice syrup, maple syrup or honey

  1. Freeze 2 large very ripe bananas for an hour.
  2. Remove from freezer and cut into 1″ pieces.
  3. Put into blender and blend until creamy. Add optional items if desired. Enjoy!

I like giving it to my little ones during teething time, it’s cold on their gums and a yummy sweet treat.

Chunky Blueberry Applesauce

From Andi in the United States

2 organic granny smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped

1 pint fresh organic blueberries

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/4 cup (2 fl oz) orange juice

1 tbsp agave nectar

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and cook uncovered on medium heat until apples are soft and liquid has reduced.
  2. You can leave it chunky for an older baby, or put in a food mill to make it smooth.

a sweet treat for your tiny diner...

Sweet potato boxty

Dairy-Free Strawberry Mousse

Soft, fluffy and easy to make

Baked Apple Sauce

From Amy in the United States

4 Gala apples (or other sweet variety)

4 teaspoons baby oatmeal cereal

4 teaspoons unsalted butter

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 tsp. brown sugar (optional)

* Yields about 2 cups

  1. Preheat oven to 400 deg F (200 deg C).
  2. Peel, halve & core the apples .
  3. Tear off 4 squares of foil – (large enough to make 4 apple packets).
  4. Place 2 halves – flesh up, on each piece of foil (will become a packet).
  5. Place 1 tsp. butter on top of apple packet.
  6. Sprinkle cinnamon/sugar on each packet, then sprinkle 1 teaspoon oatmeal on each.
  7. Pull up and pinch corners of foil together – sealing in the apple.
  8. Place all 4 apple packets on baking sheet. 
  9. Bake @ 400 deg F for 30 min.
  10. Remove apples along with any liquid in packets and place in food processor until smooth (good Chunky style for toddlers)
  11. Serve warm or cold… Yummy!

Milky Ice Lollies

From Rohana in the Federated States of Micronesia

Makes 4 ice lollies

250g (approx 1 cup) fresh or formula milk

75g (approx 1/3 cup) mixed fruit puree (eg. banana, peaches, strawberries if in season, kiwi, raspberries [sieve to remove seeds])

ice lollies moulds

  1. In a bowl mix the fruit puree and around 1/5 of the fresh or formula milk to a paste.
  2. Add the remaining milk and whisk.
  3. Pour into the moulds and place in the freezer.
  4. To serve run the mould under the hot tap for 30 seconds and the ice lolly will come out easily.

Cucumber Melon Puree

From Sara in the United States

1/2 melon, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped

1 to 2 tablespoons full fat vanilla yogurt or baby rice cereal

  1. Puree the melon and cucumber together.
  2. Stir in rice cereal or yogurt to thicken.
  3. Serve immediately or freeze for up to 8 weeks (do not freeze with yogurt or cereal).

Apple Squash Delight

From Lisa in the United States

2 Macintosh apples

small squash

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  1. Peel and de-core the apple. Cut up apple and squash into the same size pieces.
  2. Once cut up, start to cook for about 20 minutes in a little water over a medium heat until soft.
  3. While cooking, add the cinnamon and vanilla to the pan.
  4. With a fork, check how soft the apple and squash are. Once soft turn off stove and mash ingredients up.
  5. Let it cool and taste.

Mixed Fruit Cupcakes

From Noman in Pakistan

2-3 medium sized peeled and mashed bananas

1 medium sized steamed and mashed apple

1 tablespoon raisins (soaked in warm water for 15 minutes)

1 tablespoon unsalted butter (optional)

1 1/2 cup brown rice

Paper cupcake cases as required

1 cupcake mould

  1. Process brown rice in a mixer to form rice flour.
  2. Preheat oven to 175 deg C for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Line cupcake mould with paper cupcake cases.
  4. Combine rice flour with all the other ingredients in a bowl. Mix well.
  5. Pour the cupcake batter into the paper cupcake cases. Make sure to not overfill the paper cases.
  6. Place the mould onto an oven tray and bake for around 20 to 25 minutes or until the batter is completely cooked.

Baby’s Favorite Chocolate Pudding

From Laurel in the United States

1 ripe banana

1 ripe avocado

4-6 dried dates

3-6 Tbsp dark cocoa powder

2 tsp agave nectar

1/3 cup hot water

  1. Chop and rehydrate dates in hot water for 5 minutes.
  2. Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  3. Add water as needed to achieve desired consistency

Avocado Cream

From Shelly In Canada

ripe avocado

ripe banana

3 tbsp yogurt

apple juice

  1. Peel and pit the avocado and place in a food processor.
  2. Peel the banana and add to the food processor.
  3. Add the yogurt and a little apple juice to thin.
  4. Swirl until fully blended.
  5. Add more apple juice if necessary until the desired consistency is reached.

Semolina Halwa

From Surama in India

Note from editor: This traditional Indian dish contains sugar. We recommend saving it as an occasional treat for after baby’s first birthday.

100 grams (3 1/2 oz or 1/2 cup) semolina (suji)

1 cup (8 fl oz) milk

1 cup (8 fl oz) water

1 tsp ghee

3 tbsp sugar

2 crushed green cardamoms

few strands of saffron

  1. Heat the ghee in a wok. Fry the semolina on a low flame till it is light brown in color.
  2. In another saucepan add water and boil. Once the water starts to boil add sugar, crushed cardamoms, saffron and milk.
  3. Stir till the sugar is dissolved and the mixture boils.
  4. Put the other pan containing semolina on the stove and pour the syrupy mixture into it and stir till the water evaporates on low flame.
  5. Garnish it with almonds and cashew flakes. Serve it warm.

Tropical Baby Delight

From Vickie In the United States

1/4 ripe banana

1/4 ripe mango

1/4 cup cooked applesauce

1/4 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tbsp orange juice

  1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor for a delicious dessert. VARIATIONS: Add pears or peaches for a tangy twist.

I made this for my son when he was a toddler. He loved it!

Tommy's Applesauce

From Shelly in Canada


cottage cheese


  1. Mix equal parts of applesauce and cottage cheese.
  2. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  3. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato and Blueberry Mash

From Isabel in the United States

8 oz of sweet potato

4 oz of fresh blueberries

1/4 tsp of Cinnamon

1/4 tsp of Organic Virgin Coconut oil

*Optional add breast milk or formula to thin out if needed.

  1. Bake sweet potato until tender.
  2. Lightly mash the sweet potatoes and add coconut oil ( it will easily melt into warm potatoes), blueberries and cinnamon and continue to mash and mix together. At this point you can add the breast milk if needed.

Baked Banana Bliss

From Virginia in the United States


a natural sweetener (such as honey if your child is over the age of 1, maple syrup, or for older babies or for you, you can use brown sugar)

drop (or drops) of vanilla

sprinkle of cinnamon

  1. Set the oven to 350 F.
  2. Slice the bananas thinly and place in a baking dish. I like to make ours in personal chowder cups so that we each have our own. This is also helpful if you would like to make some for older kids or yourself and want to use sugar without giving sugar to your baby.
  3. Lightly drizzle syrup over your bananas, or if you choose to use sugar, sprinkle it on top.
  4. Add a drop or so of vanilla and stir it well.
  5. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, but watching closely. You want the bananas to offer up their natural juices and become very soft, almost mushy.
  6. Remove from the oven and dust lightly with cinnamon.
  7. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
  8. You can puree for younger babies, or keep it the way it is for older babies.

Note: This recipe has a lot of natural sweetness from the bananas so don’t overdo it on the sweetener. The purpose of the syrup is just to add some extra flavor.

Peachy Banana Rice Pudding

From Kristin in the United States

1 tbsp rice cereal

1 tbsp breastmilk or formula

1 slice peach

1 slice banana


  1. Cut peach and banana both into very small chunks.
  2. Mix with remaining ingredients for a lumpy fruity rice pudding snack. Sprinkle with cinnamon if you wish to introduce this spice to your baby.

Chewy Fruit Snacks

From Virginia in the United States

16 oz dried fruit of your baby’s liking

3-4 cups water

  1. Chop your dried fruit up into small, manageable pieces. Apricots are delicious and easy to obtain.
  2. Place the chopped dried fruit in a sauce pan and cover with water (around 3-4 cups).
  3. Bring to a boil and boil until fruit is very tender. This will be about 10 minutes, but may be longer or shorter depending on the type of fruit you are using.
  4. While your fruit is boiling, line a baking sheet with foil and grease with butter or cooking spray.
  5. Preheat your oven to 225 degrees. (I had to play around with the temperature to get it perfect, depending on how your oven behaves you may have to adjust the temperature).
  6. Once your fruit is very soft, drain the water (the fruit will retain some water, which will help you in the next step).
  7. Put your fruit into your baby food grinder, blender, bullet or whatever you use to make purees.
  8. Grind the fruit until it makes a very smooth puree, then dump it onto the foil and spread until it is very thin.
  9. Use a spatula or spoon to flatten it out and get it into every corner of the baking sheet. Make sure there aren’t any holes and that it is evenly spread on your foil.
  10. Put your fruity creation into the oven and set your timer for 35 minutes. Once your timer goes off, turn off your oven and go to bed.
  11. Leave the tray in the cooling oven overnight, then the next morning take out your chewy fruit snacks, cut with a pizza cutter into any shape or design you like (I cut them into 24 bars, one vertical cut, then 12 on each side of the pan.) Peel off of the foil.
  12. Voila! You are done!

Pumpkin Surprise

From Joe in the United States

1/2 cup applesauce

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1 1/2 cup (cooked) oatmeal

dash of cinnamon, and/or nutmeg

  1. Mix spices, applesauce, pumpkin puree and oatmeal together.
  2. Stir and serve.


From Aviva in Israel

1/2 cup dates, pitted and cut up

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup prunes, pitted and cut up

1 cup water

1/2 cup butter

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1 cup coconut

1/2 cup walnuts – broken into small pieces

3 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

  1. Heat oven to 175 degrees C.
  2. Put dates, raisins, prunes and water in a pot. Bring to boil, reduce heat and let simmer for about 5-10 minutes (until fruits are soft). 
  3. Add the butter, mix until it is melted. Then let the whole thing cool a bit.
  4. Add remaining ingredients. Stir just until moistened.
  5. Pour into an 11 x 7-inch baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Watch closely so that they don’t become too dry.
  6. Cut them into bars. These are really yummy and my little ones love them.

I have two kids (1 year old and 2 year old) and both get nuts. We don’t have allergies in the family and my kids have no problem with nuts. You could change the nuts to branflakes, oats, chocolate chips etc…

Avocado Delight

Jasmine from Canada

1/2 Avocado roughly mashed

2 cubes/2 Tbsp pre-prepared sweet potato and butternut squash mash containing fresh ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg (see below)

2 tsp cottage cheese

  1. For the sweet potato and butternut squash mash: oven roast half a squash and 1 whole sweet potato at 375 F 1 hr.
  2. Mash and add 1 tsp freshly grated ginger, pinch nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Freeze in ice cube trays

Defrost 2 cubes of mash. Mix with avocado and cottage cheese. This is a single serving size. My 9 month old daughter absolutely loved it, and so did I, that I ate her left overs!

Creamy Fruit Cocktail

From Patricia in the United States

1 oz (1/8 cup) cream cheese

1 fl oz (1/8 cup) vanilla yogurt

your baby’s favorite fruit puree(s) – I use banana and blueberry

  1. Simply beat the cream cheese with the yogurt, then fold into pureed fruit. Easy and yummy!

Blueberry Delight

From Diane in the United States

1 cup (8 oz) blueberries

1/2 cup (4 fl oz) apple juice (or other juice)

1 banana

  1. Place blueberries and apple juice in small sauce pan.
  2. Simmer over low heat until the blueberries are breaking down. Remove from heat and cool.
  3. Peel banana and chop into small pieces – use as little or as much as you like.
  4. Add banana and blueberry mixture to the food processor or blender & puree.

* If you would like it sweeter add honey to the blueberries during the cooking process (age 12 months+). My grandson loves this and it has a lot of flavor!

Avocado Cocktail

From Yasmine in Kuwait

For babies from 1 year+

half piece of avocado

1 teaspoon of apple juice

1 teaspoon of pineapple juice

half teaspoon of honey

  1. Just mash the avocado, then add the other ingredients.

Sweet Potato and Banana Mash

From Sharon in Sydney, Australia

1 sweet potato

1 banana

2 tsp orange juice (you might want to skip this if your baby is less than 12 months)

pinch of cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

drop of honey (12 months+)

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F (180 deg C).
  2. Bake the sweet potato for about 45 mins to 1 hour, until tender.
  3. Peel the banana, cut in half lengthwise and put into a lightly greased baking dish. Bake for 15 to 20 mins, until soft.
  4. Mash the banana with the orange juice (if using), sweet potato, spices and honey until quite smooth.
  5. Return to the oven until warmed through, then cool and serve.

Nana’s Happy Juice

From Wendy in the United States

3 large washed carrots – cold from refrigerator

2 large washed apples, cored and quartered

3-4 mint leaves

  1. Combine all into a juicer and juice! Simple and yummy- my grand kids love it!

Note: Since I am from the ‘waste not/ want not generation’ I have also sent in a recipe which uses the grated carrots and apple shreds that are left over…

Fruity Winter Warmer

From Natalie in the United Kingdom

1 apple

1 pear

50g (1 1/2 to 2 oz) raisins

2 plums

4 strawberries

250ml (approx 1 cup) water for apple and pear

pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg

  1. Peel the apple and the pear and remove the core and seeds, dice into approx 1cm cubes, put in a saucepan with the water and cinnamon and nutmeg. Boil.
  2. Peel and remove the stone from the plums, chop into small pieces, add the plum and the raisins to the water with apple and pear and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash and hull the strawberries, chop into pieces.
  4. Remove the apple, pear, plums and raisins from the cooker and drain the majority of the water.
  5. Puree or mash (depending on child’s age).

Tropical Yum

From Laurel in the United States

1/4 cup fresh pineapple

1/4 cup frozen or fresh mango (defrosted if frozen & peeled cubed if fresh)

1/4 cup peeled and rough chopped kiwi

1/4 cup shredded coconut

3 ripe bananas

  1. 1 bag of dried tropical mix (pineapple, mango, kiwi) may be substituted instead of the first 3 ingredients.
  2. If using dried mix, steam until fruits are rehydrated.
  3. If using fresh/frozen, add all together in blender & puree to desired consistency.

Almost Apple Pie

From Sarah in the United States

apple sauce (natural, no added sugar)

baby oatmeal

1 banana, mashed

1 tsp. cinnamon

very crushed graham cracker (NOT with honey!)

  1. Use equal parts applesauce and oatmeal. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Add cinnamon (adjust to taste)and banana and mix.
  3. Sprinkle in a dash of crushed graham cracker. Tastes just like apple pie filling! YUM!

Avonanafoo Pudding

From Kristen in the United States

1/2 ripe avocado

ripe banana

silken tofu pack

1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or to taste)

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Chill and serve to baby.

Yoghurt and Berry Swirl

From Kathryn in Australia

natural/organic yoghurt

1 punnet blueberries

1 mango (peeled)

1 banana (peeled)

  1. Purchase or make your own natural yoghurt
  2. Heat a small punnet of blueberries over the stove with 1/4 cup water until soft and syrup forms.
  3. Remove from stove and let cool to room temperature.
  4. Blend berries with a little of the syrup, the banana and the mango.
  5. The berry mix should be loose and smooth but not runny.
  6. Place in a baby serving cup and add yoghurt on top. Place a spoon into the cup and stir (to create a swirl) only once.

Nana’s Mighty Muffins

From Wendy in the United States

Leftover gratings from juiced carrots and apples ( or any fruit for that matter )

simple muffin mix* (see below)

powdered sugar (optional)

*Simple muffin mix:

1 1/2 cups (6 oz) all purpose flour

1/4 cup sweetener (sugar, honey, molasses)

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

3 Tbsp melted butter

1/2 cup (4 fl oz) milk

Extras: for carrot/apple muffins: add 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp cinnamon.

For pear/apple muffins: add 1 Tbsp lemon juice and 1 Tbsp lemon zest

  1. Melt 3 Tbsp butter in microwave for 1 minute.
  2. Sift together dry ingredients combine and liquid ingredients.
  3. Combine dry and liquid ingredients in large mixing bowl till blended.
  4. Fold in vegetable and fruit gratings and juice or seasonings extras. Fold together – do not over process.
  5. Fill greased muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees.
  6. Pop out of tins and cool on grated rack. Shake on powdered sugar.


Note: This is a great recipe for mix and match.

It sure lets you have some fun with your grandkids no matter what you have on hand!

Nashi Pear and Sweet Potato Okayu

From Amelia in Japan

Note from editor – you may know a Nashi pear as one of the following: Asian pear, African pear, Japanese pear, Korean pear, Taiwan pear, sand pear, apple pear, bapple, papple

1/2 cup (around 4 oz) cooked rice

100g (1/2 cup or 4 oz) sweet potato

2 cups (16 fl oz) water

1/4 ~ 1/2 nashi pear, depending on how sweet you want it to be.

  1. Make Sweet Potato Okayu first (okayu is Japanese rice soup, very often made for babies). Put the cooked rice in a saucepan and cover it with the water.
  2. Wash, peel and cut the sweet potato into cubes and put into the saucepan with the rice and water.
  3. Bring to the boil, then simmer until all ingredients are very soft. Should be about 30 minutes. Mash if desired.
  4. Wash, cut and peel the nashi, place in steamer and steam over boiling water until soft.
  5. Mash with fork or mortar and pestle until pureed.
  6. Mix sweet potato okayu and nashi puree together and it’s ready!

Both the okayu and the nashi puree freeze very well separately so you don’t have to make it all at once. Either are very yummy on their own too!

Puree to Go

From Felicia in London, UK

4 prunes (pitted)

4 dried apricots

2 tbsp cottage cheese

  1. Cover the prunes and apricots with warm water and soak for several hours.
  2. Next, simmer them in a saucepan until soft (you may need to add water to stop it drying out too much).
  3. Drain and cool.
  4. Mix with the cottage cheese and serve.

I call this ‘Puree to Go’ because the combination of apricot and prunes was recommended to me to help get things going when my baby was constipated.

It did the trick – then I found that she really liked it mixed up with the cottage cheese!

Pumpkin Medley

From Barbara in the United States

1 can pumpkin (note from editor – canned pumpkin with pumpkin pie spice would be fine in this recipe too!)

2 bananas

1 cup (8 fl oz) applesauce

1 cup (8 fl oz) prepared oatmeal (porridge)

  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Pop into icecube trays and voila!

Special note: I used Mott’s applesauce.

Peachy Piñanas

From Isela in the United States




  1. Bake or steam cored peaches (I leave the skin on for added nutrients and a nicer color) then blend with fresh pineapple chunks and banana in your food processor or blender.

Warning: this is so yummy you’ll be doing one scoop baby, one scoop for mommy, one for baby one for mommy…..!

Fresh Pumpkin Applesauce

From Elizabeth in the United States

1 cup fresh pumpkin cooked, drained and mashed

1 cup cooked apples mashed

pumpkin pie spice to taste

honey to taste (1 year plus)

  1. Add together mashed pumpkin and apples to make pumpkin apple sauce (should be similar texture of regular apple sauce).
  2. Add pumpkin pie spice to taste (can use spice of choice). Gently add honey to mixture (one year plus) and stir.
  3. Serve to baby and enjoy (it’s good for parents too!).

Naner/Cado Tropical Mash

From Christy in the United States

1 avocado

1 banana

1 mango

1 pineapple

  1. Take banana and avocado and mash together.
  2. Next, chop mango and pineapple into itty bitty pieces and sprinkle over your naner/cado mash.
  3. Enjoy!

* The naner/cado mash makes a tasty paste which makes it easier for baby to self feed.

Avocado Chunky Delight

From Kristin in the United States

1 ripe avocado

1 banana

1 sweet potato

2 Tbsp baby rice cereal

2 Tbsp apple juice

  1. Bake the sweet potato at 350 degrees on a cookie sheet for 40 minutes.
  2. Cool and remove peel.
  3. Dice potato and banana into 1/4 inch cubes. Place in a bowl.
  4. Cut avocado in half and remove pit.
  5. Scoop out avocado into a small food processor and add rice cereal and apple juice. Process until pureed.
  6. Pour puree over chunks of potato and banana.
  7. Mix and freeze in single serve portions.

This is perfect for the beginning stages when baby is just getting used to some texture in her food. With favorite tastes, she will enjoy using her gums or first teeth to mash the little lumps.

Toddler Time Yogurt & Fruit Gelatin Squares

1 cup (8 fl oz) toddler’s favorite cold fruit juice

1 ounce plain unflavored gelatin (four 1/4 ounce each packets from a box)

1 cup (8 fl oz) boiling water

6 ounce of toddler’s favorite yogurt, fruit flavored or plain (purchased or home-made)

1 cup toddler’s favorite well-mashed fruit

  1. Pour cold fruit juice in a large bowl.
  2. Sprinkle gelatin in bowl and let stand 5 – 6 minutes.
  3. Pour boiling water in bowl and stir continually until gelatin dissolves. (You will stir for several minutes).
  4. Mix in yogurt and mashed fruit and mix well.
  5. Pour into large rectangular casserole dish about 13 by 9 by 2 inches.
  6. Cover and refrigerate dish for 3 or more hours.
  7. After mixture is firm, cut into squares or other shapes. You may want to cut shapes out using tiny cookie or sandwich cutters in fancy shapes. Store covered in refrigerator.
  8. Makes several days of snacks and desserts for a toddler and Mom.

Note: Select fruit and juice that is appropriate for your child’s age and needs. Remember, there are a few fruits that will prevent gelatin from setting and becoming firm including pineapple, figs, guava, papaya, and kiwi. Don’t use those fruits in recipes using gelatin.

Enjoy this wiggly fun finger food!

Organic Real Chocolate Pudding (with sugar free/dairy free options)

1 cup (8oz) organic Yogurt – cow, goat, soy, water buffalo

1/2 cup (4oz) organic applesauce

two tablespoons organic cacao powder

organic cinnamon: lightly sprinkle to taste

organic powdered ginger: lightly sprinkle to taste

one teaspoon organic sweetener of your choice – agave, Maple Syrup, honey (1 year plus), sugar

  1. Mix ingredients 1-3 together in bowl with spoon. Add cinnamon and ginger to taste.
  2. Add sweetener if needed

This is a real chocolate pudding using real cacao powder with all its antioxidant benefits. Combining apple sauce with the yogurt gives more texture to get the cacao to kind of fluff up. Baby’s first taste of chocolate pudding with true nutrition as well!

Berry Nice Ice Snack

From Aysha in the United States

2 Tbsp unsweetened yogurt

2 Tbsp crushed ice

1 Tbsp unsweetened cranberry juice

1/4 cup (2oz) frozen blueberries (not frozen hard as rocks)

  1. Pour yogurt, ice, juice, and frozen blueberries into a blender.
  2. Chop in blender until ice is tiny and mixture is smooth.
  3. Pour mixture into a bowl and let your little one have a healthy cool summer snack too!
  4. One serving, portion is about 1/2 cup.

Baby’s First Apple Pie

From Aysha in the US

1/4 cup (2oz) sliced and chopped apples

1/4 cup (2oz) plain applesauce

1 Tbsp raisins

2 Tbsp water

2 Tbsp crushed graham crackers

2 Tbsp uncooked Quick Oats

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp, or one tiny pinch, nutmeg

1/2 tsp lemon juice

  1. Pour everything except 1 Tbsp oats into a small bowl and mix well.
  2. Pour “pie” into a small pan or bowl for baking.
  3. Sprinkle remaining 1 Tbsp of oats over “pie”.
  4. Preheat oven and cook pie at 350 degrees in oven or toaster oven for five minutes.
  5. Remove pie and stir well. Place pie back in oven for another five minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, stir well, and let cool a little.

The only thing left is for you and your baby to enjoy! Makes 1 serving

Baby’s Healthy Banana Pudding

From Aysha in the United States

1/2 cup mashed banana (one medium)

1/3 cup (approx 3oz) well-crushed graham crackers

1/4 cup (2oz) unsweetened apple sauce

2 Tbsp milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Mash banana in a small, microwavable bowl.
  2. Make sure graham crackers are crushed to dust, and pour them over the banana.
  3. Add apple sauce, milk and vanilla and stir well.
  4. Tastes great cold, but even better hot. So place bowl in microwave on high for one minute.
  5. Stir again, and check that it isn’t too hot.
  6. Sprinkle a tiny bit of cinnamon or orange zest on top.

Stewed Mango

From Clair in South Africa

5oz (just over 1/2 cup) Un-Sulphured Sun-Dried mango

1 cup (8 fl oz) pear juice

2 cups (16 fl oz) cooled, boiled water

  1. Rinse the dried mango, place it in a bowl and cover it with the concentrated pear juice and the cooled boiled water (if it is not covered completely, add more water).
  2. Leave it to stand overnight, or for at least 12 hours.
  3. Place everything (juice, water and mangos) into a pot and let them simmer on a low heat until ALL the juice and water has been absorbed into the mango (about an hour).
  4. Blend it and serve it warm!

My little one absolutely loves it and it is ideal in winter when there is not a huge variety of fruit available in South Africa.

This recipe can also be used with dried apricots, peaches or apples – and it freezes really well!

Peachy Tofu/Avocado Combo

From Jess in the US

1 large organic peach, peeled, pitted, and cut into cubes

1 small organic avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into cubes

1/4 cup (2oz) organic tofu, cubed

  1. Simply place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

Apple Prune/Banana & Semolina/Durum Wheat (Sooji) Porridge

From Puja in Singapore

1/2 apple diced

1 prune soaked in hot water for 2 minutes and then diced

very little sugar to taste (optional) or banana (note from editor – we recommend the banana!)

1 tbsp semolina/durum wheat

  1. Lightly toast the semolina flour until it’s slightly brown and releases its fragrance in a pan.(You can do this is bulk and store the flour in an air tight container and store in the fridge.)
  2. In another pan, stew the apple and prunes until they are soft and mash with a spoon.
  3. To it add some more water. Once the water bubbles, add semolina and sugar (if using).
  4. Continuously stir for 5 minutes to a porridge like consistency.
  5. Cool and serve with mashed banana and 1 tbsp formula milk.

Squash and Juice For Little Guys and Girls

From Pat in the United States

1 cup apple sauce

dash of cinnamon

2 cups cooked squash. (you can use pumpkin, banana, butternut etc)

4 tablespoons Whole Grain Rice Cereal

2 tablespoons honey (over a year old only)

  1. In food processor place all ingredients.
  2. Process one minute, clean sides process again until all is smooth.
  3. If mixture is too loose add a bit more rice cereal.

Instant Banana Custard

From Fatima in Pakistan

1 medium sized banana

1/2 cup plain yogurt

2 tablespoons boiled brown rice

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and thick.
  2. Pour in a serving bowl.

Serve immediately or chilled.

Berry Bonanza

From Katie in the United Kingdom

1/2 cup strawberries (cut the tops off and any bad spots)

1/2 cup raspberries

1/4 cup blueberries

1 pear, peeled and seeds removed

1 apple, peeled and cored

8 steamed baby carrots

  1. Chop pear and apple as finely as possible.
  2. Puree strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries in food processor or blender.
  3. Add chopped apple and pear blend well.
  4. Add the steamed baby carrots and blend until it is a smooth consistency.

Makes about 3 1/2 cups of baby food.

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