I always thought the idea of making my own baby food sounded like something I would enjoy but boy oh boy did I get into it! I wanted to make sure I knew exactly what was going into his food, so this was the perfect way to do so.
For my baby shower my Mom gave me the Beaba Babycook – talk about an awesome little machine and a wonderful gift!!!
Once Blake was over six months old we started introducing him to solids. After a lot of research I decided to skip rice cereal and went right to oatmeal. He ate it but I could tell he wasn’t thrilled with plain oatmeal (who would be right?!). Blake was and still is exclusively breastfed (no formula here – whoop whoop) so he was used to getting the exposure to all different flavors, depending on what I would eat.
(It’s always recommended that when starting solids, you try one single food at a time for at least three days at a time to make sure there is no allergic reaction.)
This recipe turned out to be one of Blake’s ultimate favorites. He is now 11 months old and I still make it for him, I just make sure it’s very lumpy now.
1/2 cup pitted black cherries (frozen or fresh)
1/2 cup sliced peaches (frozen or fresh)
1/4 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
1/4 cup cooked oatmeal or baby oatmeal
If using the Babycook:
1. Add the designated amount of water to the steaming chamber.
2. Place your cherries, blueberries and peaches into the basket and lock into place.
3. Turn the steam feature on until the Babycook turns off.
4. Carefully remove the basket of steamed fruit and set aside.
5. Remove the mixer full of liquid and pour the liquid into a bowl and set aside.
6. Pour the steamed fruit back into the blending bowl.
7. Lock the lid in place.
8. Pulsate and blend until you reach desired consistency that your baby prefers.
9. Add in your oatmeal and mix throughly.
10. Add in the liquid you set aside little by little until you reach your desired consistency.
If you don’t have the Beaba Babycook, steam the fruit on the stove using either a steaming basket or a small amount of water. Follow the other steps as is except for using a blender (watch out you don’t over blend) or a hand emulsifier.
I store all of my homemade baby food in the Sage Spoonfuls Glass Baby Food Jars
These jars are wonderful. I love them so much I have three of the storage sets with freezer trays.
This recipe makes a great breakfast item, alone or used for a topping on baby yogurt (fruity baby yogurt parfaits anyone?). It also makes a great snack.
Hope your little ones enjoy this one as much as Blake does!!!