This 5-minute blueberry and apple sauce for your little one is inexpensive to make and very versatile to use. Fill it in a reusable food pouch, give it as a treat on it’s own or simply mix it in the morning porridge – it’s so tasty you’ll probably sneak a few bites yourself.
It’s freezing outside and snow is falling. Quite the weather for hot chocolate and broccoli and kale soup, but all I can think of while Eva is sleeping soundly is… berries. Lots and lots of wonderful, ripe and sweet berries. It’s one of my absolute favourite things to eat (or lets be honest here: devour) and every year when summer comes I’ll rush of to the shops to buy all sorts of berries and romage through my parents’ garden to find the kinds that they don’t sell in the stores. I really just love berries!
I know winter isn’t exactly the best season for berries, but looking at Eva sleeping makes me want to make her love berries just as much as me. Even if it means having to share when summer arrives. Getting her to love berries of course also means introducing it to her. Eva’s just started out on solids and I’m still not keen on giving her fresh blueberries yet, and that’s pretty much the only kind of berry I can find this time a year if I want it organic and want it to taste of something other than water. So instead I’ve decided to make her a blueberry puree using frozen berries.
Blueberries aren’t always that sweet on their own and Eva is still a bit skeptical of anything other that breastmilk unless it has a tiny hinge of sweet to it, so I added some apples to the blueberries just to make sure she’ll try it , but not so many that the apple taste and sweetness will completely overshadow the blueberries. And it turns out that the apples compliment the blueberries very well, so I’ll definitely by doing that again. Adding the apples also makes this delicious treat quite inexpensive to make compared to storebought apple and blueberry purees – even though I used organic blueberries.
The blueberry and apple puree is very simple to make and it tastes really great. So great that I ate a few spoonfuls right after it had cooled and have used it on top of my oatmeal in the morning in the last few days. Purees don’t have to be complicated to make or baby food. I prefer the food Eva eats to be something I would eat myself – if I don’t like it or find it very bland, there’s a very good chance she will too. Of course this is a truth in moderation, but I just saying, that I get that she won’t eat buckwheat porrdige made on water without adding in some kind of taste.
Recipe for super easy blueberry and apple puree – a simple baby food and a delicious porridge topping
- 2 dl blueberries (about 60 grams) – I used frozen, but fresh will work as well
- 2 medium sized apple
- 1 dl water
- Remove the core from the apple and cut into smaller pieces and put into a pot with the blueberries. I don’t bother to peel the apple – it will all be pureed anyway and there are a lot of vitamins in the peel, so no need to waste it.
- Add the water and cook it at a simmer under a lid until the apples are soft. Use a fork to poke the apples. It usually only takes a few minutes depending on the size of the apple pieces.
- Puree the mixture until it has the desired consistency. I usually use a hand mixer as it’s easy
- Let it cool and enjoy. The puree is now ready to serve either on it’s own, as a treat, in a reusable sqeuuze bag or on top of porridge.
Oatmeal with blueberry topping. A real hit in the morning!
So there you have it. A yummy blueberry and apple puree that makes both mom and baby happy. Making your own purees for your little one doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive – and the taste doesn’t have to be boring. Make your purees taste like something you would eat – of course without going beserk with salt and sugar. That way you can always eat it even if your kid won’t.