Berry Yogurt from Mommy Made Goodness

Posted on July 16, 2013 by Amanda Holliday | 3 Comments

 

Author: Jaime from Mommy Made Goodness 

When to Introduce: 10-12 months (always check with pediatrician)

Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Blueberries
1/2 Cup Strawberries
1/2 Tbsp Raw Honey (optional and only if over 1 year)*
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2.5 Cups of Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt**
*If your little one has not had sweetened yogurt or is under the age of 1, omit the honey. Most babies take very well to unsweetened yogurt.
**Non-fat Greek yogurt is thicker and contains more protein.

Directions: 
When you mix plain yogurt with fruit purees, it tends to thin out and get soupy. While not required, you can achieve a thicker overall texture by straining the yogurt before adding the fruit using the steps below:

  1. Over a medium sized bowl, set a strainer so it rests on the edges and suspends above the bowl. Line the strainer with 4 paper towels.
  2. Put 2.5 cups of yogurt into the paper towel-lined strainer. Place in the refrigerator for about 2-3 hours, or until yogurt has become very thick and you can see liquid strained from the yogurt sitting in the bowl.

Once the yogurt is strained, follow the steps below:

  1. Put an 1/8 cup of water and all of the berries into a medium sized saucepan and heat at medium/medium-low. Stir every once in a while, breaking up the fruit chunks. Cook for 15-20 minutes until fruit has broken up and becomes slightly liquid-based (there should still be chunks of berries).
  2. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Add the honey (optional) and vanilla to the cooled berry mixture.
  4. Puree berries until they reach a consistency you prefer (if you like chunks of fruit in your yogurt, you may want to skip blending it altogether).
  5. Mix the fruit into the strained yogurt and enjoy!
Feel free to substitute other seasonal fruit in place of the berries. Spinach is also a great addition. Raw spinach has such a mild flavor and is almost entirely masked by the flavor of the berries and yogurt. Add raw spinach in the cool berry mixture and puree with it. Older kids may be thrown off by the color, but your baby probably won’t mind. A sprinkle of chia seeds will add fiber and essential Omega-3 fatty acids. You can also pack the yogurt in a Little Green Pouch for a fun and portable snack!

Servings: Fills 2-3 pouches

Stars: Greek Yogurt is high in protein and has far less sugar than traditional yogurt. 

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Posted in 10-12 Months, Blueberries, Fiber, Protein, Strawberries, Yogurt


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3 Responses

Michelle
Michelle

July 24, 2013

One alternative to straining the yogurt to make it thicker is just to add baby cereal after you’ve blended everything, until it is as thick as you’d like. I made a similar recipe for my older son and that made sure he got some whole grain as well.

Erica
Erica

July 20, 2013

And maybe I should have also read on….. :) You all have it covered!

Erica
Erica

July 20, 2013

This recipe sounds yummy, but I have never heard that it is safe to give babies honey until they are at least one year old. Maybe it would be better for 1 and up.

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