Recipe: Spiced Apple Raisin Quinoa Puree


This is one of my son’s absolute favorite purees. Many of my recipes are um… inspired by commercial baby food purees. This particular one took me a few tries to nail down, but I finally got it. I added some apple pie-like spice to it with the addition of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. If your baby is too young for spices, you can leave them out and it’s still yummy.

What I love about this puree is that I’ve been able to make small changes to it to keep my son’s interest as his flavor and texture preferences have evolved. Now that he’s into chunkier textures, I can opt to leave the skin on the apples, not process it as long, or change out the quinoa flakes for cooked quinoa. When I first began making it, I didn’t use any spices, but now that he’s exploring new flavors, I love the spiced quality of this puree. Plus, I feel like it’s a perk to make a food for your baby that you enjoy eating yourself. Because let’s face it – sometimes your “lunch” consists of polishing off that ounce of food you don’t feel like salvaging for leftovers.

Apple Raisin Quinoa Recipe

3 organic apples, cored and diced (peeled or not, depending on your baby’s preference and age)
1/3 cup organic unsweetened and unsulphated raisins
2 tbsp quinoa flakes (or whole cooked quinoa if your baby is into chunkier textures)
1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
dash of ginger (optional)
dash of nutmeg (optional)

Steam apples and raisins together in a steam basket on the stovetop for 5-7 minutes, or until tender. Reserve water. Combine apples, raisins, quinoa flakes and spices with 1 tbsp of reserved water in food processor and process until desired consistency is achieved. Add more of the reserved water to thin the puree as desired.

*What are these cool pouches I use? They are the pouches from Infantino’s Fresh Squeezed line. Check out my review here.


  1. Dude, I want to make this for me! Love these recipes!

    • This one is so yummy, Ericka! I take a lot of inspiration from the things that I like to eat. If you think this combo sounds good, try a creamy quinoa cereal for breakfast with cinnamon and apples. I recently saw a recipe for Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Bites on Pinterest that I will definitely be trying!

  2. Krista Quillin says:

    Do I use the same amount of cooked quinoa as I would quinoa flakes?

    • Yes, ma’am! I would start with just a tbsp of cooked quinoa and add one tbsp at a time until you reach the desired thickness.


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