Spiced Carrot Raisin Baby Food Puree

Spiced Carrot Raisin Baby FoodI just love fall. I feel like everything should be spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves… well, with anything really. So that’s what I was thinking when I decided to put this little twist on that lunch-line staple of carrot raisin salad. Actually, I thought that stuff looked disgusting, mostly because I hated raisins. I feel like children of the ’80s and early ’90s were force-fed raisins on the daily. Kids these days have no idea how lucky they are that craisins came along. But I digress…

My little guy will gobble up some carrots. He doesn’t really need the sweetness of the apples, but the carrots are quite chunky on their own, so the apple here is really for consistency and texture. That’s why there’s only one small one. Carrots are actually quite sweet on their own, and the spices brings out the earthiness in them.

Spiced Carrot Raisin Baby Food Puree Recipe

Ingredients

1 lb carrots
1 small apple
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger

Method

Peel carrots and slice length-wise, then cut into smaller chunks (the smaller the chunks, the faster they’ll steam). Peel apple (if desired – older babies will enjoy the texture and nutrients the skin provides), core and slice into chunks. Steam carrots, apples, and raisins for approximately 10 minutes, or until carrots are tender.

Add steamed carrots, apples and raisins to blender or food processor with spices. Blend until desired consistency is achieved. Add 1 tbsp of water to thin if necessary.

Variation

For older babies and toddlers, mash the ingredients with a potato masher, one of these awesome things (totally worth the $6), or the back of a fork. Or toss the ingredients with a tbsp of coconut oil for some yummy finger food!

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