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Baby Food Recipes: Blackberries

Although I was not ready for him to grow so quickly, I do enjoy preparing homemade baby food for my son. When he turned six months old back in April, I already had a freezer full of nutritious and delicious fruit and vegetable purees ready for my son to explore. One of the earliest fruits that I fed him was blackberries.

Blackberries are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Although high in natural sugars, the fruit is a good source of vitamin E, folate, magnesium, potassium, and copper and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese. Blackberries are also high in antioxidants, tannins, and bioflavonoids.

To make my homemade baby food, I started with a small container of blackberries and some fluoride-free baby water. After washing the blackberries, I combined the fruit in a glass bowl with some water and then cooked the mixture to tenderness in my microwave. I then allowed the cooked mixture to cool slightly before spooning the blackberries and some additional water into my Baby Bullet. I then blended the mixture into a thin puree. (For older babies, use less water for a thicker mash.) Once puréed, I spooned the baby food into freezer containers and ice cube trays for easier freezing. After the puree froze, I moved the frozen cubes into freezer safe baggies for easier storage. Now as my son needs food, I simply thaw a few cubes in the refrigerator or microwave.

Baby Water and Blackberries Raw Blackberries

Cooked Blackberries Homemade Blackberry Baby Food in Silicone Ice Cube Trays

Does your child like blackberries? Do you make your own baby food?

Image Credits

Baby Water and Blackberries © 2015 Heather Johnson
Raw Blackberries © 2015 Heather Johnson
Cooked Blackberries © 2015 Heather Johnson
Homemade Blackberry Baby Food in Silicone Ice Cube Trays © 2015 Heather Johnson

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