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Baby Food Recipes: Raspberries

I love making homemade baby food from fresh fruits and veggies for my son. When he turned six months old back in April, I already had a freezer full of nutritious and delicious purees ready for my son to explore. In addition to blackberries, one of the earliest fruits that I fed him was raspberries. Raspberries are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Although high in natural sugars, the fruit is a good source of vitamin K and magnesium and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, and manganese. Raspberries also contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.

To make my homemade baby food, I started with a small container of raspberries and some fluoride-free baby water. After rinsing the raspberries in my sink, 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 raspberries into my Baby Bullet with some additional water. I then blended the mixture into a thin puree. (For older babies, use less water for a thicker mash.) Once puréed, I spooned the raspberry mixture 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 fruit, I simply thaw a few cubes in the refrigerator or microwave.

Washing the Raspberries Raw Raspberries

Cooked Raspberries Homemade Raspberry Baby Food in Silicone Ice Cube Trays

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

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Washing the Raspberries © 2015 Heather Johnson
Raw Raspberries © 2015 Heather Johnson
Cooked Raspberries © 2015 Heather Johnson
Homemade Raspberry Baby Food in Silicone Ice Cube Trays © 2015 Heather Johnson

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Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cats. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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