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Baby food recipe: Cran-Orange Cherry Deliciousness

Cranberry-Cherry Orange Deliciousness
This blend pairs antioxidant-rich cranberries with apples, raisins, dried cherries and a little orange for a delicious flavor.

Who says baby food has to be boring? Babies like flavor just as much as you and I do. And if we keep feeding them mashed bananas all day, every day, they’re missing out on a whole world of flavor.

True, you won’t have as much access to fresh fruits in the winter. But you can still make a blend with tons of flavor.

After a blend with cranberry passed the splatter test, I’ve been playing around with the tried-and-true flavor combo of cranberries and oranges.

I figure baby’s getting vitamin C from the orange and its zest, antioxidants from cranberries, and a whole lot of fiber from apples and raisins.

Dried cherries
Dried cherries give this blend a sweet flavor.

And between you and me, this blend is so good, I make a little extra so I can sneak some on my own oatmeal.

Cran-Orange Cherry Deliciousness

Ingredients:

1/2 orange (plus 1 teaspoon orange zest)

1/4 cup raisins

1/2 cup dried cherries

3 apples, washed, cored and diced

1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

Directions:

Add apples and cranberries into a steamer. Steam for 8 minutes, or until apples are easily pierced with a fork.

Baby food puree
Reserve the cooking water from your steamer. You’ll need it to thin down your puree.

While you’re waiting, zest an orange. Cut half the orange out of its shell, removing any seeds as you go. Add the zest and orange to a blender. Add raisins and cherries.

Lift steamer insert out of the pot and add cranberries and apples to the blender. Reserve that cooking liquid, in case you need to thin down the blend.

Blend until you get the consistency of applesauce. (Or if you’re making this mixture for an oatmeal topping, leave it a bit chunkier.) Enjoy!

More of my favorite baby food blends:

Mega MAC (Mango, Apple & Carrot)

Baby’s Chicken Noodle Soup

Carrot, Apple & Quinoa

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