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Cherry-Berry Puree (8 months+)

On August 3, 2011 by Kelly

I’ve been snatching up cherries at the grocery store lately because they have been at such a great price! I can eat a whole pound of cherries … not that I would recommend it. But they are great for snacking, in fruit salad, or with dinner. And hey, why deprive our littlest family member of the same joy of summer cherries? (Note: I am pretty lenient about when I introduce foods with my son. My husband, daughter, and I have zero food allergies between us, so I am not too worried about David developing them. Cherries are generally not recommended to introduce before 8 months and it’s also a little fuzzy when blackberries can be introduced. Take your allergy history and the AAP recommendations into account before proceeding with this recipe before 8-10 months.) I combined the cherries with some local blueberries from the farmer’s market and blackberries we picked a few weeks ago. (I also made just blackberry-cherry puree, and it mixed well with the Mango-Peach puree!) This is a summery puree that will introduce your baby to the sweet taste of cherries and berries. It does make a mess; I wouldn’t recommend feeding it to your baby while he’s in his Sunday best.

Cherry-Berry Puree Recipe (8 months+)

Author/Source:

Jessica @ onceamonthmeals.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pitted, stemmed Bing cherries
  • 2 cups blackberries, raspberries, or blueberries, or any combination
  • .25 cup baby cereal

Directions:

First, puree berries. Run through a fine-mesh strainer or a food mill to get seeds out. Next, puree cherries. At this age, it’s OK to leave the puree not completely smooth. Add the cherry puree to the berry puree and mix well. Add cereal to cherry-berry mixture to thicken slightly.

Freezing Directions:

Pour into ice-cube tray and freeze. When cubes are frozen, you can transfer them to a large freezer bag. To defrost, place cubes in a microwave-safe container and cook at 50% power for 1 minute or until thawed. Test for temperature before feeding to baby.

Servings: 12 cubes, about 1 ounce each

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  1. I am also pretty lenient about what I feed my kids. I found myself getting less and less leary after so many kids (I have ten). But I still never used baby ceral with the kids but left over mashed potatoes and rice or even cream. I think little guys like to eat what we are eating, and your little guy is proof positive!

    1. I’ve found that I usually buy/inherit one bag or box of cereal. I don’t do rice cereal, but started my daughter on oatmeal and David on multigrain. I use it for a week or two to introduce eating and see if they are ready to eat. Then I end up trying to use it up!! Mashed potatoes are a great idea for thickening, too.

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