Let’s talk baby food!
For the most part, Aurelia just eats whatever Ben and I are eating and has been doing so since she turned 4 months old.
“Hybrid” baby-led weaning is what we call it, because sometimes we spoon feed her when we don’t feel like dealing with the mess. It’s super simple as well as super fun and is actually scientifically proven to be good for her development, allergen tolerance, and her diet later in life!
All we do is just cut whatever we’re eating into age appropriate chunks and either spoon feed it to her or let her get down and dirty with it. Sometimes though, we like to eat spicy food or eggs (the only two things she does not like) and when we do this, we always make sure to have easy food ready to go for her. This granola and blackberry yogurt parfait is one such meal!
I don’t recommend the granola in this recipe for a younger baby who isn’t “chewing” well yet, and I recommend at least two teeth as well. But, another option is to make the granola and then blend it into a powder to sprinkle in. This way, your little one is still getting exposed to common allergens!
For the granola:
3 cups of rolled oats
3/4 cup of pecans (crushed)
3/4 cup or walnuts (crushed)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2.5 tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 tbsp Nutmeg
1/2 cup Coconut oil
1/4 tsp Salt
1/3 cup Maple syrup
Combine oats, nuts, cinnamon and nutmeg and toast in oven at 350 until oats just start to brown.
Remove from oven. Mix in coconut oil, maple syrup, shredded coconut and salt. Evenly spread mixture on a baking tray. Bake until top mixture is somewhat crunchy or to your preference of texture.
For the blackberry purée:
Take however many handfuls of frozen blackberries you like and place them in a pot on a stovetop set to medium. Take a wood spoon or spatula and stir constantly, mashing the berries as you go. Once they are juicy and mashed enough for your baby, they’re done!
The last reason I love this recipe is because it is so easy to store and put together. Simply put the granola in its own container in the pantry, the blackberries in a Tupperware in the fridge, and for the yogurt you can either buy a big tub or individual cups. I find the individual cups are the perfect size for a baby meal, and I eat whatever is left over (usually not much). I also personally, like to use just a plain Greek yogurt in order to expose my baby to that slightly bitter tang.
And that’s it! You now have an easy, long lasting meal for your baby and a snack for you! Not only that, you can feel good about what you’re feeding your little one because you not only know exactly what’s in it, you also know it’s beneficial to them in a whole host of ways.
I hope you have fun and enjoy!