Helping your baby to acquire a taste for wholesome, healthy food is the best way to ensure that they develop healthy eating habits going forward throughout life. Introducing baby to solid baby food is an exciting step and a great opportunity to help your baby enjoy many different baby foods and help avoid picky eater tantrums later. If you are like me, you will probably try a mix that works for you of organic baby foods from the store and homemade baby food recipes whenever you get the chance. Today I am going to share with you a delicious recipe for Roasted Fruit. This baked fruit makes great toddler food and tastes so great, you may want to eat some too!
125 Healthy & Delicious Recipes for Babies & Toddlers
If you are wondering what fun, nutritious baby food recipes to try for your little one, you might want to check out the new book, The Best Baby Food: 125 Healthy & Delicious Recipes for Babies & Toddlers by Jordan Wagman and Jill Hillhouse. The book is full-color throughout and packed with practical nutrition information and easy-to-make recipes. The chapters are broken down according to age, beginning with 6 to 9 months, then 9 to 12 months and ending with recipes for toddlers (12 months+). These baby food and toddler recipes are sure to help your baby or toddler become a healthy eater who enjoys a wide variety of tantalizing foods.
This roasted summer fruits recipe is courtesy of The Best Baby Food Recipes by Jordan Wagman & Jill Hillhouse 2015 © www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.
Oven Roasted Fruits Recipe
This roasted summer fruit toddler food recipe works for virtually any fruit and can be served with breakfast, lunch or dinner. Although roasting fruit does demand a wee bit of work, the return is worth it. The caramelization of natural sugars created by roasting is tough to duplicate. Try it once and I promise you’ll do it over and over again.
Makes about 4 cups (1 L)
Always buy organic plums, peaches, raspberries and blueberries, unless they are wild.
You will need:
• Baking dish, lightly greased
• Potato masher, optional
- 2 organic peaches, pitted
- 1.5 cups raspberries 375 mL
- 2 organic plums, pitted
- 1.5 cups organic or wild blueberries 375 mL
- 1.5 cups whole organic strawberries, stems removed 375 mL
- 2 tbsp evaporated cane juice sugar 30 mL or coconut sugar
How To Bake Fruit
Here is how to roast fruits in the oven. We use a prolonged exposure to heat in an oven at low temperature to caramelize the fruit and bring out its natural sweetness.
Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C)
1. In prepared baking dish, combine peaches, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, plums and sugar, stirring until fruit is evenly coated with sugar.
2. Roast in preheated oven until fruit is soft and nicely caramelized, about 1 hour.
3. Mash or cut to desired consistency. Let cool until warm to the touch before serving or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
In winter substitute apples for the peaches or cranberries or frozen berries for the berries.
Nutrients per serving (1⁄2 cup/125 mL):
Protein 1.0 g
Total fat 0.2 g
Saturated fat 0.0 g
Carbohydrates 17.3 g
Dietary fiber 2.1 g
Sodium 0.6 mg
Calcium 10.5 mg
Iron 0.3 mg
Vitamin C 27.6 mg
The flavors of this roasted fruit are so delicious you will probably want to join your toddler and have a bowl for yourself. It is a great way to model eating and enjoying fruits with your toddler. I like to pour a bit of heavy cream over mine for an even more satisfying treat.
Printable Recipe Card For Baked Fruit
Baked fruits have such a lovely depth of flavor. It also causes the more tart flavors to take a seat to the more sweet flavors of the fruit. I hope you enjoy this roasted fruit toddler food recipe and let us know how you like it. Have you ever tried roasting fruit before? Ever tried making your own baby food?