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My Favorite Baby/Toddler Food Pouch Recipes pt.1

My Favorite Baby Toddler Food Pouch Recipes

I LOVE toddler food pouches. They’re super convenient, and they are often the only way I can get T to eat any vegetables.

The cost of them, however, definitely adds up. As a result, I now make my own at home using reusable pouches.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Banana and Butternut Squash Pouches

Banana & Butternut Squash Pouch: 

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 a butternut squash

Directions:

Part 1:

  1. You must first cook the butternut squash. Rinse it, and then cut it in half lengthwise.
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Use a spoon to remove the seeds.
  4. Get a large baking dish and put a little water in it, just enough to cover the bottom, so that the squash won’t stick to it.
  5. Put the squash in the dish face down.
  6. Cook for 45 minutes.

Part 2:

  1. Remove the butternut squash from the oven.
  2. Use a spoon to scrape out the squash from one of the halves to put it in a blender
  3. Peel a banana, break it into a few pieces, and place it in the blender as well.
  4. Blend the two together until you have a nice and smooth consistency.
  5. Now use the puree you just created to fill your baby food pouches (makes about 4), or store it in small Tupperware.
  6. Serve warm or chilled.

Note: As with all purees with banana, (or avocado) freezing changes its consistency, so just refrigerating it is recommended. Refrigerated, it will stay good for about a week. Also, you can either double the recipe to use all of the squash, or just puree the other half of it on its own.

Spinach Strawberry Pouches

Spinach-Strawberry Pouch:

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 6-8 strawberries
  • 1-2 tablespoons of unsweetened apple sauce

Directions:

  1. Rinse your spinach and strawberries. Then, cut off the stems of the strawberries.
  2. Chop up your spinach, and add it to your blender, along with the strawberries, the banana (peeled and broken up of course), and the applesauce.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Again, this fills about 3 pouches.
  5. Best served chilled.

Note: I steam the spinach first so that it blends more easily, but that part is up to you (and I’m sure depends on the quality of your blender).

Enjoy!

 

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Author:

I am a middle school teacher and a mother of two. I have always had a passion for education. As an educator, I know that the children who are the most successful students are those who have families who support their education at home.

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