Monday, January 30, 2012

Puree Monday - Prune Pudding



Tried and true prunes are a wonderful baby food.  Prunes are actually dried plums and richer in both antioxidants and fiber then in their fresh state.  The fiber makes them a wonder cure to constipation in babies.  I paired them with bananas (which are binding) in this recipe to balance it out and give them a creamy consistency.  You can easily reduce the amount of banana or eliminate it if need be.  Bebe B has always loved prunes and still at age three eats this recipe.


Prune Pudding - 6 Months+
Ingredients:
10 dried plums (prunes)
1/2 ripe banana
1/2 tsp nutmeg
water for steaming

  
Steam the dried plums in either a steaming basket on the stove or in the Beaba babycook.  If using the babycook fill water to the 2 mark for a full basket of dried plums.  If steaming on the stove use about 2-3 inches of water and steam for about 10-12 minutes.  This will help rehydrate them a bit and make them easier to puree.  If you try to puree them with out steaming them you will end up with a sticky, gooey mess.  

Puree the steamed dried plums and banana in a food processor or babycook until smooth.  Then add nutmeg and puree until well blended.  The longer it is pureed the smoother it will get. This recipe will keep up to 3 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.  This recipe will fill about 1-2 ice cube trays (5-10 servings).   

Vegan. Dairy-Free. Gluten-Free.



Some of the Awesome Health Benefits:
-Prunes are naturally rich in antioxidants and packed with dietary fiber. 
-Bananas are rich in vitamin b6 and they are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium and easy to digest.

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