Sweet Potato and Cherry Baby Food with Steel Cut Oatmeal

Monday, July 14, 2014

I tend to make most of Sam's baby food, and this is one of his favorites.  I love how easy it is and that it's so much cheaper than buying the pouches or the tiny glass jars.  Don't get me wrong, I still keep jarred baby food on hand.  It's definitely more portable than homemade baby food and I love that I can keep a couple of jars in the diaper bag and not have to worry about refrigeration.  But most of the time we're at home, so having fresh baby food in the fridge makes a lot of sense.  And less processed = better for you, right?

First off, get your steel cut oats cooking.  Usually, a 1:3 ratio of oats to water works best for me.  For this recipe, use 1 cup of oats to 3 cups of water.  Add 1 tsp of pink salt and 1 tsp of coconut oil.  I've found the coconut oil keeps it from sticking...and something about healthy fats...and everybody else is doing it or something.  Once it boils, cover and turn down to low.  Let the oats cook for 20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed.  You'll want to keep an eye on the oats and stir occasionally.

pink himilayan fancy salt whole foodscoconut oil

While your oats are cooking, scrub your sweet potatoes and pierce all over with a fork.  Microwave them for 7 minutes.  Pit and slice your cherries while sweet potatoes are cooking.  When the sweet potatoes are done, take them out of the microwave and wait til they are cool enough to handle.  Once they've cooled down a little, slice the skin and peel it off.  

You can slice the sweet potato into big chunks, or if you have a high powered blender, you can stick it in whole.

I ended up using 2 cups of cooked oats, 1 cup of cherries, 2 medium sized sweet potatoes, and 1 cup of water for this batch.  I blended until smooth (2 "Whole Juice" cycles on the Blendtec).  I put the mixture into pint sized jars and 4 oz baby food jars to freeze, and maybe a pint in the fridge.

Here's a what my jars look like after a couple of hours in the freezer:

This mixture is great for babies 8 months and up, but as always, check for allergies and consult your pediatrician if you have concerns.

Homemade Sweet Potato and Cherry Baby Food
with Steel Cut Oatmeal

1 c steel cut oats
3 c water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp coconut oil

Add the above ingredients to a 2 quart sauce pan.  Bring to a boil, cover, and turn to low heat for 20 minutes until oats are soft and water is absorbed.  Add more water if needed.

2 medium sweet potatoes

Scrub and pierce all over.  Microwave for 7 minutes.  Remove from microwave, allow to cool a few minutes until you're able to handle them.  Slice the skin of the sweet potato with a sharp knife and peel the skin off.  It should come off pretty easily.

1 c of cherries

Wash, pit, and slice cherries.  Set aside.

Once oatmeal and sweet potatoes are cooked, add 2 cups of oatmeal, all of the sweet potatoes, and all of the cherries to the blender.  Add water to thin to desired consistency (I used around 1 c).  Blend until smooth, then divide into jars.  Freeze some and keep some in the fridge.

I will stir in a couple of tablespoons of the leftover oatmeal into Sam's applesauce with some cinnamon to use it up.  Or you can eat it!  Slice up half of an apple and stir in, then top with a little dollop of whipped cream and you're good to go.  Hello, breakfast.

Do you make baby food?  Will you share your favorite recipe with me?



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