Are you struggling to find high-calorie baby food in stores? You’re not alone. I faced the same challenge (and still do) for my preemie twin girls, prompting me to create a simple yet effective recipe formula to amp up the calorie content. The key lies in combining 3 SIMPLE ingredients that you can replicate over and over again with different baby food pouches. This concoction not only packs a flavorful punch but also ensures that your baby gets those much-needed extra calories! Plus, my girls can’t get enough of it! Let’s dive in. 😊
What You’ll Need
Gather your ingredients for this simple yet effective high-calorie puree:
- 1 fruit-based baby puree pouch (I love the ‘Organic HappyTot Super Morning’ blend that contains fruit)
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1 tsp melted coconut oil (I opt for refined to tone down the coconut flavor)
How to Make It
Creating this nutrient-packed, high-calorie puree is as easy as 1-2-3, LITERALLY. 😉
FIRST, the secret formula…
1 Fruit Pouch + 1/2 ripe Banana + 1 Tsp Coconut Oil = High-Calorie Baby Food, Tada! 🎉
Step 1. Toss all the ingredients into a bullet blender.
I swear by the baby bullet for that perfect smooth texture.
Trust me, I’ve tried a bigger blender (ahem, my hubbies Vitamix, which unfortunately left the puree a little bit chunky, ugh AND my babe may have gagged a little 🤢. Bad mom moment…never again, so I bit the bullet, LITERALLY, yet again and got the baby bullet).
Mom Insight #1💡: Don’t underestimate the power of a good blender; it can turn a basic recipe into a culinary masterpiece!
Step 2. Blend until you achieve the desired consistency.
Blend the ingredients until you reach the desired consistency.
I usually blend 30 seconds to 1 minute for a silky texture. Plus, the sweet aroma of the fruit-based puree, combined with the richness of banana and coconut oil, will have your kitchen smelling oh-so good. You may even want to taste test it.😋
Mom Insight #2💡: If you’re aiming for an extra silky texture, give it an extra blend – the smoother, the better!
Step 3. Serve to your little one and feel good knowing you made a nutritious, calorie-packed treat!
Now comes the BEST part – serving your tiny tot a baby food that’s not only bursting with flavor but is also a nutritional powerhouse.
Simply scoop the puree into your baby’s preferred bowl (or choose a special one you love), and watch them savor each spoonful. Knowing you provided a calorie-rich baby food is an amazing feeling, especially when your little one needs that extra boost.
Mom Insight #3💡: No need for extra liquids – the baby food pouch takes care of that!
Alternative Calorie Boosters
While the banana and coconut oil create a nice concoction, let’s add some variety into your high-calorie baby food game. Here are a few playful alternatives to keep things interesting:
- Avocado: Swap the banana for a 1/2 scoop of ripe avocado. Creamy and packed with healthy fats, it’s an excellent calorie-rich substitute.
- Greek Yogurt: Introduce a dollop (or 1 tablespoon) of full-fat Greek yogurt for a velvety texture and added calories. It brings a tanginess punch to the mix.
- Nut Butter: Elevate the richness by replacing coconut oil with a teaspoon of almond or cashew butter. Nutty goodness guaranteed!
Nutritional Nuggets: Ingredient Health Benefits (Including Alternative Calorie Boosters)
- Rich in Nutrients: Bananas are a treasure trove of essential vitamins and minerals, including potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. These nutrients contribute to healthy growth and development.
- Natural Sweetness: The natural sugars in bananas provide a delightful sweetness without the need for added sugars. This makes them an excellent choice for a baby’s first foods.
- Digestive Friend: Bananas contain dietary fiber, aiding in maintaining a healthy digestive system and preventing constipation – a common concern in little ones.
- Healthy Fats: The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil offer a source of healthy fats. These fats are easily digestible and can be a quick source of energy for your growing baby.
- Brain Booster: The MCTs in coconut oil are known to support brain health, which is crucial during the early stages of development.
- Antimicrobial Powers: Coconut oil possesses antimicrobial properties, helping to support the immune system and protect against harmful microorganisms.
- Creamy: Avocados provide a smooth, creamy texture and are rich in monounsaturated fats, contributing to heart health.
- Nutrient Packed: Avocados offer a range of essential nutrients, including folate, vitamin K, vitamin E, and more, supporting overall well-being.
- Great Protein: Greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein, essential for muscle and tissue development in growing babies.
- Probiotic: The live cultures in Greek yogurt promote a healthy gut by introducing beneficial bacteria.
- Nutrient-Rich: Nut butters, like almond and cashew, provide a dose of healthy fats, protein, and essential minerals like magnesium.
- Energy Booster: The combination of healthy fats and protein in nut butters can offer a sustained source of energy for your little one.
To Wrap It Up
I hope you’ve found not just a recipe but your trusty hack on how to easily make a high-calorie baby puree. As a mom to preemie twin girls, I intimately understand the struggles of finding the right, calorie-rich baby food on store shelves.
The search for that perfect blend of flavor and nutrition led me to create a simple, yet effective, recipe!
The heart of it? Just three EASY ingredients to make the perfect concoction that you can recreate endlessly, tailoring it to different baby food pouches.
And let’s talk results – the nutritious punch this recipe delivers is matched only by the happiness it brings to your little one’s tummy. My girls, the little critics themselves, honestly can’t get enough of it! It’s not just a recipe; it’s your solution to effortlessly boost calories with the baby food you’re already grabbing off the shelves.
I hope this recipe formula makes your search for high-calorie baby food easier AND tastier!😊
Linds – Your Trusty Baby Food Sidekick 🍼✨
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About The Author
Linds is the proud mom of two little miracles, Mono Mono twin girls, and one AMAZING older brother! She is the founder and content creator of Mono Mono Twins, Intensive Therapy for Kids, and Co-Founder of The LENN Foundation, a 510c3 that helps children across the United States with cerebral palsy receive grants for intensive therapies to thrive. ♥
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