Make Baby Food: Bread Recipes for Toddlers
Make baby food breads are great for your carb loving toddler. Breads are easy to handle and offer whole grains (assuming you make them with whole grains) and can be packed with veggies for added flavor, texture and nutrients.
Breads can be baked ahead and then stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. It may be easier to slice ahead of time and then freeze, so you aren't trying to cut through a frozen loaf later. Wrap each slice tightly in plastic wrap or wax paper and then place in an airtight container.
Breads are also great for spreading other ingredients on and for allowing older children to dip in yogurt. They could also be spread with butter, jam, yogurt, dips or cheese but remain an easy and soft object for baby to pick up and feed herself.
Warning: these breads are tasty. It might be hard for you to resist eating the whole loaf yourself, while standing int the kitchen with a baby on your hip. Trust me, it has been done.
Make Baby Food: Pumpkin Bread Recipe
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup water* depends on your pumpkin puree, wait until end and see how thick your batter is
- pinches of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice (all optional)
Mix wet ingredients together and mix dry ingredients together then combine. Pour into a well buttered 9" x 5" loaf pan. Bake at 350F for about 1 hour. Test by inserting a wooden toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean it is done, if it comes out with wet batter on it cook for another 10 minutes then re-test. If you don't have a toothpick you can use a fork or knife.
Make Baby Food: Zucchini, Carrot & More Recipes
Believe it or not, once you master a basic recipe like the one above, the 1 cup pumpkin can simply be replace with 1 cup of shredded raw zucchini or shredded raw carrots or just about any fruit or veggie you'd like to try!
***Please note that there are potential allergy issues when introducing new foods to your baby or toddler. Obviously, you can easily adapt recipes to suit your family, such as using gluten free mix. When in doubt, contact your pediatrician.