homemade organic yogurt melts
In an effort to find some easy meals to help Graham master the pincer grasp, I was searching the aisles of the grocery store for some easy first finger foods. I bought some of the yogurt melts that are store made but he wasn't a huge fan of the taste and there wasn't much of a variety. After reading a few blogs- I came up with my own recipe to try with some of his favorite flavors. I wanted to share what I found to help you save money (and sanity) while giving baby a yummy snack! These are also great for babes who are in the throes of teething because they are nice and cold on the gums. Best of all, they are super simple to make! If you enjoy, please share the post!
Here's what you need...
Organic Greek Yogurt
Baby Food Puree- I used premade organic food from Happy Baby, but you could blend your own
a Ziplock Bag
15 minutes of your time!
Yes- that's really it!
First, gather your supplies.
I use greek yogurt because it has more live cultures. Graham is almost eight months old and we started solids at six months. He's had both yogurt and the food mixed in before. Make sue you introduce these one at a time before trying these melts with your kiddo.
1. Add 1 cup greek yogurt and a pouch of baby food to a bowl. This pouch had 3.5 ounces of food incase you make your own. You can add more or less- but I've found this has the best consistency for freezing so they don't melt immediately while baby is eating. If you use thinner food, like stage one, your mix will be thinner so I would add additional yogurt.
2. Mix well!
3. Pour or spoon the mixture into the ziplock bag. Try to get as much as you can in a corner. You could also try using a pastry bag if you have one handy. I am not a baker so ziplocks work just fine for me. :)
4. Roll the top of your bag so you can hold it better. Use scissors and snip a very small amount off the tip. If you cut too much you won't be able to control how much comes out and it can get very messy very quickly.
5. Lay the parchment paper on top of a baking sheet and start making little dots with the mixture. You can make them any size- my guy is little so I make them large-ish so he can grab, but not too large that they become a chocking hazard.
6. Pop the baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes and then let baby enjoy! If you keep them in a little longer they will get a little harder, but if you leave them in longer than a few hours they get freezer burned and taste funky. I store them in small tupperware containers for easy access!
They are a little messier than store bought because they will melt, so only give babe a few at a time.
Hope you enjoy!