As a mom you always try and give your baby the healthies food options. However, sometimes the healthiest food isn’t always the tastiest. It’s not always easy to make something quick and nourishing that isn’t packed full of flavours they don’t enjoy, that’s why I love these two recipes, they’re so quick and tasty and the whole family can enjoy them too. I love the gummies, you can make such different flavour combinations, such as apple and spinach, strawberry and beetroot, carrot and orange and, definitely my favourite, mixed berries. The yoghurt melts are great and are perfect for a hot summer’s day. They also come in very handy when baby is teething, just for something to chew on that’s healthy and will sooth their gums at the same time. The fun thing with the melts is that you can try so many different fruits like kiwi and mint, mango and pretty much any other ones your heart might desire.

Homemade fruit gummies

• 1 Cup Strawberry & Beetroot Juice
• 3tbs Gelatine

• Combine all your ingredients in a small pot
• Cook on a medium heat until all the gelatine has dissolved
• Pour your mixture into a jug and slowly put your mixture into your silicone mould
• Refrigerate for 2 hours
• Once set keep in a container in the fridge and enjoy

Tip: When you are cooking down your mixture try not to whisk the mixture so that it makes bubbles, reason being is that when you pour your mixture into moulds it will set with a layer of buddle’s. If you do find the gummies are too strong in flavour for your little one, change your juice quantity to half a cup and add half a cup of water.

Homemade yoghurt melts

• ½ cup Greek yoghurt
• 1 Tablespoon pureed Berries

• Line a baking tray with baking paper
• In a small bowl mix together, the Greek yoghurt and berries until they completely blended
• Fill a pipping bag with your mixture. If you don’t have a piping bag you can put your mixture in a zip lock bag and cut a small hole on one of the corners
• Pipe small dots onto your baking tray. If the mixture thins put your piping bag into the fridge for a few minutes, till it sets again
• Place your baking tray in the freezer for 2 hours for your dots to set
• Once they have set take them off the baking paper and out them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge. They do melt quickly so keep that in mind for when you give them to your little one

Tip: If you have a ready-made yoghurt that your little one loves you can do use that yoghurt and leave out the puree. Do keep in mind anything that is very juicy such as oranges, you want to drain a lot of the liquid as it will thin your mixture and your melts wont set.

Contributed by Tanika Buter-Curling of Clamber Club Babies – Quellerina

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