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Do you think of baby food as just baby food? Think again.
I’m a cook and love to prepare meals for my whole family, but I also work full-time and have a lot of responsibilities on my proverbial plate. I need help! I’ve often relied on baby food pouches and jars to feed my 11-month-old daughter Valentina, but only recently figured out I could make these prepared foods do double-duty, incorporating them into recipes to add flavor and nutrition while cutting down on prep time.
One recipe I’m making on repeat: pumpkin cranberry apple muffins. They use ingredients I usually have on hand and come together easily. Valentina loves how they taste, and I simply pull one out of the freezer for a delicious breakfast or snack. Here is the recipe:
Pumpkin Cranberry Apple Muffins
2 cups flour
1/4 cup Earth’s Best Whole Grain Cereal with Apple Sweet Potato
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup orange juice or milk
1 pouch Earth’s Best Pumpkin Cranberry Apple Baby Food Puree
1 banana, mashed
Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray. In large bowl, stir together flour, Earth’s Best Whole Grain Cereal with Apple Sweet Potato, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. In separate bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, juice or milk, Earth’s Best Pumpkin Cranberry Apple Baby Food Puree, and mashed banana until well-combined.
Fold Earth’s Best Pumpkin Cranberry Apple Baby Food Puree mixture into the flour mixture. Mix until just moistened; do not overmix (muffins will become tough). Divide evenly among cups in prepared muffin pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until tester inserted into center of muffins comes out clean. Let cool in pan 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
Other uses for Earth’s Best Organic infant food?
- Stir Peach Mango puree and sliced bananas into Greek yogurt.
- Mix a pouch of Spinach Lentil Brown Rice Veggie & Protein puree with small cut-up pieces of cooked chicken.
- Use Pumpkin & Spinach puree as a sauce for pasta or rice.
- Make a smoothie with 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup ice, 1/2 cup frozen berries, 1/2 banana, and a 4 oz jar of Apples & Blueberries.
- Top a waffle with Tender Chicken & Stars for a different take on chicken and waffles.
Since Earth’s Best Organic makes “better for baby” foods with yummy, healthy organic ingredients like the chicken, carrots, onions, and whole wheat pasta in Tender Chicken and Stars, I don’t even need to feel guilty about these little shortcuts.
What are your favorite uses for Earth’s Best baby purees?
The Earth’s Best Organic brand believes in making “better for baby” food products with organic ingredients that are safe for babies and safe for the environment. Harnessing this philosophy, we create delicious recipes featuring simple ingredients so that parents can nurture their baby’s health with the utmost confidence.