Fruit Yogurt Pouches
Creating your own fruit flavoured yogurts is a great way to give your children some healthier yogurt options for snacks and puddings or more choice if you want or need to opt for dairy free yogurts. It also creates less waste and can save you a good amount of money too!
A reusable pouch is a really convenient way to take out yogurt. If your little one decides not to eat it all you can pop the cap back on and save it for later. You can also decide how much yogurt you put in a pouch to save on food waste. A weaning baby may only need a tablespoon full where toddlers can have 2 or 3 spoonfuls. Somewhere between 50g and 100g is a good guide for under 5's.
You can fill a pouch with any big pot yogurt but sugar levels can get very high with some so how about flavouring your own?
Making fruit yogurt isn't as simple as mixing the yogurt and fruit in a blender together. By doing this the yogurt loses it's thick consistency and turns into a liquid. You therefore need to blend the fruit first and then stir it into the yogurt.
If you've got a big family to feed you can easily puree fruit as you need it or use it over 2 days by storing in the fridge or mix the lot with a full pot of yogurt and use this up within 2 days.
But what if I don't have a big family?
It’s really tricky to puree small portions of fruit so I like to blend up larger batches in a blendable size and then store these in the freezer in small portions so I can use them as and when I need them.
You can store them in different sized ice cube trays and weaning cubes and freeze them for 24 hours until solid.
Once solid, pop them out to free up your trays and also save space in the freezer.
Transfer them to a bag or tub that's easily accessible in the freezer. Pull out the cubes you need as you need them. I like to pop 1 or 2 into a pouch and leave to defrost before adding the yogurt. Sometimes I leave it overnight in the fridge or I just leave it on the side in the morning whilst I do everything else. If you're in a rush you can pop the pouch in the microwave for 20-30 seconds on defrost.
How to prep and Blend different fruits
Kiwi – remove skin and blend with a stick bender or in jug style blender / Nutribullet. I add a few spinach leaves along with it to keep the lovely green colour and add extra goodness. No one will ever know!
Apple – peel and slice apple and add to a pan with a little water in the bottom. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes until soft. Ensure it doesn’t boil dry. Blend with a hand blender until smooth.
Raspberry – Rinse and blend with a stick bender or in jug style blender / Nutribullet. until smooth. Sieve the puree if you want to omit any seeds.
Blueberries – Rinse and blend until smooth. depending on the power of your blender you will have some tiny flecks of skin that haven't completely blended. Don't bother sieving this as it's really soft.
Strawberry – Rinse, hull and blend with a stick bender or in jug style blender / Nutribullet.. Sieve the puree if you want to omit any seeds.
Cherry - Rinse, pit and blend until smooth. depending on the power of your blender you will have some tiny flecks of skin that haven't completely blended. Don't bother sieving this as it's really soft. I've been buying some frozen cherries that are already pitted.
Banana – Peel and Mash the flesh with a fork or blend with a hand blender if you want a smooth puree
Mango - remove the skin and blend the soft flesh with a stick bender or in jug style blender / Nutribullet. I like to use frozen Mango as I find it much easier and less messy.
All of the above fruits blend and freeze really well. You can add 1 or 2 cubes to a pouch or tub. Allow to defrost and then stir in your chosen plain yogurt whether it's Greek, Coconut or other Dairy Free alternative.
You can also use the cubes for mixing into porridge or Weetabix. No need to defrost as the hot breakfast melts them really quickly and cools breakfast down!
If you don't want to go through the hassle of pureeing your own fruits you can buy some pureed fruits in tins or use fruit pots / pouches from the supermarket although this isn't saving as much waste as making your own sometimes convenience wins.
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