This Apple Yogurt simply combines apple puree with plain yogurt. The apples add a delicious sweetness without the need for any added sugar or sweeteners.
Apples are a versatile and nutritious fruit that we love incorporating into our meals from breakfast to dinner. Such as Apple Overnight Oats, Cinnamon Apples, Stewed Apples, Apple Pancakes, Apple and Cucumber Salad and Sweet Potato and Apple.
This apple yogurt is a favourite way to use apples, and if you have a freezer stash of Apple Puree, you can whip it up in no time.
Reasons to Love this Yogurt?
- Naturally sweetened: Many yogurts targeted to children are packed with sugar or sweeteners. Naturally sweetening with fruit is a great alternative.
- Stepping stone to enjoy natural yogurt: If you find your child doesn't like plain yogurt then adding fruit puree can make all the difference. You can add as much apple puree as needed to start with and gradually reduce the amount each time, to allow your child to get used to the taste of unsweetened yogurt.
- Balance snack: Rather than offering your child plain apple sauce, stirring it through full-fat plain yogurt adds protein and fats to keep your child satisfied for longer.
- Make ahead/ convenience: Make a large batch of apple puree and freeze it in small portions. You can then simply remove a portion of apple puree, allow it to defrost, and stir through the yogurt.
To make apple yogurt all you need is some plain yogurt and apple. For extra flavour, you may wish to cook the apple with some spices. Cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, ginger, star anise and vanilla all work well.
Don't be afraid of adding spices to baby food, it can help increase babies’ taste buds and cultivate adventurous eaters.
- Prepare: Peel, core, and chop the apple into similar sized chunks
- Cook: Add a little water (just enough to help them steam) and cook on low heat for approximately 10-15 minutes (depending on the variety and size of apple chunks). The apples should be very soft and starting to break up.
- Puree using a stick blender (or food processor if making a larger batch).
- Stir through yogurt.
You can use your favourite plain yogurt. Full fat is best for babies.
You can refrigerate for up to 3 days (depending on the original shelf life of the yogurt). This yogurt can be frozen but it is better to freeze the apple puree in small portions (ice-cube trays) and stir it through the yogurt when required.
You can start introducing yogurt when your baby is ready for solid foods, usually around 6 months old. As cow's milk is a common allergen, begin with a small amount and gradually increase it if there is no reaction.
Other Fruit-Sweetened Yogurts
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- Small Saucepan
- Stick Blender
- 1 Apple (Peeled, cored and chopped)
- 1 cup (250ml) Plain Yogurt
- Place the chopped apple into a small saucepan along with 3tbsps of water. Cover and cook on low heat until the apple is very soft (10-20 mins depending on apple variety and size of chunks).
- Puree until smooth and allow to cool.
- Add the yogurt and pureed apple to a bowl and mix well.
- Chop apples into similar sized pieces for even cooking.
- Make a large batch of apple puree and freeze in ice cubes to have available whenever required.
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