Now that Abby is almost one year old, I am constantly searching for nutritious finger foods to give her. There are several fruit snacks on the market, but they all have a long list of unnecessary ingredients that I don’t want to give to my baby. So I decided to roll up my sleeves, dust off my dehydrator, and pull out my food processor.
My goal was to create a nutritious snack that is high in vitamins and antioxidants, is naturally sweet, and is soft enough for a 6-toothed baby to chew. The fruit snacks I came up with contain superfruits goji berries and wild blueberries, in addition to apple and Chia seeds. They’re easy to make, and Abby loves them!
If you don’t own a dehydrator, you can just use your oven on its lowest setting and check on the fruit snacks every few minutes to make sure they don’t burn. Using a dehydrator is better, however, because cooking plant-based ingredients above 115°F kills some of their beneficial enzymes. This is why I dehydrate my fruit snacks right at 115°F.
- ¼ cup goji berries, soaked 30+ minutes in warm water, drained
- ½ cup organic frozen wild blueberries, thawed & drained
- ½ large organic sweet apple (I prefer pink lady, gala, or fuji)
- 1½ T. milled Chia seeds
- Blend all ingredients in a food processor until as smooth as possible.
- Spoon fruit mixture into a sandwich bag, cut off one corner, and squeeze dime-sized buttons onto a lined dehydrator sheet.
- Dehydrate at 115°F for about 2 hours, or until the outsides of the fruit snacks are firm, but the insides are still soft.
- Peel fruit snacks off of the dehydrator sheet and place them in an air-tight container. Keep them up to one week.
Now this is a snack I feel good about feeding to my baby!