Last weekend, our son decided he’d had enough of puréed food, spoons, and all parental involvement in his noshing process. He began to flat out refuse all food with the exception of breastmilk.
Admittedly, I experienced a brief moment of momxiety. “He’s on a hunger strike”, I said, on my tenth attempt to sneak a spoonful of his favourite purée into his mouth. Then I remembered a recent conversation with my best friend, who has a baby the same age. Her daughter had also recently started refusing all purées and had become determined to feed herself instead. So, I laid out a few small chunks of avocado and banana to test the theory, and BAM, my boy was eating again! Well … kind of.
After nearly a week, and many runaway chunks ending up in the welcoming belly of our dog, he slowly seems to be improving his pincer grasp and maneuvering morsels into his own mouth.
As excited as I am for the next step in his food journey, I am now left with a half used package of baby cereal in the pantry, and about 10-15 variations of cubed purée in my deep freezer.
Last night, I became determined to repurpose some of his newly rejected food, and (through trial and error) I whipped up a batch of tiny sweet potato pancakes. I served one in tiny chunks for breakfast this morning, and he loved it! I’ve shared the recipe below.
This initial success prompted me to brainstorm some more ideas for using up all of those purées I so lovingly prepared for him.
10 Ways to Repurpose Unused Baby Food
- Make baby pancakes using cereal and purées (recipe below)
- Blend some purée or cereal into a smoothie
- Add fruit purée to molds for homemade Popsicles
- Use purées and cereal to make teething cookies
- Use purées and cereal to make homemade ‘puffs’
- Add purées to muffin batter
- Place frozen purée cubes into a fresh food feeder (little mesh sack contraptions)
- Add veggie purée to pasta sauce
- Mix veggie purée into baby meatballs
- Use fruit purée as dipping sauces for other foods
Sweet Potato Baby Pancakes
1/2 cup Baby Gourmet Aincient Grain Blend cereal
3/4 cup Flour
1 tbsp Ground flaxseed
1 tsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1 cup Sweet potato purée
1 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp Pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
Coconut oil for frying
Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix until combined. Add wet ingredients to a separate smaller bowl and mix until well combined. Then slowly add wet ingredients to dry, and stir until smooth.
Add coconut oil to a skillet at medium heat and spoon mixture jar pan to form small (2 inch diameter) pancakes.
Place balls into an airtight container and refrigerate or fre
Makes approximately 20 balls and freezes well.