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Ideas for using up baby food (fruit)?

spyturtle008 Jun 8, 2008 12:49 PM

I have quite a few packages of fruit baby food that I no longer need for their intended purpose. Any thoughts on how I could make them into something else, e.g. in baking, etc.? I'm a novice in the kitchen, so I thought I'd appeal to the collective brain for some ideas... Thanks in advance!

  1. Sparkina Aug 20, 2008 10:57 PM

    I mix baby-food bananas, Splenda, cinnamon, and sometimes just a teeny-tiny sploosh of honey with plain Greek-style yogurt. Tastes absolutely divine!

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      theannerska Jun 12, 2008 07:24 PM

      My suitemate's girlfriend was over a lot, and used to keep little jars of baby food in the cupboard. She liked them with Fage, cottage cheese, and toasted multigrain bread...

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        jules127 Jun 12, 2008 05:49 AM

        By chance do you have a dog? My dogs went nuts over these. http://www.recipezaar.com/18774

        1. Emme Jun 12, 2008 01:03 AM

          You can use them to replace part or all of the fat in muffin or cake recipes. Bran muffins work really well for this.

          For your toddler, you can also stir into oatmeal or cream of wheat.

          Add it to a vanilla ice cream base and swirl in.

          1. boogiebaby Jun 12, 2008 12:31 AM

            Mix it into pancake or waffle batter. Now that they are older, I still mix applesauce into their pancake batter on their request.

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              wellfedred Jun 11, 2008 06:50 PM

              When my little one graduated to finger foods I used the fruit purees as "jam" on buttered toast or cream cheese and toast...was pretty good. As mentioned below i also mixed it into plain yogurt & cottage cheese for him.

              1. spyturtle008 Jun 8, 2008 02:09 PM

                Thanks to you both for your ideas! Re: "what flavors" -- lots with bananas (I was syringing them to a pet with Vitamin C and potassium deficiencies, so no toddlers to speak of!): plain banana, apple-strawberry-banana, banana-plum-grape, and apple-cherry.

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                1. re: spyturtle008
                  Tay Jun 8, 2008 02:39 PM

                  I liked withalonge's idea about adding to yogurt. Now I'm also thinking over cheese blintzes or waffles/pancakes a la mode.or in a smoothie... Delish!.

                  1. re: Tay
                    pamd Jun 11, 2008 08:14 PM

                    mix with yogurt & freeze as a popsicle!

                2. withalonge Jun 8, 2008 01:06 PM

                  what "flavors"?

                  if you still want to feed them to your toddler, mixing them in to other food like yogurt or applesauce might work... or you can probably throw a jar or two in two some baked goods like muffins... omitting some other moist ingredient. something like pumpkin muffins would be great with peaches or apricots or something like that thrown in... and a bran muffin would probably compliment almost any fruit you have.

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                    Tay Jun 8, 2008 12:59 PM

                    I'm not much of a baker, but you can use it as a friut baste over meat, EG: Peaches or apricots over pork/duck/chicken, etc. Also, it can be added to hot breakfast cereal, EG: Oatmeal, farina.
                    I STILL like it over ice cream :-}

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