I will have to admit, that while I was pregnant with the little one I enjoyed yogurt with berries at least once a day if not more, and that is if you don't can't the frozen variety with spoonfuls of other yummy goodness on top. I couldn't help it. I was and still am addicted to yogurt. I won't even go into my epic adventures into making my own yogurt, all which ended miserably.
So I wasn't all that surprised when the babes turned out to be a yogurt-aholic as well. She could probably eat it at every sitting without even batting one of her pretty long eyelashes. I have been know to send her to day care with such yogurt creations as - chopped bananas and walnuts with a small swirl of honey, or butternut squash with thyme puree with chunks of apple, or even pureed strawberries with spinach.
But this recipe isn't that fancy.
It's a starter yogurt for those babies just learning to enjoy the magic of yogurt. It's simple but flavorful. Soft but fruity. But most importantly it is fast and easy.
Unlike when you buy store bought yogurt with a pre-determined amount of fruit inside, when you make your own yogurt with fruit puree you get to add the amount of fruit you want to the yogurt, all while skipping the added sugars. First time eating yogurt, no problem. Start with mostly fruit and a spoonful of yogurt. Once they turn into a yogurt eating junky you can cut back on the fruit and load up on the yogurt.
Since yogurt can be introduced at 7 months, it is a great thing to mix into almost any puree to add more protein and fat into their diet, just make sure to get the full fat organic variety. Don't worry, I won't tell anyone when you sneak a couple of spoonfuls of the full fat yogurt. Full fat is the way to go
Cherry + Mint + Greek Yogurt
1 cup Frozen Organic Cherries
4-5 Organic Mint Leaves
1-2 cups Organic Greek Yogurt, Organic Full Fat Yogurt or Organic Goat Milk Yogurt
Place cherries in small saucepan and heat on medium for 10 minutes or until thawed. Place in blender with mint leaves and puree until just smooth and creamy. If you want a thicker cherry puree, use a slotted spoon and place only the cherries in the blender leaving the juice in the saucepan.
Place cherry puree in the bottom of a bowl and spoon yogurt of choice on top. Stir the yogurt and cherry puree with a big smile, this is the fun part. This made 3 servings for us yogurt-aholics but could easily be made into 4 servings if you spread the cherry puree out.
Will last 4 days in fridge, if it makes it that long.