October 24, 2016

Apple Pumpkin Baby Cookies

Looking for a new and exciting, yet tasty and healthy snack for your little one? Check out this fall-inspired recipe for baby Apple Pumpkin Cookies!

Apple Pumpkin Baby Cookie Recipe
Babies love exploring the tastes and textures of new food. And little miss Morley is no exception. As she expands her palate (and appetite), I am constantly looking for fun and exciting ways to introduce her to new, yet healthy, foods at lunch, dinner and snack time in between. 

Sure, grocery store shelves are loaded with snacks that come in all shapes and sizes, but these snacks also tend to contain a long list of ingredients. Too long for my liking. They may also contain ingredients that you are not yet prepared to feed your little one, such as eggs and sugar. 

Instead, I looked to my own kitchen. Since we already prepare our own baby food for Morley, I decided to add these baby cookies to our kitchen's menu. 

Apple Pumpkin Baby Cookie Recipe

With just five ingredients, this recipe for apple pumpkin baby cookies is simple, inexpensive and healthy for baby. Pumpkins are jam-packed full of some of the best nutritional compounds around - they are loaded with Vitamin A and are a good source of potassium, protein, and iron. Pumpkins are also low in fat and calories, but high in fibre. Apples and oatmeal are an additionally great source of fibre, and oatmeal adds calcium, protein and even some B vitamins. The soft consistency of this cookie is perfect for babies just learning to chew. 

Baby will love these cookies, jam-packed with all the fall deliciousness!

Apple Pumpkin Baby Cookie Recipe

Apple Pumpkin Baby Cookies

Yields: 24 small muffin-sized cookies
*Suitable for babies 6+ months

  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (either canned or homemade - not pumpkin pie filling!)
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup milk/almond milk/prepared formula
  • dash of cinnamon or nutmeg

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix all ingredients in medium bowl.
  3. If baby is not yet able to eat food with a bit of texture, puree mixture in a blender.
  4. Using a spoon, fill each individual muffin 3/4 of the way full. If you do not have a small muffin tin, using a spoon lay a one-inch long dollop of the mixture on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and repeat.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes for a soft cookie, longer if you would like the cookie to be a bit harder (i.e. for a child with teeth).
  6. Allow to cool before giving to baby.
  7. Store in sealed container in the fridge, for up to 5 days.
  8. Break into small pieces for baby or, if old enough, give whole and allow them to bite themselves.

Home Chef Tip #1: If baby is not a fan of apple or pumpkin, this recipe can easily be made by substituting two ripe, mashed, bananas instead. 

Home Chef Tip #2: Depending on baby's age and number of teeth, they can either be given whole or broken into bits for baby to grab and feed themselves. Please do not leave your baby unattended while eating!

Apple Pumpkin Baby Cookie Recipe
Apple Pumpkin Baby Cookie Recipe

I am a sucker for all things apple and pumpkin during the fall, and now baby girl can be too!

What is your favourite fall-inspired recipe? What flavours does baby love?

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October 21, 2016

Lessons From My 7 Month Old

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that earlier in the week, this little family of mine got in a pretty scary car accident. All it took was one completely unnecessary action from a teenager at the local high school to set off a chain reaction of unfortunate events. Long story short, it did not fair well for us, or our vehicle. Although sore and angry, mom, dad and baby are all safe, and that is the most important thing.

Lessons From My 7 Month Old

On the same day of our accident, Little Miss Morley turned 7 months old.  What a way to celebrate, I know. 

I know I say it every month, but it's crazy how fast time flies around here. Life with a 7 month old is exciting. She is constantly learning new things, copying what we're doing, becoming more vocal, developing a little personality of her own and establishing a hearty appetite and love of food. Yet, at the same time, it is also exhausting. Nothing is safe. And I mean, nothing. Every little thing goes in the mouth, she has no fear of barrel rolling across the hard floor, and then there's her newest trick... crawling. Good thing the baby gates are just a matter of installation.

Lessons From My 7 Month Old

In the 7 short months since baby girl entered the world she has taught us so much. Thanks to that awful accident, this past week alone, she may have taught me the most important lessons of all. 

These are her lessons...

Lessons From My 7 Month Old

Have no fear, 

But also don't hide your feelings.

Every day is a fresh start,

And everything is going to be all right.

Remember what is important,

But also what is replaceable.

Hold your loved ones tight,

Because love is all that matters.

While no one wants to be in a car accident, having a baby in the car brought the unfortunate situation to a whole new level. She was our only concern. It did not matter what happened to our car, the contents inside, or even our own bodies, how she was was number one. As she wondered why her mom and dad were hugging her so tight, and as she watched her mom break down in tears, huddled on the ground beside her, her dad pacing back and forth on the phone and random strangers swarming her, she handled the entire situation like a pro. Like nothing at all happened. Like everything was going to be all right. And I think that was the most important lesson of all.

Lessons From My 7 Month Old

A big THANK YOU to all of the messages of support that we have received over the past few days. Mom, dad and baby are all ok. We are waiting to hear the fate of our vehicle, as well as next steps. 

More lessons from my daughter: 

What have you learned this month?

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