This recipe will be very similar to the basic cranberry puree with one simple addition....Apples.
What you need:
- A 1 lb bag of Fresh Cranberries
- 1 cup of fruit juice (you can use just about any kind - grape, cranberry, pomegranate, apple, apple cider) or water
- 1 Apple (you can dice or chunk based on the consistency that you want to achieve)
What to do:
- Rinse Cranberries and add to a medium saucepan
- Add the 1 cup of the Juice of your choice (you can replace the juice with water, but I like the juice for added flavor)
- Once the cranberries have begun to pop add the apple (For younger babies I say dice so that they cook down quickly to a consistency that will puree well, for older babies/toddlers leave the apples in chunks so that they will still have some texture to them once the cooking process is complete).
- Cook until the berries and apples are soft and then puree to the desired consistency
I like to use 100% fruit juice (with no added sugar) when making this for the baby. It allows you to add some sweetness to cut through the tartness of the cranberry without adding sugar.
If you don't have apples in the house use a scoop of Natural (no sugar added) store bought Apple Sauce. I will admit when making baby food I keep this in the house all the time. You can combine it with just about anything that they may been eating and is a great fruit choice when you are in a rush (mash up a banana, add some applesauce and breakfast is ready).
For older babies and toddlers, don't puree (or puree only slightly) leaving some texture to the sauce and allowing the to taste the pieces of apple and cranberry in the sauce.