Homemade yogurt melts
Are you ready to have your mind blown? I created a recipe for those yogurt melts for babies–but they aren’t made with yogurt!
I had a bag of baby yogurt melts once, and tried one. It was not good. It tasted fake, and I wasn’t a fan of the ingredients and added sugar in them. Not to mention that they are made from low fat and fat free dairy, and I want my baby to get all the healthy fats she can eat!
I need to start off by saying no hate if you give your baby yogurt melts. Seriously. I just feel strongly for MYSELF that I want to make as much food as possible from scratch for my babe. So no judgement here. Ever 🙂
I tried several times to make yogurt melts for my baby, but I could never get the consistency right. They never looked like the ones on Pinterest. I tried Greek yogurt, I tried regular yogurt, I tried squeezing yogurt through a coffee filter to get all the liquid out, but the mixture always ended up too runny to pipe on the parchment paper. It would freeze just fine, but the pieces were big and I had to break them apart for baby, then they would stick together and form a big glob when I froze the leftovers. I even tried adding coconut oil, but it didn’t do the trick. Not convenient.
I got the bright idea one day to try it with cottage cheese. Instant success! I had found this awesome brand of cottage cheese at my local Costco, and was giving it to baby mixed with sweet potatoes, but it was so messy and she didn’t do the best feeding it to herself. I was so excited that I found a way to get her to eat it, PLUS it was a make ahead finger food! I usually give babe a handful of these to eat while I’m preparing her meals, it keeps her busy and satisfied. Win!
1/2 cup full fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup strawberries (or fruit of your choice)
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Combine ingredients in a food processor or powerful blender. Blend until completely smooth. You may have to fish out a few large chunks of fruit if they don’t get completely blended. Pour into either a piping bag (if you’re fancy) or a ziploc bag (if you’re normal). Cut a tiny piece off the tip of the bag, and dot the mixture across the paper. Freeze for 2 hours, or until completely firm. With the dots still on the paper, cut the paper (in between the dots) into smaller pieces and place in airtight container. They will peel off the paper super easily. Store dots in freezer.