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Organic Baby Food Gluten Free Recipe of the Month: Summer Fruit with Nut Cream or Fruit Puree

Posted Jul 26 2008 10:18am
By Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kids Nutrition Specialist Recipes for the staple gluten free grains such buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, and millet have already been featured and summertime is the perfect time to highlight another of natures gluten free foods- fresh fruit. Fresh fruit is abundant this time of year, and farmers markets can provide a great deal on some local, organic faire. Blueberries, blackberries, cherries, and raspberries are loaded with antioxidants and fiber, not to mention delicious. Apricots, peaches, cantaloupe, and nectarines all provide excellent amounts of vitamin A and potassium; while plums are a great source of lutein which is good for maintaining healthy vision. Should all fruit be organic? Choosing organic foods provide a wealth of health benefits for your family as well as helping the environment. Organic can sometimes be more expensive, but by taking advantage of what is currently in season often lowers the cost. Some of the sensitive or fragile fruits like berries and peaches contain the highest amount of chemicals than most other foods on the markets. The Environment Working Group (EWG), through stringent testing, ranked produce from the highest amount of chemicals to the lowest. A shopping guide can be printed from the EWG website featuring the Dirty Dozen , the group of foods that is best to choose organic. Nut Cream for Summer Fruit This recipe was created by Mum Mums own dietitian and makes the perfect topping for fresh fruit, adding a little more nutrient density. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, and free of eggs, but please use caution if your child has a nut allergy. ½ Cup raw cashews 2 ½ tablespoons pure maple syrup 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract Pinch of sea salt Water Grind cashews into a fine powder using a blender or food processor. Add maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. With the blender running, add small amounts of water in intervals until a thick, creamy consistency is reached. Serve a dollop over fruit and voila! Prep Time: 15 minutes Yield: Tops 4 servings of fruit Fruit Sauce Have a nut allergy in the house? This easy fruit puree is another gluten free and allergen free alternative and tasty way to use up fresh fruit. This fruit puree can be used on cereal, buckwheat pancakes, in yogurt, or even as a homemade baby food. The original recipe is from Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair. 2 cups berries, cherries (pitted), plums, or pears 2-4 tablespoons of water or juice Cut fruit into smalls chunks, place into a pot with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until fruit in tender and water is absorbed (about 15 minutes). Puree in a blender or mash with a potato masher. Prep Time: 20 minutes Yield: 1 cup
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