Prune purée is a classic remedy for relieving baby constipation and that’s because it contains a type of sugar called sorbitol that draws water into the bowel, making the poo softer and easier to pass. I have a blog all about baby constipation where you can gather some more foodie tips and tricks to help.
But prunes can also be eaten even if your baby isn’t constipated. They contain a whole host of vitamins including that critical nutrient, iron as well as fibre, and so are a really healthy choice for little ones.
Puréed prunes make a lovely porridge topper or a natural sweetener for yoghurt but surprisingly they also pair brilliantly with meat.
Just don’t overdo it! too many prunes can cause loose poos and make you think your little one has diarrhoea!
I’ve added ground clove to this recipe, as you know if you’ve been here a while, I’m really passionate about making sure that babies get the full sensory experience during their weaning journey and herbs and spices are a fabulous way of injecting a bit of flavour!
You will likely have leftovers and prune purée can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Fill your baby’s weaning pots to the brim and cover to prevent freezer burn.
- 1 bag dried pitted prunes organic or regular
- pinch ground cloves
- breastmilk formula, milk or water as needed
- Soak the dried prunes in warm water for 15-20 min.
- Drain and transfer into the jug of a hand blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Add the pinch of ground clove and blend again to mix through.
- Dilute with breastmilk, formula or whole milk to get the right consistency for your baby.
- Transfer a portion of the puree to a serving bowl and serve your baby.
With thanks to Maria Pavlidou for her help in designing this recipe.