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Adventures in Baby Food Making: Quinoa with Applesauce and Yogurt

I’m fairly new to quinoa. It definitely wasn’t something I grew up with. I didn’t even know it existed until a few years ago.

WHFood.com lists quinoa in their top World’s Healthiest Food list because it’s high in protein, magnesium, iron and it’s low in calories. One half cup cooked has about 110 calories, 4 g of fat and 5 g of fiber. Not bad for baby! Not bad at all!

But what about the texture? How would Little Bean react to something with so many chunks? Find out in our latest Baby Food Adventure…


  • Quinoa 1 of 19
    Quinoa
    It's sold in most grocery stores now but I got mine at Trader Joe's
  • Red Quinoa 2 of 19
    Red Quinoa
    There is also a red variety. I used a little a both since I was running out of white.
  • Cook 3 of 19
    Cook
    I made a lot as I was going to eat some with my lunch too. So 1/2 cup quinoa and 1 cup of water went into the pot. Bring to a boil then cover and lower to a simmer.
  • It’s Done 4 of 19
    It's Done
    It should take about 15 minute to absorb all the water. The seeds will plump up and you'll see a little white ring around each one.
  • Appetizer Time 5 of 19
    Appetizer Time
    Loot at that face! He loves his Snap Pea Crisps.
  • Self Feeder 6 of 19
    Self Feeder
    And he's getting so good at eating by himself!
  • Quinoa and Applesauce 7 of 19
    Quinoa and Applesauce
    I decided to leave the quinoa alone and just mix with a little applesauce.
  • Taste Test Time 8 of 19
    Taste Test Time
    I was REAL curious what he was going to think of the texture.
  • Hmmmmm 9 of 19
    Hmmmmm
    It totally threw him for a loop! He did alright for a bite or two but then he choked a little on it.
  • Pureed Quinoa and Applesauce 10 of 19
    Pureed Quinoa and Applesauce
    I ran it through the blender just a little to break up the seeds. It still had a nice texture but not as harsh.
  • Taste Test Number 2 11 of 19
    Taste Test Number 2
    That's better! No choking!
  • Add Yogurt 12 of 19
    Add Yogurt
    Now that we got the texture down I decided to add a little yogurt to bulk it up for a complete meal.
  • MMmmmm Yummy! 13 of 19
    MMmmmm Yummy!
    No really! It was pretty tasty. Like creamy chunky applesauce.
  • Eatin’ Time! 14 of 19
    Eatin' Time!
    How did he like it?
  • All Done! 15 of 19
    All Done!
    He devoured the hole bowl! It was hard to get a picture of him because he was eating so fast!
  • Who? Me? 16 of 19
    Who? Me?
    Yes you!
  • Yikes! Sorry. It was just so good! 17 of 19
    Yikes! Sorry. It was just so good!
    That's ok.
  • Can you make it again one day? 18 of 19
    Can you make it again one day?
    Sure!
  • AWESOME! 19 of 19
    AWESOME!

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