Introducing solid foods to your baby is an exciting milestone filled with new tastes, textures, and the joy of exploration. If you’re following the baby-led weaning approach, where little ones learn to self-feed and explore various flavours, we have a fun snack recipe that both you and your baby will adore: Raspberry Bliss Balls.
These tasty treats are not only packed with wholesome ingredients but also provide the perfect opportunity for your little taste explorers to practice their self-feeding skills.
Combining the goodness of oats and the natural sweetness of raspberries, these bite-sized raspberry bliss balls are a nutritious and convenient snack option for babies. Bursting with flavour and essential nutrients, they offer a delightful way to introduce fruits, grains, and healthy ingredients into your little one’s diet.
Raspberry Bliss Balls for Babies
The beauty of these raspberry bliss balls lies in their simplicity. They require minimal preparation and can be easily customized to cater to your baby’s preferences and dietary needs. Whether you’re looking for a nutritious breakfast option, a satisfying snack, or a portable treat for on-the-go adventures, these bites tick all the boxes.
In this article, we’ll share a step-by-step guide to creating these delectable baby led weaning raspberry bliss balls. Get ready to witness the joy on your baby’s face as they explore the delightful combination of flavours and textures that these bites offer.
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Why offer raspberries to your baby?
Raspberries offer numerous health benefits for babies due to their rich nutritional profile. Here are some key highlights:
- Antioxidant Powerhouse: Raspberries are loaded with antioxidants, including vitamin C and anthocyanins, which help strengthen the immune system and protect against free radicals.
- Fiber Boost: These berries are an excellent source of dietary fiber, aiding in digestion and preventing constipation in babies.
- Essential Nutrients: Raspberries provide essential nutrients like folate, potassium, and vitamin E, promoting healthy growth and development.
- Brain-Boosting Omega-3s: Raspberries contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are crucial for brain development and cognitive function in infants.
- Iron Content: Iron is essential for the production of red blood cells and overall blood health. Raspberries contain iron, making them a valuable addition to a baby’s diet.
- Hydration Support: With their high water content, raspberries contribute to adequate hydration levels in babies, particularly during hot weather or when transitioning to solid foods.
- Allergy-Friendly: Raspberries are considered a low-allergenic food, making them a safe choice for introducing new flavours to babies and reducing the risk of allergic reactions.
What are the health benefits of offering oats to your baby?
Packed with essential nutrients like fibre, vitamins, and minerals, oats provide a wholesome foundation for your little one’s growth and development.
- The high fibre content aids digestion and promotes a healthy gut, while also helping to regulate blood sugar levels.
- Oats are also rich in iron, which supports the production of red blood cells and contributes to overall cognitive development.
How do you serve these raspberry bliss balls for babies?
These raspberry bliss balls can be served on their own as a snack or be served alongside other elements as a quick baby led weaning breakfast or lunch on the go.
Simply pop a couple on your baby’s highchair tray and let them use their fine motor skills to grab them and bring them to their mouth.
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Can you store these baby led weaning raspberry bliss balls?
These raspberry bliss balls are good in the fridge for three days or can be frozen for up to a month. Store them in an air tight container or wrap them in a sandwich or freezer bag to keep them protected.
What food processor do you use?
I really recommend investing in a decent food processor when beginning your baby led weaning journey. It makes chopping, slicing and grating veggies so much easier and will save you a ton of time.
I use the Kenwood food processor which also doubles up as a smoothie maker. I love the chopping and grating attachments and use it to cut up all sorts of things!
Are these raspberry bliss balls suitable for toddlers?
Absolutely! Toddlers as well as babies can enjoy these raspberry bliss balls and they also make a great addition for preschooler lunch boxes too!
- 1 cup oats / 75g
- 3 tbsp milk
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- handful raspberries (around 80 grams)
- organic chia seeds
- 1 banana
1. Pulse rolled oats in a blender until oatflour is formed.
2. Combine oats, milk, chia seeds, banana, coconut oil and raspberries in a bowl and mash with a fork.
3. Prep a baking tray with baking paper and preheat the oven to 170C
4. Use a tablespoon or ice cream scoop to grab the oaty mix and roll into ball shapes in your hand, placing them on the baking tray.
5. Bake in the oven for 15 mins.
6. The raspberry bliss balls will be squishy when you remove them, but will harden slightly as they cool.
7. Leave to cool completely before serving to your baby.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 62Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g
Author: Nicola Hughes
Nicola has weaned both of her boys using the baby led weaning method. She loves nothing better than creating simple recipes that anyone can recreate, using as few ingredients as possible. All of her recipes have been tried and tested by both Dexter and Felix and have their seal of approval!