With only two ingredients, this simple and nutritious Strawberry Apple compote is equally suited for babies or adults. And it can be made in under 30 minutes!
When my daughter Sienna was younger, I made all of her food. After all, I was in the midst of testing baby food recipes for my cookbook Natural Baby Food so she was my taste tester!
Now that she’s older, she’s moved on from purees but she still enjoys dishes like this Strawberry Apple Compote.
It’s a simple and nutritious recipe that just involves cooking apples and strawberries together on the stovetop. Depending on how old your baby is and his ability to chew, you can either puree it until it’s completely smooth or you can mash it with a potato masher or fork for a chunkier texture.
If your baby can’t tolerate strawberries, you can also make this dish by combining apple with other fruits like apricots, cherries, plums or other berries.
The compote can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Unlike a traditional compote, this dish has no added sugar or syrup. This is because you shouldn't add any sugar when preparing food for babies less than 1 year of age.
If you’re making this dish for yourself, you can add a small amount of honey or sweetener of your choice (honey should not be given to babies less than 1 year of age because of the risk of botulism).
In today’s world, children are so used to eating processed food filled with salt, sugar, artificial colors and flavorings. When you make your own baby food, you can use fresh, wholesome, natural ingredients. By doing this, your baby will learn to appreciate and love these real flavors.
Also, I prefer to use organic fruit for this recipe because conventionally raised apples and strawberries are consistently listed on the "dirty dozen." The "dirty dozen" are the fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues.
The list is published yearly by the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit environmental research organization.
Don’t have a baby? No worries, this compote has a wide range of applications.
- It makes a great topping for yogurt or ice cream.
- It’s also perfect to pour over your pancakes or waffles in the morning.
- Try layering some of the compote with Greek yogurt, granola and fresh berries for a delicious breakfast parfait.
- Make fruity hand pies with store-bought pie crust dough.
- For a grown up treat, it’s delicious added to cocktails. Stir some into a glass of Prosecco for a unique twist on a bellini.
Interested in more baby food recipes? Check out my post on How to Make Homemade Baby Food.
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Strawberry Apple Compote
- 1 large apple (8 ounces), peeled and chopped (about 1 ½ cups)
- 1 ½ cups sliced strawberries
- Place the apples and strawberries in a medium saucepan with ¼ cup water. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cover. Simmer 15-20 minutes until fruit is tender.
- Mash with a potato masher or fork or puree to desired consistency.