So the other day after E was in bed fast asleep, I opened up the fridge and realized we hadn’t finished one of her Love Child Organics pouches (which is so extremely rare since she usually downs them in point two seconds). Therefore, I was left with some beautiful puree and needed to find a way to use it up so it wouldn’t go to waste. We don’t waste food around here, especially not Love Child products.
By the way, have I mentioned that I am so thankful to have been connected with Leah, the founder of this lovely baby food company? Her products are really the only ones I use with Eliana. I can trust them and they are truly delicious (yes, I have taste tested it all). I trust Leah’s products because I trust her. Her newly released cookbook “It All Begins With Food,” proves that she really just wants us parents to be able to provide our children with quality meals. Her cookbook is filled with recipes for all ages (babies starting solids to picky threenagers to legit teenagers). I have a cookbook addiction. My bookshelf is loaded with at least 30 books dedicated to healthy living and whole food recipes. And I am being 100% honest when I say that “It All Begins With Food” has already been my most opened collector’s item. Why? Leah’s recipes are so extremely simple but also are made with the intention of including all those nutrient rich foods our bodies thrive off of. When I say simple, I mean simple. You know those recipes where you look at the picture and you need to have it? But then you look at the ingredient list which trickles on for miles and you suddenly don’t need it so much anymore? Yeah, you won’t find those recipes in this book. I was able to make half the contents in this book at random and spontaneous times because I always happened to have the minimal ingredients required to make them. I even made Eliana’s 1st birthday cake myself and the recipe was from Leah’s book. The cake was an absolute hit. It looked phenomenal and it was so incredibly moist and delicious. Any who, all this to say that when a woman who makes a living off of selling baby food products puts out a time and budget friendly recipe book that encourages you to make your own baby food…..well, that’s a woman with a gold heart in my mind. I always get asked which books I recommend for healthy living and for healthy recipes. This book is always at the top of my recommendation list. Mamas and papas, check out “It All Begins With Food.” I promise you will not be disappointed.
Okay so now that you have the lowdown on the newest and hottest cookbook, let’s get back to my “salvage the puree package project.” I immediately thought of making energy balls with it. Energy balls are the most fantastic way to get anyone (husbands included) to eat a snack that will actually do them some good. Loaded with super foods, minimal sugar, and everything we need for a great energy boost-these guys are heroic. Plus, I mean they look like timbits but are a zillion times better.
Keep in mind that puree pouches can add a boost of lovely nutrition to many different meals. I also love adding some to baby cereals, homemade oatmeal/quinoa bowls, yogurts, and dips and spreads. You can add it to a meatball (plant-based or not) recipe, smoothies, and baking.
Little Love Balls
- ½ cup whole oats
- 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut chips or shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup finely grated carrot
- 1/3 cup all natural peanut butter (any nut or seed butter will work)
- ¼ cup Love Child Organics puree (I used the Apple, Sweet potato, beets & cinnamon)
- 3 Tbsp. hemp hearts
- 3 Tbsp. seeds/crushed nuts (I used pecan pieces)
- 2 Tsp. coconut palm sugar
- ¼ Tsp. ground ginger
- Pinch of sea salt
- Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Roll into 1 Tbsp. sized balls and roll into extra garnish, if desired. I made three different looks using shredded coconut, hemp hearts, and coconut palm sugar.
*Note: I used minimal sugar in this recipe keeping in mind it is geared more for littles. Feel free to add more if you find it’s not sweet enough for you.
**This recipe is super versatile and is very easy to make your own. Consider trying chia seeds, ground flax, dried fruits, cocoa powder or nibs, quinoa, etc.
This post is sponsored by Love Child Organics. I have been compensated both monetarily and with product however all statements and thoughts expressed are my own honest opinions.