Frozen Banana and Blueberry Yogurt for Baby

Posted on Jul 28 2010 - 10:08am by Christine

As our summer temperatures continue to soar, we’re always looking for new ways to help our little ones keep their cool. So yesterday we whipped up some very healthy – and absolutely delicious – frozen yogurt, an idea inspired by one of our readers.

Jean from Surrey, England wrote to us over the weekend and described how she had frozen some Greek yogurt for her baby (it’s hot in England too at the moment!) and that it had a nice, creamy texture.

If you’ve never tried Greek yogurt before, then you’re really missing out on a treat! It’s far creamier than regular yogurt, thanks to the straining process it undergoes during production, which removes the watery whey.

On the down-side, Greek yogurt is usually made from whole milk (sometimes with cream added), so its fat content is high. But whilst this may be a negative aspect for us adults, it’s no reason to withhold it from your baby who (enviably!) NEEDS whole milk and fats.

The fat content also makes for a good texture when Greek yogurt is frozen. It tends to remain relatively creamy, whereas most other types of yogurt – particularly low fat yogurt – can become quite hard and grainy. This is because they contain MORE water and LESS fat than Greek yogurt and, of course, the water freezes and becomes ice!

Sadly, Greek yogurt isn’t available on our little island, but we DID manage to get our hands on some after a visit to the ‘mainland’ this week. So here’s what we made with it – a cool treat that we all enjoyed…

Frozen banana and blueberry yogurt

Frozen Banana and Blueberry Yogurt for Baby

2 cups Greek yogurt
1 large, ripe banana
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Place all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
If you have an ice cream maker, then freeze the yogurt according to the instructions. If – like us – you DON’T have one, then…

Pour the mixture into a freezer proof container and freeze for one hour.
Remove from the freezer and beat thoroughly with a wooden spoon, until all the semi-frozen yogurt is incorporated into the mixture.
(Note: Beating the mixture is an important step – it gives you a smoother result).
Return the mixture to the freezer and continue to beat it every 45 minutes or so until completely frozen (ours took 4 hours).

You may prefer to add some form of sweetener – however, we found the sweetness from the really ripe banana to be sufficient.

Enjoy with your little one!

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8 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Margaret Redman July 28, 2010 at 10:56 pm -

    They do make a fat free greek yogurt for us adults that want
    the yummy creamy texture without the guilt. It is made by Fage
    and it is sooooooo good!

  2. Veronica August 11, 2010 at 4:45 am -

    At what age can a baby start having greek yogurt? This recipe sounds really good. Our baby loves her bananas and blueberries.

  3. Christine August 11, 2010 at 7:27 am -

    If there is no family history of dairy allergy – and with your doctor’s consent – you can usually introduce yogurt to your baby from around 6 months of age. 🙂

  4. Patricia Ar June 13, 2012 at 6:12 am -

    What a great recipe we must try it out 😉

  5. jampcat June 20, 2012 at 8:53 pm -

    Unfortunately all I can find is fat free greek yogurt! 🙁 I’ve checked multiple grocery stores. I will try this with regular whole milk yogurt.

  6. Homemade Baby Food Recipes June 20, 2012 at 10:11 pm -

     @jampcat Please let us know how it turns out 🙂

  7. jampcat9 August 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm -

    I did try it with regular yogurt, it was just fine and my baby loved it! I used my cuisinart ice cream maker. I did have a problem with it being frozen solid days later, which I understand is a common problem with homemade frozen yogurt. I finally found whole milk greek yogurt so we’ll be trying it again! thank you!

  8. Homemade Baby Food Recipes August 4, 2012 at 9:01 am -

     @jampcat9 You’re welcome – thanks for updating us 🙂

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