Fruit compotes are a great alternative to puréed or fresh fruit for baby. They can be made by simply stewing fresh or dried fruit in a syrup, made with water and sweetener. Compotes usually include other flavourings, such as spices and/or citrus to enhance the flavour of the fruits.
This blueberry mango compote is tangy and sweet, made with a combination of tart blueberries and sweet mango, stewed in water infused with ginger, honey, and a touch of fresh lemon zest. (Note: If mangoes are not in season you can substitute them with peaches or nectarines.)
Compotes can be served thick and chunky (ideally for toddlers) or pureed until smooth. Compotes freeze very well so I suggest making a large batch and freezing it in single servings for baby or larger portions for toddlers. Serve warm on a cold winter’s day or fresh from the fridge as a cool summer treat!
Here are some great ways to serve compotes to babies and adults;
- Warm and drizzle over pancakes and waffles.
- Mix with a dollop of Greek yogurt and granola.
- Substitute sugary jams and spread on cookies, toast, bagels, etc.
- Mix into frozen yogurt or ice cream.
- Drizzle over granola.
- Mix into overnight oats.