Spiced Carrot Puree (for food pouches)

Sweet Carrot Puree - this treat that is perfect for food pouches is sweetened with dates, and flavored with spices, and vanilla. (dairy free, paleo, vegan)

“I like you, but your not a sparkling princess.”

My three year old will speak the truth even when it hurts. I guess little kids aren’t really known for beating around the bush, are they?

Well, I showed her… a trip to goodwill and $10 later I now have the goods needed to be a sparkly princess. Sure, the dress is actually hideous, but since it was the only one that (somewhat) fit and fit my budget it had to do. I now have the sparkly princess seal of approval.

Sorry. No photos of Sparkly Princess me. Ever.

Anyway, squooshis.

Sweet Carrot Puree - this treat that is perfect for food pouches is sweetened with dates, and flavored with spices, and vanilla. (dairy free, paleo, vegan)

Non-sequitur much? I am not sure why I was supposed to tell my sparkly princess short comings here, except when I opened up this post to finish writing it there was a note for me to do so. I figured I would follow my own instructions, but next time I will be sure to write WHY I am supposed to share a specific story.

I guess Natalia should have told me I wasn’t a sparkly blogger either…

I digress.

Onward to the squooshis. If you follow me on instragram, it will be no shock when I say I love those pouches. Or that our family, Valerie in particular, takes them very seriously.

Sweet Carrot Puree - this treat that is perfect for food pouches is sweetened with dates, and flavored with spices, and vanilla. (dairy free, paleo, vegan)

I got them for the kids for Christmas. At least that is what I claim, I am pretty sure I got them more for me. They make easy on-the-go snacks that I can customize to my little hearts content a mess-free breeze. Yeah… I am pretty pleased with them.

I was wanting to come up with something that incorporated a vegetable, but was still a treat. We had been doing sweet potatoes, but those aren’t GAPS legal so I am trying to wean myself off of my strong dependence on them. I tend to think orange vegetables do best in sweet applications, and since I am shying away from sweet potatoes and Natalia isn’t supposed to have squash, carrots were the next logical vegetable.

Sweet Carrot Puree - this treat that is perfect for food pouches is sweetened with dates, and flavored with spices, and vanilla. (dairy free, paleo, vegan)

Well… that and I had copious amounts…

I also happened to have copious amounts of dates, and randomly enough “Super Hero Date Pitters” running around my house. Actually, they were just super heros, or bear Super Hero in Christopher’s case, I made up the date pitters part because I hate pitting dates  I am as cool as Sparkly Princess Mom ought to be. Ten sticky fingers later in the dates went.

Sweet Carrot Puree - this treat that is perfect for food pouches is sweetened with dates, and flavored with spices, and vanilla. (dairy free, paleo, vegan)

Sweet Carrot dishes must have spices, no? I kept pretty American carrot dessert classic. Ginger + Cinnamon + Nutmeg. I also added vanilla, because I am semi-obsessed with the stuff. I think it always adds a bit of a treat feel to healthier snacks like this that I want to still be treats. 

Spiced Carrot Puree (for food pouches)
Serves: 1 quart
 
This is a delicious puree for squooshis. If desired it freezes well, so you can triple or quadruple this batch and freeze whatever you don't use in quart containers. We did a triple batch.
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs carrots
  • 8 oz pitted medjool dates or 20 pitted dates if using a lesser sweet variety (dajool, ect.)
  • 1⅓ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon dried/ground ginger
  • 1 big pinch nutmeg, or a few grates of it if freshly grinding
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Zest from a large orange (optional, we left out)
  • Additional sweetener (stevia, honey, sucanat) if desired, we did not feel it needed
Instructions
  1. Peel the and stem the carrots. Cut into uniform pieces. You can do big chunks and they'll take longer to cook or smaller pieces for quicker cooking. I did sticks.
  2. Put the carrots, pitted dates, water, salt, and spices in a pot. Bring the water to a boil. Cover and let cook until the carrots are very soft. Mine took 20 minutes with a triple batch of this and the carrots cut into sticks. If you are doing carrot coins it shouldn't take that long.
  3. Puree the spices, dates, water and all until smooth. Add the vanilla and orange zest if using.
  4. Once it has cooled down a bit you can fill in food pouches if desired. This makes enough puree to fill about 12 4.5 oz food pouches. If you don't have that many, then I suggest refrigerating if you will use the puree within a week, or freezing for longer storage. Then you can refill as needed. Pouches aren't necessary though, you can just eat it like you would applesauce.

 

 

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