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How to Make Your Own Yogurt Melts

by
author image Jayne Blanchard
Jayne Blanchard's work as a journalist and editor has appeared in "The Washington Post," "Psychology Today," "Brides," "Newsday," "USA Today," "Cosmopolitan," "ADAM," "Style" magazine and myriad other publications. In addition to writing about health, travel and women's issues, she has also worked as a movie reviewer and theater critic and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
How to Make Your Own Yogurt Melts
How to Make Your Own Yogurt Melts Photo Credit Aleksandra Ozimek/Demand Media

Many toddlers love yogurt melts or bites because they are sweet and creamy treats they can pick up with their little fingers and feed themselves, fostering their sense of independence. Moms tend to like the fact that yogurt snacks melt in the baby's mouth, reducing any likelihood of choking. Commercially prepared yogurt melts and bites are made up of nearly 100 percent freeze-dried yogurt and pureed fruit, fortified with essential vitamins and minerals. This convenient snack can be pricey, but you can economically replicate the snack at home with similar results.

Homemade Yogurt Melts

Step 1

How to Make Your Own Yogurt Melts
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Begin by pureeing 2 cups of your baby's favorite fruits in a blender or food processor. Tasty combinations include strawberry and banana, apricots and pear, pears and peeled apples, or mixed blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Fresh fruit is preferable, but you can use canned fruit in fruit juice or water.

Step 2

How to Make Your Own Yogurt Melts
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Line cookie sheets with parchment or wax paper. You will want to make the yogurt melts in big batches and then store, so line two or three sheets before proceeding. The yogurt melts tend to get gobbled up rather quickly, so plan ahead and prepare more than you initially thought you would need.

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Step 3

How to Make Your Own Yogurt Melts
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Combine pureed fruit with 4 cups plain or vanilla yogurt. You can add an additional cup of yogurt if you like more of a creamy consistency. Stir the fruit and yogurt together well. If you like, sprinkle in a bit of cinnamon for added flavor.

Step 4

How to Make Your Own Yogurt Melts
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Plop the mixture in nickel-sized dollops onto the cookie sheets. Make a little swirl on the top of each yogurt melt with the edge of a spoon. Place sheets in the freezer --do not stack on top of one another --and freeze until very firm.

Step 5

How to Make Your Own Yogurt Melts
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Peel the yogurt melts from the paper and place in freezer bags. The yogurt melts can be served immediately to toddler snackers, or you can store them for a few months in the freezer.

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