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Vanilla & Peach Quinoa

We usually relegate quinoa to savory foods over here at my house, but when I was thumbing through Bébé Mange!, a cute little children’s cookbook I picked up in France, I noticed an intriguing recipe intended for 7-9 month old eaters: “Quinoa à la Vanille.” Quinoa with vanilla? I had to give it a shot.

It’s a simple, lovely recipe that’s easy to make and chock full of great nutrition. According to Bébé Mange!, it contains protein, all of the essential amino acids, magnesium, and it’s also a good source of vitamin B. It’s delicious, too – after photographing this dish, I added some milk and a squeeze of honey and happily ate a bowl for my afternoon snack.

Vanilla & Peach Quinoa

Quinoa gets a sweet makeover with this tasty dish for baby.


1/2 c. quinoa, rinsed*
1 c. water
1 peach, organic if possible, peeled and chopped
1 tsp. vanilla extract
dash of cinnamon


1. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce heat, stir, and cover. Simmer until the quinoa is al dente.
2. Add the peach and vanilla. Stir to combine.
3. Purée the quinoa mixture until you achieve the desired consistency. Add milk (mother's or other) if needed.

Cover tightly and refrigerate leftovers for up to 2 days.

*If your quinoa is not pre-rinsed, make sure you wash it before preparing it. It has a coating that can be upsetting to the stomach.

adapted from Bébé Mange! by Christine Bailey



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