These easy Baby Yogurt melts are made with only 2 ingredients for a quick healthy baby food snack loaded with protein and nutrients.
Bonus, these frozen yogurt bites are also dairy-free and loaded with fruit and vegetables to add all the vitamins your little ones need!
What are baby yogurt melts?
Baby Yogurt Melts are small drops of frozen yogurt that babies can eat and suck on from 6 months.
It’s a great baby-led weaning snack or toddler snack to provide yogurt, fruits, and vegetables in a frozen form.
As a result, these baby yogurt bites are also a great food to calm baby teething pain and feed teething babies that refuse food.
When can babies eat yogurt melts?
Babies can eat yogurt melts as soon as they are allowed to eat yogurt or from about 6 months of age. But baby yogurt snacks are also a healthy toddler snack that can be offered to kids up to 2 years old as a fun, sweet, but sugar-free frozen dessert.
How to make baby yogurt melts?
It’s very easy to make baby food yogurt melts at home. All you need are two ingredients:
- Plain Yogurt of Choice – we choose calcium-fortified dairy-free yogurt, but you can use any plain yogurt your baby love. The key to making healthy, nourishing baby food yogurt drops is to use a yogurt with no added sugar, no artificial flavor, and a good amount of calcium per serving.
- Baby Puree – it can be any baby puree from fruits or vegetables, homemade or organic from the store. The best flavor for kids are strawberry puree, spinach puree, homemade pumpkin puree or carrot puree, and they also add nice colors!
That’s all you need to make this healthy baby snack
Mixing yogurt and fruit puree
First, add one cup of plain yogurt to a mixing bowl. Then, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of your baby’s favorite fruit puree.
Depending on the thickness of your yogurt, you can more or less puree. In fact, Greek yogurt, dairy-free or not, is always thicker, and you can add up to 2 tablespoons of fruit puree per cup of yogurt.
But for thinner yogurt, like soy yogurt or almond yogurt, 1 tablespoon is enough.
You shouldn’t add too much puree to the yogurt melt mixture because it thins out the mix.
As a result, a thin liquid yogurt mixture expands quickly when you drop it into drops.
It results in large yogurt melts that can be a choking hazard for babies.
Cover a large plate that fits the width of your freezer with a piece of parchment paper.
Piping bag method – small drops from 6 months
Then, place the yogurt mixture into a freezer bag or piping bag.
Cut the corner of the bag and start piping drops of yogurt onto the paper, leaving half cm between each drop as they expand slightly.
Spoon method – large drops from 18 months
If you don’t have a piping bag, use a spoon and drop tiny amounts of yogurt on the paper, as seen in my pictures below.
The shape of the drops is less even with the spoon. They might be too big for babies from 6 months and better for kids older than 18 months old.
Place the plate with the formed baby yogurt melts in the freezer until the yogurt is hard. You can wait overnight or for just 1 hour if you need a quick healthy baby snack.
Remove the plate from the freezer and peel off the frozen yogurt drops from the paper.
How to store frozen yogurt melts?
It’s recommended to store the melt in a single layer, so on their original plate covered with parchment paper.
In fact, if you release all the yogurt drops at once and stack them in the freezer, they stick to each other. Then, it makes it difficult to release the drops one by one.
I recommend only peeling off the number of yogurt drops you intend to serve to your baby and keep the remaining ones in the freezer for later.
How to color baby yogurt melts?
Kids love colorful finger foods, but it doesn’t mean you have to use food coloring in baby foods.
Instead, use nourishing food coloring. Below I listed the best natural food coloring and the color they deliver in baby food:
- Blue – Use blue spirulina powder, it’s also loaded with plant-based protein, and it has no flavor.
- Green – Green spirulina powder turns food dark green. It has an algae flavor, but most babies don’t mind it, and it also adds plant-based protein to their plate.
- Orange – Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory spice that adds bright orange color to food.
- Brown – Cinnamon is a delicious sweet spice that turns baby food brown but only use a tiny amount, and never use it before the age of 8 months. Don’t give cinnamon to small infants, this is not a safe spice before 8 months of age!
- Pink – Beetroot powder is a vibrant pink additive loaded with anti-oxidants and vitamins.
Best dairy-free yogurt for babies
We made these baby yogurt melts with dairy-free yogurt. Our little ones enjoy these plain baby dairy-free yogurt:
- Soy yogurt – the first choice for dairy-free baby yogurt. In fact, most soy yogurt contains minimal ingredients as regular yogurt it’s made of soy milk, probiotic and a thickener. Also, most soy yogurts are calcium-fortified, which is great for vegan babies.
- Almond yogurt – most of them contain sweeteners or more additives, so it’s a choice that is better from 12 months.
- Oat yogurt – some oat yogurts are also calcium-fortified and have a clean ingredient list.
- Coconut yogurt – it’s a great thick Greek-style dairy-free yogurt for babies. We love that it has no additives or thickeners. Coconut yogurt is made from coconut cream and probiotics. However, few brands fortify coconut yogurt with calcium.
Choose the yogurt your babies love to make these yogurt drops. Any brand and style work very well.
When should I offer baby yogurt drops?
You can offer this as a healthy baby snack from 6 months of age instead of a baby yogurt or baby fruit puree.
It’s also a great baby teething reliever as the cold drops calm the teething pain of babies.
Finally, it’s a refreshing snack to keep your baby hydrated in summer or when sick.
More baby food recipes
I have plenty of allergy-friendly baby food recipes for you to try on the blog, all dairy-free, egg-free and nutritious. Try some of the below recipes for a healthy baby snack:
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Your friend, Carine
Baby Yogurt Melts
- 1 cup Plain Yogurt of choice - we used calcium-fortified soy yogurt or coconut yogurt
- 1-2 tablespoons Fruit or Vegetable Puree
- In a small mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of yogurt with 1-2 tablespoons of baby fruit or baby vegetable puree. We used spinach puree, mango & carrot puree, and strawberry puree. Use 1 tablespoon of puree if your yogurt is thin and 2 tablespoons of puree for thick yogurt.
- Cover a plate that fit the width of your freeze with a piece of parchment paper
- Use a piping bag to drop the yogurt mixture onto the paper, leaving half a cm of space between each drop - they expand slightly, and you don't want them touching each other.
- Freeze for 1 hour or until set and release the amount needed just before serving. Keep leftovers in the freezer on the plate. Don't stack them in a box, or they stick together.
- Serve from 6 months of age and onwards. Make small drops for kids under 18 months old to avoid choking hazards.