Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins
I made this recipe for my developmentally delayed daughter to help her gain weight as an infant. It has been approved by her pediatrician and nutritionist. Please ask your child's doctor's before using it as a replacement for pediasure, though. (Editing to add: please don't use the honey if your baby is under 12 months, or has immune system problems. Use the corn syrup instead.)
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 1 banana
- 1⁄2 cup soft fruit (apricots, peaches, pears, etc.)
- 1⁄4 cup safflower oil
- 1⁄4 cup honey ((for babies over 12 months)
- 1⁄4 cup tofu (for protein, you can leave this out if you want)
- 1⁄2 cup whole milk vanilla yogurt (or his favorite fruit flavor)
- 1⁄2 cup pudding, vanilla flavor, made with whole milk (I use homemade that I make with half and half and alot of sugar, for extra calories)
- 1⁄4 cup pureed carrots (This adds good vitamins) or 1⁄4 cup squash (This adds good vitamins)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- You can add 4 doses of Buried Treasure brand liquid vitamin & mineral supplement (again, optional- I add this to make it more like pediasure for total nutrition.) Put all ingredients into a blender and puree on highest speed.
- Makes about 2 quarts.
Thank you SO much for adding this recipe. I have struggled with my 19 month old's weight since birth. I was finally making headway with him eating better when he started teething molars and he lost all interest in solid foods but he would drink. I searched the internet for high calorie drink recipes and was thrilled to find this one; the granddaddy of high calorie smoothies. Within a week of serving an 8 ounce cup to my son once a day he started plumping up and I am overjoyed. We go back to the doctor tomorrow for a weight check and I think he will be pleasantly surprised!
DO NOT GIVE HONEY TO AN INFANT! It is dangerous to give honey to an infant. Please check with your doctor. [Editor's Note:] After researching this, we found that honey should never be given to infants less than a year of age because it may cause a rare type of food poisoning (infant botulism).