Red Cabbage With Apples And Prunes | Baby Constipation Recipe


Suitable Age

From 13 Months

Intended Purpose

Baby Constipation

Preparation Time

20 Minutes

The combination of cooked red cabbage, raw apples (skin on) and prunes makes a great natural baby constipation remedy for babies from 13 months.

Cooked red cabbage, raw apples and prunes contain lots of fiber. Moreover, apples and prunes contain sorbitol which is a natural laxative. The combination of all three ingredients usually helps a constipated baby in no time.

For an extra electrolyte boost, you can add my simple homemade chicken broth. Chicken broth generally helps to rehydrate, which is particularly useful in case of constipation.


1 cup (200g) chopped red cabbage

1/2 cup (100g) chopped apples (leave skin on)

3 prunes

1 tbs organic coconut oil


Optional: 1/4 cup (60ml) home-made chicken broth for extra electrolytes and rehydration (view recipe)

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Add the prunes into a bowl and cover them with water

Step 2

Let the prunes soak overnight or at least 30 minutes

Step 3

Heat a pan (medium heat) and add the coconut oil

Step 4

Add the chopped cabbage and steam for 2-3 minutes (stir regularly)

Step 5

Add 1/2 cup (120ml) of water and bring to boil

Step 6

Once boiling, reduce to medium heat, cover with a lid and let it simmer for about 10 minutes (stir occasionally)

Step 7

Once the water evaporated, add the cabbage to a blender

Step 8

Add the chopped apples

Step 9

Add 1/4 cup (60ml) of either homemade chicken broth or water. If you want the consistency to be super-creamy, you can add more of either chicken broth or water (up to 1/2 cup or 120ml).

Step 10

Add the prunes (without the soaking water)

Step 11

Blend until you get a smooth consistency

Step 12

Serve immediately

Feeding Recommendation

As much as your baby likes (preferably for lunch).


Nathalie Kaufmann

Nathalie is a pregnancy and birth Consultant and a TCM Therapist with almost 20 years of experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture, reflexology, Shonishin baby massage techniques, Western and Eastern massage techniques (including TUINA), as well as herbal medicine and nutrition.

She has worked in hospitals across London and was Head of the Maternity Acupuncture Clinic at the Whittington hospital in London. Today, Nathalie runs her own practice in London and helps pregnant women with pregnancy- and birth-related issues. She also specializes in alternative treatments for babies and children.


Looking for ways to help your baby with constipation?

Check out our Shonishin Baby Constipation Massage Course and learn how to help your little one!


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