Over the past year or so, Jennifer Garner has slowly made her transition from actor to actor embroiled in a high-profile divorce to food authority. And the second she began teaming up with the Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten, she gained herself some serious clout, especially when it comes to whipping up kid-friendly recipes. (When she isn’t chowing down on In-N-Out burgers with Garten, of course.)
One way Garner has made a name for herself in the food industry is through Once Upon a Farm, of which she’s the cofounder and chief brand officer. An organic baby food line that includes applesauce and smoothies packaged in refrigerated pouches, Once Upon a Farm’s mission is to “nurture our children, each other and the earth in order to pass along a healthier and happier world for the next generation.”
It’s doing well too. Once Upon a Farm just secured a $20 million investment, which will be used to expand the brand already found in Whole Foods Market and Walmart. Just in the past year, the product jumped from 300 locations to more than 8,500, Bloomberg reported in October 2018.
“I feel really lucky and look forward to helping other moms pass on food as close to homemade as possible,” Garner said in a promo video.
Once Upon a Farm’s blog has parenting hacks, how-tos, recipes and more. Below are some of our favorite recipes on her blog as well as a few other kid-friendly recipes Garner has raved about in the past.
Apple pie pancakes
Sweet and light, these apple-cinnamon pancakes — made with almond milk, applesauce, oat flour and more — are both tasty and nutritious. Kids won’t be able to resist, especially if you drop a dollop of almond butter atop.
It’s not the healthiest recipe, but it’s all about balance, and kids deserve a sugary pick-me-up like chocolate pudding every once in a while. Garner’s favorite pudding recipe comes from Smitten Kitchen.
Described as a “pass-back snack,” Garner’s kid-friendly granola — made with whole oats, unsweetened coconut, wheat germ, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and more — is healthy, but kids wouldn’t know it.