What better post to post after apples? Bananas! Apples and bananas, I like to eat, eat, eat apples and ok I have children songs constantly stuck in my head now that I’m a mom. The easiest food to puree for your little one because it takes absolutely no cooking, baking, steaming, etc. You just mash it up straight out of the peel and you’re good to go!
HOW TO MAKE BANANA PUREE
What Kind of Bananas Should You Use to Make Banana Puree for Your Baby?
Many may think that the yellow banana is the perfect banana to puree for their little one. Yet, in reality the healthier option for your baby is a banana with more brown spots. Think of these brown spots as little immune system boosters for your baby, providing rich antioxidants for your child. These brown spots may also protect not only your baby but also adults from cancer. They have been linked to Tumor Necrosis Factor, which is known for destroying tumors!
In a poll conducted by the Times of India regarding the healthiest banana to eat, the healthiest banana is when the banana is completely brown. When a banana turns completely brown most of us tend to discard them because we think they have gone bad. When in reality, the brown bananas are the powerhouse of antioxidants! However, while brown bananas are extremely high in antioxidants, all the starch in the banana has broken down into sugar so it is high in sugar.
When to Buy Bananas?
The banana flower usually starts appearing in June and July, but unlike other fruits like apples that having a growing season, bananas do not. Bananas are available year round! Making a perfect and inexpensive fruit to puree or add to thicken other vegetable or fruit purees that you make.
How to Prepare Banana Puree
Peel the Banana
Cut Up the Banana
Mash the Banana
Reheat the Bananas
If frozen, warm the frozen banana puree in a microwaveable safe dish (I like to use the OXO Tot baby block glass container for heating up my baby’s food) in the microwave for 30 seconds (pausing half way to stir). At the moment I like to use 8 honeycomb cubes for my baby (about as much as she eats at the moment per feeding). Make sure the banana puree is not too warm/hot before feeding your baby! You can also reheat over the stove as well.
You can also combine other whole foods in your baby’s puree that you have previously frozen, for optimal flavor and nutrients. The following list is a general guide, so feel free to be adventurous and combine and build your own meals for your little one:)
Banana Flavor Compatibility Guide
|Raspberries||Strawberries||Split Peas||Sweet Peas|
|Sweet Potatoes||Spinach||Summer Squash||Watermelon|
|Winter Squash||Pumpkin||Whole Grains||Cereal|
If you have read my post on the importance of probiotics for your child (linked here); you can sprinkle a little probiotics on top of your homemade baby food for added nutritious value.
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Homemade Baby Banana Puree is so easy to make and tastes so much better than store bought varieties!
- 1 spotted brown banana
- Peel the banana
- Slice up the banana with a knife
- Mash the banana up with a spoon or fork
- Freeze excess banana puree in the freezer (I like to freeze my purees in these silicone trays)
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