Benefits of Making Your Own Fruit Purees
Experts recommend that you start feeding infant purees of single fruits or vegetables when they begin eating solids. Some parents are afraid to feed their little ones fruits before vegetables. They worry that their children will develop a sweet tooth. However, research shows that it doesn’t matter whether you introduce fruits before vegetables.
Giving babies something tasty might encourage them to enjoy solids. Breast milk is extremely sweet. When you introduce solids, your baby has to get used to the texture and the taste. Therefore, offering something sweet can ease the transition.
Some of the benefits of making your own fruit purees include:
- You know the exact ingredients that go into the food.
- It’s cheaper than buying baby food at the store.
- They may contain more nutrients than store-bought baby food because the purees aren’t heated to kill bacteria.
- You have more flavor options than are available from pre-packaged purees.
Fruit Puree Recipes
We’ve compiled recipes for nine different fruit purees that you can feed your baby. Some contain vegetables. Get as creative as you want while putting your own spin on homemade baby food.
Apples are subtly sweet. They also contain vitamin C and fiber. Non-organic apples may have high levels of pesticides on the peels. Therefore, you should probably choose organic apples for baby food.
Granny smith apples are too tart. Red delicious, honeycrisp or gala apples are a better choice.
Here’s how to make baby applesauce:
- Wash and peel the apple.
- Chop the apple into small chunks, discarding the core and seeds.
- Place the apples in a pot, and cover them with water. Once the water boils, turn it down to a simmer.
- Cook the apples until they’re tender when pierced with a fork.
- Drain and rinse the apples under cold water.
- Puree the cooked apples in a blender or food processor. If you have an older child, you can mash the chunks with a fork.
Bananas are mild and easy for babies to eat. They can also reduce diarrhea and improve a tummy ache.
Here’s how to make pureed bananas:
- Purchase ripe bananas that don’t have any green spots.
- Peel the banana.
- Chop the banana into slices, discarding the ends.
- Use a blender, fork or whisk to mash the banana. Add water, formula or breast milk to achieve the desired consistency.
Butternut squash is technically a fruit although many people think of it as a vegetable. It’s loaded with vitamin A and potassium. It’s simple to make, and one squash produces plenty of food that you can freeze for another day.
Here’s how to make butternut squash puree:
- Wash the squash, using a brush to remove dirt and residue.
- Slice the squash lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds.
- Brush the squash with olive oil, and place it face down on a cookie sheet.
- Bake it at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes.
- Remove the squash from the oven when you can easily create a groove in the inner flesh with a spoon.
- Allow the squash to cool. Then, scoop out the flesh.
- Blend it in a blender, or mash it with a ricer.
Peaches are sweet and juicy at their prime, which is in the summer in the Northern Hemisphere. They also contain potassium and beta-carotene.
Here’s how to make peach puree:
- Wash the peaches.
- Plunge the peaches, peel and all, into a pot of boiling water for 45 seconds.
- Remove the peaches from the hot water, and dunk them in a bowl of ice water. Then, remove the skin with a knife or your fingers.
- Slice the peaches, removing the pits.
- Puree the peaches in a blender or food processor, adding water, formula or breast milk as needed.
Plums are filled with fiber, which helps guard against constipation. They’re sweet but have a tartness that might please your baby’s taste buds.
Here’s how to make plum puree:
- Wash the plum.
- Peel it using the same method as the peaches.
- Chop the plum discarding the pit.
- Blend the fresh fruit in a blender or food processor.
Pears are easy on the stomach and aren’t too sweet. They’re bland enough to mix with many other fruits and vegetables.
Here’s how to make pear puree:
- Wash and peel the pear.
- Remove the core, and chop the flesh.
- Steam the pear for up to five minutes. Skip this step if your pear is soft, ripe and juicy.
- Puree the pear in a blender or food processor.
Avocado is another fruit that many people think is a vegetable. It’s also one of the easiest baby foods to puree and contains plenty of healthy fats, which are good for your infant’s brain development.
Here’s how to make avocado puree:
- Slice the avocado vertically around the pit.
- Rotate each half of the avocado to separate it.
- Remove the pit by swiftly but gently tapping it with the blade of a knife before twisting.
- Scoop out the flesh with a spoon.
- Puree the avocado in a blender or mash it with a fork. Add some other fruit purees to sweeten it.
Apricots are tart, tangy and sweet. They also have plenty of beta-carotene.
Here’s how to make apricot puree:
- Wash the apricot and peel it using the same method as the peaches and plums.
- Slice the apricot, and remove the pit.
- Puree the fruit in a blender or food processor.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries for this recipe.
Here’s how to make blueberry puree:
- Wash fresh blueberries.
- Steam fresh or frozen blueberries for three minutes.
- Puree or mash the blueberries using a blender, food processor or fork.
At Tastyganics, we understand that you want the best for your baby. That’s why we offer high-quality products for kids and families. You can add any of our baby formulas to your fruit purees to enhance the nutritional value and adjust the texture of the food.