Learn how to make the easiest puree ever with this banana baby food recipe! This fruity sweet puree is great on its own or served up with your baby’s other favorites.
Baby Banana Puree
Homemade Banana Baby Food
Bananas are truly a gift to parents! Between the nature-made wrapper, the sweet flavor, and creamy consistency, they are always a huge win.
It’s no different for baby food! It’s pretty rare to see a baby that doesn’t love banana baby food and now you can make it right at home.
The great thing about banana puree is that it doesn’t even need to be cooked. Just a quick blend and it’s ready to go!
How Ripe Should Bananas Be For Making Baby Food
The ripeness of the banana is really important for making baby food and you can tell how ripe a banana is by looking at the color of the peel.
Green bananas are more bland, hard, and coarsely textured. Yellow bananas are a bit sweeter, but still have a good bite to them. These are usually the bananas you’ll eat! For baby food though, you’ll want an extra ripened banana that is starting to brown.
The browner the peel, the sweeter and softer the banana will be! It may look like the banana is going bad on the outside, but the inside is perfect for baby food. It’ll create the sweetest creamy puree!
How to Make Banana Baby Food
Best Banana Baby Food Combinations
Babies love a good combination of fruit purees. Apples, pears, strawberries, and blueberries are all great options for mixing with banana puree.
Don’t be afraid to mix bananas and vegetables too! Avocado and banana together make a delicious creamy baby food. Banana even tastes great with butternut squash or peas!
If you are just starting purees with your baby, you’ll want to be a little more careful with your flavors. Remember they are still getting used to all the new tastes and textures, so stick to soft bland foods that will encourage your baby to try new things!
Storing Banana Baby Puree
The tricky thing with banana puree is that bananas brown very quickly! To avoid that, you can either make small batches as you serve it, or you can add a bit of acid right on top.
A layer of lemon juice usually does the trick to avoid browning. Lemons are completely baby-safe and a few drops mixed in won’t make a huge difference in the flavor!
This puree will last about 3-4 days if kept in the fridge in an airtight container or small baby food containers.
You can freeze banana puree, but you’ll want to be even more sure to add some lemon juice so that when it thaws it comes out nice and fresh.
Place the puree into a silicone ice cube tray and transfer the cubes into a freezer-safe bag once frozen. If you don’t have an ice cube tray just place the puree into any other freezer-safe container!
Either way, this puree should last up to 3 months in the freezer. When you take it out and let it thaw it’ll be just as fresh as right from the peel!
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