My daughter is a fan of pureed baby food. At almost seventeen months old, she also eats regular table food, but she still enjoys the pureed homemade baby food that I diligently and happily make for her. Making my own baby food is super easy. I just buy a bunch of vegetables and fruits, cook the food slightly, and mash each mixture up in my baby food processor. I then freeze the baby foods in ice cube trays for easier storage and thaw the food cubes as my daughter needs food. I also love that feeding my daughter homemade baby food ensures that she gets all the healthy fruits and vegetables that she needs in her diet.
One of my most recent baby food concoctions was bananas with oatmeal and flax seed. I also threw in some nutritional yeast and used unsweetened almond milk instead of water. Bananas are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium and are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and vitamin B6. Oatmeal is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium and is a good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, selenium, and manganese. Flax seeds are very low in cholesterol and sodium and are a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, copper, dietary fiber, thiamin, manganese, and omega-3 fatty acids. Nutritional yeast is a good source of B vitamins. Almond milk is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol and is a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and calcium.
To make the bananas with oatmeal and flax seed baby food, I started by peeling and cooking the bananas in the microwave for a minute. While the bananas were cooking and cooling, I spooned the oatmeal, flax seed, and nutritional yeast into my baby food processor. I then ground up the dry ingredients into a finer mixture.
Once the bananas were cool enough, I added the cooked fruit to the dry mixture and poured in enough almond milk to make the food processor work. Once the bananas with oatmeal and flax seed were pureed enough, I spooned the baby food into freezer containers. (You can also use ice cube trays for easier storage.) As my daughter needs food, I can take small amounts of her bananas out of the freezer to thaw either in the refrigerator or in the microwave for a few seconds.
Have you ever made your own baby food?
Unpeeled Bananas © 2013 Heather Johnson
Cooked Bananas © 2013 Heather Johnson
Oatmeal, Flax Seed, and Nutritional Yeast © 2013 Heather Johnson
Oatmeal, Flax Seed, Nutritional Yeast, Bananas, and Almond Milk © 2013 Heather Johnson
Pureed Banana, Oatmeal, and Flax Seed Baby Food © 2013 Heather Johnson
Banana with Oatmeal and Flax Seed Baby Food © 2013 Heather Johnson