Because of the versatility of bananas, I often keep the fruit on my counter for my family to enjoy. Plus, when bananas start to turn black, I can make muffins from the mushy fruit. Bananas are also full of healthful nutrients, making the yellow fruit a perfect first food for baby. 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. Just as I made homemade banana baby food for my daughter, so too did I puree the fruit for my son.
To make my homemade baby food, I started with a few raw bananas and some water. After peeling and dicing the fruit, I combined the pieces in a glass bowl with some water. I then cooked the bananas in my microwave for a minute or two to zap any potentially harmful microbes and to prevent browning. (You can also use the stove, but I prefer the ease and speed of the microwave.)
After allowing the cooked bananas to cool slightly, I spooned the fruit into my Baby Bullet with some additional water. I then blended the mixture into a thin puree. (For older babies, use less water for a thicker mash.) Once puréed, I spooned the bananas into ice cube trays for easier freezing. After the puree froze, I moved the frozen cubes into freezer safe baggies for easier storage. Now as my son needs baby food, I simply thaw a few cubes of frozen bananas in the refrigerator or microwave.
Baby Food Recipes: Banana © 2015 Heather Johnson
Baby Water and Raw Banana © 2015 Heather Johnson
Uncooked Banana © 2015 Heather Johnson
Cooked Banana © 2015 Heather Johnson
Pureeing the Cooked Banana © 2015 Heather Johnson
Homemade Banana Baby Food in Silicone Ice Cube Tray © 2015 Heather Johnson