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    Baby Food Recipes: Banana

    Baby Food Recipes: Banana

    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 Water and Raw Banana Uncooked Banana

    Cooked Banana Pureeing the Cooked Banana

    Homemade Banana Baby Food in Silicone Ice Cube Tray

    Does your baby like bananas? Do you make your own baby food? Also try combining bananas with oatmeal and flax seed for a fun flavor combination for older babies or mixing acorn squash and banana.

    Image Credits

    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

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