Banana puree, rich in potassium, not only gives other fruit purees a creamier texture but also provides the yogurt with a sweeter flavor. Learn how to make baby banana puree by following these simple step-by-step instructions, ensuring your infant gets the best possible first food.
Bananas, much like avocados, have a silky, mushy consistency that makes them simple for young children to mush up between their gums. It is the perfect first fruit after newborns, and you can start giving it to your child as soon as they have tasted a variety of other vegetables and fruits.
In the past, it was recommended that infants be given their first taste of vegetables before moving on to fruits; however, this practice is no longer encouraged. There is no proof, as stated by the American Academy of Pediatrics that your infant will acquire a hatred for veggies if the fruit is provided initially.
You can serve the puree or combine it with baby cereal or a vegetable. The following is a guide on preparing banana puree for your small one.
Step 1: Choose and Purchase Some Fresh Bananas
Bananas are the sweetest and cheapest during the summer months in the United States, but imported bananas are available year-round. Pick bananas that have yellow peels that are spotless and unblemished. The banana is unripe if its skin is green, but if it has an excessive number of brown patches, it has either passed its prime or is getting close to passing its prime. Six to eight fluid ounces of banana puree can be produced from one fresh banana of medium size when blended with infant formula or breast milk.
Step 2: Clean, Peel, And Slice The Banana
To eliminate bacteria, wash the banana in a solution that consists of three parts water and one part white vinegar. After washing under lukewarm running water, pat the fruit dry and peel it. Throw away the banana’s peel as well as both of its ends. The remaining portion of the banana should be split into pieces, and then each piece should be cut into quarters.
Step 3: Either Puree The Banana Or Mash It Up
Combine all ingredients and blend or process in a food processor until a smooth puree forms. (When pureed, a fresh banana has a color between light purple and brown.) If more water is required to get the desired consistency, add it now. Instead of using water when pureeing the banana, try using breast milk or formula instead for a creamier end product.
Instead of pureeing the banana, you can use a potato masher to make it into a chunkier consistency that suits babies ten months or older.
Step 4: Serve the Banana Puree
The naturally sweet banana puree can be enjoyed on its own, but it also plays nicely with other fruit purees that have a more sour or muted flavor. You might want to try combining banana puree with:
- Full-fat Greek yogurt
- Sweet potatoes
Step 5: Freeze Leftover Banana Puree
Banana puree can be stored in the fridge for up to three days if stored in BPA-free containers. You can keep leftovers frozen for up to three months. Defrost the frozen food in the refrigerator overnight.