Banana Baby Food Recipes

Homemade banana Baby food will easily become your baby's favorite. Bananas are a very popular in a lot of countries around the world because they taste great and make a very handy and nutritious snack.

Homemade banana Baby food will easily become your baby's favorite. Bananas are a very popular in a lot of countries around the world because they taste great and make a very handy and nutritious snack.

They are also well known for their quick energy boosting properties. It is these properties that make bananas the number one fruit of choice for many athletes. With babies growing rapidly in their first year of life, banana baby food will help provide them with some of their energy demands.

Bananas are naturally sweet because they contain the natural sugars sucrose, glucose and fructose. You can use bananas in a lot of different ways to make banana baby food at home. They can be mashed or pureed, or you can serve them as finger food or even use them for making a savory dish of the tropics for your little one. You can easily combine banana with a variety of different foods such blueberries, avocado and even chicken for a quick and easy nutritious meal.

When Can Banana Baby Food Be Introduced?

Bananas can be introduced to babies at 6 months and for early starters - 4 to 6 months (The WHO recommends introducing solids to babies at 6 months). Because bananas are all soft and easy to mash, they often make a great first food choice. Again, you want to introduce one food at a time so can see how well your baby takes the new food.

The Nutritious Banana

Not only do bananas taste good, they are also a great source of essential vitamins and minerals. Bananas contain very good amounts of carbohydrates (energy giving food). Bananas are also a very good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, potassium and manganese.

Selecting And Storing Bananas

Banana baby food must be made using healthy looking ripe bananas. A healthy banana usually has a very nice yellow color and should be firm to the touch. When selecting your bananas, it is a good idea to pick the ones that still have some green color on (a bit of green on the tips) their skins as these will last longer in your kitchen. Very ripe bananas will not last too long but storing them in the refrigerator ( the skin color may change from yellow to brown but the fruit quality will not be affected) may help add on a few more days.

For bananas that are not ripe yet, storing them in a paper bag will help speed things up. Feel if the bananas are soft ( they should be firm) or if they have a very strong banana smell. A very strong smell indicates that the banana is overripe and probably has a lot of mushy spots. Bananas can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Easy Banana Baby Food Recipes

Banana Puree

One of the best advantages with bananas is that one need not fuss too much about preparing them. For a quick and easy baby snack or dessert just peel mash or puree 1 banana and serve.

Avocado And Banana Puree (from 6 months)

Peel and pit one medium sized ripe avocado. Puree until smooth. Add one or just half a banana and puree further until really smooth and with no lumps.

Banana and polenta Ingredients:
  • 1 Large Banana
  • 3 Tbsp. Polenta
  • 200ml Water
  • 150 ml Milk
Directions:

Bring the milk and water to a simmer before slowly stirring in the polenta. Cook polenta for 8 minutes and then remove from heat. Puree the banana and carefully combine with polenta. For best results it's a good idea to stir the polenta constantly during cooking.

Banana and Blueberry Puree Ingredients:
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 Fresh blueberries
Directions:

Puree the banana and the blueberries together and serve. You can combine this puree with Greek yoghurt or other natural full - fat yoghurts.

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