Homemade Baby Food Recipes:
Fresh Fruit (mmmm... my favorite)

Little meals whipped up with some homemade baby food recipes featuring fresh fruit favorites are perfect first foods to introduce to your baby!

Introducing nutritious fruits and vegetables to your little one is a perfect way to put your best foot forward in creating healthy eating habits. the More tastes and textures you introduce early on the better your chances of fostering a healthy eater from the start!

I wanted to share my ideas and recipes on how to make these homemade baby foods with recipes that are super simple and easy to make. With a little creativity and practice you can incorporate these foods into your baby's daily diet with ease.



Making Your Own Homemade Baby Food Puree's

fruit baby food recipes baby and appleI prefer to feed baby strictly fruits and veggies in the earlier months of their life. The easier to digest the better. Which means good old raw mashed up or pureed fruits and veggies for he healthiest treats ever. However some vegetables and fruits may require cooking to get them to the right consistency.

When first introducing solids it is important to make the foods as sooth as possible. Which may mean not only pureeing the food to a smooth consistency, but also straining it to remove any larger pieces or seeds and skins. As your baby grows and becomes ore accustomed with the motions of eating, chewing and swallowing larger pieces, you may begin to omit straining, and even start to introduce chunkier food. Eventually you'll only need to cut foods into small pieces (finger foods).

The following are the fruit baby food recipes I used to feed my littles when they were wee ones.



The Skinny On Fruits!

Peaches

Peaches are such a go to favorite of mine when making baby foods! They are so easy to prepare and great in many fruit based baby food recipes. Peaches are great because they are very soft and puree easily. There is no need to add juice just cut them up into small chunks, pop em' into the baby food processor, and off you go.

When picking out your peaches make sure you purchase already ripened fruits if you intend to use them right away. Otherwise place them in a paper bag and leave them on the counter top for a day or two. Make sure and keep an eye on them so they don't over ripen and go bad.

Recipe: Peach puree
Use one to two whole ripe peaches cut the peach in half and remove the pit cut the remaining halves into slices remove the skins and cut the slices into small chunks. Place in small food processor and blend to desired consistency.



Bananas

Another of the easiest fruits to prepare ever. No food processor required!
What's So Great About Fruit?
vitamin and mineral content of fruits in baby food recipes


Peaches - is a great source of vitamin C. Also contains vitamin A, niacin and potassium.

Bananas - a great source of Vitamin B6. Also a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium.

Apricots - very good source of vitamins A and C. Also contains potassium.

Mangos - great source of vitamins A and C. Also contains vitamin B6.

Cantaloupe - very good source of Vitamin A and C, and potassium. Also contains niacin, vitamin B6, and folate.

Apple - raw apples contain a good source of vitamin C. Overall a good source of fiber and magnesium.

Pear - raw pears are a great source of magnesium and selenium. Overall a good source of magnesium and selenium.

Blueberry - a very good source of vitamin C and K. also magnesium.

Raspberry - good source of vitamin K and C. Also a good source of magnesium and dietary fiber.

The best thing about using bananas to make baby food and in baby food recipes is that you can combine them with just about any fruit. But I'll get more into that later.
To prepare basic plain banana just break off what you intend to feed your baby and mash it with a fork. Make sure and mash it up very well for younger infants who are un-accustomed to chewing. The older and more accustomed your baby is to eating, the less you have to mash, all the way up to simply cutting it into chunks.



Apricots

Apricots are quite similar to peaches in texture. Although in my experiences you sometimes may need to add a little water or breast milk to recipes with apricots in order to puree them smoothly.

Recipe: apricot puree
Slice one or two apricots in half and remove the pit. cut each half of the apricot in half again and use a small sharp knife to remove the skin. dice the remaining slices into cubes and puree them to desired consistency. Add a tablespoon of water or breast milk to the mixture to help it puree smoothly. Keep adding additional tablespoons of liquid until you reach desired consistency.



Mango

Mangos are super juicy when you get them ripe but you may still need to add a little water or breast milk (juice for older babies) to the baby food recipes to puree them. Cut them in chunks and add a tablespoon of liquid until they are blended smooth. Another alternative is to add a little mango or pear nectar to help smoothen the puree.



Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe can be slightly difficult to work with in baby food recipes. In order to get your cantaloupe to puree correctly it needs to be at a peak of perfect ripeness. You know, when the cantaloupe is so ripe and tender that it is almost like eating sherbert. If it is not very soft it will not puree well even if you add liquid. This is OK if your baby is used to a chunkier consistency but infants new to spoon feeding may have a bit of trouble.

Cut 1 to 2 slices from the cantaloupe and store the rest in the refrigerator. Or cut up and store for easy snack for the rest of the family. Remove the outer skin from the slices you cut using a sharp knife. Cut the fruit into small pieces. Place fruit into processor and puree.




Fruit Baby Food Recipes that Require Cooking

Apples and Pears

Apples and pears, they are a lot a like! You can use the following recipes with either. Or even mix the two fruits together!

* A side note - apples are a fruit on the "dirty dozen" list of high pesticide toxicity. I highly recommend using only organic produce for these recipes.

Homemade Baby Food Apple Sauce - Peel, core, and cut your apples. The apples should be cut into slices and then cut in half. Place the apples into boiling water and cook until soft. Drain the water from the apples and place into separate bowl. Mash the apples with a potato masher or fork. Or place them in the food processor for super fine apple puree. For infants and first food blend until smooth and then strain through a very fine screen strainer to remove any lumpy consistency.(optional) Add a teaspoon , of apple juice or other fruit juices and cinnamon to flavor.


Bake Apples Into Apple Sauce - Use a shallow roasting pan to bake the apples. core the apples before baking. Place the apples into the roasting pan and add a small amount of water in the bottom of the pan. Cover with a lid or tin foil.
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake the apples for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Poke them with a fork to check if they are soft enough to mash. If not then place them back in the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes. Once the apples are cooked let them stand uncovered for 30 - 45 minutes to cool down. Use a sharp knife to cut each apple in half. Peel off the skins and place them into another bowl. Cut them into chunks and either mash them with a fork or place them into a food processor to puree. For young infants new to spoon feeding you may want to strain the apples using a fine strainer.


Pear and Apple Puree - Follow either of the methods above to prepare the pears and apples to be combined together. When each fruit is soft, peel and/or cut them into small pieces and place into a food processor. Puree until smooth and give a good stir to combine. For the smoothest consistency possible then follow pureeing with straining. Strain the pears and apples through a close mesh wire strainer. Feed to baby immediately, or store in take and toss bowls for later meals. This can also be made in large batches and stored in the freezer to use at a later date.




Baby Food Recipes Fruit Puree Combinations

fruit baby food recipes


Banana and Peach

Peel and slice one whole banana and place into food processor. Cut one whole peach in half. Remove the pit and skin. Cut into chunks and add to the food processor with the banana. add one tablespoon water, liquid, or organic apricot nectar. Blend until smooth. Feed immediately or store in fridge or freezer.


Banana and Mango

Peel and slice one whole banana and place into food processor. Cut one whole mango in half. Remove the skin and cut into chunks Add to the food processor with the banana. Add one tablespoon liquid (water, breast milk, or juice). Blend until smooth.


Banana, Cantaloupe, and Blueberry

Peel and slice one whole banana and place into food processor. Slice the cantaloupe in half and then slice one half in half again. You are left with a quarter of the cantaloupe. remove the outer skin of the cantaloupe. Slice the fruit into small pieces and add to the food processor. Add a 1/4 cup blueberries to the processor. Add one to two tablespoons of liquid and blend.


Apple, Pear, and Blueberry

This puree should be combined to about a 2 to 1 ratio. If you have one cup of apples and pears, use about half a cup of blueberries. Start by placing your blueberries into a food processor. Add a tablespoon or two of liquid. Puree the blueberries until smooth. Strain the blueberries through a fine mesh strainer to remove skins and seeds.
Peel and core your apples and/or pears. Slice the apples into chunks and place in boiling water. Cook until soft. Remove from water and strain. Let stand for 20 to 30 minutes to cool. Place into food processor. Add processed and strained blueberries. Blend and stir. Serve immediately or store in fridge or freezer.


Raspberry and Pear

Place about half a cup of raspberries into you baby food processor. Puree the raspberries about 45 seconds until they are mostly smooth. Strain the raspberries through a fine mesh wire strainer into a separate bowl. This is to remove any seeds.
Peel and core two to three Bartlett pears. Cut them into pieces and place them in boiling water. Cook them until soft (can easily pierce with fork). Strain the water from them and let stand 20 minutes or so to cool down. After cooling place the pear pieces into your food processor along with the raspberry puree. Puree until smooth stopping to stir in between. Serve immediately or store in your fridge or freezer.


These are just examples of some of the fruit baby food recipes I prepared for my babies. Feel free to experiment with different combinations or different and more exotic fruits. Remember, if you are unsure about a food or whether your baby is ready to start solids consult your pediatrician.




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