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Homemade banana Baby food will quickly 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 convenient and nutritious snack.
Bananas 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 developing 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 an excellent first food choice. However, you want to introduce one food at a time so can see how well your baby takes to the new food.
The Nutritious Banana
Not only do bananas taste good, but they are also an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals. Bananas contain very good amounts of carbohydrates (energy giving food). Bananas are also an excellent 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 lovely 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. You can feel with your fingers if the bananas are soft ( they should be firm) or if they have a strong banana smell. A very strong smell indicates that the banana is overripe and probably has a lot of soft spots. You can also store your bananas in a banana storage bag (extends freshness for up to two weeks).
Easy Banana Baby Food Recipes
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
- 1 Large Banana
- 3 Tbsp. Polenta/Grits
- 200ml Water
- 150 ml Milk
- 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, stir the polenta regularly during cooking.
- Banana and Blueberry Puree
- 1 Banana
- 1/2 Fresh blueberries
Puree the banana and the blueberries together and serve. You can combine this puree with Greek yogurt or other natural full – fat yogurts.
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