Apples are very good fruits that contains a whole lot of healthy nutrients. It is one of the first that is introduced as baby’s first food and most store-bought apple purees are recommended as suitable for babies from four (4) months.
I always preferred making my baby’s fruit puree and this is one of the simplest and easiest to make. So, this is for mothers, especially first time mums that are normally at a loss on what to start for their baby. You don’t need to buy already made if you can do it yourself. Store-bought purees can be your emergency option.
When making apple puree for your baby, the back of the apple should be peeled off, especially if baby is less than 8 to 9 months to avoid any stomach upset. Also peel of the back when you start giving apples to baby as a finger food.
Apple puree can be fed alone, sometimes with breastmilk added to it or it can be added to baby’s meal. Add to pap (akamu or ogi, in Igbo and Yoruba respectively), mash with rice, mix with plain natural yoghurt, combine with other fruits to make a lovely mixed fruit delight for baby.
Baby’s 1st Apple Puree Recipe
- 1-2 Apples – make sure it is firm and fresh. Also, sweet ones are better, you don’t want to put baby off by giving a sour apple.
- Peel apples and remove the core (the middle part with some seeds) and cut into cubes.
- Put in a pot, add 2-3 tablespoons of water (apple releases liquid when cooking, so too much water will make it more watery like mine).
- Cook for 4-6 minutes or until tender.
- Blend to a smooth consistency, adding more water at this point if you want it less thicker. You can equally use a masher to mash it and use a strainer to get the smooth puree out.
- Serve once warm or you can put in containers and store in the freezer.
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