I love avocado pear not just as a food but also as a hair conditioner, though i always lick half of my hair mix consisting of avocado, honey and yogurt because it is that good. Now i’ve given you one adult avocado recipe to try.
Avocado is a unique food (it is a fruit that i call food) because of the nutritional value packed in it. It contains the ‘good fats’ essential for baby’s normal growth, brain and central nervous system development. It also contains the vitamin B range as well as other vitamins, minerals and fiber. Avocado is not only good for children but also for us adults and you can read all about the 15 health benefits of avocado here
Avocado is very perfect to be introduced to your baby as a first food. It is quite easy to prepare and requires no cooking. It has a creamy consistency that is easy for babies to eat and also adds colour to their meal in addition to the nutrition.
Avocado can be introduced to babies from 4-6 months as a puree, which can be added or mixed with other fruit purees or vegetable purees and as they grow older; it can be mashed with a fork after 6 months and then eaten as a finger food from 11 months or more. Ensure that you give your child the best and fresh ripe avocado. Ripe avocados are firmly soft and when cut open, shows a greenish yellow coloured meaty flesh.
Here are some recipe ideas you can try for your baby or toddler.
Creamy Avocado [4-6+ months]
1/2 large or 1 small avocado; A little breast milk or baby formula
Peel avocado and scoop out the flesh. Purée in a blender with the milk and serve.
Avocado & Banana [4-6+ months]
1 small avocado; 1 small banana
Peel both fruits, blend or mash with a fork and serve.
Avocado Porridge or Pap [4-6+ months]
Avocado & Banana delight; Porridge Oats or Pap/Akamu/Ogi
Make porridge or pap to a thick consistency. Mix in the puréed fruits and serve.
Vegetable Chicken & Avocado Puree [6+ months]
Chicken breast; 1/2 or small whole avocado; 1 small onions; 1 tsp vegetable oil; small bunch of ugu or spinach or green vegetable
Cook chicken breast with onions till done leaving a little stock. Add oil in a pot and cook with the vegetables. Purée chicken and vegetables with avocado and serve.
Yolky Avocado Mash [6+ months]
Small avocado; 1 boiled egg yolk; breast milk or baby milk
Mash avocado and egg together. Add milk to make if you want it a creamier. You can also use the whole egg, so long as your baby has no allergies.
Delicious Fruity Yogurt [7+ months]
Small Banana; 1/4 avocado; 1/2 pear (cooked), 1/4 slice mango; 2 tbs plain yogurt; 1 tsp honey (for babies older than one year)
Blend all the fruits together with the yogurt and honey. Scoop into small yogurt cups to serve.
Avocado Rice [8+ months]
See recipe and mash rice very well before feeding.
Avocado Pasta [8+ months]
Mash avocado and mix into baby pasta (recipe here) after cooking.
Avocado Butter Sandwich [12 months]
Small mashed avocado; 1tbsp butter; 1tsp honey; a few drops of lemon; slices of bread
Mix together the mashed avocado, butter, honey and lemon. Spread on bread and top with the other slice. Cut into small bite sizes to serve as a finger food.
Sweet Potato and Avocado Mash [10+ months]
1 small sweet potato; small chopped onions, 2tsp crayfish; small flaked fish; small mashed avocado, pinch of salt and pepper
Cook sweet potato in a small cup of water with all the ingredients except avocado. Once it is done, stir and mash the potatoes to a lumpy mash, scoop in the avocado and serve.
Peel and cut into cubes. Serve as a finger food snack.