An easy, tasty stage 1 baby puree full of calories, fiber and essential nutrients that you baby will like. This Banana Buckwheat Puree will keep your baby happy and full.
Once your baby starts eating solid foods you might find yourself wondering what to serve and how to combine foods.
For more information on starting solids, check out our 6 Part Starting Solids Guide here.
The great thing about purees is that you can pretty much combine anything into a great baby puree. But naturally you'd want that puree to be appealing to you also? At least I did.
I found it strange serving my baby puree combinations that I wouldn't eat. Of course sometimes it was impossible to avoid but most times I tried to make nutritious and delicious combinations.
And this puree is just that. Not only filled with calories, fiber and essential nutrients but also a tasty and delicious meal for your child.
Nutrition And Ingredients
- I recommend using a ripe or over ripe banana here for 2 reasons. First, it is much easier to mash a ripe/over ripe banana and second, it has a sweeter taste which will probably make this puree even more appealing to your baby
- Bananas are a great source of potassium and carbohydrates that provide energy for the body
- Buckwheat is a great grain that people rarely use and I can't really tell you why. Sometimes you will find that it requires pre-soaking for about 6 hours prior to cooking but I've found that when in a hurry, it is really not necessary
- Buckwheat is a good carbohydrate and fiber source as well as a great manganese, magnesium and copper source
- The recipe suggests just a pinch of cinnamon - this is because adding too much cinnamon can cause unappealing taste and aroma to the puree and you'd want to avoid that. The amounts of the other ingredients are small and a pinch of cinnamon is just enough
- I also recommend you use Ceylon cinnamon if possible as it contains less coumarin, a substance that can potentially be harmful to the liver
From What Age Can I Give This To My Baby?
Once they start weaning.
How To Make Banana Buckwheat Puree
Cook the buckwheat. Put the buckwheat into a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Cover, continue cooking over low-to-medium heat, stirring regularly until the buckwheat absorbs the water.
Prepare the banana. In the meantime, peel the banana and mash with a fork.
Join the ingredients. Once the buckwheat is cooked, allow to cool, mix with the banana and cinnamon and blend into a smooth puree by adding boiled water if necessary.
This recipe can also be used as mashed banana and mashed buckwheat if you are ready to transition to mashed food. For more information on how to transition to finger foods see Starting Solids Guide III: How to Transition to Finger Foods.
Tips & Tricks For The Perfect Puree
Mix in a blender. If you want a really smooth puree, you will need to make it in a blender. This is because the buckwheat is really small and in order to make them into a puree a blender is a must. We have used both a small blender and a large blender and they both work well.
Allow the buckwheat to cool a bit before blending. If you want to have a nice and compact puree, I recommend you wait 5 - 10 minutes after the buckwheat is cooked before joining it with the banana into a puree. This is because while it's hot some water will still be evaporating.
Possible Banana Buckwheat Puree Variations
Use another grain. Although the recipe is called Banana Buckwheat Puree, if you don't have buckwheat you can substitute with another grain like millet or oats.
Use another spice. I love using cinnamon in baby purees because it just gives that perfect subtle sweet taste that lifts the whole meal. But you can also choose to omit it and possibly add another spice like vanilla. Just make sure they are unsweetened versions.
Make it textured (image below). If your baby is past eating smooth purees, the Banana Buckwheat Puree is ideal to introduce and serve textured purees. Just mash the buckwheat after it is cooked and cooled a bit and mix in with the mashed banana.
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Banana Buckwheat Puree
- ½ banana medium-sized
- 1 tablespoon buckwheat dry weight
- pinch cinnamon
- Put the buckwheat into a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil.
- Continue cooking over low-to-medium heat, stirring regularly until the buckwheat absorbs the water, about 10 minutes.
- In the meantime, peel the banana and mash with a fork.
- Once the buckwheat is cooked, allow to cool, mix with the banana and cinnamon and blend into a smooth puree by adding boiled water if necessary. Add teaspoon by teaspoon of boiled water until you reach your desired consistency.