Filled with healthy fats and plenty of calories, avocado is one of the best first foods to introduce to your baby.
Avocado was actually the first solid food I gave to my son when he was 6 months old. And as an Avocado Baby Puree.
There's actually a few reasons why I choose avocado to be the first solid food he would taste:
- Super easy to prepare (no cooking)
- Blends easily into a puree
- Can be served as a puree, mashed and even for baby-led weaning
- Full of essential nutrients
- Contains a lot of calories
- Has a "neutral" taste so you can follow with any food
- Can be served alongside different foods you choose to introduce later
I choose to do a smooth Avocado Baby Puree and since 6-month-old babies only require a teaspoon or two when first starting solids, one avocado actually made 4 servings.
So if you're interested in how to make a quick, easy, nutritious and caloric first baby puree, keep on reading for tips on this fabulous Avocado Baby Puree.
To make this Avocado Baby Puree, you’ll need the following ingredients:
Avocado: (obviously) if you don’t have a ripe avocado that you can scoop out from the skin with a spoon just place the whole avocado with a banana in a paper bag the day before. The banana and the paper bag should speed up the ripening process.
Make sure that the avocado is ripe by checking its surface. It should not have any dark spots or cracks and should not be too squishy. A fully ripe avocado should make a slight hollow when gently pressed.
Avocado: it’s our go-to fruit when we want to add some healthy fats and calories to a puree. Since it mainly consists of fats, the calorie content per gram is higher than with most other fruits.
It’s also a great source of fat-soluble vitamins such as the antioxidant vitamin E.
Avocados are also a good source of carotenoids, pigments that can benefit the overall body and improve health. The fats in the avocado also help the carotenoid absorption. So in general – your body will use more carotenoids from avocado than, for example, carrots.
How To Make Avocado Baby Puree
Avocado is one of the rare fruits (like banana) that doesn’t require any cooking for a 6-month-old baby.
Cut the avocado. There are numerous ways to cut the avocado and scoop out the flesh and I’ve pretty much tried all of them.
This is what I find to be the easiest way:
Take a knife and cut the avocado lengthwise all around. Then grab the top half with one hand and the bottom with the other and twist in opposite directions. Divide the halves and take out the seed.
Now simply scoop the flesh from both halves with a spoon. If you have an avocado slicer like this one, just skip everything I told you above and use your slicer. You'd want to use as much avocado flesh that is close to the skin as you can as this is the part that contains the most nutrients.
Blend. Now that you’ve prepared your avocado, just throw it in the blender. And blend until smooth. You can add a tablespoon of boiled water to make it smoother. Keep adding more water if you need to.
Serving size is just for guidance and if your baby needs more or less food please follow their cue.
Avocado is such a great fruit because it doesn't necessarily have to be served as a baby puree. Not even for a 6-month-old baby. See some variations below:
Mashed. If you’re over the puree stage, transitioning from purees to finger food or simply want to start with mashed rather than smooth baby purees then this recipe is perfect if you modify the “how-to” part. Instead of putting in the blender, you can simply mash the food up with a fork. You’d probably want your avocado to be a little bit riper here so that it’s easier to mash.
Lumps. If you’re just a step away from finger food, you can also blend or mash one half of the avocado and the leave the rest in pieces and then mix. That way your child will get used to new textures.
Finger food. Avocado is also a great finger food. Cut the avocado into long thin sticks after you’ve scooped the flesh, or into small cubes if your baby has mastered the pincer grip. You can also use a crinkle cutter to make it easier for the baby to grab.
More Puree Recipes You May Like:
Looking for more avocado recipes? Check these out:
- Baby's First Apple Puree
- Blueberry Avocado Oats
- Avocado Fruit Salad
- Apple Sweet Potato Baby Puree
- How To Make The Perfect Banana Avocado Baby Puree
First Baby Puree - Avocado
- 1 avocado
- Cut the avocado in half, remove the stone and scoop up the flesh
- Place the avocado in a blender with a tsp of boiled water
- Blend; keep adding water if needed until you reach your desired consistency