Easiest baby puree ever – no-cook, 5 minutes to make, this homemade banana baby puree is one that your baby will love and will be asking for more.
Banana! Probably the most consumed fruit among babies, toddlers, and kids. Mainly because it has the perfect creamy texture and sweet taste that can make almost any recipe that much better.
That's probably why banana is one of the first foods introduced into many babies' diets. Particularly as a banana baby puree.
And the fact that it requires no cooking is another benefit to this wonderful and nutritious fruit.
Banana (obviously): the great thing about a banana is that you can perfectly blend it in a blender no matter its state of ripeness. Either fully ripe or under-ripe, banana makes a great baby puree.
However, there are actually differences in its nutritional content based on ripeness. An under-ripe banana will have more starch and will not be as sweet. Whereas a fully ripe banana which will have had a lot of its starch already turned to simple sugars – hence the sweeter taste and softer consistency.
Banana: it’s our go-to fruit when we want to add some carbs and calories to a puree. As well as sweetness (choose a fully ripe banana to get more of that).
But it does have some other wonderful nutritional properties as well. Bananas are a great source of certain B vitamins (particularly B6 and biotin) as well as vitamin C.
They are also a good source of manganese, copper, and potassium and have a fair amount of dietary fiber.
How To Make Banana Baby Puree
Banana is one of the rare fruits (like avocado) that doesn’t require any cooking for a 6-month-old baby.
Cut the banana. This is just sooo easy. Simply peel the banana and cut it any way you want if you're doing a banana baby puree. If you have a fully ripe banana and a good blender you probably don't even need to cut it at all.
Blend. Now that you’ve prepared your banana, just throw it in the blender and blend until smooth. You can add a tablespoon of water if you feel necessary to get your desired consistency.
Serving size is just for guidance, but if your baby needs more or less food please follow their cues.
Possible Banana Variations
Bananas are such a great fruit because they don’t necessarily have to be served as a 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 together. You’d probably want your bananas to be a little bit riper here so that they're easier to mash.
Lumps. If you’re just a step away from finger food, you can also blend or mash one half of the banana and the leave the rest in pieces and then mix. That way your child will get used to new textures.
Finger food. Bananas are also great finger food. Cut the banana into longer sticks after peeling or into small cubes if your baby has mastered the pincer grips.
Bananas do have a tendency of being slippery when cut, but there is one banana hack that can avoid it. Cut the banana in half and press your finger through the middle from top to bottom. It should separate into 3 long sticks that are not as slippery.
If cutting a banana for pincer grasp just cut those sticks up.
More Banana Recipes
Looking for more recipes featuring bananas? Check these out:
Banana Puree for Baby
- 1 medium banana
- Peel the banana.
- Place in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add a tbsp of water if you need to reach a smoother consistency.