EASY TO MAKE Apple, Pear and Banana Baby Food! This homemade recipe makes 64 ounces of baby food for only $10! This simple puree uses fresh fruit that your baby will love! Follow this DIY on how to make it and info on freezer storage! This is my 7 month old’s favorite Stage 2 puree!
Baby Food Recipes
Ok, I can’t help it, I’m obsessed with making baby food. Did you think that this vegetable garden loving Mama wouldn’t be making my own? I love to puree fruits and vegetables in the kitchen and watch Enceladus react to first tastes!
If you love cooking, then you understand the amazing feeling one gets when you serve friends or family a home cooked meal. When placing the food on the table in front of your family, you are essentially saying “I love you!”. So imagine my excitement when I’m cooking for my baby!
Homemade Baby Food Recipes
Enceladus started eating fruit and vegetable purees at around 5 months. Since turning 7 months old a few days ago, she’s tasted plenty of combinations, but this one is her favorite! What’s not to love? It’s like a tropical fruit smoothie for babies! I’ll be honest, I love this puree so much I might sneak e a few bites in when she’s not looking!
Besides the satisfying feeling of feeding your baby a home cooked meal, making your own food is extremely economical. Let’s do some simple math real quick.
Those organic baby food pouches run $2-$3 at the store for 4 ounces. This recipe cost me $10 worth the ingredients to buy and it makes 64 ounces of food. If I was to buy this food in premade jars and pouches in the store it would cost me over $72 in baby food! That means you’re saving LOTS of money.
By making your own food you know it’s fresh, hasn’t been sitting on the shelves for months, and you know all the ingredients that are going into the food. Also you’re going to feel AMAZING when you put a spoonful of Mama’s home cooking in your baby’s mouth and they smack their lips together saying “MMMMM!”. Yes, that’s the ultimate feel good moment!
This fruit puree calls for fresh apples, pears and bananas. For apples I recommend using a sweet apple that has lots of flavor, personally I love using honeycrisp apples for this recipe. For pears go with a sweet bartlett or a bosc. The taste of banana goes far in puree, so you only need 2 bananas for this recipe.
I’m going to talk quick about organic vs non organic. If you can buy all organic I say do it, but the truth is that organic fruits cost significantly more money than non organic. When you’re buying 4 pounds of apples, .99 (non organic) vs 3.99 (organic) a pound adds up quickly.
When making baby puree, organic is good, but what’s best is home cooking, so don’t stress if you can’t budget it in organic fruits. Instead, look for what’s on sale and in season. If red delicious apples are on sale one week, then stock up with a few pounds worth. If Fuji apples are on sale, then buy those! In NYC, small neighborhood produce stores often have the best savings on fruits and vegetables so take a look there too.
How to Make Directions
Peel your apples and pears, remove the cores and cut them into 1 inch pieces.
If you have a steamer basket add the fruit to that with a little bit of water and bring to a boil. If you don’t have a steamer basket, just add a small bit of water to a pot until you cover the fruit and boil it. I do this in a large pot to save time, but you might have to do it in 2 batches depending on pot size.
You want to boil the apples and pears for about 10-15 minutes, or until a fork easily slides in.
I add a few tablespoons of water to the food processor to make the blades run smoother as it’s really important to make sure there’s no chunks in the food!
Look at how smooth this is! Perfect for your little baby!
How to Freeze
This recipe makes 64 ounces of baby food which is great so you can stock up! Baby food is so simple to freeze, and is going to help you save time and money, so start to love making a big batch and freezing it!
You can can also use ice cube trays, but make sure to cover them in the freezer to prevent them getting contaminated. I recommend these ice cube trays with a lid.
Then place them in your freezer to freeze overnight. After they’re frozen, I pop them out of the trays and put them in freezer bags. I have a bunch of freezer bags filled with baby food cubes, which is easy for me to grab and prepare her food.
I prefer to defrost the cubes in the refrigerator overnight, but you can also use the microwave if time isn’t on your side. I take out the cubes and place them in a glass jar in the refrigerator depending on what she’s going to eat the next day. For example she needed enough food for daycare and dinner the next day so the night before I took out 5 cubes.
When the morning rolls around the cubes are defrosted (or close to it) so I can just pack them up in small Ball jars with her bottles of milk for daycare and we’re all set. High 5 on anything that makes the mornings easier!
Hope this recipe helps all the Mamas out there! I hope your baby enjoys this delicious homemade food!
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Apple, Pear and Banana Baby FoodPrint
- 8 apples (sweet variety, like honeycrisp) peeled, core removed and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 6 pears peeled, core removed and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 ripe bananas
- Add 3 inches of water to a large pot and bring to boil. If you have a steamer basket add to pot.
- Add apples and pears and and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until a fork slides easily in them.
- Add apples, pears and bananas to food processor or blender and blend until completely smooth with no chunks. I like to add a 2-3 tablespoons of water to make it easier to blend. I usually do this in 2 batches since it’s a large amount of apples and pears.
- Freeze in storage trays and defrost and serve to your baby as needed.