Apple Baby Puree - 3 Delicious Ways

Apple Baby Puree - 3 Delicious Ways! Using apples as the base ingredient, you can make these 3 different homemade baby food purees by adding in a couple of other ingredients to the apples while cooking. In 10 minutes or less per recipe, you can have over 60 ounces of baby food to last through the month. 

Apple Baby Puree 3 Delicious Ways! Using apples as the base ingredient, you can make these 3 different homemade baby food purees by adding in a couple of other ingredients to the apples while cooking. In 10 minutes or less per recipe, you can have over 60 ounces of flavored applesauce for meals for baby, or as a delicious snack for your toddler. #babyfood #purees #healthykids #applesauce #homemade #snacks #pickyeaters

My good friend, who happens to have a 9 month old baby, texted me the other day a list of a couple of ingredients she had on hand that she wanted to make into baby purees. She had gotten some bulk apples, sweet potatoes and beets and she wanted to know what else she could add to these fruits and veggies in order to get a selection of different purees. She wanted her baby to have a variety of tastes for the next month. 

I had never thought about making baby food like this before. 

I guess my brain works backwards, or maybe her's does, not sure which one.. but since she's still not sleeping through the night, let's go with the later;)

Anyway, I always think about baby food, and cooking in general, as a here is the end recipe I want to make so what are the ingredients I need to go and get to make this. 

She flipped that thinking for me.

She thought, here are the ingredients that I have on hand, now what can I mix with them that will give me the end recipe. 

And since I am sure you buy produce in bulk to make baby puree recipes yourself, I decided to run with this idea and theory on making baby puree recipes. I bought a bulk container of organic apples, then went home and raided my fridge for more ingredients to mix with the apples. Since you don't need a ton of produce to mix with the apples, I was able to pull out of my fridge one sweet potato, a couple of carrots, a small container of raspberries, some spinach (which I had to pick through to get the still good pieces) and a little broccoli. It was fun to see what I could make with just the simple ingredients I already had in the fridge. 

So, I started with APPLES!

Apples are one of my favorite fruits to both eat and make into baby purees. I have found through the years that apples provide a really great base for baby food purees - they are sweet, they make a great smooth and creamy puree and they are also super nutritious. Apples are also readily available during all seasons of the year and can be found at all grocery stores. 

Apples are a great source of fiber, potassium, antioxidants, vitamin C, K and B6. Apples are great at improving gut health, have cancer fighting antioxidants, prevent inflammation and help fight heart disease. 

Organic Vs. Conventional Apples
Since apples are one of the top foods on the Dirty Dozen List, I would recommend buying organic apples for your baby purees. Depending on your store and time of year, these days the price difference is not as steep as it used to be and I have found organic apples only $.50 more a pound then conventional. I don't say this about all produce, but in this case the few extra dollars are worth it to buy the organic apples. 

Recipes
Okay, now for the fun part - the recipes!

Starting with the base fruit of apples, I went a little sweet, a little savory and a little green. 

Apple + Raspberries and Vanilla Baby Puree
Apple + Sweet Potato and Carrot Baby Puree
Apple + Spinach and Broccoli Baby Puree

You can make each of these baby purees in 10 minutes or less and if you make them all, you will have over 60 ounces of delicious baby purees to last you through the month. 

If you are just starting out on your baby food making journey, here is The Ultimate Guide on How to Make and Serve Homemade Baby Food to help you get started. 

Apple + Raspberry and Vanilla Baby Puree

This light yet tangy puree is a great way to introduce baby to antioxidant rich raspberries. Adding in the vanilla is optional but it helps bridge the gap between the sweet apples and the slightly tart raspberries. 

4 apples, cored, peeled and roughly chopped
3/4 cup raspberries
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
1. In a medium saucepan, place the apples, raspberries and water. Heat on medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring often. Take off heat and let cool slightly. 
2. Transfer ingredients to a blender or food processor and add in vanilla extract. Puree for 1-2 minutes on high or until you have reached your desired consistency. If puree is too thick, add in water, breast milk or formula, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you have the right thickness. 

Age: 6 months and up
Yield: roughly 20 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or in freezer for 3 months. 

 

Apple + Sweet Potato and Carrot Baby Puree

This vibrant puree has a fun yet complex sweet and savory taste profile and I would for sure add in a pinch of mild curry powder or chopped fresh thyme to play up the exotic flavor that is happening. 

3 apples, cored, peeled and roughly chopped
1 sweet potato, peeled and roughly chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped

Instructions
1. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil. In a steamer basket, add in all of the ingredients, place basket over boiling water and cover. Steam for 10-12 minutes or until all ingredients are tender. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Reserve steamer water. 
2. Transfer all ingredients to a blender or food processor and puree on high for 1-2 minutes. Add the reserved steamer water, breast milk or formula, in 1/4 cup increments, to get puree to the right consistency. I had to add 3/4 cup of water to the puree above. 

Adding in Spice - feel free to add in 1/2 tsp mild curry, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/4 cinnamon, 1/4 tsp chopped fresh thyme OR 1/4 tsp chopped fresh rosemary to this puree. 

Age: 6 months and up
Yield: roughly 26 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or in freezer for 3 months. 

 

Apple + Spinach and Broccoli Baby Puree

This simple combination puree is a great way to serve baby two different green vegetables - spinach and broccoli. The apples give the puree both sweetness and a creamy consistency, which will make any baby fall in love with this green puree. 

3 apples, cored, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup broccoli florets
1 cup packed spinach

Instructions
1. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil. In a steamer basket, add in the apples and broccoli, place basket over boiling water and cover. Steam for 7 minutes. Add in spinach on top of the apples and broccoli, cover and steam for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Reserve steamer water. 
2. Transfer all ingredients to a blender or food processor and puree on high for 1-2 minutes. Add the reserved steamer water, breast milk or formula, in 1/4 cup increments, to get puree to the right consistency. I had to add 1/4 cup of water to the puree above. 

Adding in Spice - feel free to add in 1/2 tsp chopped fresh chives, 1/2 tsp hemp hearts, 1 tsp coconut or olive oil OR 1/4 tsp lemon zest to the puree while blending. 

Age: 6 months and up
Yield: roughly 18 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or in freezer for 3 months. 

 

New to making purees? Then check of my guide on which kitchen tools you actually are going to need. Hint, it's not many!