Getting Your Kid’s Health Right With Delicious Apple Baby Food

When it comes to nutrition for their baby, new parents are usually very conscious and vigilant. The moment the baby becomes ready for solid food is the time when you should also become ready with the safest option. In that case, apple baby food can be the best choice to go with. This article is going to be all about the goodness of apples for babies as well as some great baked apple baby food recipes.

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  • The sweet flavor of apples appeals a lot to the taste buds of the babies.
  • Apples are mostly available year-round and the wide varieties of apple are great to be experimented with.
  • Apples have a high nutritional value and supply the right amount of potassium, fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, etc to the baby.
  • This fruit is very good for the gut health of the baby.
  • Apples also improve the immunity of the growing babies.
  • Dental health also benefits a lot from apple baby food intake.
  • Rich fiber intake improves the digestion and metabolism of the baby and apples are a rich source of it.
  • Other benefits of apples include anti-inflammatory properties, improvement of heart health, and maintaining cell growth in the body.

Recipe for basic apple puree

The apple puree made with cooked apples is the basic and most common recipe that parents prefer feeding to their children. It is very easy to prepare and the smooth consistency makes it very easy for the kid to consume as well as digest.

When choosing apples for making the puree, make sure to pick the ones that are fleshy, soft, and sweet. Some of the apple varieties that turn into a delicious puree include Fuji, Royal Gala, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Jazz, etc.

There are other add-ons too that you can add to boost the flavor of the puree for big babies. You can add a bit of sweetener like honey, maple syrup, etc. and some spices like cinnamon powder, nutmeg, vanilla, etc. We think that you can do without the sweeteners while making apple baby food.

Let us now see the method of making an apple puree.

  • Take 5-7 medium size apples and wash them thoroughly.
  • Peel the apples and remove the seed part of them. Now cut them into medium size cubes.
  • Take a pan and fill the required amount of water in it. Put the cubes apples into the pan.
  • Cook the apples over medium flame for about fifteen minutes or until they soften out and start breaking up.
  • Alternatively, you can cook the apples with some water in a pressure cooker. Give them steam until 2 whistles. You can also steam, bake, or slow cook them.
  • Now take the apples out and put them in a blender. You can add some apple juice too if you want at this stage. Blend the apples until they achieve a smooth puree like consistency. You can also keep it chunkier if the baby is old enough to consume it that way.
  • Your apple puree is ready. You can feed it fresh to your baby or mix it with other purees to make a different dish.

3 great varieties of apple baby food to try

Here are the recipes.

Berry apple fusion

The already sweet apple puree can be given a flavor twist with the tangy berries and this recipe is all about this idea. The recipe is full of antioxidants, fiber, and flavonoids that come from both apples and the berries. Let’s see the ingredients:

  • Four apples
  • One cup raspberries
  • Half tsp vanilla extract
  • One tbsp water

Simmer all solid ingredients until they become soft. Put the fruits and rest of the ingredients into a blender and blend until pureed. You can more water, breast milk, etc. as per the consistency demands.

Rich red combo

This apple baby food has the wholesomeness and nutrition equivalent to a complete meal. The recipe is full of vitamins and potassium that are essential nutrients for the baby’s growth. For the 6 months+ babies, it’s the best food you can try. The ingredients include:

  • Three apples
  • Two medium carrots
  • One sweet potato

Steam all the ingredients together for about ten to twelve minutes and peel them after they cool down. Put all of them in the blender and add some steamer water if required. Blend fine and serve fresh.

The green meal

Kids are generally averse to green veggies but what would a toddler know but taste.  This particular apple baby food has the goodness of two of the best greens that supply iron, calcium, and other nutrients to the baby. If you are thinking otherwise, the recipe has the sweet flavor and creamy consistency intact. The ingredients are:

  • Three apples
  • One cup spinach
  • One cup broccoli

Steam apple and broccoli first for about 7 minutes and then steam spinach them for 2 more minutes. Let them cool and then blend them finely with some water, breast milk, or any increment.

Some recipes for baby food with baked apples

Baking the apples is just the quickest and simplest way to prepare a dish for the babies who start starving suddenly. Let’s see some great baked apple baby food recipes that you can try.

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The basic baked apple

This is the simplest recipe out of all and just needs:

  • One medium apple
  • Raisins (optional for big babies)
  • Any spice of your choice

Core the apple, fill some raisins in the center, and sprinkle some cinnamon or nutmeg powder over the apple. Wrap an aluminum foil over the apple and place it into a pre-heated oven; bake it for 30-45 minutes. Let the apple cool and you can serve it just like that, smash it into a coarse paste, or make a puree.

Apple oatmeal

This baked apple baby food can be the best meal for fast-growing babies that can easily fill their satiety demands. Oats boost the fiber, minerals, and vitamin levels in the body as well as boost energy for longer. The ingredients are:

  • Three apples
  • Two tbsp oat flour
  • Two tsp butter
  • Some cinnamon powder
  • A pinch of nutmeg and ginger powder

Bake the sliced apples with butter and spices in a pre-heated oven for about 40 minutes or until they turn soft. Cool the apples and then blend them with oat flour into a puree. Add water or milk as required.

Banana apple combo

This recipe tastes exactly like a warm apple pie and is going to be a special treat for your starving baby, rich in potassium and fiber. You will need:

  • Three apples
  • Two bananas
  • Half tsp cinnamon
  • Water as required

Bake the sliced apples and bananas in a pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes. Once they cool down, blend them with the rest of the ingredients and serve fresh.

Roasted apples

If your baby loves to eat with the hands, you can bet on this baked apple baby food recipe. The apple slices are soft and big enough for the baby to hold and nibble on them easily. You will need:

  • Three medium apples
  • One tbsp melted coconut oil or butter
  • Some cinnamon to sprinkle

Line the sliced apples on a baking tray and coat them with butter/coconut oil and cinnamon powder. Bake them for about 35 minutes in a pre-heated oven. Cool them and serve alone or with oatmeal, yogurt, etc.

Conclusion

Now that you have seen how amazing the apple baby food is, why not try a recipe for today’s dinner for the baby. Do let us know how you liked our baked apple baby food recipes and if you know any such recipe, do share it with us.

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