1. Mashed Banana with Ripe Berries
If baby is new to eating solids but he’s already shown that he likes bananas, try using the beloved fruit as a base to introduce new fruits. The familiar flavor will help baby to get to know new foods without being too surprised at the new flavor. Simply mash a ripe banana with ripe berries, then mix it into either warm or chilled cereal.
2. Roasted Strawberries with Vanilla
Roasting fruit gives it an intense, caramelized flavor that can go a long way in the flavor department. It’s a great way to use up ripe produce and to make the most from out-of-season fruits that may not be at their flavor peak. Try roasting a baking tray of halved, strawberries (or sliced peaches, nectarines, plums, apples, or pears) at 400 F for 10-12 minutes. Add a little vanilla, cinnamon, or other spice, a pat of butter, or keep it straight up fruit. Let cool and stir a little into rice, oat, or multi-grain cereal. (Adults will love this too, especially when poured over pancakes, yogurt, or cake!)
3. Carrot-Apple-Cinnamom Puree
If you love carrot cake, there’s a good chance that your baby will too. To make pureed combinations with similar flavors, consider mixing pureed carrot, apples, and cinnamon, or try pureed zucchini, pears, and a touch of ginger or pumpkin pie spice. Add to the morning meal and let your little one enjoy a taste of all of the delicious baked goods to come.
4. Zucchini-Pear-Ginger Puree
Zucchini bread is a morning favorite; let your baby enjoy the delicious flavors of this quick bread by pureeing zucchini, pears, and a touch of ginger, then mixing it with his cereal.
5. Banana-Avocado Puree
This unexpected combo is a classic baby favorite. Blend with breast milk or formula (or mash together), then mix it into your baby’s favorite oatmeal or rice cereal.