Apple is one of the first healthy food for your infant to consume.
Apples are the good container of dietary fiber and vitamin C. Apple recipes for babies are easy to digest and considered one of the least allergenic foods. If your baby is able to handle solids, start with Apple Puree. Apple puree is one of the ideal starter choices for infants.
Some other healthy beginner fruit and vegetables include purees of cooked sweet potato, carrots, peas, green beans, purees of fruits, such as pear, mango, and mashed banana (raw).
Read More: When to introduce Solids to Infants.
One medium-sized apple warehouses several nutritional elements.
Try these simple and tasty Homemade Apple recipes for Babies
Pureed Apples/Applesauce for babies 4-6 months
Any amount of apples you desire – I recommend using 5-10 large apples (try Macintosh, Gala or Braeburn.)
Step 1: Wash, Peel, core and cut an apple into chunks.
Step 2: Place apple cubes into a pan with 2inches water to slightly cover apple cubes.
Step 3: Cover and cook, make sure not to overcook as it will destroy most of their nutrients.
Step 4: Boil until the apples are fork tender; be sure to check the water level and stir.
Step 5: Remove from heat and let it cool.
Step 6: Puree it in a blender until smooth. If you have steamed the apples, blend it to a puree with a little water.
That’s it! Feed the baby with a baby spoon.
Mixed Apple Puree/Applesauce Baby Food Recipe for babies 4-6 months
- 1/2 cup water
- 5 medium apples (1 Macintosh, 1 Granny Smith, 1 Braeburn, 2 Fuji)
Step 1: Core, peel, and dice apples
Step 2: Add a pinch of cinnamon and drop of vanilla if desired
Step 3: Combine all ingredients in large saucepan and bring to a gentle boil
Step 4: Lower heat and simmer until “sauce” like consistency is achieved; ensure that you check on the liquid level.
Step 5: Mash, strain and puree the resulting “sauce” as needed – May be frozen in ice cube trays for baby food cubes
Baked Apples for babies 4-6 months
- Any amount of apples you desire – I recommend using 5-10 large apples (try Macintosh, Gala or Braeburn.)
- A small amount of butter (1 tablespoon or less)
Step 1: Core apples and leave the peel on (without the peel, the apple will turn to mush)
Step 2: Place a wee bit of butter (8 months + if a baby is ready for or has had dairy) on the inside of the cored apple (8 months+ – sprinkle a bit of cinnamon in the apple if your desire and if a baby is ready for or has had cinnamon)
Step 3: Place in a shallow baking or roasting pan with a bit of water – about an inch or 2 of water
Step 4: Bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes or until tender; be sure to check on the water level.
Step 5: Once baked, allow to cool and then slip off the skin if needed. You may either cut the apple into little bits and serve as a finger food or mash as directed above in the apples/applesauce recipe.
Oats & Apple Cereal for babies 4-6 months
- 1 small apple
- 1/4 cup ground oats+
- 3/4 cup water
Step 1: Peel, core and cut a small apple into small dices
Step 2: Place in a pan with 1/4 c ground oats and 3/4 c water
Step 3: Bring mixture to a slow boil. Simmer covered, checking frequently, until apples are soft and oatmeal is cooked
Step 4: Be sure to stir and mash while cooking
Step 5: Mix in formula or breast milk or juice to thin if needed – puree if necessary
You can also try mixing Apple puree for baby with:-
- Sweet potato
- Red cabbage and raisins
- Butternut squash
Peel on or Peel Off while Feeding Toddler?
Apple is one of the most popular fruits with plentiful health benefits. Their ultimate health benefit also makes it a first six-month baby food for the babies who are ready for solids. Health experts recommend eating the apple peel to get most out of apples. Apple skin contains half of the fiber content and many of the polyphenols which provide numerous health benefits.
A medium size of an apple with the skin contains 4.4 grams of fiber. After removing the skin you’re only getting 2.1 grams. Means you cut out half of the fiber.
Why peel is important?
- The peel contains most of the fiber.
- The skin also packs most of the vitamins.
- Apple skin can also ease breathing problems.
- It also protects your memory and also fights with several other degenerative problems.
- The skin-on apple may also keep cancer at bay.
- The peel also packs with obesity-fighting ability.
But according to the Pediatrics in order to keep your infant safe always remove the peel.
Why peeling fruits and vegetables are beneficial for your baby:-
- Apple gets sprayed with pesticides the most and even proper washing doesn’t remove all the pesticides. So to remove pesticide residues peel off is the best choice for your baby.
- Hard skin of an apple can pose a choking hazard for babies.
- Tough and bitter Peel of an apple can also cause an upset tummy.
- Even baby doesn’t like the taste of the peel.
- To avoid added waxes.
What is the Best Apple for Baby Food?
- Gala Apples
- Golden Delicious Apples
- Fuji Apples
Choose Gala or Fuji apples as they are sweet and less acidic and tart than varieties like Granny Smith, which means they’ll be easier on a baby’s digestive system.
How to Keep Apples from Browning
- Lemon Juice: Sprinkle lemon juice on apple slices and Store them in a sealed container in your refrigerator.
- Orange Juice: Sprinkle orange juice on cut sides of apple slices. Store in sealed container in the refrigerator.
- Cold Water: Fill a small plastic storage container with cold water. Add apple slices and cover. Store in refrigerator.
- Pineapple juice: Mix 1 tablespoon pineapple juice in 1 cup water. Add apple slices and soak for 5 minutes. Store in a plastic baggie in the refrigerator.
- Salt Water: Mix 1/8 teaspoon salt in 1 cup cold water. Add apple slices and soak for 5 minutes. Rinse. Store in a plastic baggie in the refrigerator.
- Honey: Mix ½ tablespoon honey in 1 cup water. Add apple slices and soak for 5 minutes. Store in a plastic baggie in the refrigerator.
Precautions while serving Apple to infants
- Make sure babies are developmentally ready to eat before offering solids.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing your baby to a new food, particularly if your baby has food allergies.
- Make sure that do not feed your child with apples on empty stomach. Apples may be hard to digest early in the morning.
- Sterilize all the utensils and equipment either using a Sterilizer or boil the utensils in hot water.
- There is no need to add salt, sugar or other flavors to six-month baby food.
- Do not forget to follow the 3 Day Rule for introducing any new food.
- Supervise babies whenever they are feeding.
Do not worry if your baby refuses to take the solids. Keep on trying but never force a child to eat. Share with me if you have some special Apple recipes for babies.