Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Roasted Banana Puree

As easy as it is to just peel and mash a banana to give to baby, why not introduce your little munchkin to the wonderfully concentrated banana-ness of roasted banana?  As you may have noticed from my post on Roasted Parsnip and Pear Puree, I'm a big fan of roasting fruits and veg to heighten their flavors. This puree is appropriate as a first food for those 6 months and up.

Roasted Banana Puree

- 1 banana, unpeeled
- breast milk or formula for thinning, if needed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once heated, pop in the banana in its peel on a baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes. 

Let cool. Slice open the peel and mash the banana in a bowl, adding breast milk or formula to thin if needed. 

Makes 1-2 baby servings (depending on the size of your banana)

*easily scaled up, just roast more bananas at a time.
*freezes well for up to 3 months. 

Variation: Roasted Banana and Papaya Puree - add roasted banana to steamed papaya chunks and puree together.

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