Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Baby Food: Roasted Banana Puree

  Most babies even when trying bananas for the first time can just eat them mashed up. However, this is a nice recipe to have on hand if you have an infant in your house and you have some bananas that are browning. This is great to put over oatmeal or baby cereal as well as on it's own. It is nice to have something to do with browning bananas besides the average banana bread.

This recipe and information is courtesy of the book Easy Gourmet Baby Food 150 Recipes for Homemade Goodness By Chef Jordan Wagman & Jill Hillhouse, BPHE, RNCP.

" For the sweetest puree, use overripe bananas...As a first food bananas are smooth and easy to swallow. Because they are sweet, like breast milk and formula, your baby will take to them easily. If your baby has diarrhea or vomiting, the potassium in bananas helps to replenish the mineral balance in their bodies. Bananas also have an astringent or drying property, which may help reduce the water loss associated with diarrhea." - Wagman and Hillhouse, BPHE,  RNCP

Roasted Banana Puree
 makes about 1 cup

- 2 bananas unpeeled
- 1/2 cup water

Place bananas on baking sheet and roast in preheated oven at 250 degrees until soft, about 30 minutes.

 Transfer bananas to a plate and transfer cooking liquid from the baking sheet to a saucepan. Set aside and let bananas cool until they can be easily handled. Peel cooled bananas, holding them over the saucepan to catch the liquid, then add to the saucepan. Add water and bring to a boil over medium heat.

Remove from heat and transfer to a blender or use an immersion blender in the saucepan. Puree until smooth.

 Let cool until warm to the touch or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Not Just For Babies
Mom and dad will enjoy this puree warmed with a drop of cognac and drizzled over vanilla ice cream.

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