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
- 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.