Apple Puree For Baby: Benefits, Recipes And Precautions

Apples are the most popular and nutritious fruits available in all seasons. Most parents plan to include apple puree for babies when weaning them off. Also, according to The American Academy of Pediatrics, you can use apple juice to treat the baby with constipation after their first month (1). However, you should give the whole fruit to the baby only after six months; that is when they begin eating solid foods.

Browse through this post as we discuss the right time and ways to include apples in your baby’s diet, their benefits, and safety measures to note before feeding apples to babies.

When Can Babies Start Eating Apple Puree?

Babies can start eating a variety of fruits by the age of six months (2). Therefore, you can serve apple puree or apple sauce to the baby from six months (3). Cooked and pureed form of apple is the best way to introduce the fruit. It lets babies enjoy the several health-promoting properties of apples.

According to California-based board-certified pediatrician Dr. Ellie MacGregor, “As long as your baby is at least six months old, can hold their head and trunk up well, is interested in food and isn’t pushing food out of the mouth with their tongue (the tongue thrust reflex that babies usually lose between four to six months old), then it is safe to give your baby apple puree.”

Nutritional Value Of Apple With Peel

Below are the nutrients that you would find in a medium-sized whole apple (182g) and the corresponding daily requirement of nutrients (4) (5).

Name Amount RDA
Water 156g
Energy 94.6Kcal
Carbohydrate, by difference 25.1g
Fiber, total dietary 4.37g
Sugars, total including NLEA 18.9g
Calcium, Ca 10.9mg 210mg (0-6 months)

270mg (7-12 months)

Magnesium, Mg 9.1mg 30mg (0-6 months)

75mg (7-12 months)

Phosphorus, P 20mg 100mg (0-6 months)

275mg (7-12 months)

Potassium, K 195mg 500mg (0-6 months)

700mg (7-12 months)

Sodium, Na 1.82mg 120mg (0-6 months)

200mg (7-12 months)

Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 8.37mg 30mg (0-6 months)

35mg (7-12 months)

Folate, total 5.46µg 32µg (7-12 months)

Sources: U.S. Department of Agriculture and World Health Organization

Apple puree made with a whole apple (an apple with peel) will have almost similar nutrients, as mentioned in the table. However, the nutrients might change if you use a peeled apple to make the puree, and it will have more fiber.

How To Make Apple Puree For Babies?

This apple puree recipe is super easy to make.

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You will need:

  • 1 medium apple
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼tsp cinnamon powder

How to:

  1. Wash the apple under clean water.
  2. Peel-off the skin, remove the seeds, and dice the apple into small cubes.
  3. Place a thick bottom pan on medium heat and put the diced apples in it.
  4. Pour water to cover the apples completely. Make sure the heat is not too high.
  5. Cover the pan with a lid and let the apple pieces cook on simmer for about 15 minutes.
  6. After 15 minutes, remove the lid and see if the apple pieces are completely tender. You should be able to insert a knife through the apple pieces.
  7. Once you feel the apple pieces are cooked, turn off the heat and remove them from the pan.
  8. Use a big spoon to mash the apples completely. Put into a blender and blend to the desired consistency. You can add water to thin the puree.
  9. Serve it to your baby with a garnish of ground cinnamon (optional).

Tip:Once your baby is comfortable, you may try to add apple puree to cereal. You can also try mixing apple puree to other fruit purees or to a cup of Greek yogurt. You can also cook the apples with their peels, this will increase the fiber content of the puree although it will take longer to cook and soften the peel.

Health Benefits Of Apple Puree For Babies

Healthy weight, Apple puree for babies

Apples are a great organic baby food rich in several micronutrients, dietary fiber, and phytochemicalsiXBioactive compounds found in plant-based foods that act as antioxidants and have antimicrobial effects such as quercetiniXA plant flavonoid that gives fruits, flowers, and vegetables their color, catechiniXA phenolic compound found in specific fruits and berries, tea leaves, beans, and apricots, possessing antioxidant properties, phloridziniXA substance found in some fruit trees, possessing antidiabetic and antioxidant properties and chlorogenic acid. All these phytochemicals possess strong antioxidantiXSubstances that prevent cell damage caused by free radicals properties (6). Below are some specific benefits that your baby could reap by regular consumption of apple puree.

  1. Healthy weight: Regular consumption of apples is associated with a reduced risk of obesity. Research has shown that the positive effect of apples on weight can be observed in children as young as two years old (7).
  1. Gut health: Apple puree, due to its texture, is easy on the baby’s digestive system. Besides, it provides dietary fiber that helps maintain healthy gut microbiota (8).
  1. Immunity: Apple puree can help enhance the immune system due to the presence of micronutrients, such as vitamin C, that help enhance immunity.
  1. Overall health: Apple puree contains considerable amounts of essential micronutrients, such as potassium, phosphorus, sodium, and magnesium. It also contains bioactive compounds that possess antioxidants.

How To Store Apple Puree?

You can warm the frozen puree before feeding

Babies should always be fed fresh food items. However, at times you might need to store food for later use. In such cases, simple steps, when followed right, can be helpful.

  1. Store fresh puree in an airtight container.
  1. Sterilize the container before storing the puree.
  1. Label the container with the date of preparation and store the puree for no more than three days.
  1. If you want to store the puree for a week or more, then freeze it.
  1. Frozen puree can be fed to babies by warming it on the stove.
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Well-stored apple puree can be used for babies.

Precautions To Take While Feeding Apple Puree To Babies

  1. Buy organic apples as they are considered safer. Apples, in general, are known to be contaminated with pesticides such as diphenylamineiXAn organic compound found in dairy, coriander, and industrial waste, possessing antioxidant properties(9).
  1. Use sterilized utensils to prepare and store the puree. This will ensure safety from any possible bacterial contamination.
  1. While preparing, ensure that puree has no lumps. Small chunks or lumps of apple pulp could be a potential choking hazard for babies.
  1. Never store the leftover puree in the baby’s feeding bowl as it may get contaminated with bacteria.
  1. As you introduce apple puree, feed just a teaspoon or two in the beginning.
  1. Follow a three to five-day wait rule to see if the baby is comfortable with the new food (10). If the baby is showing any signs of discomfort, then discontinue feeding apple puree.

Apple Puree Recipes For Babies

Once your baby gets used to eating mashed apple and apple puree, you can try adding other foods to it. Some options that you could try are pumpkin, sweet potato, banana, oats, etc. Below are some simple recipes for soft foods that use the goodness of apple puree.

1. Apple puree with sweet potato

Sweet potato and apple puree for baby

The addition of sweet potato to the apple puree can amplify the nutritional value of apple puree. Besides, this vitamin-rich food will also help provide variety to your infant.

You will need:

  • 1 medium-sized apple (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 small size sweet potato (chopped)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
  • Water

How to:

  1. Add the water in a pan and place it on high heat. As it starts to heat, add the apple pieces and the sweet potato pieces. Cook them until tender. Do not throw away the water in which you boiled the apples and the sweet potato. You can use it in the same recipe or use it later to prepare some other baby food.
  1. Blend the sweet potato and the apple pieces in a food processor to get a soft and smooth consistency. If you feel the sweet potato or the apple pieces are getting a little dry, add some boiled water.
  1. If your baby prefers a rough texture, you can mash the boiled sweet potatoes and the boiled apples with a spoon and feed.

Tip: Instead of sweet potato, you can add cereal to this recipe. To experiment, you may also add cooked rolled oats or mashed brown rice to apple puree. To make it more interesting and colorful, you can add other fruits into the mix. For instance, Debjani Moitra, a mother, adds one cup of frozen or fresh blueberries into the mix. She says, “This all-fruity puree is one of baby Prisha’s (her daughter’s) favorites (i).”

2. Apple carrot puree

Carrot is a fiber-rich veggie with high amounts of vitamins A, C, and potassium. Adding carrots to apple puree is a great way to introduce your baby to different tastes.

Apple carrot puree

You will need:

  • 300g carrot (peeled and cooked)
  • 1 red apple (de-seeded, peeled, and cooked)
  • 1 cup water

How to make:

  1. Blend all the ingredients into a smooth puree.
  2. Sieve the puree using a fine mesh if needed to ensure it has no lumps.
  3. Transfer the puree to a serving bowl and let your baby self-feed using a spoon.
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Tip: You can replace carrots with other veggies like avocado to give this recipe a delectable twist. In addition, you can freeze the puree in popsicle molds and make healthy ice pops for your child.

3. Apple pancake

Apple pancake puree for baby

Apple pancakes are a good homemade baby food choice for once they are older than seven months. If your baby shows signs of readiness, then you can serve pancakes to your baby at the age of six months as well.

You will need:

  • 1 cup multigrain flour
  • 2tbsp brown sugar
  • 1tbsp baking powder
  • ½tsp sea salt
  • ¼tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup whole fat milk
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple puree
  • Organic olive oil

How to:

  1. Take a flat pan and put it on medium flame.
  1. Meanwhile, whisk together all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon powder) in a bowl.
  1. Add milk and apple puree to the mix, and whisk again. Let the mix sit for about five minutes. Adjust the consistency of the mix or batter with water. It should be smooth but not runny or pasty.
  1. As the batter is ready, pour the batter onto the pan. Cook until the bottom is golden brown. Flip the pancake gently and cook the other side as well.
  1. Serve immediately with toppings of the baby’s choice.

Tip: You can add dried fruit powder to this batter. It will amplify the nutritional value of the recipe multi-folds. For baby lead weaning, you can cut the pancake into bite-size pieces and offer it as finger food to the baby.

4. Blueberry apple smoothie

Blueberry apple smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to introduce babies to different fruits. This recipe contains several healthy ingredients that can contribute to babies’ nutritional needs.

You will need:

  • 1 cup apple (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup unsweetened whole milk
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries

How to:

  1. Blend all the ingredients to a smooth-flowing, lump-free fluid.
  2. Pour the smoothie into a cup and serve. Alternatively, you can pour the smoothie into a bowl and let your baby eat it with a spoon.

Tip: You can add other seasonal fruits like banana, mango, and cantaloupe to this recipe. Adding a teaspoon of dried fruit and nut powder is another way to make this smoothie healthier and tastier.

Apple puree is a nutritious food that babies aged six months and above can consume as a part of their well-balanced diet. Regular consumption of apple puree in moderation can impart several health benefits to babies. However, preparing apple puree for babies in an age-appropriate way is essential to ensure they reap maximum benefits. You can feed your baby apple puree alone or add it to different fruit and vegetable purees or baby cereal to enhance the overall nutritional quality of your baby’s meal.

Key Pointers

  • Apple puree is highly nutritious for babies.
  • Apple puree can improve immunity, aid digestion, and promote overall health in babies.
  • Fresh and ripe apples are best for making puree.
  • Apples should be cooked, mashed, and blended well to make a smooth paste that is easy for the baby to consume.
  • Fresh apple puree can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Unlock the secrets of preparing a delightful and nutritious apple puree perfect for babies aged 4-8 months. This homemade recipe is both effortless and guaranteed to win over your little one’s taste buds.

Article written by Baby Plumbing

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