Ready to start your baby on solid foods? Apples are an easy and delicious first fruit to prepare when making your own baby food. Everyone knows the old adage, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and this nutrient-rich fruit lives up to the expectation. Full of dietary fiber and antioxidants, apples are a great fruit to keep on rotation for babies, growing toddlers, and grownups alike!Print
If your baby is at least 4 months, and meets the other criteria for starting solids, apples are a great fruit to introduce. When selecting applesauce apples for young babies, consider varieties such as gala, fuji, or cameo (hard to find but a personal favorite). These apples are slightly sweet and mild in flavor and less acidic than granny smith which may irritate a young babies’ developing digestive system. Although apple peels contain lots of nutrients, it is important to peel apples for babies younger than 8 months to avoid an upset tummy. Once baby has mastered apples alone, try mixing with other first foods such as avocado, banana, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots or butternut squash.
1 cup water
- Peel and core apples. Chop into roughly equal size pieces.
- Add water to the bottom of a heavy bottomed pot and bring to a boil.
- Put apples in steam basket over boiling water and reduce heat to a simmer.
- Cover and simmer on low-medium until apples are tender (about 7-8 mins).
- Remove apples and place in a food processor.
- Process until smooth, adding a little water from the saucepan as needed to reach desired consistency.
- Transfer applesauce puree to an ice cube tray and freeze uncovered. Once puree is frozen, remove cubes to a freezer safe container.
To thaw: Place desired number of cubes of applesauce in the fridge overnight. OR Place cubes in microwave safe container and microwave in 30 sec intervals until just heated. OR Place cubes on stove and heat until just warmed.
It is very easy to make your own oatmeal for baby to get some extra calcium, fiber, and protein in their diet. For young babies, simply pulse the oats in a food processor to make an oat powder and use applesauce to mix. For older babies, regular old fashioned oats and grated apple can be used to provide exposure to more texture.
1 apple, peeled
¼ cup old fashioned or quick oats (not steel cut)
1 cup water
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Add oats (or oat powder for young babies) and water to a saucepan and let rest for 5-10 mins to soften the oats. Cook on medium heat until the oatmeal thickens.
- Meanwhile, grate apple (or prepare applesauce).
- Add grated apple (or applesauce) and cinnamon and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until everything is heated through.
- Let cool completely and serve.
Baby led weaning is the process of allowing baby to feed themselves, typically with a version of what the whole family is eating. Although it is recommended to limit sugar intake for children under two, a few bites of this apple crisp would be a great alternative to traditional desserts such as apple pie. This apple crisp is sweetened with maple syrup and a homemade date caramel. Dates are loaded with both soluble and insoluble fiber, and minerals like copper, sinc, magnesium, calcium, and even vitamin A, B6 and K!
2 lbs granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ t. nutmeg
1 t. cinnamon
3 T. almond flour
pinch of coarse salt
1 t. vanilla
1 cup date caramel
1/3 cup almond flour
½ cup oats
¼ cup brown sugar (can sub cocnut sugar, or even maple syrup)
1 t. cinnamon
¼ cup melted coconut oil
1 cup oat milk (or milk of choice)
1 t. vanilla
1 t. salt (can omit)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Make the date caramel first. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until combined. Makes about 12 oz.
- Make the filling: Peel, core, and slice apples. Combine all other filling ingredients and toss with apples (making sure to coat all the apples). Place filling in the pie dish or baking 8” baking pan.
- Top the filling with a cup of the prepared date caramel.
- Make the topping: Combine all topping ingredients. Sprinkle topping on top of filling/ date caramel mixture.
- Bake uncovered for about 40-50 minutes or until the filling is soft.