Plantain Puree Recipe (Baby Food)

Plan your baby’s meals with fruits, starting with the sweet, creamy, and healthy Plantain Puree!

Can you really make baby food from plantains even if they’re quite firm? Yes, you can. All it takes is a little bit of cooking, blending, and you’ve got a smooth, unique, and enjoyable Plantain Puree for your baby.

It’s one of the best baby foods I have made for my kids, and they all loved how sweet it is. Most importantly, the plantain puree is loaded with the best health benefits for kids of all ages.

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Be sure to add it to your baby’s go-to purees because it’s absolutely delicious and nutritious. With this baby food recipe, you and your baby will be winning at weaning and rejoicing at feeding time!

How to Make Plantain Puree

Let your baby experience plantains with an easy, quick, and healthy Plantain Puree. You don’t need to worry about the firm texture of the plantain. Once you steam and blend it, it’s going to have the perfect flavor and texture for your baby.

If you’ve made baby purees before, then the Plantain Puree will be a piece of cake!

Ingredient

What makes plantains some of the best fruits for your baby?

Plantains

Like other fruits, plantains can give the baby an experience with the best flavor, texture, and health benefits.

Even if they look like bananas, plantains are an entirely different fruit. Instead of the banana’s mildly sweet flavor, plantains taste starchy and bland. They taste more like sweet potatoes or yams than bananas.

Plantains can be yellow or green, the yellow ones are ripe while the green ones are unripe. In this recipe, you will need ripe plantains with black or brown patches on the skin. These will have the perfect flavor for the baby to enjoy.

You can also expect that plantains will have the nutrients that your baby needs for growth and development. What health benefits can your baby gain from eating plantains?

Health Benefits of Plantains for Babies

  • Help your baby develop eyesight by serving more baby food with plantains.
  • According to Solid Starts, plantains can help boost your baby’s energy.
  • Since they are rich in fiber, these plantains are surely going to be good for the baby’s digestion.
  • Easy Diapering also mentioned that plantains could effectively boost the baby’s immunity.
  • The nutrients from plantains can help with brain function, bones, muscles, and overall health.

Now you know how good and healthy plantains can be for your baby. Making Plantain Puree is certainly one of the best ways to get your baby started on fruits and vegetables!

Directions

Follow these steps to turn ordinary plantains into smooth, healthy, and baby-friendly Plantain Puree.

  1. Heat water in a pot.
  2. Peel and slice the plantain with a knife.
  3. Put the steaming basket in the pot.
  4. Then, steam the plantains over low heat for about seven minutes.
  5. Once cooked, set it aside and allow it to cool. 
  6. Put the plantains in a blender.
  7. Add water or breast milk if preferred.
  8. Blend the contents until smooth and runny.
  9. Transfer the contents into a baby bowl to serve!
plantain puree recipe for baby

The plantain puree should be a vibrant and appetizing color of orange with a slightly thick consistency. And that is how simple it is to create your baby’s Plantain Puree! 

Tips

Buying plantains

  • According to The Pioneer Woman, ripe plantains have a yellow and black color.
  • The plantains should also feel a bit firm to the touch.
  • Always use ripe plantains for a sweet taste.
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Storing plantains

  • You can keep them at room temperature and will continue to ripen on their own.
  • Agro Learner suggests blanching, freezing, canning, drying, or dehydrating plantains to make them last longer.
  • If you aren’t using them for a couple of days, then you can put them in the fridge.
  • You can also freeze them for up to 12 months!

Plantain Puree Variations

Do you want to make the Plantain Puree more interesting for your baby?

Aside from using plantains alone, you can pair them with other fruits or vegetables, such as carrots, tomatoes, and avocados, for a more flavorful puree recipe. To season, you can use cinnamon or maple syrup to enrich its quality. 

I suggest blending the plantains with breast milk or water, especially if it’s the baby’s first time trying it. No matter what happens, don’t forget to steam the plantains first. Instead of blending, you can also just mash it to get the right texture.

  • Pot: Boil water in a pot for steaming.
  • Knife: Use a knife to peel and chop the plantains.
  • Steaming basket: Steam the plantains to soften them.
  • Blender: Use a blender to make the Plantain Puree.
  • Baby bowl: Serve the puree in a baby bowl for your child to enjoy!

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How to Serve Plantain Puree

Are you ready to see just how much your baby will love the Plantain Puree/.

Serve the puree at room temperature in your baby’s bowl. Use a baby spoon to avoid overfeeding large amounts of puree. I suggest serving it in the morning to give the baby lots of energy for the day.

After letting the baby try it for the first time, wait for at least three days before serving the puree again. Remember to feed it to the baby in moderation to prevent indigestion.

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Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Never let baby food sit at room temperature for longer than two hours.

Make Ahead

In the fridge: Store the plantain puree in a container for up to three days. 

To freeze: Pour the puree into an ice cube tray, and let it freeze for a few hours. Once frozen, transfer the puree to a freezer bag for three months. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of plantain puree for babies?

You can trust that the plantain puree will give lots of health benefits for your baby. It can help with weaning, heart-healthy, immunity, brain development, energy, and overall health.

Moreover, it contain protein, iron, fiber, vitamin B, potassium, omega-3, and other nutrients that contribute to a baby’s growth. 

What do mashed plantains taste like?

Mashed plantains taste mildly sweet and starchy – just the right flavor for babies. You can make it tastier with milk, seasonings, and even other fruits or vegetables.

What is the difference between a banana and a plantain?

While both are fruits and may even look alike, they are several difference. Bananas have a sweet, creamy, and almost milky while plantains are starchy and bland. You can eat raw bananas but for plantains, you need to cook them first.

How to cook a plantain for baby?

You should steam the plantains first. Steaming is good for retaining the plantains’ nutrients while cooking and softening it.

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plantain puree recipe for baby

Plantain Puree

5 from 1 vote
This Perfect Plantain Puree Recipe for Babies is very easy and quick to make, suitable for parents who are on the go.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3
Course Baby Food, Baby Puree, Fruits
Cuisine Caribbean
Calories 73kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 plantain (ripe) the riper, the sweeter
  • 1 cup water (for steaming)

Instructions
 

  • Heat water in a pot.
  • Peel and slice the plantain with a knife.
  • Put the steaming basket in the pot.
  • Then, steam the plantains over low heat for about seven minutes.
  • Once cooked, set it aside and allow it to cool. 
  • Put the plantains in a blender.
  • Add water or breast milk if preferred.
  • Blend the contents until smooth and runny.
  • Transfer the contents into a baby bowl to serve!

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Notes

  • Always remember not to leave baby food at room temperature for 2 hours.
  • While slicing the plantain, you can remove the seeds for safer consumption.
  • The smaller the slices are, the faster they will cook.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 (of 3)Calories: 73kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 291mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 672IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Baby food, baby food recipe, baby weaning, fruit puree, Plantain recipe, plantains

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