Plantain Puree Recipe (Baby Food)

It’s never too early to get your baby into a healthy diet, so start with the Plantain Puree today!

In this recipe, I’ll show you how to turn firm plantains into a smooth and baby-friendly meal. Even the bright yellow color of the puree can get your baby excited for feeding time.

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 your baby!

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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!

How to Make Plantain Puree

Plantains may feel firm, but you can easily prepare them to make them especially perfect for your baby. There will be steaming and blending to get the right flavor and consistency.

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


Let’s keep it all-natural and fresh by using plantains for the puree.


Are plantains the same as bananas? They are not the same, but both come from the banana family. Plantains are lower in sugar and rich in starch, giving the puree a balanced, sweet flavor. 

Yellow and black plantains are overripe, while ripe ones are usually green. What distinguishes it from other bananas is that it is best served cooked due to its starch content. 

Health Benefits

  • 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.

Whenever you use plantains for baby food, remember to cook them first. Steaming them can unleash their sweet flavor and soft texture for baby feeding.

They’re not just for babies but for adults too! Use leftover plantains for Roasted Plantains, Plantain Fufu, Sweet Plantain Chips, and even Plantain Porridge!


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!
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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! 


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

Add other fruits or vegetables, such as carrots, tomatoes, and avocados, for a more flavorful plantain 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.

  • 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

Serve the puree at room temperature in your baby’s bowl. Use a baby’s 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.
  • In the fridge: Store the 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

Are mashed plantains healthy?

Yes, plantain purees are healthy, especially for babies. The puree can help with weaning, heart-healthy, immunity, brain development, energy, and overall health.

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

Can babies eat pureed plantain?

Yes, babies can eat pureed plantain as long as they are six months old and ready for baby food. Start with small amounts for proper baby feeding.

Are plantains bananas?

Plantains are not bananas. The plantains are actually vegetables, while bananas are fruits. Moreover, plantains are best served when cooked instead of fresh.

Do plantains taste like bananas?

Both plantains and bananas are sweet, but plantains are more starchy than sweet. Bananas also have a floral and fruity taste compared to the plantain’s starchy and earthy flavor.

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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


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


  • 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!



  • 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.


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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