Bananas make a great and versatile food for both babies and adults. They can be made into a puree, mashed into a chunky puree, used as a finger food for babies, or included in a recipe. Bananas are a great first food for babies because they are loaded with essential nutrients for a growing baby. They are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, manganese, and potassium, and they are high in vitamin B6. These easy-to eat banana food ideas and recipes are simple, healthy, and quick to make.
We have searched the Internet for recipes, so you don’t have too. Here is a selection of ideas and recipes to tickle your babies taste buds.
1. Baby Chunks
Peel half of a banana and using your fingernails, break the banana into chunks along the seem of the banana. It should easily break into chunks
Tips for choosing a ripe banana:
To pick a ripe banana that’s pleasantly sweet but not over ripe, look for one that’s yellow with a smattering of small brown spots. Avoid ones that have large brown areas as that may mean they’re mushy and brown on the inside. (Source: www.babyfoode.com)
2. Banana lemon and walnut muffins (10 minutes prep)
The best thing though about these baby muffins is that they are sweetened with only banana! They are sugar-free and super healthy. (Source: www.babyledfeeding.com)
300g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
60g crushed walnuts
3 bananas chopped
60ml rapeseed oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest 1 lemon
Juice 2 lemons
- Pre-heat oven to 170ºC.
- Add flour, baking powder and walnuts to a bowl and stir. Make a well in the centre then set aside.
- In a separate bowl mash the banana until it is smooth. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir really well until it becomes creamy.
- Slowly pour the wet mixture into the flour and whisk it until they are fully combined and silky smooth.
- Divide the batter into lightly oiled mini muffin moulds. I had enough batter left over to make 4 large Mummy sized muffins too.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until brown and a wooden skewer comes out clean.
- Serve warm or cold.
3. Banana smoothie
- Banana - 1/2 cup
- Orange Juice - 2 tbsp from half of a orange
- Thick Curd - 2 tbsp
Wash the orange in running water thoroughly. Cut into two pieces.Then Extract juice from orange with a help of citrus juicer without pulp. Set aside.
Slice the banana into thin circles.Then take the chopped banana pieces, curd, orange juice in a juicer/blender. Blend everything till smooth.
4. Banana Pancakes
These 3-ingredient pancakes are great for babies, toddlers, as well as kids and adults!
It’s the perfect food to have on hand if you are doing Baby-Led Weaning or caring for someone who struggles with eating and swallowing. You can serve them plain or with a smear of cream cheese, avocado, or nut butter on top.
1. In a medium bowl, mix mashed banana, an egg, and whole wheat flour.
2. Add a pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for some extra flavour if preferred.
3. Cook as you would any pancake and serve.
We hope you enjoy these 4 banana recipe ideas. Here at Bibetta we love using bananas as they're jam-packed full of nutrients and are so versatile in how they can be prepared.
Let us know which of these recipes are your go-to's!
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