I’ve yet to meet the baby who doesn’t like blueberries! And these juicy little fruits don’t just taste delicious, they are absolutely packed with goodness for your tiny diner.
Blueberries are classed as ‘superfruits’
Although they deserve that name just for their wonderful taste, blueberries are considered superfruits because they are so incredibly good for you (and your baby).
Research has shown them to be even higher in valuable antioxidants than fruits like cranberries or grapes. They are also known to have a beneficial effect on your baby’s brain (see this post for more details).
Full of vitamins and minerals, blueberries have a very gentle, laxative effect on the body. This means they are great for helping prevent constipation – a common problem in younger babies whose digestive systems are just getting used to coping with solid foods.
We have a page devoted to blueberries here, where you can learn lots more about them and the best way to introduce them to your baby.
The following recipe is very simple to make. Its taste and texture are perfect for younger babies and you can easily adjust the quantities to make a larger batch if you prefer. You can then freeze it into handy portions for future use – I’d recommend using them within a month for the very best flavor.
Different Ways to use Baby’s Blueberry and Apple Puree
This is – of course – a yummy puree served with a spoon, just as it is! But there are so many other creative ways you could use it…
- Stir it into your baby’s oatmeal
- Use it as a healthy alternative to syrup on homemade pancakes
- Stir it into homemade yogurt or natural yogurt to add flavor without sugar
- Use it as a dip for other fruits or veggies
- Try serving it with shredded meat – it goes surprisingly well!
For Baby’s Blueberry and Apple Puree You Will Need…
1/3 cup fresh blueberries
1 small apple, peeled (or you can leave it unpeeled if you prefer – find out more about whether to peel fruits and veggies here)*
*Try to use a sweet apple, so that the puree is not too tart. If it is still not sweet enough for your baby, try adding a little pureed banana to the mix!
1. Core the apple and cut into dice.
2. Place the apple in a small saucepan and just cover with water, then bring to the boil.
3. Simmer for 2 minutes or so until almost tender, then add the blueberries. Simmer for another 2 minutes.
4. Drain (reserving the water), then blend using a baby food processor or stick blender until smooth. Add back a little of the reserved cooking water if you need to loosen the puree up.
This recipe makes around half a cup (4 fl oz) of puree.