This smooth and sweet Apple + Kale Baby Puree is a fun and easy way to introduce mighty kale to your little one
Kale can be a tough vegetable to introduce into your baby’s diet. Too much kale in a puree and it can become super bitter. Too little kale and you are missing out on essential nutrients found in kale. To find the perfect balance, I copied Beech-Nut’s just apple & kale puree for a delicious and nutritious puree that both of my girls loved!
Let’s see what is actually inside both of the purees, my homemade puree and Beech-Nuts puree –
Apple – this is the base of the puree. Apple puree is sweet, simple and provides a solid base for almost any puree for baby without it being too watery. Most babies love apple puree so using it as a base for any vegetable combination is a common way to get baby to eat denser vegetables. But don’t count apples out for adding in a ton of nutrition. Apples are loaded with two different kinds of fiber, vitamins C, K and B6, potassium and they are a great source of antioxidants. These nutrients combined make apples an anti-inflammatory food that helps improve digestion, promotes bone health, aides pulmonary function and helps fight cardiovascular disease.
Kale – mighty kale! The superfood which every adult loves (or hates) to eat. Kale is loaded with vitamins K, A, C and B6, manganese, copper, calcium, iron and folate, just to name a few of its many nutrients. Put all of these together and kale helps support a healthy heart, promotes eye health and aides in brain development in babies! Kale is truly a super food for both you and baby.
I like to serve this puree with a big spoonful of plain full-fat Greek yogurt mixed in, because when you are going to serve this many nutrients to baby you might as well go all the way. Go big or go home, is my motto! Greek yogurt is a great way to add in some healthy fat that is great for brain development, probiotics to promote a healthy gut and calcium for healthy bones and muscles.
Anyway you serve this puree, it will be a winner in your little ones eyes (and mouth)!
Apple + Kale Baby Puree
4 apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
1/2 cup kale, roughly chopped
1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring 2 inches of water to a boil. Place the chopped apples into a steamer basket over the boiling water, cover and steam for 9 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork. Place the kale over the apples, cover and steam for an additional 1 minute. Let cool slightly. Reserve steamer water.
2. Place all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth. If your puree is too thick, add in the reserved steamer water, breast milk, formula or water into the blender in 1/4 cup incraments until you achieve your desired texture. I had to use 1/2 cup of reserved steamer water for the puree featured above, but amounts of added liquid will vary with each batch.
3. Serve and enjoy.
Spice It Up – Feel free to add in 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/8 tsp cloves, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or all of the above for a spice sensation!
Age: from about 6 months and up
Yield: roughly 18 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 3 days or in freezer for 3 months. These are one of our favorite freezer storage trays.