This Apple Baby Puree recipe is a wonderful first food for baby! A delicious nutrient-dense puree that baby will go gaga over! Great baby food for 4-6 months and up – stage 1 baby food.
Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
Homemade Apple Puree for Baby
This recipe is an all-time favorite on the blog!
It was the first post that I ever published and since then, readers (and babies) have fallen in love with this creamy apple 🍎 puree for baby.
It is an amazing pick for baby’s first bite of food!
Or spooned into a reusable pouch for toddler!
Even older kids love this recipe for a simple and healthy snack!
I’m pretty sure even you will be sneaking in spoonfuls of this delicious homemade puree for yourself as well!
First time making homemade baby food? Then, I would suggest that you start by reading my very in-depth Guide on how to Make Homemade Baby Food – which goes over all the important information such as the best cooking tools to have on hand, safe storage, how to know when baby is ready for solids, how to introduce purees, the best first foods for baby, and more! You can also check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes!
Reasons to love this apple puree
- creamy and smooth
- nutrient-dense – filled with 2 kinds of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
- delicious – seriously better than any homemade brand
- baby food for 4+ months – stage 1 baby food puree
- toddler & kid-friendly
- fast – done in less than 20 minutes
- great for baby’s first bite
- flavored with a pinch of cinnamon
HEALTH BENEFITS OF APPLES
- Good source of fiber, which benefits heart health and digestion. The pectin in apples is prebiotic, which is the food probiotics, or good bacteria in the gut, feed on. The soluble fiber apples contain helps with cholesterol levels.
- Helps with hydration due to their high water content.
- Good source of vitamin C, which helps with immunity.
- The antioxidants in apples help with cancer prevention.
Best Apples to Use
I prefer to use a sweeter apple such a Pink Lady or McIntosh, but really can you use any apple you prefer or have on hand.
Here are some great options:
- Pink Lady
- Golden Delicious
- Prep apples: peel, core and roughly chop apples.
- Cook: place the apples, water and cinnamon (if using) in a medium saucepan and heat on medium-low for 12-15 minutes.
- Puree: transfer to blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
- Serve or freeze.
Peeling Tip: you can peel or not peel apples for this puree. I would recommend peeling apples if this is the first time your baby is eating apples as the peels have a good deal of fiber. Once they get used to the apples and their fiber content, peeling is completely up to you.
OTHER COOKING METHODS
While I love the crisp flavor of simmered apples, there are several different ways you can cook apples for baby food.
Peel and roughly chop apples before placing them into a steamer basket over 2 inches of boiling water for 8-10, or tender when pricked with a fork. Puree in a blender as directed below.
Place peeled and roughly chopped apples into a medium saucepan, add enough water to cover the apples and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for 10 minutes or when tender with pricked with a fork. Puree in a blender as directed below. Just FYI, boiling tends to leave foods less nutritious than other methods of cooking because many of the nutrients are leached into the water while boiling, and then the water is thrown out.
Difference between apple puree and applesauce
The difference between apple puree and applesauce really comes down to how much you puree the apples and the amount of added ingredients. Apple puree is generally cooked apples that have been pureed to a very smooth consistency, while applesauce is cooked apples that can be slightly chunky or very chunky.
Spices to add
While the most popular option is adding cinnamon to apple baby food, you can also add in cloves, nutmeg, fresh mint, fresh basil, freshly grated ginger or even coriander.
Tip on Spices: I always add in spices to my baby food purees, but you can add or leave out spices in all of your baby food. You do you! Either way, this puree will taste amazing.
WHEN CAN BABY EAT APPLES?
Baby can have apples as one of their first foods. When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes between 4-6 months of age. Some of the developmental milestones babies need to reach in order to start solids include: if your baby has solid control of their head and neck, if your baby has doubled in weight, and if your baby is reaching for or opening their mouth when you eat (see my guide here). Before you start baby on purees, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready.
HOW TO STORE APPLE BABY FOOD
You can store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
This puree can be frozen for up to 4 months.
- Spoon puree into a freezer storage container (this is my favorite freezer storage container) – do not overfill.
- Place the lid on the storage container or cover with a piece of saran wrap and label with date and recipe name.
- Place the tray into the freezer and let freeze completely – preferably overnight.
- Pop out the baby food cubes and place in a zip-lock baggie or stasher bag – don’t forget to re-label the baggie or stasher bag for future reference.
Need more information on how to store your baby foods – head over to my Best Baby Food Storage Containers – Plus 6 Tips on Freezing and Thawing post!
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Apples Baby Food Puree with Cinnamon
- 6 apples peeled, cored and chopped
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- In a medium saucepan, place the apples, water and cinnamon. cover and heat on medium-low for 15-20 minutes or until apples are tender. Let cool slightly.
- Cover and heat on medium-low for 15-20 minutes or until apples are tender. Let cool slightly.
- Transfer all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth. For a chunky puree, quickly pulse the ingredients 10-15 times or until you receive your desired consistency.
- Serve to baby or freeze for later.