Apple Baby Puree
This Apple Baby Puree recipe is a wonderful first food for your baby! A delicious, nutrient-dense puree that your 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), and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).
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 your baby’s first bite of food!
Or spooned into a reusable pouch for your 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!
Apple Puree Video
Watch this video to see just how easy this recipe is to make!
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 4-6+ months – stage 1 baby food puree
- toddler & kid-friendly
- easy to make – done in less than 20 minutes
- great for your baby’s first bite
- flavored with a pinch of cinnamon
Heath 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.
Make sure to read the recipe card below for full ingredients and instructions!
- Apples: You will need six apples for this recipe. Look for apples that are firm, ripe and don’t have any open blemishes or bruises.
- Cinnamon: Adding in a pinch of cinnamon will make this puree even more swoon-worthy! But adding in spices to your baby’s puree is totally up to you. You can opt to leave them out if you prefer.
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 apple 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. If this is your first time serving apples to your baby, I would recommend peeling the apples as they contain a good deal of fiber, which might be a little too much for babies belly. Once your baby gets used to the apples and their fiber content, peeling is completely up to you.
These tools will make it a lot easier for you to make this healthy Apple Baby Food Puree. For more of my favorite baby food-making tools, be sure to check out my online shop.
- Medium Saucepan
- Blender or Food Processor
- Freezer Tray
- Storage Containers for Fridge
- Stasher Bag
- BEABA Babycook
- suction bowl or baby bowl
- baby spoon
- open lid cup
- bib with catch pocket
Other Cooking Methods
While I love the crisp flavor of simmered apples, there are several different ways you can cook apples for baby food.
Nothing is better than homemade apple puree! And now that delight got even easier with the BEABA Babycook. With a touch of a button, you will have homemade apple puree for your baby (and you) in a matter of minutes. To make, place 3 peeled, cored and chopped apples into the stainless steel steamer basket, and place the basket into the glass container, closing the lid. Fill the reservoir tank to a level 3, close and lock the lid. Hit the steam button and let the machine get to work. Once steamed, transfer the apples into the glass container, leaving the water, and add a pinch of cinnamon. Close the lid, and hit the blend button for 1 minute or until the puree is smooth. You may need to add more water to the puree if needed in 2 tablespoon increments.
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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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Baby can eat 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 your baby on purees, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready for purees.
Apples can 100% be your baby’s first food if you want it to be. It is recommended to wait to introduce the top eight allergen foods to your baby once a few other well-tolerated foods have been introduced, but otherwise, foods can be introduced in any order so choose whatever you are most excited for your baby to have.
No, apples are not a common allergen, however, as with any food, start with a small portion and be aware of any signs that might be an allergic reaction after introducing it.
Applesauce may cause constipation in babies, however raw apples and apple juice may actually help alleviate constipation.
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.
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.
How to Store Apple Baby Food
You can store this apple puree in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
This puree can be frozen for up to 4 months.
- Spoon puree into a 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!
Puree Feeding Tips
- Follow your baby’s lead – when feeding purees from a spoon, sometimes there’s a tendency to keep offering bites past the point of your baby being full. Always follow baby’s cues for when they are done eating. Turning away from the spoon, closing her mouth, or pushing food away are all signs that baby is finished with the meal.
- Place a small amount of puree on the tray during spoon feeding, so that your baby can dip their fingers or hands in the puree. Allowing baby to explore foods in this way helps them learn to self-feed and can help them be more willing to try new textures and foods in the future.
- Purees are great to keep in your baby’s regular rotation of foods – but if you start feeding with traditional weaning using purees, make sure to progress beyond eating ONLY purees. Once baby can safely and comfortably swallow purees (usually by 7 or 8 months) it’s time to introduce other textures, such as teething biscuits and soft cooked finger foods. Moving onto additional textures in a timely manner may help prevent feeding difficulties at a later age.
Apple Combination Purees
While this apple puree is delicious on it’s own, it will also be amazing mixed with these purees for a fun and tasty combination puree.
Apples for Baby-Led Weaning: Apples are also a great food to serve to your baby whole for baby-led weaning (6+ months) or as a finger food (9+ months). You can always serve baby a combination of purees and finger foods right from the start.
Or watch a shortened version of this video here.
Get the recipe: Apples Baby Food Puree
- 6 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- Add: In a medium saucepan, place the apples, water and cinnamon.
- Cook: Cover and heat on medium-low for 10-15 minutes or until apples are tender. Let cool slightly.
- Transfer: Transfer all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor.
- Puree: blend on medium 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.
- Eat: Serve to your baby or freeze for later.
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43 Comments on “Apple Baby Puree”
This is fantastic! Thank you!
I LOVE your blog, it has helped me so much and I’m only just scratching the surface on this whole baby food thing! Quick question on this recipe though, how many ounces does this yield and how long is it good for in the fridge/freezer? Thanks so much for all you do/you’ve done to make this website!
Sorry I don’t have this posted – this recipe makes roughly 25 ounces and will last 4 days in the fridge or 4 months in the freezer.
Thanks for stopping by, I am so glad you are here!!
Do you only use 1/2 cup of water to cook all of the apple chunks?
Yes! 1/2 cup will be all you need:)
Hi! I love this recipe, however I feel like I always have to cook it way longer than 15 minutes until the apples are soft enough to smash. Am I doing something wrong?
Not at all, just cook as long as it takes you to get them soft enough to blend. I made it this weekend and used it as a chunky applesauce and I simmered them or 17 minutes, but maybe I just cook them on a higher temp or have smaller pieces. I also added a sprinkle of ground ginger and all-spice and it was SO good!!
Im curious as to which types of apples are best for this? Or does it matter?
Thank you so much for sharing your helpful information. It’s very unique post. Good job.
I make homemade apple/pear sauce all the time since it’s so easy, tasty and healthy! Moreover, my kids love this! This is a great recipe to include in our freezer batch!
How do you use the freeze cubes? do you microwave it or do you slowly defrost it?
You can do either one, they both work great! Read more on my guide on How to Freeze, Store and Thaw Baby Food Purees.
Do you drain the water before blending it? Or keep some for a smoother consistency?
Good question. I keep the water in and it always works out perfectly. You can use a slotted spoon and transfer the apples to the blender and then add in the cooking water if needed. Totally up to you.
Is cinnamon good for 4 months old baby? Thank you
Yes! Great for taste as well as boosting brain functions. You can always omit if you want.
Would it be possible to substitute breast milk/formula for the water?
You can add fresh breast milk or formula to this recipe while you are blending it. I wouldn’t cook the apples in breast milk or formula as the heat will kill off most benefits of both of them.
Can you cook the apples in an instant??
Yes, I should add this to the post. You would add in the same amount of apples with 1 cup of water, put on the lid and heat on manual for 4 minutes before you do a quick release.
Does the purée turn brown when you freeze it?
No, it shouldn’t turn brown when frozen as long as you put it in the freezer within 20-30 minutes of pureeing.
Just came across your website last night & made my daughter broccoli dinner – SHE LOVED IT!! With this, I’m wondering if I could mix with a little peanut butter to introduce this common allergen early? Thank you!
So glad your baby loved the broccoli dinner! Yes, you can definitely add some peanut butter to this meal to start introducing nuts to your baby. You can read my Nuts for Baby guide for more ways to add in peanut butter to baby’s diet from the very start.
Made this for my little girl as her first fruit puree. I made just apple and apple with cinnamon. The plain apple she ate but didn’t seem thrilled with, but she absolutely loves the apples with cinnamon! I never would have thought to add spices but happy I came across your recipe.
Love your little apple puree experiment! I love that she liked both, but really nothing compares to the apples with cinnamon. It’s the best!
So glad baby liked this apple puree!
Silly question but is the 1/2 cup water ok for a 4 month old?
Yes, it’s perfectly fine. Because the apples will absorb the water to help break down the fiber. Plus, your baby isn’t having 1/2 cup of water in one sitting. Hope that helps.
If only making an apple pure using a strong blender why do the apples have to be cooked. I know for this recipe you are adding cinnamon so it’s more so for that reason but in general most recipes call for cooked, baked or steamed apples. Just curious why that is
Thank you in advance
Great question – while some fruits you don’t need to cook before pureeing – bananas, mango, berries, avocado, with apples the amount of fiber in the apples is pretty high, so if you just blended up apples you would get a lumpy mixture with chunks of apple and then liquid, it wouldn’t completely combine together. When you cook the apples, the fiber breaks down slightly so when you blend it the apple’s natural sugars, water and fiber will blend into a smooth consistency. Hope that makes sense. The same goes with pears.
Thank you for sharing all your delicious recipes! My now 6month old son loves it all and eats everything so far.
What’s the easiest way to know what recipes is better suited for breakfast, lunch and dinner? I’ve seen your baby menu link but just so I can understand why and what should be consumed at those particular times.
Thanks in advance xx
So glad your son loves this one!
For the most part, you can really serve any puree to your baby at any time of the day. I just separate the purees out into different meals so parents can see one way to meal plan for a baby.
This is one of my daughter’s all time favorites. Highly recommend with a pinch of cinnamon!
So happy to hear your daughter loved this one. IMO, the pinch of cinnamon makes this puree!
You’re so helpful!
So glad you found this helpful!
Hi Michele! Would this be okay for a baby past Stage 1? Thank you!
I think I added too much water and blended too long. Is there a way to thicken it back up if its too watery? I was making too many batches of baby food in one night and I scooped out some cooked apples to add to carrots, and some for peas and green beans and I think I ended up with too much liquid when I blended apples alone. Also, is it possible to over puree? I used a puree button on my Vitamix, but it seems like it whipped alot of air in my purees and make them too smooth, if there is such a thing. Thanks for your advice!
You can add a thin puree to a grain puree, yogurt, or any thicker veggie puree. I haven’t heard of over-mixing purees before. I don’t have the puree button my Vitamix. What did the puree look like after being in the fridge or freezer?
Just made this with my own little twist and i enjoy it so much and my son loves it.
So happy to hear your little one loves this puree! What is your own twist? Tell me all of your secrets!