Ever wonder what else can you put in banana puree besides cinnamon? This Roasted Banana Puree with rosemary is so delicious and simple to make! It uses only two ingredients to create the BEST banana puree that both you and your baby will love. Perfect baby food for babies 4-6 months and older, stage 1 baby food!
Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
This baby food puree is a fun twist on the classic banana and cinnamon version!
We are going to start off by roasting the bananas for a few minutes in a hot oven, just to caramelize the bananas and make them extra delicious 😋.
While this is an extra step in this recipe, as you can easily just toss bananas into a blender and call it a day, trust me when I say roasting bananas is like making edible magic 🧙♀️.
And what baby doesn’t want to eat a magical roasted puree for their lunch? Not your little foodie 👶, I’m sure of that!
Next, we are going to nix the predictable pinch of cinnamon, and we are going to balance out the bananas’ natural sweetness with a little pinch of fresh rosemary.
Using only two ingredients you are going to create the BEST banana puree that both you and your baby will love💛.
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 Banana Baby Food:
- baby food for 4 months and up
- stage 1 baby food
- creamy and smooth
- great for spoon-feeding or served in a reusable pouch
- easy organic baby food recipe – use organic bananas (which are only cents more than standard bananas)
- easy to make – 5 minutes of hands-on time
- take only 2-ingredients
- Bananas: are the key ingredient in this recipe. I like using organic bananas in my baby food recipes as the price is very comparable to conventional and they are usually readily available, but you can use whichever ones you prefer.
- Rosemary: while this recipe uses fresh rosemary to give it a nice earthy taste, you can also add a pinch of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, fresh chopped mint or basil to this recipe as well. I would not recommend using dried rosemary to this recipe as it is too hard and will not incorporate into the puree as well as fresh does.
Tip on Bananas: while any ripeness of bananas will work, I have found that the bananas that are ripe (several brown spots) tend to work best in this recipe.
BENEFITS OF BANANA FOR BABY
Bananas are a great first food for babies because they are loaded with essential nutrients for growing baby including. They are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, manganese and potassium, and they are high in vitamin B6.
- Good source of Potassium: potassium is a crucial nutrient for active babies as it acts as an electrolyte that manages hydration levels, helps nutrients reach cells, removes waste from cells and helps maintain a normal heartbeat. Its also important for muscle contraction.
- Great for Digestion Health: banana fiber helps prevent constipation, bloating and other unwanted digestive issues in baby.
- Boosts Mood: bananas contain the amino acid tryptophan and vitamin B6 that may help boost baby’s happy hormones, and there is nothing better than a happy baby!
In this recipe, we are adding in a pinch of fresh rosemary, but feel free to use the following spices instead – cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, mild curry powder, mint, basil or ginger (see quantity recommendations in the recipe card).
Tip on Spices: I always added 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.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Peel and cut bananas lengthwise and place on baking sheet.
- Roast for 10-12 minutes or until just golden brown.
- Add roasted bananas and rosemary to a blender and puree for 1-2 minutes. You may want to add a squeeze of lemon juice to prevent it from browning.
- Serve or freezer for later.
Other ways to enjoy this puree
- Savory Meal for Baby: mix this banana puree with a pear and spinach puree for a savory meal.
- Baby Breakfast: mix with a spoonful of plain yogurt and homemade quinoa baby cereal for a nutrient-dense start to baby’s day.
- Toddler Breakfast: mixed with plain yogurt and a dollop of honey for a great toddler breakfast.
- Toddler Snack: top with toasted shredded coconut and chopped cashews for a crunchy toddler snack.
- For You: eat by the spoonful after your baby goes to bed and before you pick up the mess they made around the house that day.
how to store the banana puree
This puree will keep for 2 days in the fridge or 4 months in the freezer. After thawing, this puree will last 2 days in the fridge. Your banana puree might become a little darker after freezing (see video) and this is completely fine. If you want to keep it the same color, feel free to add in a 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to the puree before freezing.
If you are heating the puree on the stove or in the microwave, any leftovers need to be tossed after you serve it.
WHEN CAN BABY EAT BANANAS?
Baby can have pears 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.
Favorite Kitchen Tools: Get a list of my favorite kitchen tools to make the best baby food here!
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Roasted Banana Baby Puree (Stage 1)
- 4 peeled bananas, cut lengthwise
- 1/8 tsp fresh rosemary finely chopped
- Preheat: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roast: Place bananas on a baking sheet and roast for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly.
- Blend: Place bananas and rosemary into a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth. You may need to add additional water, so start by adding in 1/4 cup increments until you get the desired consistency. You may want to add a squeeze of lemon juice to prevent it from browning.
- Serve: Let cool slightly, and serve to baby or freeze for later.