Have you ever baked a peach or baked apples or pears? If not, then now is the perfect time to give it a try – your baby will thoroughly enjoy the tastes!
Baking fruits brings out their natural sweetness and also makes for a nice soft fruit. Baking fruits will give you a warm naturally yummy treat.
You may eat the baked fruits in a variety of ways from the simple to the garnished. Below you will find information on how to bake fruits for tasty homemade baby food and even for the big kids too!
BAKED PEACHES, NECTARINES and PLUMS
- Turn on the oven to 400(F),
- Halve the fruit if using peaches, pears, or nectarines and plums
- Do not peel – stoning is optional though I usually do remove the stones
- Add 1-2 inches of water to a baking pan,
- Place fruits “face down” and bake at 400F for approx. 40 minutes or until skin puckers.
- If you use this method for pears, bake for 20 minutes or until skin puckers
- Once baked, slip off the skins if you desire and enjoy warm
- Core a few apples (leave peel on),
- Wipe center inside with butter if desired or add a wee bit of water to the inside
- Sprinkle some cinnamon if desired
- Add raisins and a wee dash of brown sugar if desired too.
- Place apples upright in a baking pan filled with 2-3 inches of water (more water than with peaches as peaches are more shallow) –
- Bake at 400 for approx. 40 minutes or until skin puckers and/or fruit begins to bubble.
BAKED BANANAS and PEARS
- peel and cut bananas or pears in half length-wise
- then place on baking sheet lightly spread with olive oil –
- You choose the temp and keep a watch. We use 400 for approx 10 minutes.
- Pears are generally more soft so keep a watch as they may bake up faster than you realize.
- Sprinkle bananas and/or pears with some cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg if desired
Bananas are also yummy when fried in a dash of butter on the stove top – sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with honey if age appropriate. Pears are very yummy when lightly fried with a touch of vanilla.
Ways to Serve Homemade Baked Fruits
Once your fruits have been baked you may serve them in a variety of ways.
Baked Fruits For Baby:
Slip skins off and purée – serve alone or blend with other fruits, veggies like acorn squash and sweet potatoes or even blend into meats and cereals.
- Slip skins off and make a fruit spread
Slip skins off and dice into finger foods
- Blend into warm brown rice, add yogurt and mix – Instant rice pudding.
Baked Fruits For the Whole Family:
Serve warm fruits with frozen yogurt
Serve warm fruits atop your favorite healthy cakes
Serve fruits with oatmeal in the morning
Serve baked apples in a bowl surrounded by frozen yogurt with maple syrup or honey drizzled atop (over age 1 year old).
- Serve baked apples plain with a spoon – Instant snack in its own bowl.
Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.
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