How to Make Banana Puree

Bottle of baby milk, bibs, banana and a snack laid out on a chair
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  • Prep Time
    5 min
  • Cook Time
    10 min
  • Total Time
    15 min
  • Yield
    Approximately 6 servings

Bananas are a wonderful first food for babies. You could easily buy pre-made banana baby food in any grocery store, but why not save money by making a banana puree yourself? It easy and only takes a few minutes.

Nutritional Benefits of Bananas

Bananas are a great first food for a number of reasons. For starters, they taste great. Bananas are naturally sweet and have a smooth texture that makes them easy to swallow. They're also loaded with nutrients. Bananas packed with potassium and vitamins B2, B6 and C.

Babies are ready to start solid food at around 4 to 6 months; it all depends on your baby's development. Most babies immediately take to bananas, and your baby will likely love them, but don't go overboard: too many can cause constipation.

Making a homemade banana puree is easy.


  • 1 ripe banana
  • Water, breastmilk, formula or infant cereal as needed
  • Fork
  • Bowl or blender/food processor


  1. Peel the banana and cut it into chunks.
  2. Blend the banana in a blender or food processor and until you reach the desired consistency or use a fork to mash the banana in a bowl.
  3. Appropriate texture by adding water, breastmilk or infant formula to thicken up a thin banana puree. If your baby prefers thicker foods, add infant cereal.

All About Banana Blends

Since babies love bananas, a banana puree is the perfect medium for mixing.

Mixing foods your baby hasn't sampled yet with the familiar taste of bananas is a great way to introduce your baby to new flavors. Prepare other fruits and vegetables and mix the purees together.

Banana blends are great when mixed with fruits like mango, peaches, pears, berries and oranges, and vegetables like squash, sweet potatoes and green veggies. Be mindful of allergic reactions. Babies have been known to react to strawberries and citrus fruits in particular, so talk with your pediatrician before you begin a new feeding plan.

How to Store Banana Puree

Mashed bananas are ready to eat, so you can serve them to baby as soon as feeding time hits. You can also store portions of your banana puree in the freezer. Bananas aren't typically recommended for freezing because they turn brown, but the discoloration is completely natural and doesn't affect taste. It's purely aesthetic. This occurs in all kinds of homemade baby foods, but if you want your food to look fresh there are a few ways to prevent browning.

An easy alternative: Freeze whole bananas, skins and all, and let them thaw out when you're ready to make a new batch of food.

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