Recipe: Plum Banana & Oats Baby Food

I am sooooo in love with these gorgeous black plums I’m finding in the produce section now that it’s summer. Whether or not you buy organic for plums is up to you. They aren’t part of the notorious Dirty Dozen (the top 12 dirtiest fruits and vegetables in terms of pesticides), but they’re #18 on the Environmental Working Group’s list of dirtiest produce. So I buy organic┬áplums whenever I see them, which is often now that the summer produce season is in full swing.

Plum banana baby food recipe

And boy, are they ever worth it. Look how absolutely lovely these juicy gems are. I just couldn’t stop taking photos.

Plum baby food recipe

If your baby is ready for small pieces of soft food, plums are a great starter. You don’t need to steam them because they’re already so soft (as long as they’re ripe). Generally, when I’m making this recipe I cut the skin off a section (reserving it to throw into the food processor because that’s where all the good stuff is!), and slice it into small pieces for my Monster to nosh on while I’m making his pouches.

Plums in general, but especially organic plums tend to get overripe fast. That’s how I ended up coming up with this recipe in the first place. If you find a bad spot, don’t toss it! Just cut it out and throw the good parts into the food processor. (Did you know the biggest cause of food waste in America is throwing out whole pieces of produce just because there’s one bad spot? That makes me sad!)

This is easily one of my Monster’s favorite baby food recipes. The last time I made it, my husband took it with him on one of their outings. He said after the baby demolished the whole pouch, he kept grabbing the empty pouch and waving it demandingly, unsatisfied with other food options. Ha!

This recipe only yields two pouches, with a couple ounces leftover for impatient Monsters who need a taste straightaway. If you like to prepare your baby food in bulk, double the recipe. It should make 5 4-ounce pouches if doubled. We just keep eating up all of our plums before we can make baby food with them!

Plum banana and oats baby foodPlum, Banana & Oats Baby Food

Ingredients

2 black plums, quartered and pitted
1 banana, peeled
1/4 cup rolled oats or baby oatmeal (whole rolled oats are more wholesome and give texture for older babies; baby oatmeal is ideal if you have a young baby just starting solids)

Method

Combine plums, banana, and oats (or oatmeal) in food processor or blender. Blend until desired consistency is achieved. If you would like a thicker puree, add more oats or oatmeal one tablespoon at a time until desired thickness is achieved.

 

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