How to Make Avocado Puree for Babies
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, avocados have a buttery, creamy texture that's easy for babies to mash between their gums. Avocados also have a mild flavor that's perfect for purees. Read on for the recipe.
Step 1: Select & Buy an Avocado
Domestic avocados are at their best in June, but imported avocados are sold in grocery stores throughout the year. Look for fruit with a firm texture that gives slightly when you squeeze it; the color can vary from green to dark purple and isn't the best indicator of ripeness. Hard avocados are underripe and will become grainy when pureed; squishy avocados are past their prime. (To ripen an avocado, place it in a cool place out of direct sunlight for a couple of days.) One avocado mixed with formula or breast milk yields 6 to 8 ounces of puree.
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Step 2: Wash, Pit & Slice the Avocado
Slice avocado down the middle, lengthwise, working around the pit. Twist each half of the avocado until it pulls apart. Use a spoon to pry out the pit, or stick the blade of a sharp knife into the pit and twist until the pit pops out. Cut slices lengthwise in the avocado just down to the skin and then peel the skin back. Or scoop the flesh out of the avocado with a spoon.
Step 3: Puree or Mash the Avocado
Puree in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add water as needed to reach desired consistency. For extra creaminess, puree the avocado with breast milk or formula instead of water.
For chunkier avocado, which is ideal for babies 10 months or older, mash it with a fork instead of pureeing it.
Step 4: Serve Avocado Puree
Avocado is a classic baby favorite alone, but it can also be combined with bananas for a fluffy puree that packs a powerful punch of omega-3s and potassium.Keep in mind that avocados don't refrigerate or freeze very well, but if you must refrigerate leftovers, seal them in an airtight container.