Blueberry baby food recipes? The first thing that may have crossed your mind if you are a mum, is are they really safe to be given to babies? Let us answer that for you. Yes, blueberries are indeed safe and can be given to your baby without any apprehensions whatsoever.
While most mothers, don’t really feed their babies, berries till they are 12 months old. This thumb rule does not apply for blueberries. All other berries – strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries that belong to the rose family, are said to contain allergens that can trigger eczema and impede digestion in babies. However, the blueberry belongs to a different family and are absolutely safe to feed your baby. And, if you did not already know, most baby foods contain natural blueberry flavoring, which means YES, they can be consumed by babies!
So, when can your baby start eating blueberries?
Introduce blueberries in your baby’s diet from the eighth month. You can feed them as a puree or throw them into an interesting dish.
Before, we go into five quick recipes that you can conjure to make your baby’s meal interesting, let us take you through the nutritional value of these tasty berries.
Nutritional value per 100gm of the Berries
- Carbohydrate 14.49 gm
- Natural Sugars 9.96 gm
- Fiber 2.4 gm
- Protein 0.74 gm
- Potassium 77 mg
- Phosphorus 12 mg
- Calcium 6 mg
- Magnesium 6 mg
- Vitamin E 0.57 mg
- Vitamin C 9.7 mg
- Vitamin B3 0.418 mg
- Vitamin K 19.3 µg
With no further ado, let us now give you what you have been waiting for. Yes, the recipes!
1. Blueberry Puree
Yes, the easiest of them all to begin with. Blueberry puree is easy to make and easy to feed.
- 1 cup of preferably fresh Blueberries
- Half a cup of water
- Throw in a cup of water into a cooking pot and bring it to a boil. Once the water begins to boil, throw in the berries and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Once the berries have become softer, use a slotted ladle to gently strain the water and take separate the fruits.
- The berries go into a blender. Add the boiled water if you want a thinner consistency.
- Blend the berries with enough water and ensure there are no lumps or skins in the paste that could gag a young baby.
- Let the puree cool down and bottle it up for future use.
2. Banana Blackberry Puree
Yet another puree with a twist in taste! Babies simply love bananas and it is one of the most wholesome foods you can give your child. When you combine the goodness of banana with blueberries, you get a puree your child will love and is good for health too!
- One cup of blueberries
- 1 medium-sized banana
- Peel and cut the banana into small slices.
- Mash the slices of banana into a coarse paste using a spoon or ladle.
- Bring a cup of water to boil in a cooking pot. Add the mashed bananas and berries in and let it simmer for at least 15-20 minutes.
- Blend the contents in a mixer and cool before feeding it to your baby.
3. Blueberry Puree Oatmeal Mix
This is a recipe that is quick to put together and will tickle the taste buds of not just young but older babies. Make sure that the oats you buy has no added flavor or preservatives.
- 1/2 cup each of blueberry puree and unflavored oat meal
- Grind the oatmeal into a coarse powder.
- Use the berries to make a puree.
- Mix the puree and oatmeal and make a paste. Add water if you wish to make the consistency thinner.
4. Blueberry Tofu Mash
If your child is not allergic to tofu, this is a recipe you must try. Like you may already know, tofu is a rich source of protein and ideal for weaning babies. This is a dish that is best suited for babies of at least 11 months or older.
- 1/2 cup of freshly prepared blueberry puree
- 1/2 cup of Firm Tofu
- Take a bowl and mix the tofu and blueberry puree. You may need to add water to soften the mixture.
- Transfer the contents of the bowl into a blender and blend till you get a homogenous paste.
5. Blueberry Peach Rice Mush
Now, this is a recipe your baby will simply love. It is finger smacking good and highly nutritious. Worry not, it barely takes any time to make and you will be smacking the left overs! Yes, it is that yummy!
- 1 ripe peach
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- Begin by grinding the brown rice into a really fine powder.
- In a different blender, blend blueberries and the peach to make a consistent puree.
- Now, mix the brown rice powder and fruit puree and use boiled and cooled water to dilute if necessary.
You are now all set to introduce these wholesome berries into your lil’ one’s diet. Not only are these berries fingers licking good, but also colorful and will pique the interest of your baby. Do not be surprised if you see them spooning it all up in no time at all!