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A Step-by-Step Guide For Preparing Avocado Baby Food

Wondering when can babies eat avocado? Learn how to make avocado baby food and follow and easy step-by-step avocado baby food recipe.

Avocado is considered an excellent stage one starter food for baby because each fruit (yes, avocado is indeed a fruit!) is packed with substantial beneficial nutrients for the health and well-being of baby. Avocado puree for baby is naturally creamy and mild-flavored, making it ideal. No fancy equipment is needed to prepare avocado baby food, just a few simple kitchen tools, and you're all set!

Health Benefits of Avocado Avocado for baby is a smart choice because in just one serving of avocado baby food there is a great deal of essential vitamins, minerals and healthy fats that are valuable for baby’s growth and development.

When Can Babies Eat Avocados? Because avocado has a mild flavor and creamy texture, it can be one of the first foods given to baby. Avocado baby food is commonly recommended as the first baby food to try because of its nutrient-dense properties, smooth mouthfeel and the ease in preparation. Avocado baby food can be given when baby is at least 4 months old.

How to Make Avocado Baby Food

How to choose a ripe avocado? When shopping for ripe fruit to make avocado baby food, opt for one with a dark, firm exterior that is slightly soft to the touch. Avoid avocados that are too hard or too “mushy.” If you can’t find a perfectly ripe avocado, choose a harder one and let it ripen at home in a brown paper bag for a day or two. Forget the hi-tech gadgets for this avocado baby food recipe. In this method of preparing avocado for baby, there is no cooking, steaming or blending involved. All you need are a few common kitchen tools.

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Step 1 of How to Make Avocado Baby Food: Using a sharp knife, cut a ripe avocado in half and remove the pit.

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Step 2 of How to Make Avocado Baby Food: Using a spoon, scoop the avocado flesh out into a bowl.

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Step 3 of How to Make Avocado Baby Food for a First-Time Feeding: Mash the avocado into a smooth, chunk-free consistency using the backside of a fork or a potato masher. If you want to thin out the consistency of the avocado baby food, add a small amount of breast milk or formula. Continue adding liquid and mashing until you reach the desired consistency. For a first-time feeding of avocado baby food (at 4 to 6 months of age) the mixture should be smooth and watery, resembling breast milk. Once baby is 6 to 8 months old, the avocado baby food mixture can be thick and creamy, with a yogurt-like consistency.

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Step 4 of How to Make Avocado Baby Food for an Older Baby: For avocado finger food, cut avocado flesh into small bite-sized pieces (half-inch cubes) on a cutting board and serve immediately.

Can You Freeze Avocado Baby Food?

It is absolutely safe to freeze pureed avocado, but you should take into account the change in color along with a slight change in texture once the flesh is exposed to air. If you have added either breast milk or formula to the pureed avocado baby food, it’s not recommended to freeze it. Once the avocado baby food has been defrosted, only then should you add the liquids. If frozen, use the avocado baby food within one month.

Avocado Baby Food Recipes

Once you have established that baby doesn’t have any allergic reactions from eating avocados or other fruits, there are different variations for avocado baby purees. Below are our top three favorite avocado baby food recipes.

Avocado and Apple Baby Food Recipe

In a bowl, prepare avocado baby food by slicing the avocado in half, removing the pit and mashing in a bowl until smooth. Add 1/2 cup of homemade natural apple sauce. Mix well and thin out using breast milk or formula, if desired.

Avocado and Pear Baby Food Recipe

In a bowl, prepare avocado baby food by slicing the avocado in half, removing the pit and mashing in a bowl until smooth. Peel two ripe pears and remove the seeds. Mash the pears into the avocado baby food. Mix well and thin out using breast milk or formula, if desired.

Avocado and Banana Baby Food Recipe

In a bowl, prepare avocado baby food by slicing the avocado in half, removing the pit and mashing in a bowl until smooth. Peel a ripe banana and mash into the avocado baby food. Mix well and thin out using breastmilk or formula, if desired.

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