How to cook apricots for baby food

Apricot Baby Food

byAmy Palanjian


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Learn how to make easy homemade Apricot Baby Food, with both puree and BLW options. Find storage tips and baby food combinations, too.

Apricot Baby Food

Turning fresh apricots into baby food, whether as a puree or a baby-led weaning food, is easy with this simple method. You can use this as a Stage 1 baby food or as an option for a baby food combination. It’s very versatile!

Follow along below for the full information on making this recipe, with tips, variations, and storage advice.

Ingredients You Need

To make this recipe, you’ll need just a few ingredients. Here’s what to have on hand before you start.

  • Apricots: Look for ripe, fresh apricots without blemishes. Apricots can be very, very tart, so the fresher, more local the better. (This is one circumstance where opting for local fruit, which is more likely to be picked when ripe versus underripe so it can withstand travel, makes a big flavor difference.)
  • Unsalted butter: This is used to cook the apricots in a pan, though you can use coconut or avocado oil if you prefer.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the process for making this baby food. Scroll down to the end of the post for the full information.

  1. Cut the apricots in half and remove the pit. Cut into lengthwise pieces about 1/2-1 inch thick.
  2. Warm the butter in a pan to melt. Add the fruit.
  3. Cook until soft, stirring occasionally. Let cool and serve as a BLW fruit.
  4. Or, transfer to a blender and blend smooth. Serve or store.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my apricot puree so tart?

Apricots are naturally tart, so you may need to add another less tart food, like apple, to balance it.

Can babies eat apricot?

Yes, after 6 months (or whenever baby starts solids), apricots are a nice option for a baby food.

Do you peel apricots for baby food?

No, you don’t have to peel the apricots. The skins blend into the puree very easily.

How do you prepare apricots for baby food?

If your apricots are very ripe and very sweet, you can simply puree the fresh fruit after you remove the pits. If they are not very sweet, which is often the case, it is better to saute them in a pan to caramelize the sugars a little and help the fruit soften. Then you can serve it as a BLW food or blend into a puree.

How to Store Baby Food

You can put leftover or meal-prepped baby food into baby food storage containers or reusable pouches and store in the fridge for 3-5 days. Or, you can also freeze baby food. I prefer to freeze it in ice cube trays, then transfer the frozen cubes to a storage bag to freeze for longer-term storage.

Favorite Baby Food Containers

I love the WeeSprout Jars, Beaba Clip Containers, and Squeasy Gear Pouches for baby food storage. You can find all of my favorite resources for baby food containers for more information.

How to Store

Store the puree or slices in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days, or freeze the baby food for longer-term.

Best Tips for Success

  • If you have the option, choose local, very fresh apricots if possible.
  • Remove the pits and cut lengthwise so the fruit is ready for BLW.
  • If the puree is very tart after blending, add a ripe banana or 1 cup applesauce to help even out the flavors.
  • To make an Apricot Baby Food Combination, mix with Avocado Puree, Peach Puree, Mango Puree, Sweet Potato Baby Food, or Strawberry Puree.

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Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Author Amy Palanjian

Cuisine American

Course Baby Food

Calories 80kcal

Servings 4 -6

  • ▢ 1 pound apricots
  • ▢ 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (or avocado or olive oil)
  • Halve the apricots and remove the pits. Slice into 1-inch slices.

  • Add the butter to a skillet over medium heat. When melted, add the apricot slices and stir gently to coat. Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is soft but still holding together. Remove from heat.

  • Let cool slightly and serve BLW-style.

  • Or, add fruit to a blender and blend until smooth, adding 1-2 tablespoons water, formula, or breastmilk until you reach the desired consistency.

  • Calphalon 5-Quart Pot

  • Vitamix Blender

  • Reusable Pouch

  • Store the puree or slices in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days, or freeze the baby food for longer-term.
  • If you have the option, choose local, very fresh apricots. (They may be less likely to be underripe and should have better flavor.)
  • Remove the pits and cut lengthwise so the fruit is ready for BLW.
  • If the puree is very tart after blending, add a ripe banana or 1 cup applesauce to help even out the flavors.
  • To make an Apricot Baby Food Combination, mix with Avocado Puree, Peach Puree, Mango Puree, Sweet Potato Baby Food, or Strawberry Puree.

Calories: 80kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 295mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 2272IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 0.4mg

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Apricots for Baby Food – Learn About Feeding Your Baby Apricots and the Age to Introduce Apricots

Introduce Apricots to Baby between 6-8 Months Old

The Goodness of Apricots

Apricots are high in Beta Carotene (Vitamin A), Vitamin C and Lycopene. Just 3 apricots contain approximately 30 % of the USRDA for Vitamin A. This combination of nutrients is one of the best defenses against heart disease and some cancers.

Apricots for Baby Food – When can baby eat apricots?

Apricots are another great source of nutrition for baby. As with several other fruits, you may typically introduce them anywhere from 6 months old and older.

If you will be using Dried Apricots, try to find those that do not contain sulphurs such as sulphur dioxide. Some people are allergic to sulphurs and sulphurs tend to be high in sodium.

Nutrients in 1 cup of Apricots

VITAMINSVitamin A – 674 IU

Vitamin C – 3.5 mg

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – .04 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – .01 mg

Niacin – .21 mg

Folate – 3 mcg

Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.

MINERALS:Potassium – 91 mg

Phosphorus – 8 mg

Magnesium – 4 mg

Calcium – 5 mg

Sodium – 0 mg

Iron – .14 mg

Also contains small amounts of manganese, copper and zinc.

Your baby will love apricots served fresh and homemade. View some apricot baby food recipes and learn about the nutrients in apricots too.

How to select and store Apricots for baby food

 Hooray! According to the EWG, apricots are not one of the “dirty dozen” foods that are most highly contaminated with pesticides – purchasing organic apricots is a personal choice.

Look for plump, fairly firm apricots with an orange-yellow to orange color. Fully ripe apricots are soft to the touch but not squishy. Apricots tend to be juicy and should be eaten as soon as possible.

Keep apricots cool to prevent over ripening. Store ripe apricots in the refrigerator where they may keep for up to a week. You may place hard apricots in a paper bag and let ripen for a day or two but keep in mind that apricots have are a greenish color will not ripen. To freeze fresh apricots, simply half the fruit and place on baking sheet until frozen. Then pack in a plastic freezer bag.

The best way to cook Apricots for baby food

You may bake apricots by halving, pitting and then placing in a shallow baking dish with water. This method brings out their natural sweetness and also helps retain nutrients.

You may also steam or boil apricots using a blanching method – add apricots to boiling water for a few minutes then take them out, run cool water over them and slip the skins off; you will still need to pit them.

Tasty Apricot Baby Food Recipes

Apricot Baby Food Recipes – Apricot Puree (using dried apricots) for babies 6 – 8 months 


  • 1 pound dried apricots
  • 2 c. white grape juice or apple juice
    (plain water is ok but the puree may be a bit bitter-consider using ½ water or ½ juice is you disagree with the juices or if baby cannot have juice)


Step 1: Bring juice (or water or the combo) and fruit to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.  Reserve any left over liquid to use for the puree
Step 2: Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
Step 3: Add the reserved liquid as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin puree or
Step 4: Add cereal (if desired) to thicken up

 NOTE: puree will not freeze solid, but into slightly soft/slightly frozen cubes.


Apricot Puree for babies 6 – 8 months 

Using Fresh apricots (fresh apricots for baby food is best.)

Baking Halve the fruit and remove pit, place “open” side down in a pan filled with 1 inch of water, bake at 400F until soft and tender or puckering of the skin appears.

Steaming Halve the fruit, remove pit and steam in an open pan of water until soft and tender – remove skins

Blanching Drop whole, cleansed fruits into a pan of boiling water for 5-10 minutes, until fruits are soft
Place fruits into a bowl of cold water and slip off the skins then cut and pit the fruit

To puree, follow Steps 4 through 7 above


Apricots & Naners for babies 6 – 8 months 

Add pureed apricots to baby’s mashed bananas – you can then add this mix to baby’s cereal if you wish. Try this with meats or yogurt too.(when age appropriate for your baby)


Apricot Cereal for babies 6 – 8 months 

Add pureed apricots to baby’s homemade rice, oatmeal or barley cereal

Chicken and Rice with Apricots for babies 8-10 months 


  • 1/2 cup (Brown/or Jasmine) Rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup apricots – sliced into small dices or slivers
  • 1 boneless chicken breast


Step 1: Combine all of the above ingredients in a medium saucepan.
Cook over medium-low heat for 30 minutes or until rice is soft, fragrant and a bit soupy.
Step 2: Take out the chicken breast and cut into small pieces, transfer back to saucepan.
Step 3: Add more water if needed and stir frequently to stop sticking to the pot and add more milk or water if necessary. Cook an additional 15 minutes

Step 4: Once the mixture is fully cooked, allow to cool for 10 minutes and then transfer to a blender or food processor. Puree or chop as needed for your baby’s age and texture requirements.

This makes a great finger food meal for older babies and toddlers alike.

Apricot Purée – Substitute for Oil in Cooking

Apricot purée is on the rise as the new substitute for oil or
water in many high-calorie, high-fat recipes. Simply purée canned apricots in a blender or food processor until smooth. Unlike prunes (which can darken some baked goods) or applesauce (which may cause recipes to be watered down), apricot purée reduces the fat content and adds a touch of added flavor. From

Foods Good to Mix With Apricots:

  • Rice, Oatmeal, Barley and Mixed Grain Homemade Baby Cereals
  • Bananas
  • Avocado
  • Blueberries
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Summer Squash – Zucchini, Yellow (Crooked Neck)
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Yogurt

Do Apricots need to be cooked or peeled for baby food?

Many doctors suggest cooking fruits for babies under 8 months old. Apricots have skins that are relatively easy to digest and cooking and/or peeling them may not be necessary at all. If your baby has shown any signs of having tummy troubles with foods and is under 8 months of age, you may want to consider cooking and/or peeling apricots.

Visit our Combinations page to see more Homemade Baby Food Combination Ideas

Resources and Learning More:

California Apricot Council

Apricot – Horticultural Info. Southern Australian Research & Development Institute

WholeHealthMD – Apricots


 Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.

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  • sugar 250 g


1. Apricots must be ripe, even slightly overripe. Apricots should be soft to the touch, and more puree can be obtained from such fruits. Fruits that have fallen from a tree and hold their shape are great, while when pressed, the apricot is soft and juicy, not hard.

Place the fruit in a large container. Fill with cold water so that they float freely. Leave for 10-15 minutes to remove dirt from the fruits. Stir them with your hands from bottom to top. Change the water several times. Move the washed fruits to a colander and leave to drain all the liquid.

2. Remove the stones from the apricots.

3. Pass the peeled fruit through a meat grinder (you can use a food processor or blender). At this stage, the puree can be frozen in plastic containers.

Transfer puree to a thick-walled saucepan, cauldron or enamel bowl. Do not use aluminum containers for cooking. Send to medium fire. While stirring with a wooden spatula, bring the apricot mass to a boil. The mixture should bubble up.

4. Pour in the sugar. If the apricots are very sweet, the amount of sugar can be reduced. Taste fruit puree and sweeten to your liking. Constantly stirring, let it boil.

5. During cooking, a foam will form, which is desirable to collect with a slotted spoon and remove. After boiling, boil for 5 minutes and turn off the heat.

Yesterday my husband came from his mother-in-law and brought a jar of apricot puree from her. Everyone liked it so much that in the evening of the same day I called my mother-in-law and carefully asked her for the recipe. As it turned out, there was one trick, most likely it became the secret of such a delicious puree at the exit. The thing is that it was not boiled, but was, as they say, fresh. Having learned about this, I asked about how these jars cost all winter, to which I received the answer that it was fine, not a single jar in the mother-in-law's cellar was swollen. The only thing is that she always sterilizes jars for reliability. Therefore, since the evening I washed the jars and sterilized them well.

Today I started cooking, which, as it turned out later, is so fast and simple that there are simply no words. I think that this type of preservation will be especially noted by those people who do not like to spend time on it, and those who love everything natural, with the highest content of vitamins (for example).

Be sure to write your comments under the recipe for apricot puree for the winter without cooking, share your innovations and experiments, since I usually always think of something in the main recipe to my taste.

- apricots,
- sugar.

According to the proportions, take a kilogram of apricot and a kilogram of sugar, that is, 1:1.

Wash fruit and remove stones.

Place the apricots in a large bowl. You can take any suitable container instead of a bowl. It, for example, can even be a saucepan.

Use an immersion blender to blend the apricot into a smooth paste.

Pour the required amount of sugar into this mass.

Stir and then simply pour the puree into mini or large jars. It is most convenient to lay out a sweet treat with the help of the most ordinary tablespoon. Although, if there is a lot of puree, you can take a ladle or a large spoon, which is often used when stirring the jam when it is cooked.

Close each jar tightly with a lid.
The very next day, take the puree to the pantry.

You can also cook delicious apricots

Apricot puree is an amazing sweet preparation. You know, even recipes on the Internet can be found a lot. It should be noted that mashed potatoes can be either boiled or not. It is about apricot puree without cooking for the winter that we will talk about, and we will also tell you how to roll it up for the winter in jars so that they do not swell and stand perfectly all winter.

Uncooked apricot puree is much healthier than boiled. The thing is that it is the product without cooking that retains all the useful vitamins, so this delicacy should be eaten when it is cold outside and the amount of fruit is not as large as in the summer. Replenish your body with vitamins and be healthy! Well, with the help of this recipe, which comes with step-by-step photos and a detailed description, you can easily cope with the preparation. Just empty the shelves in the pantry in advance so that you don’t waste time on it later. I think that the husband at this moment will be very helpful, he will just be able to repair them in the right places, and you will not waste time on this, but immediately start harvesting.
So, the ingredients, and by the way, there are only two of them:
- apricots,
- sugar to taste.

Step by step photo recipe:

Immediately place the apricots in a large bowl and cover with water for a few minutes. Then wash each and remove the bones.

Place the apricot halves in a bowl and blend everything with an immersion or stand blender.

Add sugar to the apricot puree. Add according to your taste preferences. Everyone in our family has a sweet tooth, so I always put a kilogram of sugar per kilogram of apricot. Stir the puree, taste it. If there is not enough sugar, then add it again and stir everything again.

Roll the finished apricot puree into glass jars.

Then simply take the puree to the pantry in a specially prepared place.
This is such a bright puree! Try!
No less delicious

Apricot puree is a food product obtained by mechanical processing of ripe apricot fruits. Outwardly, it looks like a fruit mass, which is colored yellow or orange (see photo), with a bright taste and aroma. Apricot puree refers to diet foods that can be given to children . However, since more and more industrially prepared apricot puree is made with the addition of various preservatives and dyes, it is recommended to cook it at home. We will talk more about its useful characteristics below.


The benefits of apricot puree lie in the presence of various vitamins and minerals. The natural product contains a large amount of carotene, which is necessary for vision. There is ascorbic acid in the puree, which not only strengthens the immune system, but also participates in a large number of processes in the body. Apricot puree is an excellent general tonic . It is also rich in minerals, as the product contains potassium, which removes excess fluid, normalizes blood pressure and improves the functioning of the cardiovascular system, as well as magnesium, an important mineral for the heart. Contains apricot puree iron, which is involved in the process of hematopoiesis. This is just a small list of substances that are in puree.

Cooking Uses

Cooking uses for a tasty product like apricot puree are fairly easy to find. It can be used both as an independent food product and for the preparation of various delicacies. E This puree can be combined with vegetables and various fruits and berries to prepare new and no less healthy dishes.

Apricot puree, if you follow the rules of preparation and sterilization, can be used in the nutrition of children, including infants. I would like to note that such a preparation will not be inferior in quality and useful characteristics to products produced by well-known brands of baby food. You can even say that it will be many times superior to the quality of products purchased in retail chains. Natural puree should not contain preservatives, flavorings and sugar, which is easy to achieve by making it yourself.

Apricot puree can be used to make:

  • jams;
  • jams;
  • cocktails;
  • compotes;
  • kissels;
  • smoothies;
  • jams.

If the apricots in the base of the puree are very juicy, then by squeezing the product through gauze, you can get fragrant and vitamin juices and nectars.

The product acquires a new taste when it is combined with cottage cheese. This mass can be eaten as a dessert or a full-fledged, but, nevertheless, dietary dinner, as well as used for filling pancakes or other homemade pastries: pies, casseroles and muffins. Apricot puree can be used to layer homemade cakes and pastries.

How to make apricot puree at home?

To ensure the quality of the product, it is best to prepare it at home. The fruits must be ripe, even overripe varieties are allowed. You can independently calculate the amount you need, but we will describe the recipe for 6 kg of fruit.

It is worth starting the preparation by peeling the apricots: they must be thoroughly washed, pitted and any damage removed. Then, in portions, using a blender, beat the fruit into a homogeneous gruel. You can also use a juicer or a sieve.

It's time to prepare the jars, that is, to start sterilizing.

After processing, you should have about 5 liters of puree, which must be transferred to a container and put on medium heat. When the puree begins to boil, the gas should be reduced to a minimum. Everything should boil for about 15 minutes, do not forget to periodically remove the foam. After that, you can start rolling. Then it is recommended to wrap the jars in a blanket and leave for 3 days. The video below shows a recipe for making apricot puree for children.

Apricot puree harm and contraindications

Apricot puree harm and contraindications are caused by many factors. First of all, it is worth noting that the product has a laxative property, so its use should be limited to people prone to intestinal dysfunction and various inflammatory processes of the gastrointestinal tract, such as gastritis with high acidity of gastric juice.

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