How to puree bananas for baby food

Banana Puree for Babies - Eating Bird Food

Banana puree is a great first food when introducing solids to babies and can be made easily by mashing or blending fresh ripe bananas.

It seems like only yesterday we were starting our little one on solids! Bananas were one of her favorites foods, which was great because they’re so easy to serve to baby because there’s no need to cook the bananas before mashing or pureeing!

I know there are outliers but most babies tend to love bananas because of their sweetness so hopefully your babe will enjoy this banana puree too!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Bananas are widely available and inexpensive.
  • Banana puree is a great stage 1 food for babies because it’s sweet and has a smooth consistency.
  • They are low on the allergy scale so they’re often a safe choice to start baby on.
  • There are two easy ways to make banana puree and it’s also easy to meal prep and store in the freezer!

Bananas Make a Great First Food For Babies

Bananas are a great first food to introduce to babies because they’re naturally soft and mushy, easy to digest and loaded with vitamins and minerals. You can also easily mix bananas with rice cereal or oatmeal to add a little natural sweetness or just serve bananas straight up – mashed, pureed or you can serve larger spears or halves of a banana if you’re following a baby led weaning approach.

How to Make Banana Puree

Option 1: Mash

Mashing a banana is super simple and all you need is a fork! Place your banana on a plate and mash with a fork until the banana is the consistency you desire. Use in desired recipe or serve to baby as is.

Option 2: Blend/Puree

Blending the bananas in a food processor or blender makes for a smoother puree, which is perfect when you’re just introducing babies to solid foods and need thinner purees.

Simply add 2 bananas into a food processor or blender and process until the bananas are smooth and creamy. You can make the puree thinner by adding a little breast milk or formula, if needed. Once you’ve made the puree, serve to baby as is or mix with another puree to make a new flavor. See some ideas below.

Foods That Pair Well With Banana Puree

Banana puree pairs well with so many things, especially veggies because its natural sweetness will make them more palatable to baby! Here are some ideas:

  • Green veggies – kale, spinach, avocado, zucchini, peas
  • Orange veggies – sweet potato, butternut squash, carrot
  • White veggies – cauliflower
  • Other fruit – mango, strawberries, peaches, apples, kiwis,
  • Dairy – yogurt, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese
  • Grains – quinoa, oats
  • Legumes – chickpeas, lentils
  • Seasonings and spices – curry, ginger, mint, nutmeg, cinnamon

Banana Baby Food Combo Ideas

Here are some banana baby food combos that might be fun to try:

  • Banana, peach and strawberry
  • Banana, cinnamon and oatmeal
  • Apple, banana and strawberry
  • Banana, zucchini and spinach
  • Yogurt and banana
  • Avocado and banana
  • Peas, banana and kiwi

Olivia also loved the combo of banana, blueberry, quinoa and flax that I shared in my baby food combinations post. This one has a lot going on so it’s best for stage 2 eaters.

Banana Puree for Toddlers

For toddlers, banana puree can be used as a mix-in to sweeten up yogurt or baby oatmeal, as a dip for baby pancakes or put into reusable pouches for an easy, mess-free snack.

Bananas and Constipation

One thing to note is that bananas can slow digestion and in turn cause constipation. I know there were a couple times when we first started solids that Olivia dealt with constipation. Whenever it happened we tried to cut back on bananas knowing that they wouldn’t help the situation. If your baby does deal with constipation, I recommend limiting bananas and trying to add in more foods with fiber like pea puree or prune puree or juice. We used prune juice a couple times and it worked!

How to Store

Fresh banana baby food should be stored in the fridge and used within 3-4 days. For longer storage, I recommend freezing the puree! I like using silicone ice cube tray or freezer safe jars because they make it easier to thaw smaller amounts for serving to babies.

How to Thaw

I recommend thawing frozen banana puree in the fridge the night before you want to use it, but you can also thaw it with a warm water bath. It thaws quickly if you’re defrosting a small amount to serve to a baby.

Banana Puree FAQ

Can I use frozen bananas?

Yes! Using frozen bananas is an easy way to save ripe bananas before they go bad. Check out my tips on how to freeze bananas.

How can I tell if a banana is ripe?

Look for a banana that is yellow with some brown spots. Typically you will find green bananas or overly ripe bananas at the grocery store, so it’s best to buy them a few days before you want to use them. Using a banana that is ripe will result in a slightly sweet flavor. If the banana is too brown it will be mushy and overly sweet.

Can I use a green banana?

Using a banana that is ripe is the most ideal, as it will result in a slightly sweet flavor. If the banana is too brown it will be mushy and overly sweet. Too green and it won’t be very sweet.

Are bananas healthy?

Yes! Bananas are loaded with full of vitamins and minerals like potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.

Can you quickly ripen bananas?

Bananas not ripe yet? There are a few things you can do! Start by keeping the bananas together, they will ripen faster when close together, and store them in a warm or sunny spot.

If you need them to ripen faster, you can place them in a brown paper bag with another high ethylene producing fruit, such as another ripe banana, an apple, potatoes, peaches, pears, avocados or blueberries. Fold the bag over a few times to trap the ethylene in the bag and allow the bananas to ripen. This will take about 1-2 days.

Other Ways to Use This Puree

Banana puree is great for babies, but there are so many other ways for older kids and adults to enjoy it too. Here are some ideas:

  • Topping for pancakes and waffles – level up your breakfast or brunch by topping pancakes or waffles with this puree. Try it on my almond flour pancakes!
  • Serve over ice cream – mix banana puree into your favorite ice cream or simply serve over top of ice cream or frozen yogurt for an extra touch of sweetness that packs in some nutrients!
  • Swirl into oatmeal, yogurt or chia pudding – add a boost of flavor and nutrition by adding banana puree to oatmeal or chia pudding. It’s perfect for my banana bread overnight oats.

I also have a ton of banana recipes that require mashed or pureed bananas! Highly recommend my vegan banana bread or oatmeal chia cookies.

More Baby Food Purees

  • Sweet Potato Puree
  • Butternut Squash Puree
  • Peach Puree
  • Avocado Puree
  • Carrot Puree
  • Pea Puree
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Applesauce

More Recipes and Resources

  • Oatmeal For Babies
  • Healthy Smash Cake
  • Banana Pancakes For Babies
  • Baby Yogurt Melts

Be sure to check out my full collection of banana recipes as well as all of the baby food recipes here on EBF.

Banana Puree for Babies

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Fresh banana puree is a great first food and baby will love it because it tastes sweet! Easily make it by mashing or blending ripe bananas.

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Prep Time 5 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes

Servings 4

  • 1-2 ripe bananas
Smooth Banana Puree
  • Add 2 bananas into a food processor or blender and process until banana is smooth and creamy. Serve to baby as is or make the puree thinner by adding a little breast milk or formula.

Chunky Mashed Banana Puree
  • Place banana on a plate and mash with a fork until the banana is the consistency you desire. Use in desired recipe or serve to baby.

  • food processor

Serving: 4ounces Calories: 53kcal Carbohydrates: 13g Protein: 1g Sodium: 1mg Potassium: 211mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 7g


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Banana Puree Baby Food: Quick, Easy, Make-Ahead

byAmy Palanjian


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Turning ripe banana into a super smooth baby food is quick and easy. Which makes this Banana Puree baby food a great one to start with and make often as your baby explores solid foods!

Banana Puree Baby Food

With just one simple ingredient—bananas!—this no-cook baby food is so easy and straight forward to make. You’ll need just one banana and you can add extra flavors if you want or you can leave it sweet and basic. This is a great early baby food since babies tend to like the flavor, it’s easy to make smooth, and you don’t need to spend extra money on fancy ingredients.

TIP: To make this recipe, you just need a blender.

Ingredients You Need

To make this easy baby food, you just need ripe banana, pure and simple! Which makes this a great recipe to make when you don’t have a lot of time or didn’t remember to shop for ingredients.

Tips for Choosing a Ripe Banana

To pick a ripe banana that’s pleasantly sweet but not over ripe, look for one that’s yellow with a smattering of small brown spots. Avoid ones that have large brown areas as that may mean they’re mushy and brown on the inside.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the process involved in making this recipe.

  • Slice a very ripe banana and add to a blender.
  • Blend until very smooth.
  • Add cinnamon if desired and serve or store for later.

TIP: You can stir in a few drops of fresh lemon or orange juice to help prevent the puree from browning, as it will otherwise naturally do.

Tips for Making the Best Banana Puree

  • To store, place into small airtight storage containers and store in the fridge.
  • To freeze, place into an ice cube tray, freeze, then transfer frozen cubes to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Add a sprinkle of cinnamon for additional flavor.
  • To make a thicker banana puree, you can simply mash a ripe banana until mostly smooth using a fork or potato masher.
  • To help prevent the puree from browning, you can add a few drops of an acid such as fresh lemon or orange juice.
  • Mix with whole milk plain yogurt, Baby Oatmeal, Baby Rice Cereal, Avocado Puree, Broccoli Puree, or any other baby food you like as desired. (If you stir into oatmeal, you can still freeze it! Just make sure to stir well once thawed.)
  • See more of my favorite baby food combinations here.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe, so please comment below to share!

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 0 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes

Author Amy Palanjian

Cuisine American

Course Baby Food

Calories 13kcal

Servings 8

  • ▢ 1 ripe banana (about 1 cup sliced)
  • ▢ Cinnamon, optional
  • Slice banana to measure out about 1 cup.

  • Add to a blender. Blend until very smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.

  • Add a tiny pinch of cinnamon if desired.

  • Serve immediately.

  • Vitamix Blender

  • Silicone Ice Cube Tray

  • Storage Containers

  • To store, place into small airtight storage containers and store in the fridge.
  • To freeze, place into an ice cube tray, freeze, then transfer frozen cubes to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • To make a thicker banana puree, you can simply mash a ripe banana until mostly smooth using a fork or potato masher.
  • Add a sprinkle of cinnamon for additional flavor.
  • To help prevent the puree from browning, you can add a few drops of an acid such as fresh lemon or orange juice.
  • Mix with whole milk plain yogurt, baby oatmeal, mashed avocado, sweet potato, or any other baby food you like as desired.

Serving: 2tbsp, Calories: 13kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 53mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 9IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 1mg

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AnyutaN - Sep 7th, 2017

Categories: Puree

Tags: Banana puree

Bananas are an affordable fruit that won our hearts and the hearts of our children. The delicate texture of the pulp is to the taste of both infants and adults. Today we will talk about the different options for making banana puree.

Ingredients: orange juice, banana, water, lemon, nuts, sugar, apples
Time for laying: All year


  • 1 What bananas use
  • 2 How to prepare a delicious dessert from bananas
  • 3 puree for children
    • 3.1 Simple recipe without additives
    • 3.2 with the addition of water with the addition of water with the addition of water
    • 3.3 With added milk
    • 3.4 With added juice
    • 3.5 With baked bananas
  • 4 Banana puree with apples for the winter

Which bananas to use

The variety of bananas and their size have absolutely no effect on the final result. Banana puree is soft and delicious. It is important when choosing fruits to pay attention to their quality and ripeness.

Bananas that are slightly unripe and without dark spots on the skin are best for preparing baby food. It is even permissible to use fruits with a barely noticeable green near the stem. The pulp of such bananas is dense, without darkening and friability.

If bananas are harvested for future use, then fruits with a darkened peel can be used here, without visible damage to the pulp. Brown places are necessarily cut off. nine0003

How to make a delicious banana dessert

Peel a bunch of bananas (4-5 pieces). Cut the pulp of all fruits into wheels 6-7 millimeters thick. Leave a part of banana rings (6-8 pieces) for decoration, break the rest until smooth with a blender. In the resulting puree, add 1 tablespoon of honey and the juice of one lemon. Whip the puree for another 30 seconds.

Toast 2 tablespoons of peeled hazelnuts in a dry frying pan. Grind the cooled kernels with a blender into crumbs. nine0003

Fry the remaining banana rings in a pan until browned on both sides.

Put the finished puree into bowls with a wide bowl. Top with a few wheels of fried bananas, and sprinkle the dessert with chopped nuts.

Cook Note Recipes Channel presents another banana dessert dish

Banana puree for kids

Simple recipe without additives

Ripe bananas are peeled and ground until smooth. For this manipulation, you can use a fine grater, sieve, food processor or blender. The more homogenized the mass is, the thinner the puree will be. nine0003

With the addition of water

If the child is very small and accepts only very liquid consistency, banana puree is diluted with the required amount of warm boiled water.

It is best to start giving banana puree to a child from boiled fruits. To do this, pieces of banana pulp are pre-boiled in a small amount of water for 7-8 minutes. For one medium fruit, 50 milliliters of liquid will be enough. Then the boiled slices are pureed until smooth and cooled before serving to an acceptable temperature. nine0003

With the addition of milk

From a year old, you can dilute banana puree with boiled milk. To do this, excess liquid is drained from boiled bananas, and hot boiled milk is added instead. The mass is crushed with a blender or fork, and served at the table.

With added juice

If the child is not allergic to citrus fruits, you can dilute baby banana puree with freshly squeezed orange juice. At the same time, banana pulp can be used both raw and boiled. nine0003

Baked bananas

Two peeled bananas, washed well under running water. Line a small heat-resistant bowl with foil or parchment paper. Fruits in the peel are laid out in a baking dish. Keep bananas in an oven preheated to 120 degrees for half an hour. After that, the fruits are taken out and cleaned. It is better to do this over a bowl in which the pulp will be mashed in the future in order to preserve the resulting juice as much as possible. It is very tasty and fragrant. You can also drain the juice from the baking dish. nine0003

Then 100 milliliters of water is added to the banana pulp, and the fruit is ground to a puree state.

Prepared food is brought to a boil over medium heat and cooled to a temperature of 37-38 degrees.

Banana puree with apples for the winter

Banana puree can be prepared ahead of time. To do this, take one kilogram of bananas and two ripe apples. It is best to use sour varieties of apples, for example, Antonovka.

Apples and bananas are peeled and cut randomly. The slices are ground to a puree state with a blender or food processor. Also, fruits can be grated on a fine grater, but in this case the finished dish will be with grains. nine0003

Two 200-gram glasses of water and three glasses of sugar of the same volume are added to the crushed banana-apple mass. Also, the juice of two lemons is poured into the fruit puree. Puree is sent to the fire for 30 minutes.

Skim the foam several times while the puree is cooking. The finished hot banana dessert is poured into sterile jars and sealed tightly with boiled lids.

Store such a blank for a year in any dark and cool place. nine0003


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Bananas in baby food - Encyclopedia Baby food

Viktoriya Levchuk©

Bananas have been sold in any store for the last 20 years. Once an expensive fruit, it is now inexpensive and already considered a local product. Since the banana is available all year round and does not have to be prepared for a child, it has won the love of many parents.

In our article you will find out when a banana is introduced into complementary foods, whether a banana can be given to children and at what age, how to introduce it into complementary foods, etc. Bananas in baby food are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, perfect for baby's first complementary foods at 8-10 months.

What are bananas?


Banana is a perennial herbaceous plant that belongs to the Banana family. Edible in a plant is its fruit with the same name. nine0003

There are about 500 varieties of bananas. But not all are known, and some varieties are not cultivated. The most famous varieties of bananas:

1) The most common variety is Cavendish. The fruits are 15 to 25 cm long, their peel is yellow, sometimes greenish. When the banana peel is completely yellow with brown spots, the banana has reached its maximum maturity. The black skin, soft texture of the fruit is a sign of overripeness. Worldwide consumption of bananas of this variety is much greater than that of any other fruit from the tropics. This variety is mainly imported to Russia. nine0003

2) Small bright yellow fruits up to 7.5 cm long, called baby banana or finger banana, are also imported into our country. These babies have a rich sweet taste, excellent aroma, creamy texture. They are eaten raw, baked, used in salads and other dishes. This variety of bananas is much more expensive than the others.

3) Banana Barro square, yellow skin, cream colored flesh. Can be eaten fresh or used in cooking.

4) Java Blue Banana or Ice Cream Blue Banana. This banana is small, thick, with a blue-green skin, and has a sweet, creamy taste.

5) Manzano banana or apple banana has a rich strawberry-apple flavor. Its fruits are short and plump.

6) Plantain banana is an elongated fruit with a thick skin. Depending on the stage of ripening, the peel of this banana changes shades from light green to black. The flesh of Plantain is light pink. It is used for cooking and is not edible raw. In the Caribbean and Mexico, it serves as a substitute for potatoes. Plantain is fried or stewed, and when the fruit is fully ripe, it can also be used to make desserts. nine0003

7) A red banana is sweeter than a yellow one. Ripe fruits are maroon and purple, the flesh is pink.

Banana Season

Although in Russia bananas are considered to be predominantly a winter treat, bananas do not have a specific season. In warm countries, it bears fruit all year round.

The climate in Russia is not suitable for growing bananas. Therefore, all bananas come through the import of these fruits. However, in the south of Russia, in Sochi and its environs, this plant is grown. The fruits do not have time to ripen, as the air temperature in winter is below 0C. Therefore, in the south, primarily bananas are grown as ornamental plants. nine0003

History of the banana

Banana is a plant known since ancient times. Its geographical origin was first determined by Academician Vavilov N.I. in his work Centers of Origin of Cultivated Plants. The banana is native to the Malay Archipelago. Initially, Malaysians ate the fruit of this plant along with fish.

Malaysians took these fruits with them on their travels in the Pacific Ocean. So this delicious delicacy has become widespread. In the XVII-XI centuries BC. in the monument of Indian culture, the Rig Veda, there are references to the banana. These are the earliest records of this plant in written sources. Since the cultivation of bananas in Russia was not possible, it was possible to taste the fruits of this plant only through its import into the country. nine0003

However, bananas do not tolerate long-term transportation: the process of fruit rotting begins at t above 14C. And only in the 19th century, when cargo ships equipped with refrigeration units appeared, did a Russian person taste a banana for the first time. But still, this exotic fruit was not available to the masses, and among those who could afford it, it was not particularly popular. Obviously, during the First World War, as well as during the Civil War, there was no time for bananas. Large quantities of bananas began to be purchased under Stalin, who fell in love with these fruits. Under him, this sweet fruit became widespread throughout the USSR. nine0003

Benefits of bananas in baby food

Bananas contain so many important nutrients that it can be considered one of the most perfect foods.

Bananas are an excellent source of the key electrolyte potassium, which is used by muscles and regulates blood chemistry and supports cardiovascular and kidney health. It also supplies the baby with vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B2, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, sodium, copper, iron and zinc. B vitamins support the health of the immune system, nervous system, hormonal levels, perform basic metabolic functions of the body, and are also necessary for the normal development and functioning of the brain. nine0003

Babies love bananas because they have a natural sweetness that intensifies as they ripen, providing kids with plenty of energy for growth and development. In addition, ripe bananas contain pectin, a soluble fiber that aids the digestive system and prevents constipation.

However, it is important to remember that unripe bananas often have the opposite effect and can cause constipation.

Fully ripe bananas are better for the baby because they contain more antioxidants than unripe fruits. nine0003

If a child is suffering from a nasty bout of diarrhea, bananas can be helpful in replacing lost electrolytes. Bananas are also included in the Brat diet to improve the condition of the child during diarrhea. Therefore, with constipation, it is best to exclude bananas from the diet.

Food allergies are due to certain amino acids that cause food intolerance or indigestion in some people. Bananas contain simple or benign amino acids that are always digestible. This makes bananas an ideal food for babies due to their easily digestible function. nine0003

And if these benefits weren't enough, then remember that bananas are excellent nutrition for children, since their consumption improves the body's absorption of calcium, which regulates bone growth and skeletal development, and plays an important role in the production of certain hormones. Bananas also contain magnesium and phosphorus, which are necessary for the skeletal health of the child, because magnesium is an extremely important element in regulating energy production within the cell, and phosphorus works closely with calcium to help build strong bones and teeth. Iron and copper, on the other hand, are essential for good blood and hemoglobin levels. nine0003

Bananas are also known as natural antacids. They are known to help protect the body from stomach ulcers and gastritis. The reason for this rare and almost unexplored fact is that bananas contain "mucilaginous oily substances" that boost natural mucus production.

When is a banana added to complementary foods? The most common question among parents. American pediatricians advise introducing a banana after 6 months, but our Russian pediatricians adhere to an age of 8-10 months, i.e. a banana as the first complementary food is introduced after 8 months. This is explained very simply, firstly, the banana does not grow in Russia, and is considered an exotic fruit, so an allergic reaction is possible. Secondly, the fruit belongs to the sweet fruits. nine0003

If the baby tries a tender, sweet and airy banana, then you can forget about introducing broccoli or zucchini into the diet, fresh food will go much more difficult than sweet. Therefore, many pediatricians advise introducing vegetables or cereals first, and only then introduce the baby to less sweet and allergenic fruits, such as a green apple.

In Indonesia, the most popular first food for a baby is a banana.

Many exotic fruits in baby food are introduced after 12 months, but bananas are an exception. Their wonderful nutritional composition, as well as easy digestion by the child's stomach and incredible ease of preparation, are especially liked by all parents. Moreover, parents like a banana for children as a first food because the fruit can be sucked, crushed, licked, swallowed without chewing. For this reason, a banana is introduced into complementary foods after 8 months, but before the child is 12 months old. However, if the child is prone to allergies, then the fruit is introduced after 12 months. nine0003

The first time a banana for children must be boiled, i. it is necessary to acquaint the baby with thermally processed fruit, for better absorption by the body. After the introduction of the processed banana into complementary foods without allergic reactions, you can introduce the baby to banana puree from fresh fruit.

Banana puree is introduced into the diet as a normal product, first the child is given a taste of ¼ of a teaspoon, then ½ tsp. etc. Complementary foods are introduced about 4-7 days. The daily dose of a banana at 8 months is about 80 grams, after up to 12 months about 90-100 grams, the average banana weighs about 126 grams, so you can give your child half a banana for up to a year. It is not worth giving a banana often, especially at first, so the consumption rate is 2-3 times a week.

By the age of 1.5, a child can eat one medium banana per day, which is about 120-150 grams. From 3 years old, you can give 1 large banana about 200 grams per day and feed up to 5 times a week, from 6 years old you can feed your child 2 bananas per day, which is about 300 grams.

An interesting fact is that if you feed bananas to a child with a cough or cold, the symptoms of the disease increase. nine0131

For baby food, it is best to choose a ripe banana, which is more beneficial for digestion, as an unripe banana contains a lot of starch.

The Best Complementary Food

In addition to all the fantastic healthy properties of the banana, it is the most favorite natural processed food for children. Fruit in the peel, which does not need to be washed, just peeled and eaten. Therefore, bananas are very popular with parents who travel often, who have little time to prepare a full-fledged second breakfast or afternoon snack. The product takes up little space in the bag, but will fill the baby's tummy by 100% and allow the baby to hold out until a full meal. nine0003

Banana Allergy

Banana is a food with a moderate degree of allergy, so it is necessary to introduce it into the child's complementary foods with caution.

Banana allergy is a hypersensitivity reaction to proteins present in the banana. An allergic reaction when eating a banana can be mild or life-threatening.

If you develop any unpleasant symptoms after taking a banana or food with a banana as a supplement, you should immediately consult a doctor. nine0003

Allergy to bananas is acceptable due to the presence of protein chitinase. The human body is unable to destroy chitinase, and this forces the immune system to work, which produces antibodies to allergens. These antibodies additionally produce histamine, which acts on various areas of the body, such as the eyes, nose, gastrointestinal tract, lungs, and skin, to cause unwanted symptoms. Such a reaction is a type 1 allergy, a type of hypersensitivity created by the immune system. Banana protein is also present in avocados and kiwis, so it's not uncommon for those who are allergic to bananas to not respond well to them. nine0003

Pollen is another possible cause of banana hypersensitivity. If the baby has an allergic reaction to birch pollen, the chances of a banana allergy are much higher. In some cases, banana allergy occurs when a child comes into contact with fresh fruit. Although cooking a banana may reduce the risk of an allergic reaction in some children.

The surprising fact is that latex can be a trigger for those who are allergic to bananas. This is due to the natural level of chitinase in the rubber tree, the sap of which is used to make latex. nine0131

Many people confuse banana allergy with banana intolerance. However, these two concepts are not the same, although the symptoms they cause are very similar. It should be noted that banana intolerance symptoms are usually milder than banana allergy symptoms. Under normal circumstances, banana intolerance can take a few days to show up. What's more, banana allergies are more associated with a weakened body's immune system, while intolerance is associated with a weak digestive system. nine0003

Interestingly, not all people are allergic to green and ripe bananas. Some may only be allergic to green bananas and enjoy the delicious taste of ripe bananas without any problem. There are quite a few people who are allergic to both types of bananas. In some cases, people have also been found to outgrow allergic reactions at some point in their lives, but this is not the case for everyone. It's always best to check with your doctor to see if your child can continue eating bananas despite some allergy symptoms. nine0003

If a child vomits after eating a banana, this is a fairly important sign of anxiety. Banana allergy in babies also causes rashes. Or, you may find that the skin around the baby's mouth is unusually reddish after eating a banana.

Urticaria, eczema or reddish spots may also appear. The sensation of itching is also often possible in infants. Sometimes the tongue becomes inflamed, and the mouth and face swell. In many cases, symptoms may appear unambiguously or additionally as problems with the gastrointestinal tract. Keep track of how your baby feels for a few hours after eating bananas. Some common symptoms are nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, increased gas and vomiting. nine0003

Some children may experience respiratory symptoms after eating bananas, such as shortness of breath, chest tightness, moodiness, wheezing, congestion or runny nose and cough. In severe cases, fainting is also possible.

Cooked bananas are said to be less allergic than raw bananas. When introducing bananas into complementary foods, it is necessary to follow the rule of waiting for 4-7 days.

How to choose and store bananas

In order to choose quality bananas, first of all, you need to pay attention to the appearance of the fruit: it should be smooth and matte, the color of a ripe banana is bright yellow. Black dots on the banana peel indicate that the fruit has ripened and is ready to eat. However, the presence of black spots on the peel indicates the onset of rotting of the fetus. Also, do not buy bananas with damaged peels. A grayish skin tone can be found in bananas that have undergone hypothermia. nine0003

Bananas should not be stored in the refrigerator as they darken quickly there. The optimum temperature for storing fruits is from 7 to 13 degrees. For faster ripening, the fruits need to be placed in a warmer place. Bananas are best preserved as a whole bunch. Depending on the stage of maturity, bananas keep up to one month. In winter, you should buy bananas in stores, supermarkets, hypermarkets, and not in markets, as there is a risk of finding frozen fruits in open outlets. nine0003

Pesticides and bananas

Bananas are usually labeled with manufacturer's name. In addition, bananas often have stickers with numbers on them, which can say a lot about the way bananas are grown. So, codes 4011 and 94011 indicate that these fruits are organic, without chemistry. This should be considered when buying bananas for a child. If the fruit has a sticker of five numbers that starts with the number "8", then it is genetically modified bananas. And if the beginning of the code is the number "3" or "4", then the plant was fertilized with chemical reagents and pesticides. nine0003

A shipment of bananas is treated with benzimedazole before being sent to its destination. This substance has a dual effect: it does not allow fungal infections to multiply in bananas and does not allow the fruits to ripen ahead of time.

To ripen bananas that are picked while still green and not ripe, they are treated with the so-called banana gas. Banana gas components are high purity ethylene and nitrogen. Temperature and gas push the fruits to ripen. This gas is harmless and similar to the substance that is released during the natural ripening of a banana. nine0003

Freezing bananas

I don't know why it is necessary to freeze bananas. They can be purchased at any time in any store at the best price. Although it is possible to freeze a banana, and when the child grows up, then it is necessary. To make natural popsicles, you need a frozen banana cut into small pieces.

It is best to freeze a banana cut into pieces without peel. When defrosted, it may darken slightly and have a runny consistency. You can store a frozen banana for no more than 3 months. Before freezing, you need to decide what the frozen fruit will be used for. If for baking, then it is better to peel and freeze the banana whole, if for ice cream, then peel and cut the banana into small pieces, then freeze, so it will be easier to whip it with a blender. nine0003

Banana puree darkens when exposed to air for a long time, so for freezing it is necessary to add a little lemon juice to it (if lemon is included in the child's diet). You can freeze in ice molds. You can store banana puree for no more than 1 month. You can use banana puree mixed with other fresh fruits.

Dried bananas

Dried bananas and banana chips are available at the store. Dried bananas are a dried whole product in a special way. Banana chips are a product cut into round pieces that have been dried in a fast way. Dried bananas are high in calories and high in sugar. This must be taken into account when choosing this dried fruit. Dried bananas and banana chips are great substitutes for candy, but should be given in limited amounts, especially to children under 3 years of age. nine0003

Canning bananas

In general, bananas are preserved, although I don't see the point, since bananas are available all year round in stores. But you can make jam, jam, marmalade, candied fruit, marshmallow, banana puree from a banana (sugar is used in the recipe).


1) Babies under three years of age should be given a banana with caution, as it is difficult for the digestive system to absorb such a product, and there is also a risk of developing allergies.

2) Eating too many bananas can lead to an excess of vitamin K. This vitamin causes kernicterus and hemolytic anemia. nine0003

3) With varicose veins, thrombophlebitis, people who have had a heart attack or stroke, bananas are contraindicated. They can lead to blood clots in people who have thick blood.

4) Since ripe bananas contain a large amount of sugar, this product is not recommended for people suffering from diabetes.

5) Bananas are not recommended for bile flow problems, as they are slowly digested.

6) Bananas can also cause gas and flatulence due to slow digestion. nine0003

How to cook bananas

Bananas in baby food are consumed fresh, only at the beginning of complementary foods it is given in cooked form before the product is introduced into the child's diet.

Fresh: Banana must be peeled, cut into pieces, beaten with a blender, served on the child's table.

Cooking: Peel the banana, cut into pieces, boil the banana in water or steam for 3-5 minutes, beat with a blender or mash with a fork, invite the child to try. nine0003

Roasting: Put the peeled banana on a baking sheet and bake at 200 C for 20 minutes, beat with a blender, serve.

Proposed way of consuming bananas in baby food

Bananas are offered fresh, at first the baby eats banana puree, later pieces of bananas, by 12 months the baby can be given a whole banana, which he will eat with pleasure.

A banana is an ideal snack for a child, which can be done on the street, in line, on a journey when it is impossible to eat fully. nine0003

The fruit is also very good for breakfast, as it provides a natural boost of energy. You can also add a banana to smoothies, cocktails, sweets, ice cream, pastries, sweet cereals, berry and fruit salad. This fruit makes an interesting sauce for meat and fish dishes.

Finger food

Banana is great for finger food. It is soft and turns into a porridge in the mouth, which is easy to swallow. At first, you can give small pieces of a ripe banana, as the child grows older, you can offer larger pieces. As a result, by 12 months, the child will eat a whole ripe banana. nine0003

I draw your attention once again, we offer the child a soft ripe banana, as he can choke on an unripe product. And also when introducing a banana as a finger food into the diet, adults should always be present and help the baby if he does choke.

Many parents think about how to cut a banana into long, thin pieces that are equal to the thickness of a finger and can easily fit in a child's hand. This is easy to do. We remove the peel to half the banana, remove the black circle from the top of the banana, put our finger in the center and press, as a result, the banana is divided into three equal parts, we get three banana sticks equal in thickness to an adult's finger. nine0003

Keep in mind that the banana is a soft product, so the first time finger food will be in the banana. Do not worry, the baby will learn to eat it carefully, but a little later.

Banana drink

Pure banana juice is not made. Banana is mostly used in milkshakes or smoothies as banana puree combined with milk or water.

Banana pre-prepared baby food

Pre-made baby food manufacturers offer many banana products for babies. Basically, pure banana puree is rarely sold, as lemon juice, vitamin C, water, cream, and milk are added to the banana. nine0003

Therefore, when buying baby puree, it is necessary to carefully read the composition, if the child is allergic to dairy products or lemon juice, or if these products have not yet been introduced into the diet, then this ready-made food should not be given. I draw your attention to the fact that in Gerber, where it says “Only Banana” on the jars, there is citric acid, vitamin C and water.

Citric acid or lemon juice is needed to keep the banana puree from darkening. However, lemon belongs to citrus fruits, so it is introduced into the diet after 12 months. An allergic reaction is possible to it. nine0131

Pure banana juice is also not found, mainly this banana pulp is diluted with water and seasoned with lemon juice or acid.

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