Preparing bananas for baby food

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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Bananas make a great and versatile first food for babies. They can be made into a baby food puree, mashed into a chunky puree, used as a finger food for baby, or prepared for baby-led weaning.  These 8 banana baby food ideas are also simple, healthy, and quick to make. This guide is perfect for babies 4-6 months and up!

Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Bananas For Baby

Bananas are loaded with essential nutrients for a growing baby and are one of the top first foods for babies!

This guide will give you 8 easy ways to incorporate bananas 🍌 into your baby’s diet. You can serve them as a baby food puree, smashed, finger food for baby-led weaning, made into 3-ingredient pancakes, or even as a simple baby-friendly smoothie. These recipes are great for babies 4-12 months old!

First time making homemade baby food? Then, I would suggest that you start by reading my very in-depth Guide on how to Make Homemade Baby Food – which goes over all the important information such as the best cooking tools to have on hand, safe storage, how to know when baby is ready for solids, how to introduce purees, the best first foods for baby, and more! If you are doing Baby-Led Weaning, then be sure to check out my Complete Guide to Baby-Led Weaning – which covers what exactly is baby-led weaning, to every parent’s concern of baby-led weaning and choking, this guide goes over it all. I will also share how to know when baby is ready for BLW, the top 10 best first foods, a helpful sample blw feeding schedule, helpful tools to have on hand, and much much more!

Want more information? Then make sure to check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes!

Banana for Baby Video

Watch this video to see how to make serve bananas to your baby!

Benefits of Banana For Baby

Bananas are a great first food for babies because they are loaded with essential nutrients for a growing baby. They are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, manganese, and potassium, and they are high in vitamin B6.

  • Good Source of Potassium: Potassium is a crucial nutrient for active babies as it acts as an electrolyte that manages hydration levels, helps nutrients reach cells, removes waste from cells, and helps maintain a normal heartbeat. It’s also important for muscle contraction. 
  • Great for Digestion Health: Banana fiber helps prevent constipation, bloating, and other unwanted digestive issues in babies.
  • Boosts Mood: Bananas also contain the amino acid tryptophan and vitamin B6 that may help boost your baby’s happy hormones, and there is nothing better than a happy baby!

WHEN TO INTRODUCE Banana to baby

Whether you are starting your baby on purees or doing baby-led weaning, bananas are an amazing first food for your baby! When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes between 4-6 months of age for purees and at or after 6 months for baby-led weaning. Some of the developmental milestones your baby need to reach in order to start solids include: if your baby has solid control of their head and neck, if your baby has doubled their birth weight, and if your baby is reaching for or opening their mouth when you eat (see my guide here). Before you start your baby on purees, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready.


No. Since bananas are inherently soft, they are not typically included among the foods that are a common choking hazard for babies. However, if the banana is not ripe and ready to eat, the flesh will be harder and pose a higher choking risk for your baby. Therefore, it is best to serve your baby strips of banana or mashed banana. When selecting a banana for baby, look for one that is ripe, soft (but not mushy), and has a few small brown spots. As with any food, make sure you supervise your baby while they are eating.

Adding Spices

While the most popular option is adding cinnamon to a banana baby puree, you can also add a pinch of cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, fresh mint, fresh basil, freshly grated ginger, or even allspice. If you’re serving baby chunks of banana, you can sprinkle a small pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves on top.


Yes and No! Super clear answer, I know 😉. Unripe green bananas are high in resistant starch, which are resistant to digestion and may cause constipation in babies. But ripe yellow bananas with a few brown spots actually have the opposite effect due to higher sugar content and may even help your baby go to the bathroom. Just remember to serve bananas in moderation to your baby, as too much fiber can plug your baby up.

STORING Homemade BANANA baby Food

You can store baby purees in the fridge for 2 days and in the freezer for up to 2 months. It helps to add a small squeeze of lemon juice into the puree before storing it so the puree doesn’t turn brown. Handheld bananas for baby-led weaning will have to be discarded after serving.

How to Introduce Banana to Baby

There are several ways to prepare bananas for baby. Here are 8 of my favorite ways:

  • Smooth Baby Puree (4-6+ months)
  • Chunky Baby Puree (6+ months)
  • Baby Cereal with Banana & Cinnamon (4-6+ months)
  • Broken into Chunks (6+ months)
  • Handheld Banana (6+ months)
  • Banana Strips with Hemp Seeds (9+ months)
  • Banana Smoothie (9+ months)
  • Easy Banana Pancakes (6-9+ months)

Looking for more easy baby-led weaning and puree recipes? Then be sure to check out my favorite ways to serve apples and avocados to baby!

Smooth Banana Puree

This is an easy, 10-Second Stage One puree recipe for your baby!

Instructions: Place a banana or two into a blender and puree until smooth and creamy. If you want to freeze, add a small squeeze of lemon juice into the puree to help keep it from browning.

Baby Cereal with Banana & Cinnamon

Add a little baby cereal and a pinch of cinnamon to the pureed banana for an effortless yet tasty meal!

Instructions: Pour some pureed banana (see above) into a small bowl and add a few ounces of premixed or homemade baby cereal. Mix until combined. Add a pinch of cinnamon before serving.

Chunky Banana Puree

This is an easy-peasy way to expose your baby to small chunks of food that you can control the size of. This yummy recipe is perfect as a Stage 3 puree to get your baby ready for finger foods. You can also serve this when you think your baby is ready to try self-feeding.

Instructions: Place the banana on a cutting board and mash it with the back of a fork until mashed but still chunky. Spoon into a baby bowl and serve.

Bananas Broken into Chunks

When you break the banana up into chunks instead of cutting with a knife, the chunks will not be as slippery, and your baby will have an easier time holding onto them. If your baby is getting frustrated trying to pick up the pieces of slippery banana, hand them the banana chunks and let them continue feeding themselves. You can also try rolling the banana in breadcrumbs or crushed Cheerios to help your baby handle it better. 

Instructions: Peel a banana, and using your fingernails, break the banana into chunks along the seem of the banana. It should easily break into chunks.

Handheld Banana

This handheld version of a banana is an ideal way for your baby to have a handle for the banana as they eat the other end.

Instructions: Cut a 4-5 inch section of banana off from the top. Cut around the peel, leaving roughly 1-2 inches of exposed banana. Do not cut all the way through the banana, just the peel. Then you can peel the peel away and hand the banana to your baby.

Strips of Banana Rolled in Hemp Seeds

This recipe is a fun way to let your baby explore different textures and tastes. You can roll strips of banana in hemp seeds, crushed cheerios, puffs, or breadcrumbs.

Instructions: Cut the banana into strips and roll them in a little bit of toppings.

Banana Smoothie

This simple smoothie is perfect for babies that are drinking from a sippy or baby cup. It is filled with banana, ice, and a small amount of formula or breast milk.

Instructions: Place a banana, a couple of ice cubes, and 1/4 cup of liquid into a blender. You can add in a pinch of cinnamon or 1/2 teaspoon of nut butter in there as well if you want. Blend until the texture is just right. You don’t want it too thick, or your baby might have a hard time drinking it. Transfer to a sippy or baby cup and serve.

Easy Banana Pancakes

These 3-ingredient pancakes are great for babies, toddlers, as well as kids! It’s the perfect food to have on hand if you are doing Baby-Led Weaning, as you can serve them plain or with a smear of cream cheese, avocado, or nut butter on top.

Instructions: In a medium bowl, mix mashed banana, an egg, and whole wheat flour. I also like adding a pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for some extra flavor. Cook as you would any pancake and serve.

  • Picking Bananas: When selecting a banana for your baby, look for one that is ripe, yellow, soft (but not mushy), and has a few small brown spots on it. Do not serve your baby green or underripe bananas.
  • Freezing Banana Puree: You can freeze pureed or mashed bananas. The key is to freeze the bananas right away and add a few drops of fresh lemon juice to help prevent them from getting discolored.

More Banana Recipes for Baby
  • Roasted Banana + Rosemary Puree 
  • No-Cook Banana Peach Baby Food Puree
  • Peanut Butter Banana Baby + Toddler Melts
  • Sweet Potato, Banana + Cinnamon Baby Food Puree
  • Banana, Cherry + Beet Baby Food Puree
  • 5-Minute Banana, Blueberry + Avocado Baby Food Puree

Tools Needed
  • Blender or Food Processor
  • Freezer Tray
  • Storage Containers for Fridge

Ingredients Needed
  • Banana
  • Hemp seeds
  • Nut butter 
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Cinnamon
Smooth Baby Food Puree
  • 1-2 bananas
Baby Cereal with Bananas & Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup pre-made baby cereal (from a box or homemade)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
Chunky Baby Food Puree
  • 1/2 banana
Chunks of Banana
  • 1/2 banana
Handheld Banana
  • 1/2 banana
Banana Strips Rolled in Hemp Seeds
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds, crushed cheerios, puffs or breadcrumbs.
Banana Smoothie
  • 1 banana
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup liquid (breastmilk, formula or water)
  • 1/2 tsp nutbutter (optional)
  • 1 pinch cinnamon (optional)
Easy Banana Pancakes
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
Smooth Baby Food Puree
  • Place the banana into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth and creamy, roughly 60-90 seconds, scraping down sides if needed. If the puree is too thick, add in some liquid (breastmilk, formula or water) in tablespoon increments until you have your desired consistency. If you want to freeze the puree, add a small squeeze of lemon juice into the puree to help keep it from browning.

Baby Cereal with Bananas & Cinnamon
  • On a cutting board, mash a banana. In a small bowl, add the mashed banana to the made baby cereal. Add a pinch of cinnamon to the top and serve.

Chunky Baby Food Puree
  • Place the banana on a cutting board and mash with the back of a fork until mixed but yet still chunky. Spoon into a baby bowl and serve.

Chunks of Banana
  • Peel half of a banana and using your fingernails, break the banana into chunks along the seem of the banana. It should easily break into chunks

Handheld Banana
  • Cut a 4-5 inch section of banana off from the top. Cut off the peel, leaving roughly 1-2 inches of exposed banana. Do not cut all the way through the banana, just the peel. Then you can remove the peel away and hand the stem of the banana to baby.

Banana Strips Rolled in Hemp Seeds
Banana Smoothie
  • Place banana, ice cubes and liquid into a blender. Add in cinnamon and nut butter, if using. Blend for 60 seconds and serve. If the smoothie is too thick, add in additional liquid as you don’t want it too thick or baby might have a hard time drinking it.

Easy Banana Pancakes
  • In a medium bowl mix together mashed banana, an egg, whole wheat flour and cinnamon. In a large non-stick skillet preheated on medium heat, pour 1/8 cup of batter into the skillet. Let cook roughly 3 minutes on the first side, flip and cook for 2 more minutes or until golden brown.

Age: 4 months and up

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Bananas in baby food - Encyclopedia Baby food

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For the last 20 years, bananas have been sold in any store. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

And if these benefits weren't enough, then remember that bananas are excellent food 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.

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 introduced into 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.

If the baby tries a tender, sweet and airy banana, then you can forget about the introduction of broccoli or zucchini into the diet, fresh food will be 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.

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 regular 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.

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 health benefits 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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) When eating a large amount of bananas, an excess of vitamin K is possible. This vitamin provokes kernicterus and hemolytic anemia.

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.

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.

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

Proposed method 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.

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.

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.

Keep in mind that bananas are soft, so the first time you eat finger food, everything will be covered in bananas. 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 prepackaged baby food

Prepackaged 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.

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.

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

As standard in all baby food manufacturers there are products such as banana puree, banana nectar and apple and banana puree. As it turned out, such a combination is offered by such well-known manufacturers as Frutonyanya, Babushkino Lukoshko, Spelenok, Agusha, Umnitsa, Agu-Agu, Gerber, Heinz, Hipp, Semper, as well as little-known ones - Toptyzhka, Bibikol, Belakt, Little happiness, etc.

Manufacturers also tried and offer many interesting mixes of children's mashed potatoes, cereals, cookies, dairy products and juices:

  • Puree apple-Banan-Brothers Frutonia
  • Banan-Banan-Banan-club 9000 Frutonyanya 9000
  • Puro-pureur Banana-Carrot Frutonyanya
  • Juice Apple-Banana-Cherry-Raspberry Frutonyanya
  • Milkshake Apple-Banana-Pear with cookies Frutonyanya Kasha-Apple-Ban

    004 Frutonyanya
  • Apple-Banan-Torrog Babushkino Lukoshko, AGU-AGU
  • Purean Banana Malina with cream Swings
  • Puree apple-Banan-Percik with creams Rolls
  • Gerber
  • Banana-Lesnaya berries gerber
  • ADV BANAN-Banan-Banan-Banan-Abrikos Gerber
  • PURA-BANCA0182

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    Bananas in baby food

    Special feature of : It can be introduced into children's diet from 8-9 months.

    Bananas are a perennial herbaceous plant that is eaten. The fruits are thick-skinned, multi-seeded berries. The size, color and shape of the fruit can vary considerably depending on the species or variety, but most often they have an oblong cylindrical or triangular shape, straightened or rounded. The length of the fruit varies from 3 to 40 cm, thickness - from 2 to 8 cm. The color of the skin can be yellow, green, red or even silver. The flesh of the fruit is white, cream, yellow or orange.

    100 g of bananas contains 96 kcal




    Vitamin PP - 0.6 mg

    Beta-carotene - 0.12 mg

    Vitamin A (RE) - 20 mcg

    Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0. 04 mg

    Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - 0.05 mg

    Vitamin B5 (pantothenic) - 0.3 mg

    Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) - 0.4 mg

    Vitamin B9 (folic) - 10mcg

    Vitamin C - 10mg

    Vitamin E (TE) - 0.4 mg

    Vitamin K - 0.5 mcg

    Niacin - 0.9 mg

    Choline - 9.8 mg

    Calcium - 8 mg

    Magnesium - 42 mg

    Sodium - 31 mg

    Potassium - 348 mg

    Phosphorus - 28 mg

    Iron - 0.6 mg

    Zinc - 0.15 mg

    Manganese - 0.27 mg

    Selenium - 1 mcg

    Fluorine - 2.2 mcg

    Composition and nutritional properties of banana

    100 g of bananas contains:

    • Proteins - 1.5 g
    • Fats - 0.5 g
    • Carbohydrates - 21 g
    • Dietary fiber - 1.7 g
    • Organic acids - 0.4 g
    • Water - 74 g
    • Mono- and disaccharides - 19 g
    • Starch - 2 g
    • Ash - 0. 9 g

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    Benefits of bananas

    The substance ephedrine contained in bananas, when used systematically, improves the activity of the central nervous system, and this directly affects overall performance, attention and mood.

    The main beneficial properties of a banana are contained in the potassium contained in it. In the human body, this macroelement enters the cells. It is necessary for the work of the heart, liver, brain, bones, teeth, but most of all - muscles.

    Bananas rarely cause allergic reactions (a small number of adults get migraines from bananas), and bananas are a popular solid food for infants. In addition, they are useful when children have stomach ailments.

    Contraindications for use

    First of all, it is worth remembering that a banana is a fairly high-calorie product. So if you are overweight, you should limit your consumption of bananas. Even considering the fact that the carbohydrates in these fruits are easily digestible.

    It is also very important to remember that bananas contain three types of sugar - sucrose, fructose and glucose. Therefore, you need to carefully consume bananas for people who have diabetes. They can cause a significant spike in blood sugar. It is best to consult your doctor before consuming this fruit.

    Not everyone knows that bananas remove fluid from the body well and thicken the blood, so they are contraindicated for those people who have increased blood clotting and thrombophlebitis. They are also contraindicated in those who have ischemic heart disease.

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    Bananas in children's diet

    You should not introduce a banana to a child in the first feeding, because, having tried a sweet dish, the baby may refuse other, no less healthy, dishes.

    Bananas are considered a low-allergenic product, but, nevertheless, there are cases of allergies in children when eating bananas. All this is explained by the fact that bananas contain a special substance - serotonin, to which a child may develop allergic reactions.

    Preparation and consistency

    It can be consumed in different forms: fresh or in the form of mashed potatoes. You can give your child a banana, after mashing it with a fork in the form of mashed potatoes. You can beat with a blender and add to cereals. The whole fruit can be given to a child after 2 years.

    Banana recipes for children

    Banana muffins - after 3 years


    • Butter - 100 g
    • Sugar - 1 tbsp.
    • Eggs - 2 pcs.
    • Kefir - 0.5 tbsp.
    • Soda slaked - 0.5 tsp
    • Banana - 2 pcs.
    • Cocoa - 1 tbsp. l.


    1. Whisk the eggs.
    2. Grind butter with sugar, add beaten eggs, kefir, quenched soda and flour.
    3. The dough should be like thick sour cream (about a glass of flour, a little more)
    4. Pour half of the dough into the molds.
    5. Then add the diced bananas.
    6. Add cocoa to the second part of the dough and mix.
    7. Cover bananas with chocolate.
    8. Bake in a hot oven (250 degrees) for 30 minutes.

    Banana mousse - from 2 years


    • Bananas - 2 pcs.
    • Sour cream - 250 g
    • Sugar - 5 tablespoons
    • Gelatin - 2 tablespoons


    1. Pour gelatin with cold boiled water. Leave for 40 minutes to swell. Then heat it in a water bath, strain.
    2. Bananas cut into small pieces, pour sour cream, add sugar, beat with a blender.
    3. Add gelatin, mix well, refrigerate for 2 hours.

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