Great Avocado Baby Food Recipes

avocado-sliced-in-halfWe love avocados and we think your little ones will too! Their creamy texture makes avocados one of the first fruits babies can eat. And here in California, avocados are grown from February to September, which makes them in-season all summer long!

The American College of Pediatrics says that you can start feeding solids to your baby around six months of age, When selecting an avocado, look for a dark green color with bumpy texture. Avocados are versatile; they make a great base for savory and sweet meals. They are highly nutritious and full of “good fat” which helps a baby’s brain and physical development.

The American College of Pediatrics suggests that you can begin giving a baby solid foods when they are around 6 months old, and avocados are a great way to start. Make sure your baby is not allergic to avocado or any of the following ingredients by spacing new foods four days apart so that you can spot an allergy. Nannies and other caregivers should always consult with the parents before giving the baby a new food.

Here are a few sweet and savory avocado-based baby food recipes!

Mashed Avocado (4-6 months)

What you need:
1 ripe avocado

How to make it:
Peel and pit a ripe avocado and mash with a fork. This is a great way to introduce a baby to avocados. This is also a great place to start if you want to check if a baby is allergic to avocados.

Avocado and Fruit Salad (4-6 months)

What you need:
1 ripe avocado
1 ripe banana
1 steamed pear
1 teaspoon of yogurt (for 8 months+)

How to make it:
Clean the fruits and remove the seeds. Peel and slice them into large cubes before placing them in a food processor or blender. Blend until desired texture is achieved and add a teaspoon or less of the yogurt. Serve and enjoy!

Pear and Avocado Blend (6-8 months)

What you need:
1 ripe avocado
2 ripe pears

How to make it:
Peel, core, and dice the pears. Peel and de-pit the avocado. Mash the pear with a fork and then mix in the avocado. Puree if needed. Enjoy!

Baby Guacamole (8-10 months)

What you need:
1 ripe avocado
Crushed cheerios or wheat germ
1 small pinch of garlic powder, pepper, and basil
Plain whole milk yogurt

How to make it:
Peel and pit a ripe avocado. Mash it with a fork. Add in cheerios/wheat germ and spices. Blend and fold in yogurt until a good texture is achieved. This baby guacamole is great for dipping soft cooked veggies and toast, or eating alone.

You can find more great recipes at the Wholesome Baby Food site.

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