Homemade Baby Food ~ Tropical Fruit Cooler Puree
We bought a large watermelon a couple weeks ago, and Lindsey has enjoyed eating little bits of it fresh, and in her mesh feeder. We froze about half of it diced into chunks, and I decided to try blending some of it together with a few other fruits to see if I could find a way to puree it where it would hold a decent consistency and be enjoyable for Lindsey!
We actually did a total freezer purge to go through and pull out all the miscellaneous bags of fruits and veggies that have found their way into the freezer recently and to make good use of them. We took one large Tupperware and dumped in all the miscellaneous fruits that still looked good, but I wasn't sure how old they were and we are using those to make smoothies for us, and for Lindsey's puree I used some frozen watermelon, pineapple, mango, and banana that I knew were frozen recently. I steamed the pineapple and used the cooking liquid to thin the mixture so that it would blend smoothly. It was a very tasty mixture - if you enjoy fruit smoothies, make enough for you too!
You can thicken the mixture with a little baby cereal if needed, or stir this into some cooked cream of wheat or oatmeal for your little one.
We use the Nuk Freezer Tray and the OXO Tot Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers for freezing Lindsey's food into cubes.
Tropical Fruit Cooler Puree
1 large banana
1/3 cup diced ripe mango
1 cup diced pineapple
1.5 - 2 cups cubed watermelon
- Place banana, mango, and watermelon in a blender.
- In a medium saucepan, add 1 inch of water and set a steamer basket insert over the water. Turn heat to high, and add the pineapple chunks to the steamer insert when the water begins to boil. Cover with a lid and steam for 10 minutes.
- Remove pineapple from steamer and add to the blender, add about 1/4 cup of cooking liquid from the steamed pineapples. Blend, continuing to add additional liquid as necessary until desired consistency is reached.