When my little one turned 6 months, I started asking other moms what I should give. Bananas are one of the first weaning food that parents give their little ones when they start on solid food. This easy to mash yellow fruit is actually not only easy for babies to swallow without the fear of them choking but bananas are also packed with nutrition.
Bananas are loaded with nutrients! They include potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin, vitamin B6, manganese. Besides being packed with nutrients there are loads of other reasons why everyone should be eating a banana a day.
Benefits of Bananas
- High in fibre
- Easy to digest
- Good for growing bones and improving eyesight
- Prevent anaemia
- Increase brain power & concentration.
I ‘ve put together 4 recipes that use bananas in different ways. Your baby is sure to enjoy them all. Scroll down for the recipes & start cooking!
Banana & Oats Teething Biscuits
- 2 Cups Oats
- 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon or Ginger or Cardamom
- 1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
- 1 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1 Cup/ 2 Overripe Bananas, Mashed
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 3 Tbsp Oil of Choice
- Blitz the oats in a mixie to get a coarse powder.
- Mix the oats, the spices & baking powder together in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl mix the mashed bananas, oil & vanilla essence. Make sure it’s all combined properly.
- Add the wet mix to the dry mix and mix well.
- Form small bar like shapes& place on parchment paper or greased baking sheet.
- Bake 12-15 min at 180 C.
- Flip them over halfway. This ensures the biscuits get crisp on both sides.
- Let them cool uncovered for at least 8-10 hours
- Store in an airtight container or in the fridge & serve cold for teething relief.
Banana Brown Rice Pudding
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- 1 Cup Cooked Brown Rice
- ¾ Cup Yoghurt/Dahi
- ¼ Tsp of Ground Nutmeg
- ½ Small Banana, Mashed
- Mix the rice and yoghurt together and warm them in a saucepan. Stir constantly.
- Remove the pot from heat and add in the mashed up banana and nutmeg to combine till the required consistency is reached. For infants who aren’t used to eating textured foods, you can puree the mixture with more yoghurt or a little warm water.
- It can be enjoyed warm or cold if you choose to refrigerate it for later.
Note: You can also add raisins if you wish for older babies and toddlers. Allow the pudding to cool enough for baby to eat then serve.
If you don't want to use curd, you can use breastmilk or formula also. But please remember not to cook this on direct heat once the milk has been added.
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