High-Calorie 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Puree

As a mom navigating the complex world of baby feeding, I understand the challenges firsthand. My daughter Lua, a sweet chill one-year-old with a lingering oral aversion, continues to enjoy purees while her twin sis explores the world of solids. Lua’s journey, starting as a preemie, necessitates a higher calorie intake for proper weight gain. Enter one of my go-to purees – a homemade baby food that’s high-calorie (and oh-so-tasty) Peanut Butter Banana Puree that Lua adores. And yes, I’ve taste-tested this myself…it’s a yummy recipe, to say the least. So in this post, I’ll share not only the steps to craft this nutritious blend of 4 SIMPLE ingredients but also insights into why it’s an excellent choice for babies needing that extra caloric boost!

A banana and peanut butter puree on a counter.

What You’ll Need


Ingredients

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter (for less PB flavor, use 1/2 tablespoon)
  • 1/4 cup cooked oats
  • 1/4 cup water (bottled spring water or purified filtered water) OR you can use breast milk if breastfeeding
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil to increase the calorie content (optional)

Recommended Equipment

  • Baby bullet or food processor (for ultimate smoothness)

How to Make It (Step-By-Step)


1. Prep your ingredients.

Cook the oats.

Cook the oats following the instructions on the container.

  • Bring 1 cup of water to a boil.
  • Add 1/2 cup of oats, then lower the heat to simmer.
  • Cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Any leftover oats can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days, making it easy to whip up more purees throughout the week.

Peel and slice the ripe banana in half.

I will saran wrap the other half in the banana peel and pop it in the fridge for later to use in a smoothie OR to use as finger food for my other one, Lily Mae (Lua’s twin sis).

Ripe bananas are key to making this puree sweeter. Plus, they are a great baby-led weaning food!

Measure out the ingredients.

In a small bowl, measure out the peanut butter, oats, and water. I prefer room temperature water because it makes the puree less chilly.

2. Combine the ingredients into the baby bullet or food processor.

Place the banana slices, peanut butter, oats, and water into the baby bullet or food processor.

A blender with peanut butter, oatmeal, water, and peanut butter is used to create a delicious peanut butter banana puree.

3. Blend to perfection!

Secure the lid and blend until you achieve a smooth puree.

For babies who like more texture, blend it less.

4. Serve and enjoy.

Scoop out the creamy goodness and let your little one savor the nutritious treat.

Nutritional Benefits


This Peanut Butter Banana Puree isn’t just a flavorful puree; it’s a nutritional powerhouse tailored for babies, especially those in need of higher-calorie options like babies that were preemies such as Lua. Let’s break down the goodness of each ingredient:

Banana

Bursting with natural sweetness, bananas are rich in potassium, vitamin C, and dietary fiber. These nutrients contribute to healthy heart function and aid digestion, making them a fantastic choice for your little one’s developing system.

Peanut Butter

Beyond its delectable taste, peanut butter is a great source of protein, a crucial element for your baby’s growth and development. Packed with healthy fats, it provides sustained energy while supporting the formation of essential tissues and muscles.

Oats

Oats bring a hearty dose of fiber and essential nutrients to the mix like vitamin B. They promote a healthy digestive system, helping regulate bowel movements for your baby. Additionally, oats offer a slow release of energy, keeping your little one satisfied for longer periods AND it might just help them sleep better at night! 😏

In combination, these natural ingredients not only ensure a smooth and palatable texture that babies adore but also create a nutritional trifecta that supports overall growth and well-being.

Perfect for babies aged 6 months and older, this Peanut Butter Banana Puree is a delicious addition to their diet, providing simple flavors and nutritional benefits in every spoonful.

Optional Ingredients 😋


Almond Milk

If you’re looking to enhance the creaminess of the puree, substitute water with a small amount of unsweetened almond milk. This not only introduces a subtle nutty flavor but also offers additional nutrients like vitamin E.

Brown Sugar

Add a pinch of brown sugar for a subtle sweetness and a hint of caramel undertones, providing an extra layer of flavor to the puree.

Chocolate Chips

For a treat that feels indulgent, sprinkle in a few mini chocolate chips. Keep in mind that this is more of an occasional indulgence, adding a hint of chocolatey goodness to the mix. Remember to choose high-quality, baby-safe chocolate chips or opt for alternatives like carob chips for a mild, sweet taste without added caffeine.

Cashew Butter

For a velvety texture, consider adding a dollop of cashew butter. Not only does this contribute to the creaminess of the puree, but it also brings a rich, nutty flavor that complements the other ingredients.

Cinnamon Spice

Add a pinch or teaspoon of cinnamon to introduce a warm and aromatic element to the puree. Not only does it elevate the taste, but cinnamon also brings potential health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory properties.

Maple Syrup

For a touch of natural sweetness, consider drizzling in a teaspoon of pure maple syrup. This addition boosts the flavor but also contributes a hint of sweetness without relying on added sugars.

A white bowl with a brown peanut butter banana puree in it.

Helpful Tips💡


Make the most of your PB banana baby food puree experience by incorporating these practical tips for storage, serving, and addressing food allergy concerns:

Storage 🫙

Refrigeration Mastery

Keep the puree fresh by storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This ensures optimal flavor and texture for up to 48 hours. The refrigerator is the best way to maintain the purity and quality of this delightful treat.

Freezing for Easy Portions

Simplify feeding time by freezing the puree in an ice cube tray. This method allows you to create convenient, ready-to-use portions, making meal prep a breeze. Just pop out the desired amount and let it thaw for a quick and hassle-free serving.

Concerns about Food Allergies 🥜

Safe Alternatives for Peanut Allergy

If your little one has a peanut allergy, rest assured that you can still enjoy the goodness of this puree by substituting peanut butter with equally delicious alternatives like cashew or almond butter. This not only caters to their taste buds but also ensures a safe and enjoyable dining experience.

Age-Appropriate Introduction

Introduce this Peanut Butter Banana Puree to your baby at around 4-6 months of age. This early introduction allows them to explore new flavors and textures gradually, promoting a diverse and well-rounded palate.

Mindful Preparation on a Baking Sheet

When freezing portions, consider using a baking sheet for added convenience. Simply spread the puree into small portions on a parchment-lined baking sheet, freeze until solid, and transfer the portions to a sealed container or bag. This method helps prevent portions from sticking together and allows for easy retrieval when needed.

Safety Note: Always be cautious of potential choking hazards and monitor your baby closely during feeding. Ensure that the puree’s texture aligns with your baby’s developmental stage, adjusting accordingly to create a safe and enjoyable feeding experience.

To Wrap It Up


Incorporating nutrient-rich recipes like this Peanut Butter Banana Puree into your baby’s diet is a great option if your baby needs to put on a little bit of weight. Lua’s joy with this puree inspires confidence in its deliciousness and nutritional value which is why I’m sharing it with you. 🤗

Experiment with optional ingredients, ensure proper storage and cater to your sweet pea’s individual preferences. Your baby’s health and happiness are at the heart of this recipe – a small step towards big smiles!

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Peanut Butter Banana Puree – Printable Recipe 📒

  • Author: Lindsey Kovach
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Cook Time: 2
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Puree
  • Method: Baby bullet or Food Processor (for ultimate smoothness)
  • Cuisine: Baby Food

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter (for less PB flavor, use 1/2 tablespoon)
  • 1/4 cup cooked oats
  • 1/4 cup water (bottled spring water or purified filtered water) OR you can use breast milk if breastfeeding
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil for a caloric boost (optional)

Instructions

1. Prep the ingredients.

Cook the oats.

Cook the oats following the instructions on the container.

    • Bring 1 cup of water to a boil.

    • Add 1/2 cup of oats, then lower the heat to simmer.

    • Cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Any leftover oats can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days, making it easy to whip up more purees throughout the week.

Peel and slice the ripe banana in half.

I will saran wrap the other half in the banana peel and pop it in the fridge for later to use in a smoothie OR to use as finger food for my other one, Lily Mae (Lua’s twin sis).

Ripe bananas are key to making this puree sweeter. Plus, they are a great baby-led weaning food!

Measure out the ingredients.

Measure out the peanut butter, oats, and water in a small bowl. I prefer room-temperature water because it makes the puree less chilly.

2. Combine the ingredients into the baby bullet or food processor.

Place the banana slices, peanut butter, oats, and water into the baby bullet or food processor.

3. Blend to perfection!

Secure the lid and blend until you achieve a smooth puree.

For babies who like more texture, blend it less.

4. Serve and enjoy.

Scoop out the creamy goodness and let your little one savor the nutritious treat.

Notes

No need to harp on this one, but always supervise your little one while eating. 😊

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