Avocado puree is one of the easiest purees to prepare with no cooking or special equipment needed. The buttery, creamy texture is perfect for babies and it combines great with a range of other sweet and savoury purees.
Choosing an Avocado
Avocados need to be soft to mash or blend easily. Hard avocados will become grainy when pureed so it is important to allow them to ripen first.
They should be soft to touch but not “mushy”. When the fruit is opened, the flesh should be bright green, with no bruises.
How to Prepare an Avocado
- Hold the avocado gently with one hand. With a large, sharp knife in the other hand, slice the avocado down the middle, lengthwise, working around the avocado pit. Twist to separate the two halves.
- Remove the pit by carefully hitting the base of your knife into it. Twist to remove it from the flesh.
- Scoop the flesh out of the avocado using a spoon.
How to Make Avocado Puree
One of the greatest thing about avocado puree is how easy it is to make.
- Remove the flesh from the avocado (see above for instructions)
- Mash with a fork or puree in a blender/food processor until smooth.
To thin the puree and add extra creaminess mix the avocado with breast milk or formula.
- Contain an assortment of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C, E, and K; B vitamins; magnesium; zinc; and manganese
- Are a good source of fibre
- Are a rich source of poly and mono-unsaturated fats (the “good” fats.) Their high-fat content makes them a fantastic option for babies, since babies have increased fat needs (1)
When Can Babies Have Avocado Puree?
Avocado is a wonderful first food for babies. It has a mild flavour, creamy texture and is nutrient-dense.
What to Mix with Avocado Puree
Avocado has a mild flavour and creamy texture that makes it perfect for mixing with a range of purees. Try mixing/pureeing it with
- Banana Puree / Mashed Banana
- Sweet Potato Puree
- Apple Puree
- Pea Puree
- Strawberry Puree
- Cooked Chicken
- Cooked Fish
- Mashed Boiled Eggs
Basil, parsley or coriander (cilantro) all pair well with avocado, try blending together to expose your baby to a range of different flavours
Avocado puree is best eaten straight away. I would recommend mashing a little for baby and allow the family to enjoy the leftovers. Why not try using leftovers to make
If you do have leftovers and wish to store then you can
To extend the freshness:
- Mix a little fresh lime or lemon juice into the puree before storing.
- Hit the container on a surface to knock out any air pockets, cover and make sure a lid or plastic wrap is touching the surface of the puree. (To prevent oxidation)
- Refrigerate for up to 24hours
Although freezing avocado is safe and most nutrients are preserved during freezing, avocado does change texture when frozen and can become a little mushy. It may also brown during storage or thawing.
For best results:
- Squeeze a little lime or lemon juice into the puree and stir to combine.
- Spoon the puree into flexible ice-cube trays, tap the tray on the counter to knock out any air pockets and freeze until solid. (Freezing in ice cube trays allows you to defrost the small amounts when you need it.)
- Once they’re fully frozen, quickly pop them all out and place the frozen cubes into a freezer bag or container and return to the freezer.
- Freeze for up to 3 months.
- Thaw in the refrigerator.
Moving on from purees? You may also like this post on Avocado for Babies, which shows how to prepare and serve avocados and includes some great baby-friendly avocado recipes.
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- 1 Ripe Avocado
- Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop the flesh of the avocado out with a spoon.
- Mash on a chopping board/ plate, with a fork, until desired consistency is reached. Alternatively, blend in food processor/blender until smooth.
- Add baby milk to thin out if required.