Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? But it shouldn’t be complicated or difficult to make, especially when you’re feeding an infant who thinks food is better on his face than in his mouth. I began cooking homemade baby food by creating a variety of breakfasts for my now-toddler. It was a lot of fun to use different seasonal fruits with some herbs and spices for a tasty and quick meal. My berry banana cereal is one of my favourites, especially in the winter when it’s hard to come by fresh berries (thank you frozen fruit packages!).
After talking to many of my friends who have infants and toddlers, I’ve noticed that a lot of babies have one of two issues: either they go poop nonstop (like both of my boys) or they only go once a day (or even longer!). This recipe is a breakfast that takes care of both issues. Unripe bananas contain a lot of starch so too much of them can cause constipation. However, the right amount can help solidify the watery stool of a baby and may delay how often they go Number 2. On the other hand, ripe bananas, blueberries, and blackberries contain a lot of fibre and are nature’s perfect fruits for loosening the stool of a constipated child. So if you notice that your kid is especially late in pooping or has liquidy ones, give them this breakfast and see if it makes a difference.
Like many of my dishes, I start with a healthy fat. I prefer using unsalted butter because I love the flavour it adds to food, but you could use an oil instead. Try not to use salted butter or margarine, as they both contain added salt which babies don’t need until they’re older. Remember, we may feel that food is bland without salt, but we’re helping these little girls and boys develop their food palate. They have no idea they’re missing anything!
Once the butter has melted, I add my berries and let them cook over medium-high heat until they soften and I see juice leave the fruit. This usually takes around 4 to 5 minutes for fresh fruit. Frozen fruit will take a little while longer.
Now, if my little guy had teeth or if he was a bit older, I would just use a spoon and mash up the berries at this point. Then I’d add them to a full fat Greek yogurt, my brown rice cereal, or oats. He doesn’t have teeth yet which means he can’t chew through the tiny blackberry seeds so into the blender it goes with the banana and cinnamon. I personally like my fruit puree to be thinned out a little (it makes it easier to blend) so I like to add some previously boiled water to it. I’d suggest trying it both ways to see what’s best for you and your child.
Once blended, your pureed fruit is all done! You can store it in the fridge for 3-4 days or, if you decide to make a larger batch, freeze it for up to 3 months.
As I mentioned before, I like to add a few tablespoons of my puree to a cup of brown rice cereal.
Thanks for reading! Remember to play around with the ingredients depending on how much fibre your child needs:
Constipation or hard stools = more berries and a riper banana
Watery stools = less berries and more unripened banana
No issues = keeping all the ingredient amounts equal or change it based on your child’s preference
Scroll down for the recipe and happy cooking!
BERRY BANANA CEREAL
Prep Time: 10 mins | Total Time: 12 mins | Serving Size: about 1 cup
• 1/2 cup blackberries (fresh or frozen)
• 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
• 1 banana
• optional: 1/2 peeled red apple (for added sweetness)
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
• 1-2 tbsp unsalted butter
• 1/4 cup previously boiled water (for infants)
- Preheat frying pan or saucepan on medium-high heat and melt butter.
- Add blueberries, blackberries, and apple. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes (a few mins longer if using frozen fruit).
- Add water, berries, apple, banana, and cinnamon to blender (I use BlendTec) and puree until smooth.
- Spoon the berry banana puree onto oatmeal, rice cereal, or plain full fat yogurt. I like to use 3 tablespoons of puree to 1 cup brown rice cereal. For my brown rice cereal recipe, click here.
I hope you enjoy making this baby food as much as I do. Feel free to share your experiences below so we can work together to help other mommies and daddies in their parental journeys. And don’t forget to take a pic of this dish and tag #notasupermommy or @notasupermommy on Instagram!
My friends and family know that all of my son’s purees go into these awesome reusable and dishwasher safe (yes, really!) pouches (I’m not affiliated with this company, nor am I getting paid to advertise their product). It makes the puree ready-to-go in case I take my little guy out. To serve, I can place the package in hot water until the puree is warm or squeeze some out into a bowl and microwave. I love that it’s reusable so I feel like I’m helping the planet. If you’re interested, you can buy them here.