With apples and squashes all around, I thought of making something quick for babies 6 months and older. In today’s recipe, I have combined apple and butternut squash together and add little cinnamon powder to it. This puree is full of fall colours and flavours.
Apples are packed with a wide range of health benefits. They are a wonderful source of vitamin C and fibre. Apple’s help in regulating blood sugar. They have various antioxidant, anti-cancer, cardiovascular and other beneficial properties. They are considered as the easiest food for little tummies since they are very light on digestion.
Butternut Squash has its share of health benefits too. It is filled with vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate, vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and manganese. Butternut squash is an excellent source of potassium. It is filled with more healthy potassium than a banana. Some of the health benefits of butternut squash are said to be lowering high blood pressure, lowering cancer risk, boosting immune system just to name the few. Butternut squash has a high content of fibre, so it helps in avoiding constipation.
While shopping for butternut squash, look for those with even cream colour and is firm and heavy. Avoid those with soft spots, has wrinkled, feels light and looks dull. You can store butternut squash in a cool dry place. After cutting it, refrigerate the open piece by covering it in a plastic sheet. I usually cut this beautiful squash into cubes and store it in a freezer. It gets easy for using it for baby food.
Let’s go through the recipe for Apple with Butternut Squash.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
- 1 Apple (sweet variety)
- 6 Cubes of butternut squash
- A dash of cinnamon powder
- 1/4 Cup water
- Wash and cut an apple into pieces. You can peel the apple skin if you wish to.
- In a pot add apple pieces, butternut squash, cinnamon powder, and water.
- Cover and cook till apple pieces get tender. Alternatively you can also steam it in a steaming basket.
- Once done, run it through a food processor.
I have used frozen butternut squash in this recipe.
You can add baby cereal (oats, whole grains, multigrain etc) to this puree while serving it to your baby.