Roast Pear & Banana Puree

Recently, I made Baked Maple Bananas for Kenya. Everyone who tried them couldn't get over how delicious they turned out. They're intensely sweet, creamy and have a delicious caramel note to them. I felt like there were more recipes to be mined from that one. Pears are in season and abundance at our farmer’s market, so I thought I would try roasting them together with bananas to make baby food for Chloe. There's nothing wrong with pureeing ripe pears and bananas together, but when you roast them it just intensifies the flavors and texture even more.

Pears and bananas are a good source of fiber, so they'll also help to get things moving when your little one gets stopped up (TMI?)

How did it come out? Amazing! I have no other words. In fact, if you don’t believe me, check out this quick video I posted here on Twitter of Chloe taking her first bites of it. Now the hard part is trying to keep this puree away from everyone else in the family! It's so yummy, you'll want to serve it on top of yogurt or even to spread on a bagel with almond butter. It's funny how these days everyone in my family wants to eat Chloe's baby food!

Photo by Maren Caruso

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Roast Pear & Banana Puree (Makes 6 Servings)

Prep Time: 3 mins Cook Time: 25 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 2 Bananas, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 pears, peeled and cut into wedges (I used Bartlett pears)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Place the bananas and pears on a parchment paper or Silpat lined baking sheet.
3. Roast for 25 minutes.
4. Puree until smooth.
5. Cool and serve.
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32 comments

  • Trina

    Sounds delicious and easy, but I just thought I'd mention that bananas are actually considered to be a constipating food rather than one to \"get things moving.\" From my experience this is true.

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  • Trina

    Just to add to my previous comment... Pears, on the other hand, are one of the \"4 P's\" that help to counteract constipation: Prunes, peaches, pears and peas. So pears and bananas should actually work really well to balance each other.

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  • Jocelyn

    My child like this very much. Can you let me know if I were to make like 250g of puree each time - how long can I keep the puree in the fridge?

    How can I ensure that the frozen puree is safe to eat after 1 week, 2 week, 3 weeks? Is there any visual sign that I should look for that the puree is not contaminated and there is no bacteria growth?

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    • Catherine

      You can keep the puree in the fridge for up to 3 or 4 days. You can keep it frozen for up to 4 months.

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  • Jen

    Absolutely delicious!!! I made this yesterday and my 8-month-old loved it and so did everyone else in the family -- even Grandpa :)

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  • Veronica

    Yes, make sure you don't give your baby too much banana puree. It's indeed constipating.

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  • Rebeca The Average Parent

    I love this idea. I made it tonight with Asian pears (that's what was available at the local orchard) and added pumpkin pie spice to give it a little more flavor. Oh my, it is really tasty. If the baby doesn't like it, I might just keep it for myself :)

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  • Courtney

    Just made my husband try a sample of this and he asked me to make him some to pack in his lunch for work. Hopefully my babies like it just as much as we do!

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  • Tiffany Murphy

    This was amazing. my 9 month old literally licked the bowl clean. I haven't tried freezing it. does it do well or does the banana change color?

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  • Julie

    I made this with bananas that I had frozen from a time when they were over-ripe. Turned out great. It was a little dark but tasted great. I also pureed roasted apples with the bananas. She loved it.

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  • Vanessa

    Made this for my 6.5month old today. She LOVED it! Thanks for sharing all of your ideas!

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  • Melissa

    Just finished making this and can't wait for my nine month old to try it. It is delicious!

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  • Ashlee

    Hey I was wondering if you could post how old your baby should be when they indulge in these purees, smoothies, and creams. Iam a new mom and I don't really know the rules and do and don'ts. I love your site, but I don't know what would really be appropriate for my 6 month old baby.

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    • Catherine

      Here is a great article all about starting your baby on solid foods! http://www.babycenter.com/0_introducing-solid-food_113.bc?page=1 If there are food allergies in your family, it is best to avoid those foods until Baby is 1 year old. Otherwise you can start feeding many purees when they are ready to start on solids. Just wait three days between introducing new foods so that you can pinpoint exactly what it was if your baby has an allergic reaction.

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  • martinac57

    Just made this and am so excited to feed this tomorrow to my 9 month old!!! It's delicious and so so SO easy to make!!! I am gonna try this as well with apples!!!

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  • Kala Adams

    Just made this for my little one yesterday and it was a HUGE hit! Even my 2 year old wanted to give it a try and she also enjoyed it! Thanks so much for doing what you do!

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  • Karin

    I've made this now several times. My 7 month old goes crazy over it! It's so easy but it tastes so good. Once I did 2 apples, 2 pears, and 2 bananas and it was also terrific. Thanks for such terrific recipes!

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  • Kate

    This is a great idea! My seven month old had enjoyed raw bananas, but not the pear I had poached for him. Tried this, he loved it! I baked one banana and one pear in my toaster oven, but now that I know he likes it, I'll make a big batch and freeze some. Thanks for the great idea!

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  • Sarah

    Just finished the first batch of this and my kiddo loved it! Nio is 10 months old and he was very excited. It was simple. I used red pears that just came into season and they were so sweet and good.

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  • Dawnpolk

    Wow. That is all.

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  • Heather

    I do this same basic recipe with apples and bananas, but I add a little bit of butter, cinnamon and curry. The whole family loves it with yogurt, but I've been meaning to pair it with a savory dish....like pork tenderloin.

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  • Rachel

    Processed this with plain yogurt and a splash of maple syrup, and baby and dad love it

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  • Carrie

    This is the tastiest purée ever! My 7 month old son, Oliver, LOVES it! And so do I! I'm having a hard time moving on to a new fruit because it's that good!

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  • Carson

    We did baby led weaning with my 12 month old. So she only gets the same \"purees\" the rest of us eat (like applesauce.) But I might have to try this one for all of us for use alone, in oatmeal (a staple breakfast for my kids), and yogurt.

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  • Alexandra

    I just made this puree but I put a little milk and butter, i always do it when i make my 9-months-old son any kind of homemade purees....i loved the taste of rosted banana and pear, i hope he likes it too he will try it for dessert today.....

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  • Sue

    How much does this make, if I want to make in bulk and freeze? Does it hold up well in the freezer then thawed?

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