Apple Walnut Puree

Apple Walnut Puree

At this time of year the picking for seasonal fruits to feed your baby can be slim. However, when the kids and I went to our local farmer's market this past weekend, a myriad apples in tons of varieties were abundant_ Pink Ladies, Golden Delicious, Gala, Fuji and more -- all sweet, crispy and delicious. Apples are one of those fruits that make the most delicious homemade baby food because when pureed, their texture is smooth and sweet -- perfect for brand new eaters.

I came up with this Apple Walnut Puree recipe for Parents Magazine as a part of an article on nuts for kids of any age. In the last few years there has been quite a bit of controversy about giving kids nuts before the age of 1, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recently changed their stance on the issue, suggesting that it is safe for babies to be consuming nuts as a part of their diets.* As long as nuts are in the form of a smooth nut butter or pureed very fine (whole or pieces of nuts still present a choking hazard to children under the age of 4), they are an excellent source of protein and important for babies growing bodies. Walnuts in particular are rich in Omega 3's.

This puree is so delicious that my kids, even though they are past the puree stage, eagerly devoured it. I don't know why I was surprised. When you think about how much most kids love apple sauce, it makes total sense why this puree should be an easy sell to any little one from 8 months or older since it's just like a nutty applesauce. And given that I caught my husband finishing the last batch I made the kids, I'd wager you may even win over some older fans as well.

*If your family has a history of food allergies or if you have any concerns, I highly recommend speaking to your pediatrician before offering nuts to babies or kids.

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Apple Walnut Puree (Makes 6 Serving)

Prep Time: 1 mins Cook Time: 10 mins

egg free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 2 apples, cored and peeled (pink lady, fuji, or gala are all good choices)
  • 1/4 Cup Walnuts, shelled & halved
  • 1/8 Tsp Cinnamon

Preparation

1. Place apples and walnuts in a steamer pot over boiling water.
2. Cook for 7 minutes or until apples are fork tender.
3. Place apples, walnuts, cinnamon and 3 tbsp of the water from the steamer pot in a food processor and puree for 3 minutes or until smooth.
4. Cool and serve.
*If your family has a history of food allergies or if you have any concerns, I highly recommend speaking to your pediatrician before offering nuts to babies or kids.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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29 comments

  • Danielle

    This is so simple and easy and I never would have thought of it! What a great way to start incorporating nuts. Keep 'em coming!

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  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

    Wow I thought I was being a rebel when I introduced peanut butter at age 1. :-) I'm so excited to learn it's becoming more acceptable to introduce nuts even younger. They are so delicious and nutritious--you can't go wrong! Thanks for this.

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  • Julie

    This is a great idea! My kids are past puree stage, but I am going to make this and add it to yogurt for them!

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    • Rose

      I think I'm on Facebook too much - I was just looking for a \"Like\" button for your post :-) I love the idea of adding it to yogurt!

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  • Gretchen

    This looks very yummy...I'm thinking it would serve as a great dip for crackers too!

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    • Amanda

      Probably really good with graham crackers!

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  • Moriah

    Studies have been done that show that giving nuts (and other highly allergic foods) to younger children can actually help to prevent an allergy from developing. Previously it was recommended withholding these foods until the age of 2 or older incase the child had an allergy to them. It has actually been shown that doing this can in fact INCREASE the chance of your child developing an allergy. If someone in your immediate family is prone to allergies you should check with baby's doctor first, otherwise it is perfectly safe to introduce these foods to babies. We have never withheld foods from my son and I think it has helped him to be an adventurous eater! The only foods we did withhold were ones that would pose a choking hazzard or things like honey (which is avoided because children under one have GI tracts that are not fully developed, and they can have trouble breaking down the botulism spores that can be in the honey).

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  • K

    Do you think this would work with other nuts, like pecans or almonds?

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    • Catherine

      Yes it would :)

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  • Elana

    Sounds delish! Keep the puree recipes coming - my little one is starting solids in a few weeks, and I think my older one would love this as a spread:) Thanks!

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  • Anitasc

    my apples weren't very sweet so I added a dash of maple syrup.. delicious! will try giving this to my 17 month old with yogurt tomorrow.

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  • Courtney

    Love this! Made it tonight. The 1yr old loved it and the rest of the kids liked it on pancakes.

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  • Kristin

    This looks great - I made all my baby food for my first set of twins, who are 3 now, and I think they will love this as a dip or spread - and I will definitely try it on the second set of twins (although they are only 7 weeks old, so I have to wait awhile . . . . . :).

    Thanks for all the great ideas and recipes!

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  • Anna Claire

    I'm new to your blog but I read your recipe in Parents and have been making it for my 9-month-old, who LOVES it. I'll admit I love it, too - and it freezes well :)

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  • Natalie

    love this idea!

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  • Veeraj

    Hi, very healthy one! I was wondering can I give it to my 7 months old?

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    What would be another way to steam these if I don't have a steamer basket? Thanks

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