When it comes to first foods, apples are great because
of their natural sweetness and versatility.
Besides being used as a baby food, this purée can also be used in a variety of recipes. For example, you can use it to sweeten or add moistness to baked goods, or as an alternative topping for pancakes.
As Golden, Red Delicious, and Fuji apples have the least amount of acid, they are the most tolerable for babies. You can choose to peel apples before or after cooking. However, cooking apples with skins allows the apples to retain more nutrients.
Six medium organic apples, quartered and cored just before cooking
Bring 3 cups of water to boil in a pot with steamer insert or use a collapsible basket. Reduce the heat to a brisk simmer, add prepared apples. Be careful not to let the water touch the apples. For best nutrient retention, cover tightly and steam for 10 to 12 minutes, or until apples are tender.
Set apples and cooking liquid aside to cool. Scrape apples to remove skin and purée in a food processor or blender and purée until very smooth. To adjust consistency, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of reserved steaming liquid to make the purée smoother, if needed.
When baby is ready for more texture, chunks of steamed apple (cooled) make a good finger food.