Homemade Fig Baby Food Recipes

Published by 
Jess Miller
Last updated: 
August 11, 2014
Six Figs Fruit

For those of you wondering how to make fig baby food, you have come to the right place. Figs are a delicious fruit that are often overlooked in baby food recipes.

Just be mindful that as figs are high in fiber, they should be avoided if your baby is undergoing a bout of diarrhea. On the flip side, figs are a great food to feed a baby suffering from constipation.

Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing new foods to your baby.

Choosing a tasty fig for baby food

While figs are a popular fruit, they are not exactly what you would call a common enjoyed fruit. Because of this, you may be clueless when it comes to choosing a fig your baby will enjoy. Like with all fruit, you want to avoid figs with bruises but what else do you look for?

Fortunately, you can determine a tasty fig with little more than your hands.When selecting a fig, you want it to be fairly soft. Give the fig a squeeze. You would want the fig to give with little pressure without being mushy or hard.

While getting handsy with the fruit, give the fig stem a wiggle. The stem should stay firmly in place, a loose stem can indicate a mushy fig.

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How to store figs prior to use

Figs are a fairly perishable fruit. When purchasing figs you will want to be sure that you will have time to cook them up over the next three days.

Carefully transport the figs home to avoid unnecessary bruising and store on a plate in the fridge. Be sure to cover the plate with plastic wrap so that the figs do not absorb the odors within the fridge.

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1. Simple fig baby puree

A simple no-cook baby food recipe. Be sure to choose sweet, ripe figs to ensure the tastiest possible puree.

Ingredients:

  • 8 figs (stems removed, quartered)

Directions:

  1. Place figs in a blender or food processor and puree until your baby's favorite consistency is reached.
  2. Serve as is or refrigerate for up to 3 days. Excess fig puree can be placed into an ice cube tray and frozen for up to 3 months.

Bonus Tip: This puree makes for a tasty side when combined with cereal or yogurt.

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2. Roasted fig baby mash

When figs are baked the natural sweetness is multiplied. If your little baby has a sweet tooth then you should definitely try this sweet but wholesome dish.

Ingredients:

  • 8 figs (stems removed)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Brush each fig with olive oil before placing into a lightly oiled oven dish.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until fig skin is puckered and figs are tender.
  4. Cool before mashing with a fork. You can puree this baby food recipe if preferred.
  5. Serve warm or cool. Refrigerate for 3 days or freezes for 3 months.

Bonus Tip: If you are feeling gourmet, you can stuff each fig with gorgonzola cheese before baking. This is a tasty treat for baby's and adults alike.

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3. Fig mystery

A subtly sweet puree with different layers of flavor, the flavor is delicious but its hard to describe.

Ingredients:

  • 3 figs (stems removed, roughly chopped)
  • 2 small to medium pears (peeled, cored, chopped)
  • 1 carrot (peeled, chopped)

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a steamer basket and steam for 10 minutes or until tender.
  2. Set aside steaming liquid and add figs carrot and pears to blender or food processor.
  3. Puree until your baby's preferred consistency is reached. Add steaming liquid to thin out puree if required.
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4. Stewed figs

A sweet baby puree that can be served fresh or cooked further.

Ingredients:

  • 6 ripe figs (stems removed, quartered)
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • (optional) 1 slice of orange with skin (adds a subtle zesty flavor)

Directions:

  1. Add figs to a lidded pot and cover with filtered water. Cover with lid and cook on medium heat and bring to boil.
  2. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook figs for 25 minutes or until tender.
  3. Add apple juice and orange slice and stir. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Remove figs from the pot with a slotted spoon and set aside to cool. Mash further or puree if required using cooking liquid to thin out the mixture.

Bonus Tip: Did you know you can also stew dried figs? Simply cut off the stem, cover with water and stew on low heat for half an hour or until. You can have stewed figs all year round.

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5. Dried fig medley

This recipe uses dried figs rather than the fresh variety. This means you can serve this baby food dish regardless of whether figs are in season or not.

Ingredients:

  • 2 dried figs
  • 2 dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup milk (or breast milk or formula)

Directions:

  1. Soak apricots and figs in a bowl of filtered water overnight in the fridge.
  2. Combine in blender and puree until smooth.

Run mixture through a strainer to remove any hard seeds that were missed during blending

  • Serve warm or cool.
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6. Fig and apple puree

A sweet baby puree that can be served fresh or cooked further.

Ingredients:

  • 6 ripe figs (stems removed, quartered)
  • 1 apple (peeled, cored, roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 cup milk (or breast milk or formula)

Directions:

  1. Combine figs and apple in a blender or food processor and puree until your preferred consistency is reached. (either serve to your baby as is or continue on to next step)
  2. add fig and apple mixture to a pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until flecks or fig skin seem to dissolve into the puree.

Serve cool or warm. Refrigerate for 3 days or you can freeze this fig puree for up to 3 months.

TIP: For a quick meal on the go for your little one, add some puree to a reusable baby food pouch!

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Do you know any homemade baby food recipes prominently featuring Fig? If you have a recipe or modification you would love to share, leave it below.

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