Mangos are soft and tasty making them a perfect fruit to use in baby food recipes.
Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing new foods to your baby.
How to prepare a mango for baby food
Before you add mango to your desired baby food recipe it will need to undergo a bit of preparation first. You will need to remove the skin and pit.
I have success using the below technique to prepare mangos.
Place the mango down on a flat surface and slice horizontally through the mango. The flat of your knife should pass as close to the mango seed as possible. Flip the mango over and repeat for the other side. You will now be left with two halves and a seed. Peel remaining skin from seed and remove as much flesh as possible before discarding seed. On one half of the mango, cut a cross-hatch pattern into the flesh with a knife, be careful not to cut into the skin. Grab the half, face up, with both hands at either side and using your fingers, push up in the center. Cubes of mango flesh should appear to pop out of the skin like a hedgehogs spikes. Cut these cubes by slicing horizontally with a knife between the skin and the mango cubes. Discard skin.
It may take a few tries to perfect the technique but soon enough you will be slicing mango like a pro.
If you constantly find yourself preparing mangos for your family, why not try a mango splitter like the one below. Easily cleve a mango in half with minimal effort.
Style: As pictured.
Stainless steel blade. Easy to use. Dishwasher safe.
Now that you know how to prepare a mango, let us take a look at some tasty baby food recipes for you to practice your mango preparation skills on.
1. Simple mango baby puree
A deliciously simple single ingredient baby food puree using nothing else but mangos. No cooking required.
1 Sweet Ripe Mango (peeled, seed removed)
Add mango to the blender or food processor and puree until your baby's preferred consistency is reached. Serve as is. Add excess to an ice cube tray and freeze for up to 3 months. If you wish to prepare in bulk, simply use more mangos.
Bonus Tip: Cut the mango into pieces and freeze overnight. Blend as usual for a delicious mango sorbet that even adults will love. Perfect for those hot summer days.
Bonus Tip #2: Looking to mix this deliciously simple baby puree up? Mango combines well with banana, peach, blueberries, avocado, apple, pear and even breast milk or formula.
2. Mango Banana Baby Oatmeal
A deliciously tropical oat sensation. Guaranteed to leave your baby feeling full and satisfied.
1 Mango (peeled, seed removed, cut into chunks) 1 Banana (peeled, cut into chunks) 1/2 cup oats 1 cup water
Combine oats and water in a pan. Bring to heat then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes or until oats have cooked through. Drain off excess water and combine oats with mango and banana in a blender. Blend until your baby's preferred consistency is reached. Serve warm. Refrigerate for 3 days or freezes for up to 3 months.
An unusual mix of avocado, strawberry, and mango forms a deliciously nourishing smoothie when combined. Most importantly, its dead simple to make in a flash.
1/2 cup chopped mango (or frozen pieces) 1/2 avocado (flesh only) 5 strawberries
Simply combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
Bonus Tip: Are you looking to mix the above recipe up? Simply replace the strawberries with half a cup of blueberries for a completely different (but still delicious) flavor.
4. Mango and sweet potato
A deliciously creamy baby meal with the goodness of sweet potato.
1 mango (peeled, pitted) 1 medium sweet potato (peeled) 2 tablespoons coconut milk 1 pinch cinnamon
Prepare your sweet potato any way of your choosing (steam, bake, boil etc.) until soft. Combine all ingredients in a blender until your preferred consistency is reached. Alternatively, you can mash the mango through the cooked sweet potato for a chunkier meal. Serve warm or cold.
Bonus Tip: If you are eloping to mix this recipe up, replace the pinch of cinnamon with half a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger for a baby meal with bite.
5. Creamy dreamy mango
A dairy blast with a subtle mango flavor.
1 sweet ripe mango (peeled, pitted) 3/4 cup natural yogurt 1 tablespoon wheat germ 1 drop of pure vanilla extract
Divide the mango flesh into two equal portions. Place one portion of mango into your blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Cut the remaining portion of mango into fine pieces. Combine both portions of mango and yogurt in a bowl. Add vanilla extract and stir thoroughly. Sprinkle wheat germ over the top and serve to your baby.
6. Mango Monster Meal
A great way to sneak your baby vegetables. The end result is a scary green looking baby dish.
2 medium mangos (peeled, pitted, chopped) 1 medium pear (peeled, cored, chopped) 1 1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves 1/4 cup apple juice (unsweetened) 1 teaspoon olive oil
Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add spinach to pan and cook until wilted, stirring regularly. Remove spinach from heat and add to blender (or food processor) with pear and mango and apple juice. Blend until your desired consistency is reached, add more apple juice if you need to thin further. Serve as is and freeze excess. Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freezes for up to 3 months. Consider adding some of the excess to a reusable baby food pouch for a quick, mess free meal for your baby.
7. Peach and mango teething soother popsicle
A delicious yet practical way to help alleviate your babies teething pain. The cold temperature helps decrease inflammation and dull pain. Very easy to prepare.
If your baby can only eat half a popsicle before giving up, simply half fill your possible molds.
2 ripe peaches (peeled and chopped) 1 ripe mango (peeled and chopped) 1 cup yogurt (all natural) 2 tablespoons unsweetened apple juice
Add all ingredients to food processor or blender. blend until a smooth, creamy texture is reached. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds. Place into the freezer and freeze overnight.
8. Tropical mango rice pudding
A simple rice pudding combined with delicious tropical flavors.
1 mango (peeled, seeded, finely chopped) 2 cups coconut milk 1/4 cups brown rice 1/2 banana (mashed) 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Combine rice, milk and vanilla extract in a saucepan and bring to boil. Simmer for 25 minutes or until rice is nearly soft. Stir regularly to prevent rice sticking to saucepan adding more milk if necessary. Add chopped mango and cook for a further 3 minutes or until rice is soft and tender. Remove from heat and leave to cool before stirring in mashed banana. Serve warm or cool.
9. Mango popsicles
A simple popsicle recipe with a delicious mango taste.
2 mango (peeled, seeded, chopped) 2 tablespoons of natural yogurt
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Transfer mango mixture to popsicle molds and freeze overnight.
Do you know any homemade baby food recipes prominently featuring mangos? If you have a recipe or modification you would love to share, leave it below.
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