Baby’s Lentil and Apple Puree

Posted on Feb 16 2011 - 7:13am by Christine

A nourishing and hearty lentil puree with the delicious flavours of apple and spices – this is a dish for your little one with a taste that more than makes up for its lack of visual appeal!

Lentil and apple puree baby food recipe

We’re the first to admit that – unlike most baby food purees with bright colours that seem to advertise how healthy they are – this lentil puree looks a little drab!

But never judge a book by its cover… our little man wolfs this one down with glee, as do the rest of the family when we serve it as a dinner time side dish on a winter day!

In our recipe we used green lentils – these were all that was available on our little island this week and they worlked perfectly in the dish. However, you might prefer to make it with red lentils if you can get them – they cook more quickly (generally in about 20 mins) and may make the dish a little more aesthetically pleasing!

Whichever type of lentil you use, you can be sure you are providing your baby with the very best nutrition! Lentils are known as one of nature’s 5 healthiest foods, because they are a fine source of protein, calcium and iron. Happily, they are also abundant and inexpensive!

You can find out more about introducing lentils here – and this section in particular addresses the common concern among parents… will lentils give my baby gas?

The following recipe is ideal from around 7 to 8 months…

To Make Baby’s Lentil and Apple Puree You Will Need…

4 oz (1/2 cup) lentils
20 fl oz (2 1/2 cups) water
1 tbsp olive oil
3 to 4 tbsp onion, finely chopped
1 small apple, cored and diced (you may prefer not to peel – see this page for more information)
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
pinch cinnamon

Pour the water into a saucepan and add the lentils. Bring to the boil.
Lower the heat and simmer the lentils until cooked – they should be tender and breaking down. This takes around 25 to 35 mins.
Whilst the lentils are cooking, heat the oil in a small frying pan and saute the diced onion until tender.
Add the diced apple and crushed garlic to the onion, then stir in all the spices.
Cook for a few more minutes, until the apple is tender.
Tip the onion/apple mixture into the lentil pot and leave it to simmer for 5 more mins.
Cool briefly.
You now have two options….
You can either transfer the entire mixture to a blender and puree until smooth OR you can hold about 4 tbsp of the mixture back, blend the rest, then stir the un-blended lentils into the puree. This adds a little textural interest for older babies, but is still easy to eat!
Serve just as it is, or as a side dish to a meal. Another option is to serve it the way our little one prefers… with squares of toast that he can dip into the puree!
Leftovers will freeze well or can stay in the fridge for up to 48 hours.

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5 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. angie February 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm -

    Nevermind that it isn’t brightly colored! Lentils are so nutritious and an excellent source of protein. I have been looking for ways to add them to my kids diet. I really think they’d go for this, especially with the apple cinnamon flavors!

  2. Ashley February 22, 2011 at 4:50 pm -

    Why onions and garlic? Doesn’t seem like something my LO would be into can I leave them out? And it still turn out right?

  3. Christine February 23, 2011 at 8:56 am -

    You can certainly leave them out – they are simply there to add a wonderful rich flavour, so the dish will be a little less flavourful without them. But both garlic and onions are healthy foods and you might be surprised to find that your baby rather likes them – we have more information about garlic here… and you may also like to visit: When can babies eat onions?

  4. David Schneider June 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm -

    Forget the baby, Daddy thinks this one sounds delicious! Do you hear me Mommy? 🙂

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