We're two sisters who are craft book publishers and found ourselves in the midst of an avocado grove. We bought this house where we planned to conduct our publishing business and in the deal got 4 acres of avocado trees thrown in. Now we're not only publishers but ranchers as well! This blog is all about avocados and anything else that strikes my fancy.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Avocado Baby Food!!!

Wow! What a concept. Did you know that avocados make a healthy and yummy baby food? And avocados are so easy to mash. You don't even have to use a blender to get a nice consistency for your little tyke.

Serve the avocado with a couple of other choices, such as fruit and vegetables and you've got a wonderful little lunch or dinner.


Here are some interesting facts from the California Avocado Commission (california avocado commission):

What makes avocados appealing to babies?

The avocado's smooth, creamy consistency makes it one of the first fresh fruits a baby can enjoy. Avocados may be mashed and served in a variety of ways and do not require cooking. Mash with a fork to the consistency appropriate for your baby.
For variety, avocados can be mixed with apple or pear sauce, cooked squash or sweet potatoes.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics Pediatric Nutrition Handbook.

Do avocados offer nutrients beneficial to babies?

Avocados can be an important part of your baby's growth and development. Fresh avocados are sodium and cholesterol-free. They contribute valuable nutrients including 8% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for folate; 4% DV for fiber and potassium, 4% DV for vitamin E; and 2% DV for iron. A serving of avocado also contains 81 micrograms of the carotenoid lutein and 19 micrograms of beta-carotene. One serving also contains 3.5 grams of unsaturated fats, which are known to be important for normal growth and development of the central nervous system and brain.

Prepare Homemade Baby Food with Fresh California Avocados

Follow these tips...
  • Keep all tools and work spaces spotlessly clean, washing with hot, soapy water and rinsing in hot water. Use a dishwasher, if possible
  • Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before peeling
  • Avocados may be mashed and served in a variety of ways. They do not require cooking
  • Separate baby's portions before adding sugar or seasoning to your family's meal
  • Use a blender or food processor to speed preparation. Add formula, juice or cooking water to thin the food
  • Start with a thin, smooth, easy-to-swallow puree. As your baby grows and chewing and swallowing reflexes mature, the consistency can be thickened
Here's a recipe to try:

Avocado and Banana Mix  (6 - 12 mos.)

  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Banana


  1. Mash or, puree avocado and banana until smooth.
  2. Serve or, spoon into ice cube trays, cover with plastic wrap and freeze into individual portions for future meals.
  3. When ready to use, just pop out, thaw and serve when room temperature.
  4. For variation try mango, peach, or papaya.
I love the idea of filling ice cube trays and using one cube at a time. Brilliant. A great timesaving tip for busy mothers.

There are lots of other recipes on the California Avocado Commission website. Try them all. Click here california avocado commission then go to "recipes" and type in "baby food recipes".


    1. How great that you have your own avocado grove ! In Tanzania they are called 'parachichi' and that word ... pronounced 'pa-ra-chee-chee' has such a nice ring to it ! They are a hot favourite here with dogs, many stray/ferral dogs survive on them as we get them in abundance here. So nice to read your post today, as I am busy weaning my 11 month old son at the moment, and avocado is such a great baby food, as you say. My daughter enjoys hers mashed up with cream cheese - makes a great dip, too ! Hope you are having a wonderful week ... thanks for your support and comments on my blog, you are one of my long time readers :)

    2. Hi Lynda,
      I'm Nancy, Barbara's sister and I'm doing the avocado blog. So nice to get your comment. That's interesting about the name for avocado in Tanzania - love it. Dogs here like avocados too. And so do the coyotes who live in our grove. I'm always finding half eaten ones lying on the ground. Love the idea of avocado with cream cheese - I'll definitely have to try that as a dip.

    3. Thank you for visiting my blog, Empty Nest Evolution. I am intrigued by your lives as my husband and I came THIS CLOSE to buying a home above I-15 high above the fwy that was a 16 acre avocado farm. This was years ago, in the "other" recession, 1990, and the home was being foreclosed on. We looked all through Fallbrook. Love it there. At the time, we lived in Scripps Ranch. We ended up moving into Poway and loved it there. Now we live in N.H. Long story.

      Anyway, my mother, a native of Indiana, fed me mashed avocado and cottage cheese as a baby. She fell in love with them when she moved to LA in the Thirties. I don't think there's anything you can't make better with avocado. So nice to read about a place I know and a food I love.