Puree Monday - Black Bean Apple

Packed full of protein from the beans, slight sweetness from the apples and full of good fat from the avocado this recipe is a superstar! Because it consists of 3 easy to digest foods it can be introduced early on.   

Black Bean Apple Puree - 6 Month+
1 can of unsalted black beans (or cooked dry beans)
2-3 large apples
1/2 ripe avocado
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Clean, core and slice the apples leaving the skins on during steaming (this helps lock in the nutrients during steaming).  Steam the apples in either a steaming basket on the stove or in the Beaba babycook.  If using the babycook fill water to the 2 mark for a full basket of apple slices.  If steaming on the stove use about 2 inches of water and steam for about 10 minutes (as your child gets used to chunkier textures less steaming time will be needed). Reserve half of the cooking liquid, but you may not need it.  Let the apples cool till almost room temperature then remove the skins.  This should be fairly easy to do with your fingers or a spoon. Set aside.

Drain and rinse the black beans well (rinsing helps reduce the gassiness factor).  Puree the beans in a food processor with the apples, add apple cooking liquid if needed to thin out a bit.  Then add the other ingredients and puree until well blended.  The longer it is pureed the smoother it will get.  You can adjust the texture and chunkiness, as your bebe needs. This recipe will keep up to 3 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.  Also makes the perfect addition to toddler meals- filling for a quesadilla or pita. This recipe will fill about 2-3 ice cube trays (10-20 servings).   

Vegan. Dairy-Free. Gluten-Free.


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