Asparagus Almond Pear Baby Puree +9M

Asparagus is a delicious spring veggie, great to cook as a finger food or to use for a baby puree. The spears are fun and interesting for a baby to look at and play with. 

From a nutritional point of view Asparagus is high in several vitamins and nutrients: full of Vitamin C, A, some B vitamins and folic acid. It’s also high in iron, calcium and it’s a nice source of protein.

Like cauliflower and broccoli, asparagus might be difficult to digest for a little baby (6M) and might cause tummy ache or gas. So, it’s better to wait until your baby is 9 months old to introduce it in your baby’s diet. 

Today I would like to share with you a nice combo: asparagus + almond butter + pear.

The almond butter (you can use any nut butter of your choice) gives texture to the puree adding also protein. The pear is a nice sweet touch. Also, pears are a lovely natural remedy for constipation: they regularize bowl movements. 

The procedure is very simple.

Let’s start trimming the asparagus. I have a trick. To remove the hard part I bend the lower part the asparagus with my fingers up until it snaps out naturally.

Chop the asparagus in small pieces and steam them for 8 minutes.

Meanwhile core the pear, do not peel it and chop in pieces.

In a tall container add the steamed asparagus, the pear (raw, not cooked) and the almond butter.

You can use any kind of nut butter you like or, for a nut free option, sunflower butter. Personally I think that almonds have a not too strong flavor that works very well in the recipe.

You should not need any thinning liquid as the pear is naturally watery, but if you want a more running consistency you can use the residual steaming water from the asparagus or some baby formula or breastmilk or simply warm water.

Using an immersion blender transform into a smooth puree’ and serve.

You can store any leftover in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze it for up to 3 months.

For more proteins you can add few chicken or turkey or fish fillet pieces with the asparagus in the steamer and follow the same instructions above.

Asparagus Almond Pear Baby Puree' +9M
Author: Barbara Lamperti
Ingredients
  • 10 asparagus
  • 2 small Barlett pears
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
Instructions
  1. Trim the asparagus and chop them in small pieces.

  2. Steam the asparagus for 8 minutes.

  3. Core the pears, do not peel, and chop in pieces.

  4. In a tall container or food processor add the asparagus, pears, almond butter.

  5. Using and immersion blender blend up until smooth.

  6. Serve room temperature or store 3 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer

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