Banana Zucchini Plums Baby Puffs +6M

I recently posted an homemade baby puffs recipe using greens (kale + apple) dairy and gluten free (check out the recipe here) I thought it would be nice to add a fruity version, this time dairy and egg free!

Baby puffs are such a wonderful and basic snack for your little one that having more than one recipe might be useful 🙂

To substitute the egg I added a ripen banana (for extra natural sweetness too!!) and I used some seasonal organic plums from the Farmer’s Market but you can use any seasonal organic fruit you can find locally (peaches, apricots, mango…)

Grain: I decided to use Oat baby cereal but any baby cereal you like will work.

If you look at the ingredients these puffs are an healthy and balanced snack for your baby. They can be served staring from 6 months of age.

The procedure is very simple. You start prepping the zucchini and the plums: finely grate the zucchini, squeeze them in your hands to remove the extra water. Cut the plums in pieces

Add all the ingredients in a food processor or food blender: zucchini + plums + banana + oat baby cereal + coconut oil + baking powder. Blend up until smooth

Using a chef pastry bag or a simple zip bag with a cut in a corner pipe the puff mix on a parchment paper crating small dots, as big or small as your baby’s taste and age.

Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350F. Bake for 10 minutes. Than reduce the temperature to 250F and keep baking for additional 30 minutes. You want the puffs to dehydrate and get crisp enough to melt in your baby’s mouth 😉 They should be easily removable from the parchment paper without leaving residuals.

The storage is simple: in an air tight container in the pantry for one week or in the refrigerator for up to three weeks, but I’m sure they will be gone way before that!!!

Leave me a comment below if you would like to see more “homemade puffs” recipes 😉

A special THANK YOU goes to the lovely Gemma that is such a good eater and an adorable baby!!

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Banana Plums Zucchini Baby Puffs
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 small banana
  • 1/2 cup plums
  • 1/2 cup grated and squeezed zucchini
  • 1/2 cup oat baby cereal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp water, if needed
  1. Finely grate the zucchini and squeeze out the excess water with your hands.

  2. Chop the plums in pieces (leave the skin).

  3. Add all the ingredients in a food processor and blend to obtain a smooth consistency.

  4. Using a chef pastry bag or a food plastic bag with a cut in one corner pipe small puffs (pea size) on a parchment paper leaving some space in between.

  5. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes

  6. Reduce the temperature to 250F and keep baking for 30min until crisp.

  7. Store in air tight container for 1 week/10 days or in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.


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  • Reply
    December 6, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Are these puffs melt in your mouth?

    • Reply
      Barbara Lamperti
      January 2, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      yes they do! The trick for a fully “melt in your mouth” puff is to bake/dehydrate them correctly. The crispier they are the easier to melt they will be. I made a batch that was still soft in the center and it was still fine to eat but with some “gum work” from the baby 😉 Let me know should you have any question! ciao, b

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    February 21, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    What other fruits can be used in place of plums? Would ripe pears work? Thanks!

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      Barbara Lamperti
      February 22, 2018 at 10:04 pm

      You can switch plums with peaches/strawberries/blueberries/raspberries/pluots/apricots. You basically need to switch with something with the same texture. A ripe pear might work, maybe a bit more watery than a plum. If that’s the case, simply add a bit more of baby cereal to thicken the mix. Let me know how it goes!! ciao, b

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    June 18, 2018 at 5:37 am

    This looks great! Do I need to use baby oat cereal, or will oat flour work, too?

    • Reply
      Barbara Lamperti
      July 5, 2018 at 1:22 pm

      sure, you can substitute with oat flour as you are going to cook the puffs. Ciao! b

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    June 26, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Hi! Is there some other vege I can use instead of zucchini? Preferably something I can add straight to the blender. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Barbara Lamperti
      July 5, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      Hi! good question. I would try with green beans as they are in season right now or swiss chard or spinach. Ciao!!! b

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    March 20, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    What is the purpose of the oat cereal? To give it thickness? We are grain free so I’m wondering if I could leave it out or sub coconut flour (which then might require some tweaking). My 1 year old loves melties and barely eats anything else so I’m desperate to make a more nutrient dense version than the store bought ones. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Barbara Lamperti
      March 29, 2019 at 10:49 pm

      Hi! Good question. I used oat cereals to offer a gluten free option to some moms and to give some fiber to the puffs (and help with bowel movements).
      Yes, you can sub with coconut flour or cassava flour too. Let me know how it goes!! ciao, b

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    May 21, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Could I use mango instead of plums?

    • Reply
      Barbara Lamperti
      September 25, 2019 at 6:36 pm

      Yes, yes, yes! It’s such a great substitution. B

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    October 15, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    My baby loves these! Her favorite of all the puffs!

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    January 9, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Can you do something like this with baby food jars?

    • Reply
      Barbara Lamperti
      April 9, 2020 at 5:56 pm

      Hi Alex! Great question! Yes, you can substitute the zucchini and plums (1 cup total) with a baby food fruity jar. I would leave the banana as it acts as thickener for the recipe 🙂
      Ciao! b

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        February 15, 2021 at 2:09 am

        Can you freeze these?

        • Reply
          Barbara Lamperti
          February 15, 2021 at 9:57 pm

          Hi! Good question. I tried freezing the puffs but the texture changes a bit and also they get soft due to the hydration. If you don’t mind having soft and a bit chewy puffs, yes, you can do it. I hope I was helpful! Ciao, B

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    July 28, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    can they be frozen?

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      Barbara Lamperti
      October 19, 2020 at 8:33 pm

      Hi Marlys! Good question. I never tried freezing the puffs, I fear the texture will change too much once thawed. They have indeed a quite long countertop/fridge life. Ciao! b

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