Quinoa banana apple dates baby puree’

Quinoa is such a versatile ingredient, perfect for salads and at the same time for sweets. Even if it has the look and the taste of a whole grain, it’s a seed! It is very tasty by itself and has a lot of good properties: very high in proteins and gluten-free.

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I really like cooking it for my family and it’s time to offer it to my little Alex. This recipe can work as a nice light sweet dessert for the family in a mashed version

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or as a baby puree for the little ones.

The recipe is fast and incredibly easy! Let’s start rinsing the quinoa under some water to avoid any bitterness that might be on the skin

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Place the water in a small pan and let it boil. Than add the quinoa, stir, reduce the heat so that the quinoa will just simmer and let it cook for 7 min covered.

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When the quinoa is half cooked it’s time to add the apples chopped in pieces and the dates chopped too. Cover again and let it simmer for 13/15 min.

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Our quinoa fruity mix is cooked, let it cool down for few minutes.

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In a bowl mash the banana and add the mix

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Now you have two options: if you want to serve the quinoa as a dessert for the whole family, just mix all the ingredients leaving them in big pieces. Serve it warm, it’s delicious! You can always add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top 🙂

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Or, if you are cooking for your little one, use an immersion mixer to blend everything in a smooth and creamy puree’.

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As you can see in this recipe I didn’t use any sugar or sugar substitution, just natural sweet ingredients like bananas, dates and apples. Mixed together they will give a nice delicate sweet flavor to the whole recipe.

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    March 15, 2014 at 7:58 am


    My son is six and half months old. Is this Quiona dates recipe is good to him ?
    I like ur recipes alot.
    Keep going.

    Laxmi 🙂

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      Barbara Lamperti
      April 5, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Hi! yes, considering the ingredients this recipe is safe for a 6 months baby. Just few comments:
      – consistency of the puree. Blend everything very well and if you need add some warm water or breast or formula milk to the blender to have a very smooth and running puree. At 6 months babies like very creamy and smooth texture.
      – dates. try to find natural ones without preservatives. In order to preserve dates (like other dry fruit) they use sulfates that are not recommended for babies. Check on the packaging, they should be obliged to write this information.
      – bananas. the riper the better. few brown dots on the skin will be perfect! it will be sweeter and easier to digest for your baby.
      Let me know if your little one will like it!!! ciao!

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    April 4, 2014 at 5:02 pm

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      Barbara Lamperti
      April 5, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Hi! Thank you so much 🙂 As I’m a busy mom with a baby and a toddler I asked a web designer agency to help me with the setting up of the website. Evenparsolutions it’s the name of the web agency (you will find the link at the bottom of the homepage). They have been amazing: they asked me what I wanted and delivered the website I had in my mind! They also taught me how to use WordPress to keep running my blog every week. I deeply recommend them.
      ciao ciao, b

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    July 2, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Hi Barbara I just want to give a huge thank you God Bless You . I am so happy I see your videos you make your recipes for babies tasty and easy to do. I am a first time mum and my son has started Solid Foods you really helped me to do nice home cooked foods.

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      Barbara Lamperti
      July 12, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Hi Maryam!
      thank you so much for watching and following BuonaPappa, I’m really glad my recipes could be of any help to first time moms!! ciao ciao, b

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    Selena Cox
    October 17, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    How could I turn the basics of this recipe into my son’s 1st Birthday Cake? It sounds sweet and delicious, but I’m not sure if I would add a type of flour or what I would do to try to make a cake out of it. Advice please.


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      Barbara Lamperti
      October 17, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Selena!
      uhhh, nice idea!
      Let me think..this is what I would do. Cook the quinoa separately. Once it is cooked mix 1/2 Cup of wheat flour with 1/2 Cup of cooked quinoa, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 Cup yogurt, 2/3 Cup applesauce, 1 banana, 4 dates (mince them in tiny tiny tiny pieces) and 1 apple (same thing, cut the apple in very small pieces). Mix everything and fill a cupcake pan with the mix. A cupcake size is nice for a 1st bday cake. Bake the cupcakes in the pre heated oven at 350F for 20 min. Check if they are cooked with a toothpick inserted in the center. If it comes out dry they’re done. If you want to add a frosting you might like a simple cream cheese + apple sauce + vanilla extract mix.
      I haven’t tried the recipe, so there might be few fixes to do. Let me know how it goes!!! ciao, b

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    Can you freeze this?

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      September 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm

      Hi! Yes, you can. In a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Ciao, b

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    Florence J Ochs
    June 24, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    How much does this recipe make? Can I double the recipe?

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      October 19, 2020 at 9:00 pm

      Good question! The recipe makes a good 2 cups of puree. Yes, you can double the quantities! Ciao, b

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    Amazing. Most likely

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