When introducing solids to my son, I primarily did Baby Led Weaning, so it was mainly finger foods and minimal purees. However, I really wanted kale in my son’s diet for all its nutritional benefits and the texture of kale is hard to chew as an adult, let alone a baby or toddler. So, I’ve been making a kale and apple puree for my son since he was about 8 months old. He’s 27 months now and he still asks for this regularly. It has the texture of a smooth applesauce and is a vibrant green colour. My son gobbles it up without fail. I hope your little ones do too!
I first found the recipe in the book, The Baby’s Table, which is full of healthy and yummy recipes for your baby & toddler.
Kale & Apple Puree
One bunch kale (*I usually use organic black/lacinato kale. Swiss chard also works)
2 medium-sized apples (or more if you’d like it sweeter)
1. Wash and stem the kale. Peel and slice the apple into 4 chunks.
2. Steam the kale and apple together until tender, about 10 minutes.
3. Transfer kale, apple, and a couple tablespoons of the steaming liquid into a blender and blitz until smooth. If mixture is too thick, add a little more of the steaming liquid until you get the right consistency.
4. Freeze in individual portions. This should make about 1.5-2 cups.
Do you have a favourite way to prepare leafy greens for your kids? Share in the comments below!