How do you sweeten baby food?

Answered by Robert Dupre

When it comes to sweetening baby food, it’s important to choose natural and healthy alternatives to sugar. Here are some options that you can try:

1. Dates Puree or Dates Powder: Dates are a great natural sweetener for babies. You can either puree fresh dates or grind them into a powder to add sweetness to your baby’s food. Dates are also rich in fiber and nutrients, making them a great choice for baby’s overall health.

2. Honey: Honey is not recommended for babies under 1 year old due to the risk of botulism. However, after the age of 1, you can use a small amount of honey to sweeten baby food. Make sure to use raw and organic honey for added health benefits.

3. Apple Puree/Sauce: Apples are naturally sweet and can be introduced to babies after 6 months. Simply cook and puree apples to make a sweet and nutritious sauce that can be added to baby’s food. You can also mix it with other fruits or vegetables for added flavor.

4. Nendrapalam Powder (Raw banana powder): Raw banana powder, also known as nendrapalam powder, is a popular sweetener in baby food. It is made by drying and grinding raw bananas. This powder can be added to cereals, porridges, or other baby food for a natural sweet taste.

5. Figs Puree: Figs are another sweet and nutritious option for sweetening baby food. Simply cook and puree fresh figs to make a sweet puree that can be added to baby’s food. Figs are also a good source of fiber and essential nutrients.

6. Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is a natural sweetener that can be used in moderation to sweeten baby food. Look for pure maple syrup without any added sugars or artificial ingredients. Just a small amount can add a touch of sweetness to baby’s food.

7. Raisins Syrup: Raisins are naturally sweet and can be used to make a simple syrup for sweetening baby food. Soak a handful of raisins in warm water until they become soft, then blend them into a smooth syrup. You can add this syrup to baby’s food for a natural sweetness.

8. Apricot Powder: Apricot powder is another healthy sweetener option for baby food. Simply dry and grind apricots into a powder, and sprinkle it on baby’s food for a sweet taste. Apricots are packed with vitamins and minerals, making them a nutritious choice.

Remember, it’s important to introduce new foods to your baby one at a time and watch for any allergic reactions. Also, consult with your pediatrician before introducing any new sweeteners to your baby’s diet.