Peach puree is incredibly simple to make with fresh peaches! It’s an excellent first food for babies, but also works well as a topping or ingredient in breakfast, dessert, and beverage preparations.
The peach season is in full swing, and if you’re swamped with peaches and at a loss for what to do with them, I’ve got the ideal recipe for you… Peach purée!
Peach puree is incredibly easy to produce and versatile. Although it is an excellent stage 1 baby food, it may also be used to sweeten and flavor breakfast foods, desserts, and even cocktails.
Two Ways to Prepare Peach Puree
There are two methods for making peach puree: with or without the skin. Let us discuss the distinctions.
Fresh peaches with the skin on this method is excellent if you have juicy, ripe peaches and a powerful blender capable of completely blending away the peels. Because I own a Vitamix, I often use this technique because it is faster and produces a smoother finish.
Blanched peaches with skin removed-if you don’t have a powerful blender or simply want a silky smooth peach puree, this is a preferable option.
I’ve included directions for both techniques below, but keep in mind that you may also mix the peaches in a blender or food processor! Both are excellent.
Which Peach Variety Is the Best?
For the best flavor, I recommend using fresh peaches! When purchasing peaches, look for ones that are firm but give slightly when pressed. Attempt to obtain a peach that is free of bruising or cuts.
Peaches, either white or yellow, work well! I normally have yellow peaches on hand, but white peaches are actually sweeter and are typically used to prepare the puree for a bellini.
Are Peach Purees Sweet?
The sweetness of the puree will vary depending on the freshness of the peaches. If the puree isn’t sweet enough and you’re serving it as a dessert, feel free to add a teaspoon of sugar. I’d begin with 1 teaspoon of honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, or cane sugar. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
I recommend omitting the sugar if you’re offering the peach puree to a baby or toddler. Peaches on their own will be enough sweet for the baby!
Peach Infant Formula
When your youngster begins solids, peach puree is an excellent first food, similar to carrot puree. While it is undoubtedly excellent on its own, it can also be mixed with a variety of different foods for stage 2 and beyond. I adore the peach and pear combination that I discussed in my essay on baby food options.
Foods to pair with peach puree:
white veggies – cauliflower
green veggies – avocado, kale , zucchini, spinach
grains – quinoa, oats
seasonings and spices – nutmeg, curry, mint, ginger, cinnamon
dairy – cottage cheese, yogurt, ricotta cheese
orange veggies – butternut squash, sweet potato, carrot
other fruit – banana, mango, apples, strawberries
Combinations of peach baby food:
Peach, apple, pear
Banana, peach, apricot
Pumpkin, pear, peach and oatmeal
Mango and peach
Peach, zucchini and apple
Straberry, pear and peach
Storage of peach baby food
Fresh peach baby food should be refrigerated and consumed within three to four days. I recommend freezing the peach puree for extended preservation. I prefer to use silicone ice cube trays or freezer-safe jars since they allow for quicker thawing of smaller amounts for feeding to infants.
Thawing Frozen Peach Puree
I recommend freezing frozen peach puree overnight in the refrigerator before using it, but it can also be thawed quickly in a warm water bath. If you’re defrosting a small amount to serve a newborn, it thaws rapidly.
Toddler Peach Puree
Peach puree can be added to yogurt or oatmeal for toddlers, used as a dip for pancakes, or packaged in reusable pouches. I made a couple of pouches from the peach puree, which Olivia devoured.
Is It Possible to Use Frozen Peaches?
Yes! While I recommend using fresh, ripe peaches for the best flavor, you can easily prepare this puree with frozen peaches any time of year. Three huge ripe peaches equal one pound or sixteen ounces of frozen peaches. Simply defrost the peaches prior to blending!
Utilization of Peach Puree
As I indicated previously, peach puree can be used in a variety of ways. Here are some suggestions:
Baby food — the sweet, nutrient-dense peach puree will delight your baby! Pureed peaches are an excellent first dish for stage 1 eaters. For more adventurous diners, blend the peach puree with another puree or even include it in yogurt or cereal. As I indicated previously, I packaged the puree in reusable pouches, which Olivia adored.
Topping for pancakes and waffles-mmmm amp up your breakfast preparations by sprinkling this puree on pancakes and waffles. Put it on my almond flour pancakes and see what you think.
Serve over ice cream — Serve over ice cream or frozen yogurt, or swirl with peach puree. I’m excited about trying this with my banana ice cream.
Swirl into porridge, yogurt, or chia pudding — Instantly boost the flavor of your oatmeal or chia pudding by adding this puree. Replace the mango puree with peach puree in my mango chia pudding recipe.