Learn how to make easy homemade Apricot Baby Food, with both puree and BLW options. Find storage tips and baby food combinations, too.

Apricot in puree and in cooked slices on red plate for apricot baby food

Apricot Baby Food

Turning fresh apricots into baby food, whether as a puree or a baby-led weaning food, is easy with this simple method. You can use this as a Stage 1 baby food or as an option for a baby food combination. It’s very versatile!

Follow along below for the full information on making this recipe, with tips, variations, and storage advice.

Ingredients You Need

To make this recipe, you’ll need just a few ingredients. Here’s what to have on hand before you start.

whole apricots in white bowl for apricot baby food
  • Apricots: Look for ripe, fresh apricots without blemishes. Apricots can be very, very tart, so the fresher, more local the better. (This is one circumstance where opting for local fruit, which is more likely to be picked when ripe versus underripe so it can withstand travel, makes a big flavor difference.)
  • Unsalted butter: This is used to cook the apricots in a pan, though you can use coconut or avocado oil if you prefer.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the process for making this baby food. Scroll down to the end of the post for the full information.

step by step instructions for apricot baby food
  1. Cut the apricots in half and remove the pit. Cut into lengthwise pieces about 1/2-1 inch thick.
  2. Warm the butter in a pan to melt. Add the fruit.
  3. Cook until soft, stirring occasionally. Let cool and serve as a BLW fruit.
  4. Or, transfer to a blender and blend smooth. Serve or store.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my apricot puree so tart?

Apricots are naturally tart, so you may need to add another less tart food, like apple, to balance it.

Can babies eat apricot?

Yes, after 6 months (or whenever baby starts solids), apricots are a nice option for a baby food.

Do you peel apricots for baby food?

No, you don’t have to peel the apricots. The skins blend into the puree very easily.

How do you prepare apricots for baby food?

If your apricots are very ripe and very sweet, you can simply puree the fresh fruit after you remove the pits. If they are not very sweet, which is often the case, it is better to saute them in a pan to caramelize the sugars a little and help the fruit soften. Then you can serve it as a BLW food or blend into a puree.

pureed apricot in bowl with spoon for apricot baby food

How to Store Baby Food

You can put leftover or meal-prepped baby food into baby food storage containers or reusable pouches and store in the fridge for 3-5 days. Or, you can also freeze baby food. I prefer to freeze it in ice cube trays, then transfer the frozen cubes to a storage bag to freeze for longer-term storage.

Favorite Baby Food Containers

I love the WeeSprout Jars, Beaba Clip Containers, and Squeasy Gear Pouches for baby food storage. You can find all of my favorite resources for baby food containers for more information.

Pureed apricot in two glass jars for apricot baby food

How to Store

Store the puree or slices in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days, or freeze the baby food for longer-term.

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Apricot in puree and in cooked slices on red plate for apricot baby food

Apricot Baby Food, BLW and Puree

Learn how to make easy homemade Apricot Baby Food, with both puree and BLW options. Find storage tips and baby food combinations, too.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Baby Food
Calories 80kcal
Servings 4 -6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound apricots
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (or avocado or olive oil)

Instructions

  • Halve the apricots and remove the pits. Slice into 1-inch slices.
  • Add the butter to a skillet over medium heat. When melted, add the apricot slices and stir gently to coat. Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is soft but still holding together. Remove from heat.
  • Let cool slightly and serve BLW-style.
  • Or, add fruit to a blender and blend until smooth, adding 1-2 tablespoons water, formula, or breastmilk until you reach the desired consistency.

Notes

  • Store the puree or slices in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days, or freeze the baby food for longer-term.
  • If you have the option, choose local, very fresh apricots. (They may be less likely to be underripe and should have better flavor.)
  • Remove the pits and cut lengthwise so the fruit is ready for BLW.
  • If the puree is very tart after blending, add a ripe banana or 1 cup applesauce to help even out the flavors.
  • To make an Apricot Baby Food Combination, mix with Avocado Puree, Peach Puree, Mango Puree, Sweet Potato Baby Food, or Strawberry Puree.

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 295mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 2272IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 0.4mg
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