Plantain Purée Recipe

Plantain can be a great first food for your Baby.

Plantains are packed with B vitamins, including B6 and folate, to help babies turn food into energy and grow their cells and tissues. They also contain some vitamin A to strengthen babies’ eyesight, skin, and immune system, and vitamin C to help babies absorb iron and develop a strong immune system. Plus, they are a rich source of fiber that can promote a healthy digestive system by cultivating friendly bacteria in a baby’s gut. As always, we recommend consulting your pediatrician before starting solids.

Plantain Baby Food

Remember you cannot switch a green plantain for a yellow plantain. Be sure to use a green plantain for this recipe. 


  • 1 green plantain
  • 4 cups water


  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Cut off both ends of the plantain.
  3. Cut a shallow slit down the length of each ridge of the plantain, making sure not to go too deep. The idea is to cut through the skin but merely touch the inside of the plantain.
  4. At the top of the plantain, slide a butter knife down between the flesh and the inside, lifting up slightly. Use your thumb to separate the the skin from the plantain.  
  5. Cut the plantain into 4 smaller pieces.
  6. Boil for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the plantain pieces from water and place in a bowl.
  8. Take a fork and mash the plantain into desired consistency. You can use some of the cooking liquid, breastmilk or formula to thin out. 
  9. Let cool before serving to Baby.