Make the most of the juicy fruit with these healthy Pineapple Recipes for Babies and Kids, ranging from smoothies to chutney to desserts and much more!
You know that spiky fruit that no one wants to cut but everyone wants to eat? Yes, we’re talking about pineapples!
The juicy pineapple is laden with all kinds of nutrients, but the most important is definitely Vitamin C. Just one cup of pineapple gives you 131% of your daily requirement – that’s more than 100%! Pineapples also have an impressive amount of manganese and Vitamin B6 as well as dietary fiber.
Please find out if your baby is ready to have pineapple. The best part about pineapple is that you can use it any way. You can eat it raw or cooked, and it works well in both sweet and savory dishes. Few fruits can claim all these, and maybe that’s why a pineapple has a crown on its head!
Fresh pineapple is always recommended for babies and kids, although for older kids you can opt for canned pineapple. When buying pineapple in cans, look for fruit that’s packed in it’s own juices and not syrup, which will be too much added sugar.
If your kids aren’t too much into eating raw pineapple, here are some healthy pineapple recipes for babies and kids. There are over 50 recipes here, so you won’t be running out of ideas any time soon!
Important: Please remember that it’s recommended to avoid salt, sugar, honey and cow’s milk for babies under one. It is also advised to use natural substitutes for refined sugar, as well as to use whole grain and millet instead of refined flour. You can skip the baking soda or baking powder mentioned in any of the recipes. While not mandatory, it is recommended to follow the 3-day rule when introducing any new food to babies.
55 Healthy Pineapple Recipes for Babies and Kids
What’s the simplest among all pineapple recipes for babies and kids? A pineapple puree, of course! This one is is easy to make, and will prove to be a great refresher for your little one, as well as a straightforward way to introduce the fruit. Start with small quantities so that you know how your baby is taking to pineapple.
Once you know that your baby enjoys pineapple and you’re ready to move on to Stage 2 foods, try out this puree that includes the juicy pineapple and the earthy carrot. The combination of natural sweetness and tartness will be a delight to baby’s palate.
Who says that babies can’t have dessert? It’s hard to find a recipe that doesn’t include refined sugar, honey or cow’s milk, but this pineapple kesari solves all your problems! With suji, almond powder and ghee, this is a filling dessert cum meal!
Fruit yogurt recipes are a far healthier alternative to sugar-laden ice creams. This one is naturally sweetened with pineapple, and the yogurt adds the perfect touch of creaminess along with a load of probiotics for gut health.
Eating Bird Food has a lovely tropical baby food recipe that includes pineapple and another baby favorite fruit – mango. You can use only the fruits, or add in some breast milk or formula to thin it out if you like. Be sure your baby has tried both fruits individually before combining them.
You may have seen lots of smoothie recipes online that include 5-10 ingredients, but Passion for Savings has a baby friendly smoothie that has all of just 2 ingredients – pineapple and curd! Go for curd that’s not too sour to let the pineapple really shine through.
There’s something about pineapple and coconut – they make an excellent combination! MJ and Hungry Man uses this classic combo in this baby muffin recipe made from rolled oats. The muffins are naturally sweetened with banana and of course, the coconut.
Little Grazers has a recipe that’s perfect for baby led weaning or to encourage your baby to self feed. The biscuits use pineapple juice, dried mango and coconut and are the perfect size for little hands. You can leave out the raisins if you think they may cause a choking hazard.
Salty Side Dish brings us a rice recipe that looks like it’s straight out of Hawaii! This is a lovely recipe for babies, since the rice offers a neutral base and they can enjoy the taste of the pineapple in between bites. You can skip the lime if you think it will be too tart for your baby.
Baby can’t have ice cream because it’s got cow’s milk? No problem, Eating Well has a solution that’s baby-safe, because it uses just fruit! This nice cream recipe uses pineapple and mango, so your baby gets pure, unadulterated fruit and nothing else.
Snacking in Sneakers has a fun snack that’s sure to be enjoyed by older kids too, and not just babies! All you need is cinnamon to spice up the pineapple. If you don’t have an air fryer, you can also try dehydrating the pineapple in an oven.
These Popsicles from Gimme Some Oven are perfect for the teething baby. They’re great to hold on to and then soothe those poor, sore gums. These Popsicles are a breeze to make, and are quite nutritious too, seeing how they’re made of three different types of fruit.
(The recipes listed below are suitable for babies and kids over the age of 1 year)
You’ve probably heard of the ABC juice – apple, beetroot and carrot, but this version takes it a notch higher by including pineapple chunks as well! With loads of Vitamin C, this is a juice that’s guaranteed to boost your child’s immunity.
Pina Colada may not be a child-friendly drink, but Veg Recipes of India shows us how to make it so! This recipe is vegan too, as it does not use any dairy in it. You can skip the sugar if your pineapple is sweet enough, since the coconut milk will also add some sweetness.
Overnight Oats is one of the easiest breakfasts you can make without having to resort to processed foods. This is honestly a zero effort in the morning kind of recipe! Wholefully shows us how to include pineapple with coconut and banana for a filling breakfast.
We generally add bananas and apple to oatmeal, along with a few nuts perhaps. But have you tried making oatmeal with pineapple and carrot? Well, One Green Planet has tried it and the result looks delicious!
Kids are very visual creatures – they’re more likely to eat something that looks good. Making fun foods for kids is one way to reduce fussiness, as Hello, Wonderful knows very well – hence, this Winnie the Pooh smoothie bowl that uses mango, pineapple, banana as well as chocolate!
One thing about oats is that it’s so versatile. Even basic oatmeal can be made in different ways, as soaked overnight oats, as oatmeal cooked on the stove top or even baked oatmeal, like this fun recipe from Homemade Baby Food Recipes.
There are pancakes, and then there are pikelets! These little bites from Kidgredients taste as good as they sound, made with just a few staple ingredients you are sure to find in your pantry.
Scrambled eggs are every busy parent’s favorite when it comes to making a quick yet healthy breakfast. Cupcakes and Kale Chips makes it even more interesting by adding pineapple to it! You can substitute the ham with sausage or leave it out altogether.
Don’t these grilled pineapple pieces from Savor the Best look tempting! If you’ve got a fussy eater who refuses fresh fruit, this may be a great way to get them to eat pineapple. The little charred bits add an interesting flavor.
While vegetables make a frequent presence in sandwiches, the same can’t be said about fruits, except for perhaps banana in peanut butter sandwiches. However Sugar n Spice Gals has a cute little sandwich recipe that combines pineapple with cream cheese and are just too pretty to eat!
Real Food Real Deals has a simple recipe that is sugar free and is perfect as a quick breakfast or a snack. The bananas add the requisite sweetness and also bulk up the batter. You can use regular flour if you don’t mind the gluten.
Pineapple and chicken are a well known combination, Unbound Wellness makes use of this in a lovely chicken poppers recipe that’s sure to be a hit with kids, knowing their particular affinity for chicken nuggets!
Move aside pakodas, Kidspot has a recipe that’s just as crunchy and an ideal way to get fussy toddlers to eat some fruit! You can use fresh pineapple slices as well and skin the baking powder if you don’t want it.
26. Pineapple Chaat
The lockdown has probably got us all missing our regular street side snacks like chaat, but Saveur ensures you can still enjoy your favorites with this pineapple chaat recipe! With the right combination of spices, this will have you smacking your lips with joy!
Salsa and pappadum? Now that’s a strange combination? Well not really, as My Ginger Garlic Kitchen shows with this recipe that kids will absolutely love! Get the masala variety of papads and you have a winner for a snack or a party!
This pineapple chutney from Cook Click n Devour is a great side dish that goes with nearly everything and will help even the pickiest eaters down that roti or dosa. It also goes well on toast and can be combined with other ingredient to make it more filling.
29. Pineapple Raitha
In India, we take our raithas very seriously, and no rice dish is complete without it – think biryani! Whisk Affair knows this and comes up with a beautiful raitha recipe that uses pineapple pieces as well as pineapple pulp, so that even the curd has a lovely flavor to it.
If you’re thinking of going vegan or simply want to try protein sources other than meat, check out this recipe from Darn Good Veggies. It looks colorful with all the peppers and pineapple along with green beans, and will attract kids instantly.
Kids love cheese – this is a fact that has been universally accepted, and The Kitchen is my Playground makes use of this to sneak in some pineapple too! We love the addition of walnuts to the cheese ball for an extra bit of crunch which kids love!
Pineapple on pizza? This is a controversy we don’t want to get into right now, but we’ll agree that this recipe from Real Simple is sure to be loved by all! You can substitute the ham with salami or pepperoni or chicken sausage.
This may make you think that we’re replacing the patty with a pineapple slice, but not at all! Mom Junction has a recipe that combines vegetable patties with pineapple slices along with some yummy sauce. You can also try chicken burgers – they would go just as well with the pineapple.
One thing we love about fried rice is how open ended it is. You can add pretty much anything you want to it and it’ll still be fried rice! Hawaii Travel with Kids adds pineapple for a fried rice recipe that’s filling, nutritious and has just that right amount of sweetness.
Salads aren’t really a kiddie favorite, but Belly Full aims to turn this into a myth with this recipe. The combination of colors from the onion, cucumber and pineapple is what makes this recipe instantly appealing to kids and adults alike.
If you’ve got shrimp or seafood lovers at home, this recipe from Running in a Skirt is a great way to extend that love to pineapple too! Kids love anything served on a stick, and that’s what makes this recipe a winner, along with the taste!
This recipe from Healthy Little Foodies is a lovely dish that has the right amount of heat, sweetness and tanginess. It works best with plain rice to balance out all the flavors in this. If you avoid the salt in the chicken stock, this can also be made suitable for babies under one year.
Even if your kids are as fussy as can be, they will not be able to resist a meal that is served up as little spheres! Together as a Family shows us how to turn chicken and pineapple into delicious meatballs with a beautiful sauce that goes well with plain rice or pasta.
You’ve probably seen biryani recipes that use pineapple, and this recipe from Running on Real Food goes by the same flavor combinations. The cauliflower make this a filling dish, along with carrots, pineapple and green peas.
This is the perfect way to get fruit-haters to fall in love with fruits, and while you’re at it, you can introduce a variety in this! Choose any fruit that can be skewered, and then go ahead with a chocolate syrup to pour over it for more kid-friendliness.
Another way to get kids to eat more fruit is to serve it up as a fruit salad. This recipe from Eating well uses a combination of pineapple, strawberries, blackberries and kiwi, but you can go with any fruits you like. Add a small scoop of ice cream and you have a healthy dessert!
Yogurt bark is a fun kid-friendly food, and everyone enjoys the snapping sound and the irregular shapes you get. Eating Well has a healthy yogurt bark that is vegan, and uses coconut along with pineapple.
Is there any kid who doesn’t like chocolate? Just a Taste knows this all too well, which is why we have this very clever recipe that is absolutely no effort to put together! The combination of both white and dark chocolate makes this even more elegant looking.
Don’t we love 5 minute recipes? That’s why we’re fans of this pineapple dessert from Indian Veggie Delight that uses just a few ingredients for a simple dessert that makes for a great occasional treat.
45. Pineapple Sorbet
If you want a chilled treat but don’t want something as heavy as ice cream, sorbets are your best bet. This recipe from Two Peas and their Pod uses just pineapple and sugar to create a delicious, healthy dessert perfect for summer.
It’s hot outside and you just want to sit at home sipping on something cold. At the same time you don’t want it to affect your waistline. Well, One Lovely Life has the perfect answer, in the form of these Popsicles that use loads of fruits and no sugar!
Making ice cream at home may seem difficult, but it doesn’t have to be! Hawaii Travel with Kids shows us how it can be done, without having to go into the botheration of churning or using an ice cream machine.
Mousse is something most kids enjoy, but we often get only chocolate mousse. Cook Click n Devour shows us how easy it is to make a simple mousse without eggs, using pineapple, fresh cream and white chocolate.
Onam’s coming up, which means it’s payasam time! Even if there isn’t any festival on the horizon, it doesn’t have to stop you from making this yummy pineapple payasam from Lincy’s Cook Art. You can use saffron instead of turmeric to color the dish.
If you fancy a traditional sweet dish but want it to be healthy too, try out this pineapple kheer from Sharmis Passions. It contains sago too, which will offer a nice mouth feel with every spoonful you consume.
Want to make bread pudding but don’t want to go to all the trouble of baking? No problem, The Big Sweet Tooth has a no bake bread pudding that features pineapple along with some yummy peanut candies for added crunch.
52. Tropical Parfait
We love parfaits because of many reasons. One is that it’s a lot healthier than ice cream, secondly it uses the natural sweetness of fruit and also because its completely customizable! Shweta in the Kitchen creates this parfait that uses pineapple, strawberries, kiwi fruit and mango for a good looking dessert.
A cake that requires just 3 ingredients? Well Kidspot proves it can be done, and this fluffy cake has just flour sugar and pineapple – not even any fat or leavening agent! Now you don’t have any excuse for not baking – you’re sure to have these ingredients!
Carrots and pineapples go together beautifully and Joy Food Sunshine uses these in a delicious cake that also has applesauce for added sweetness. You can also add in some chopped nuts to make it more ‘hummingbird-cake’-like.
We can’t have a list of pineapple recipes for babies and kids without including upside down pineapple cake now, can we? This is a classic cake recipe that needs to be in everyone’s collection and the look alone is enough for kids to ask for seconds!