Peach puree is so easy to make using fresh peaches! It’s a great first food for babies, but can also be used as a topping or mix-in for breakfast, dessert and drink recipes.
Peach season is here in full force and if you’re drowning in peaches and not sure what to do with them, I’ve got the perfect recipe for you… pureed peaches!
Peach puree is so simple to make and can be used in a variety of different ways. It’s an awesome stage 1 baby food, but can be used to sweeten and add peach flavor to breakfast recipes, desserts and even cocktails.
Peach Puree 2 Ways
There are two ways to make peach puree: with the skin on or with the skin removed. Let’s chat through the differences.
Fresh peaches with the skin on – this option works great if you have juicy, ripe peaches and a high powered blender that can totally puree the skins until they’re undetectable. I have a Vitamix so I typically go this route because it’s faster and the end result is smooth.
Blanched peaches with the skin removed – if you don’t have a high powered blender or just want to make sure your peach puree is silky smooth, this is a better option for you.
I’m sharing instructions for both methods below, but just know that you can use a blender or food processor to blend the peaches! Both work great.
What Type of Peaches Are Best
I recommend using fresh peaches for the ultimate flavor! When shopping for peaches, you want to buy peaches that are firm but give slightly when you press on the flesh. Try to get a peach without bruising or cuts.
Either white or yellow peaches work! I usually have yellow peaches on hand, but white peaches are actually sweeter and white peaches are what is typically used to make puree for making a bellini.
Are Pureed Peaches Sweet?
The sweetness level of the puree will depend on the ripeness of your peaches. If the puree doesn’t taste sweet enough and you’re using it for a dessert, feel free to add a little sweetener. I’d recommend starting with 1 Tablespoon of honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar or cane sugar. Taste and add more, if needed.
If you’re serving the peach puree to a baby or toddler, I don’t recommend adding any sugar. The peaches will be plenty sweet on their own for baby!
Peach Baby Food
When you start solids with your child, peach puree is a great first food, similar to carrot puree. It’s obviously delicious on it’s own, but can be combined with a variety of other foods for stage 2 and beyond. I love the combo of peach and pear that I shared in my baby food combinations post.
Other fruit – mango, strawberries, banana, apples, banana
Dairy – yogurt, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese
Grains – quinoa, oats
Seasonings and spices – curry, ginger, mint, nutmeg, cinnamon
Peach Baby Food Combos Ideas:
Peach, banana and apricot
Pear, peach, pumpkin and oatmeal
Peach, strawberry and pear
Apple, peach, pear
Apple, Zucchini and peach
How to Store Peach Baby Food
Fresh peach baby food should be stored in the fridge and used within 3-4 days. For longer storage, I recommend freezing the peach puree! I like using silicone ice cube tray or freezer safe jars because they make it easier to thaw smaller amounts for serving to babies.
How to Thaw Frozen Peach Puree
I recommend thawing frozen peach puree in the fridge the night before you want to use it, but you can also thaw it quickly with a warm water bath. It thaws quickly if you’re defrosting a small amount to serve to a baby.
Peach Puree for Toddlers
For toddlers, peach puree can be used a mix-in for yogurt or oatmeal, as a dip for pancakes or put into reusable pouches. I made a few pouches with this peach puree and Olivia devoured it.
Can I Use Frozen Peaches
Yes! I recommend using fresh, ripe peaches for the best flavor but you can absolutely use frozen peaches to make this puree year round. 3 large ripe peaches is equivalent to 1 pound or 16 oz of frozen peaches. Just make sure you thaw the peaches before blending!
How to Use Peach Puree
Like I mentioned above, there are so many ways to use peach puree! Here are some ideas:
Baby food – your baby will love the sweet, nutrient-dense peach puree! Plain peach puree is a great first food for stage 1 eaters. For more advanced eaters you can combine the peach puree with another puree or even add it to yogurt or oatmeal. As I mentioned above, I put the puree in reusable pouches and Olivia loved it.
Topping for pancakes and waffles – mmm level up your brunch plans by topping pancakes and waffles with this puree. Try it on my almond flour pancakes.
Serve over ice cream – Serve over or swirl in peach puree into ice cream or frozen yogurt. Cannot wait to try this over my banana ice cream.
Swirl into oatmeal, yogurt or chia pudding – instantly make your breakfast so much more flavorful by adding this puree to oatmeal or chia pudding. Try it in my mango chia pudding recipe… just replace the mango with peach puree.
Rinse peaches with water and cut each in half. Remove the pit and chop into large slices. Place peaches (with the skin on) in a high powered blender or food processor.
Blend until totally smooth and the skin is no longer detectable. If there are still little pieces of the skin present, you can strain them out using a fine mesh strainer. Makes about 1 1/2 cups of fresh peach puree.
Skin-Free Peach Puree
Rinse peaches with water and add fresh water to a large saucepan, bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the peaches and boil for about 30 seconds.
Use a slotted spoon to transfer the peaches to an ice water bath.
Once the peaches are cool enough to handle, gentle use your fingers to peel away the skin.
Cut the peaches in half, remove the pit and slice.
Add peach slices to a food processor or blender.
Blend until smooth. Makes about 1 1/2 cups of fresh peach puree.
Serving and Storing Peach Puree
You can serve peach puree however you like. It's great straight-up as a first food for babies or as a topping for yogurt, chia pudding or even oatmeal. It's also great for making a peach bellini.
Store peach puree in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer or up to 3 months. I like to freeze the puree in silicone ice cube trays or small freezer-safe jars so I can easily thaw small amounts when I want to use them. This is a great option if you're making the puree for your baby.
I recommend thawing frozen peach puree in the fridge the night before you want to use it, but you can also thaw it quickly with a warm water bath.
Frozen peaches: You can definitely use frozen peaches for this puree. Simply let the peaches thaw completely in the fridge, then add to your food processor or blender and puree. If you want the peach puree to be skin-free, you can steam or boil the thawed peach slices first, which will make them easier to peel.