Dessert Recipes for Babies from the Age of 9 to 12 Months

Dessert Recipes for Babies from the Age of 9 to 12 Months
Saúl Sánchez Arias

Reviewed and approved by the nutritionist Saúl Sánchez Arias.

Last update: 17 February, 2023

Desserts, milkshakes, mousse and puddings. There are many different dessert recipes. However, the nutritional benefits and the joy they bring to your baby are essential.

In this article we’ll share with you a few dessert recipes for babies from the age of 9 to 12 months. You don’t need a massive kitchen nor a lot of time to make them, so don’t worry.

It’s common for babies to have a preference towards sweet flavors. This is because it reminds them of breast milk which was their only diet until they reached the age of 8 months.

In general, most people prefer a sweet taste rather than a savory one. It’s tough to resist an exquisite dessert, delicious ice-cream or a succulent flan.

But we can also opt for healthier alternatives such as desserts and milkshakes made out of fruits.

A baby’s taste glands are very sensitive during the first few months of life, that’s why they reject sour flavors. This forms part of their survival instinct.

So, here are four dessert recipes that you and your baby will love. Try them out and help your child explore new flavors.

4 dessert recipes for babies from the age of 9 to 12 months

During this phase of life, their diet starts to become similar to that of the rest of the family.

Of course, it’s important to make a few adaptations in order for them to be able to ingest the foods without problems.

Sweet foods can be an excellent snack or dinner. It’s best to use fresh nutrient-rich ingredients with different textures, colors and tastes in order to amplify the baby’s dietary repertoire.

Dessert Recipes for Babies from the Age of 9 to 12 Months
  1. Apple and kiwi puree

One of the first fruits that is recommended for babies are apples. When mixed with other fruits such as pear or kiwi, you can make an exquisite puree with important nutritional benefits.


  • 1/4 peeled kiwi
  • 1/4 peeled apple


  1. Blend the kiwi.
  2. Pass it through a fine sieve in order to take out all of the seeds.
  3. Blend the apple and mix it all together.

The benefits of apples are well known. They have very little fats and protein while providing a huge amount of minerals, such as potassium.

Apples also provide many vitamins and are very good for the digestive system because they can be digested easily and contain a lot of fiber.

  1. Yogurt with fruits

Yogurt is an excellent food for babies who are 9 to 12 months old since it facilitates digestion. It also has a smooth texture.

You should always select yogurt that is suitable for babies since they don’t consume the same yogurt that adults do.

When combined with fruits such as pears, bananas or apples it’s an excellent way to provide your baby with a balanced diet.


  • 100g of apple.
  • Yogurt for babies.
  • 2 spoons of jam.


  1. Wash, peel and cut the apple into small pieces.
  2. Put the pieces of apple into the blender along with the jam and yogurt.
  1. Quinoa and banana puree

This is one of the most nutritious snacks that we can provide for our babies.

Quinoa has wonderful properties. It’s nutritious, low in calories, contains bio-active substances and provides huge amounts of fiber.

Bananas are also very healthy for babies, since they favor the proper functioning of the digestive system. That’s why this is one of our most recommended dessert recipes for babies from the age of 9 to 12 months.


  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 dash of cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons of cooked quinoa
  • 1 spoon of special baby yogurt


  1. Place the peeled banana in a bowl and mash it with a fork.
  2. Add the cooked quinoa, cinnamon and yogurt.
  3. Mix and serve.

“It’s best to use fresh nutrient-rich ingredients with different textures, colors and tastes in order to amplify the baby’s dietary repertoire.”

  1. Banana mousse

This is another excellent way to incorporate bananas into your baby’s diet. This dessert’s consistency is a bit more liquid, but it’s just as delicious.


  • 3 bananas.
  • 150g of yogurt.
  • 1 spoon of honey.
  • 1/2 lemon.


  1. Blend the peeled bananas along with the lemon juice and yogurt.
  2. Add honey and blend until it reaches a creamy consistency.
  3. Serve in cups and place in the fridge until it gets cold.

In addition to the recipes mentioned above, you can create variations by adding different types of fruit according to your child’s taste.

It’s important for you to provide them with a healthy diet from an early age and of course, make sure they’re receiving all of the nutrients they need.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.