You don’t have to be a culinary master to make your own baby food. And you don't need a collection of fancy equipment or gadgets. Here are 11 Simple Homemade Baby Food Recipes that you can make in your own kitchen!
Some of the most popular posts on this site are my posts about homemade baby food. And there has definitely been an uptick in traffic to those posts over the past few months.
This curiosity about homemade baby food has inspired me to put together this round-up. Here you'll find the homemade baby food recipes I've shared over the years... all in one place. And most of the recipes also include instructions for batch freezing.
Now, I wouldn't say my kids were picky when it came time to introduce them to solid foods... but they did have their favorites. (For example, it took forever for our son to come around on peas, and now he'll eat entire bags of frozen peas if we let him!)
With that in mind... I've provided suggestions in each post about how to up purée that your baby refuses or is reluctant to eat. If you're ready to start feeding your baby solids and would like to try making homemade baby food, then keep reading!
11 Simple Homemade Baby Food Recipes
1. Apple Prune Purée
Feeding your baby a blend of apples and prunes is a great way to teach them about flavor combinations. The natural sweetness of the fruit is especially pleasing to the young palate... And the prunes help keep things moving along.
Apples are a great choice for one of your baby's first foods -- they're easy to digest, are a great source of fiber, and are so versatile, they can be paired with almost any other purée.
3. Banana Purée
When introducing fresh fruit into your baby's diet, bananas are a great choice for a first fruit. because they're rich in potassium, and their natural sweetness is especially pleasing to the young palate.
4. Butternut Squash Purée
Because of its naturally mild yet subtly sweet flavor, butternut squash is a great choice when it comes time to introduce vegetables into your baby's diet.
5. Carrot Purée
Babies love the natural sweetness of carrots, which are rich in beta-carotene that helps keep developing eyes healthy.
6. Green Bean Purée
When introducing green vegetables into your baby's diet, green beans are a great choice. They are high in Vitamins C and K, and they rank very low on the list of foods that prompt allergic reactions.
7. Pea Purée
When introducing green vegetables into your baby's diet, consider starting with peas. They have a mild flavor, are an excellent source of fiber, and can help maintain a healthy digestive tract.
8. Peach Purée
Peaches are a great choice for a first fruit. They're high in beta-carotene and potassium, and their mild, sweet flavor is wildly appealing.
9. Pear Purée
When introducing fresh fruit into your baby's diet, pears are a great choice for a first fruit. They're rich in fiber and vitamin C, and their sweet flavor is especially pleasing to the young palate.
10. Sweet Potato Purée
Sweet potatoes have a pleasing taste, are packed full of nutrients, and, due to their fiber content, help maintain a healthy digestive tract.
11. Zucchini Puree
Babies love the naturally subtle flavor of zucchini, which is packed with Vitamin A that helps with growth and development and the maintenance of a healthy immune system.
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