25+ Homemade Baby Food Recipes That Are Delicious!

I would say that homemade baby food 🥣 is much healthier, made with natural ingredients, and delicious for your little ones than packaged store-bought baby food.

As a mother of two kids, I know the feeling of wanting to give our babies homemade baby food that is filled with nutrients and is also tasty, but also being a bit overwhelmed with the whole process of doing so. 

If you’re looking for simple and time-saving recipe ideas for homemade baby food, you have reached the right 💯 place to find ways to make mealtimes smooth sailing for both you and your little ones! 

Homemade Baby Food Recipes For Kids

Although you might initially find the thought of making baby food overwhelming, I assure you that making baby food at home is quite simple. You can make it efficiently with a bit of planning 📝 beforehand, as these homemade recipes are quick to put together.

The best part is that you can freeze these purees – 

  • Freeze the fresh purees in ice cube trays and pop them out to get pureed cubes. 
  • Store these pureed cubes in airtight containers and ziplock bags for a few months. 
  • You can then use them whenever you want by reheating the frozen preparations for your baby to eat.

In this blog post, I have included a list of baby food recipes that can make life more simpler for you.

There are two stages of baby food depending on your baby’s age:

Stage 1

Stage 1 baby food is for babies who are between the ages of 4 to 6 months. The food for this stage includes smooth and creamy purees that are thin in consistency and made from a single ingredient.

Stage 2

Stage 2 baby food is for babies who are between the ages of 7 to 9 months. The food for this stage includes chunky and textured purees that are thicker in consistency and made with two or more ingredients.

Mango Puree

Mango Puree

Ah! My son loved eating mango 🥭 purees when he was a baby and developed a life-long love for this fruit.

Cut a ripe mango into small pieces and blend it into a smooth or chunky puree that has a sweet taste and is absolutely delicious. This puree is rich in Vitamin C and is great for boosting their immune system.

Pro Tip:

I made purees with different varieties of mangoes for my kids to offer them a new taste of the same fruit.

Pea Puree

Pea Puree

Steam 1-2 cups of fresh or frozen peas 🫛 and blend them into a tasty green puree. Reserve the excess water to add to the blender if needed to get the puree to the consistency you want. 

I sometimes added olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice while blending. Roughly chopped mint leaves would also be a great addition that I loved adding along with the peas to elevate the flavor of the puree a bit more.

Red Bell Pepper Puree

Red Bell Pepper Puree

Red bell peppers 🫑 are a great source of Vitamins A, B6, and C and can help improve your baby’s immunity. The best part is that they taste sweet naturally without you having to add any sweetening agents.

Remove the core of the vegetable with the seeds and roughly chop the red bell peppers into small pieces and steam or cook for a few minutes until they are tender. Let the bell pepper pieces cool before you blend them into a reddish puree.

Pro Tip:

I found that just blending red bell peppers results in a very thin puree. So, I sometimes add a boiled potato, pear, or apple with the peppers to give the puree a little body. 

Avocado Puree

Avocado Puree

I would say that avocados 🥑 are great first foods for babies as it has a smooth and silky texture that they will love. It also has healthy fats, vitamin E, and magnesium.

I recommend you look for a ripe avocado that is firm but also has a little softness to it to make the puree. Slice an avocado into two, discard the pit, and scoop out all the green flesh from the peels. You can blend the scooped avocado with a squeeze of fresh lemon for added taste. 

You can add some milk if needed to adjust the consistency to make it smooth.

Strawberry Puree 

Strawberry Puree

Strawberry 🍓 purees were my daughter’s favorite baby food, and she still has the same fondness for the fruit. I’m sure your baby will love it, too!

You can cut a cup of fresh or frozen strawberries into small pieces and blend them to make a vibrant and delicious puree. This puree is a great source of Vitamin C and antioxidants.

I recommend you taste a few strawberries before making the puree to check whether they are sweet enough for the puree.

Pro Tip:

You can also steam and cool the strawberries before blending to make it easier for babies to chew them in the early stages.

Apple Puree

Apple Puree

My son loved having apple 🍎 puree made from fresh apples that grew on our apple tree in the backyard! This fruit is rich in fiber and antioxidants and is good for your baby’s gut health.

Wash and peel an apple. Roughly chop into pieces, steam until it becomes soft, and let it cool. You can blend the cooled apple into a puree of desired consistency that is healthy yet tasty.

Banana Puree

Banana Puree

Making banana 🍌 puree is so simple and was the puree I made the most for my kids. 

Cut a ripe banana into small pieces and blend it to make a puree until you get your desired level of consistency. You can also add a pinch of cinnamon powder if you want.

Pro Tip:

I recommend you add a few drops of fresh orange or lemon juice to ensure the puree doesn’t brown as bananas usually do over time.

Carrot Puree

Carrot Puree

A delicious and smooth carrot 🥕 puree for your little bunnies! Carrots are one of my son’s favorite vegetables, and he enjoys eating them much, to my delight!

You can peel the 1-2 carrots and roughly chop them into pieces. Steam or boil the carrot pieces until they are soft, and let them cool. Blend the cooled carrots to make a smooth or textured puree. Add water as needed to get the required consistency.

These crunchy orange vegetables can help your kids improve their vision and are filled with antioxidants, potassium, Vitamin A, and Beta-carotene.

Butternut Squash Puree

Butternut Squash Puree

I would say that purees made from butternut squash are filled with flavor and are mild in taste for your baby to enjoy.

You can remove the skin, cut the butternut squash into small pieces, place them in a baking tray, drizzle them with olive oil, and roast them in the oven. Blend the cooked pieces of butternut squash into a delicious and vibrant puree. Add water as needed to adjust the consistency.

Spinach Puree

Spinach Puree

Give your baby the goodness of green leafy vegetables as a nutritious spinach puree. Spinach can boost the immune system and provide babies with vitamins C and E, calcium, and iron. 

Wash a cup of spinach, cook it in boiling water, and then run it under cold water to prevent further cooking and let it cool. Blend the cooled spinach with some water into a puree of desired consistency. 

Bean Puree

Bean Puree

Bean purees are easy to make for your baby and are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and so on, based on the bean 🫘 you choose to make the puree.

You can use either chickpeas, white beans, black beans, red beans, pinto beans, or soybeans. Blend your choice of beans with some water into a puree of desired consistency. 

Serve as a plain puree, or sprinkle a spice of choice to make it more flavorful if your baby is above 6 months.

Chicken Puree

Chicken Puree

Protein is necessary for kids, and you can serve them a portion of delicious chicken puree to fulfill the nutritional requirements.

Cook a cup of ground chicken 🐔 in a pan with oil until the chicken is well-cooked and doesn’t have a pink color. 

Blend the cooked chicken with a salt-free chicken broth to adjust the consistency of the puree to make it smooth and creamy. 

You can also use spice powders, like red chili powder, turmeric, cumin powder, chili flakes, or oregano, to add more flavor to the puree after your baby crosses 6 months.

Blueberry Puree 

Blueberry Puree

I would say blueberries 🫐 are great for kids as they have a lot of antioxidants and fiber. The sweet and nutritious fruit is a favorite with my kids.

You can use a cup of fresh or frozen blueberries to make a tasty puree. Blend the blueberries with a small amount of water to adjust the consistency into a smooth puree.

Sweet Potato Puree

Sweet Potato Puree

You can introduce your baby to sweet potato 🍠 purees that are healthy, tasty, and beneficial for their bodies. Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber and antioxidants and are good for improving gut health. 

Peel the skin and roughly chop the sweet potato. You can either choose to cook, steam, or bake the sweet potato until it is soft and tender. Blend the cooked sweet potato with water or a salt-free broth into a smooth yellow puree. 

Whipped Peanut Butter 

Whipped Peanut Butter

I found that whipped peanut butter is also a baby food that you can give babies as they are smooth in texture and provide a good source of protein.

You can add water to a small quantity of unsweetened peanut 🥜 butter and whisk until you get a smooth and whipped consistency similar to that of yogurt.

In this case, unsweetened natural peanut butter is a healthier option for your baby as it has no added sugar or artificial ingredients.

Fruit Purees and Yogurt 

Fruit Purees And Yogurt

I would say the classic combination of fruit 🍏🍐 and yogurt is something my kids have always loved since they were babies. 

You can blend frozen or fresh fruit of choice into a puree that is either smooth or textured. Add the blended fruit puree to a bowl of plain yogurt to serve your baby a delicious fruit yogurt bowl filled with nutritional value.

The best part of this recipe is that you can customize it with whatever fruits are available at home and according to what your baby likes. 

Zucchini and Sweet Potato Puree

Make a puree with a combination of zucchini and sweet potato, which results in a sweet and creamy texture. The sweet potato elevates the taste of the zucchini, making it more tasty.

You can peel and roughly chop the zucchini and sweet potato 🍠 into cubes. Steam them until soft and allow them to cool. Blend the steamed zucchini and sweet potato with a drizzle of olive oil and a few teaspoons of water to get the right consistency.

Chicken and Butternut Squash Puree 

Chicken And Butternut Squash Puree

You can give your baby the needed protein requirements by serving them a puree with chicken. The addition of butternut squash pairs well with the chicken, and the sweet taste of the vegetable elevates the puree.

Cut the chicken 🐓 breast and butternut squash into small pieces and place on a baking tray. Drizzle them with a generous pouring of olive oil, add spices, and bake until soft and tender. Blend the puree to a consistency where the butternut squash pieces are still in chunks and chewable.

Pro Tip:

You can do the same recipe with chicken and other vegetables of your choice to make purees.

Apple and Avocado Puree

You can try making a puree with apple 🍎 and avocado 🥑 for your baby, and I’m sure they will enjoy the taste and texture of the preparation.

Remove the skin of an apple and cut it into small pieces. You can steam the apple to make it softer and easy to chew.

Cut a ripe avocado into two, discard the seed, and scoop the green flesh. Blend the apple and the avocado until you reach the desired consistency of a puree with chunks.

Banana and Strawberry Puree

Banana And Strawberry Puree

Two of my kids’ favorite fruits – bananas 🍌 and strawberries 🍓, combined in the goodness of one delicious and healthy puree.

You can cut a banana and 4-5 strawberries into pieces. Blend them together to make a puree of the desired consistency with the chunks of the fruits still intact to let your kids chew and experience the texture of the fruits.

Pro Tip:

You can do the same recipe with a combination of your choice of two or more fruits to make purees.

Broccoli, Carrot, and Apple Puree

I would say that this puree, made of broccoli 🥦, carrot 🥕, and apple 🍎, is a healthy and nutrition-rich puree with a lot of health benefits for your baby.

You can roughly cut the carrot and apple into pieces and separate the broccoli florets. Steam the carrot, apple, and broccoli pieces until they are soft, and let them cool. 

Blend the carrot, apple, and broccoli together with some water to make a puree of desired consistency with chunks and textures for a healthy meal option.

Pro Tip:

You can do the same recipe with a combination of your choice of fruits and vegetables to make purees.

Note: 

Some basic Stage 2 puree combinations you can try for your baby are –

  • A fruit with one or more fruits, 
  • A vegetable with one or more vegetables,
  • A fruit with a vegetable,
  • An avocado with one or more fruits and vegetables,
  • Chicken with one or more fruits or vegetables, and so on.

Conclusion

The above list of recipes were ones that I used to make baby food at home for my son, which were delicious and packed with nutritional value. You will find that most of these recipe ideas are simple, easy to make, and truly time-saving in many ways.

You can modify these recipes according to the consistency you want and the age that they are in.

I hope you enjoyed reading this list of homemade baby food recipes and found some recipe ideas to make at home for your little ones.

Please comment below if you have any more recipes to share or doubts for me to solve – I would love to hear your feedback! ❤️

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