Updated: Apr 11
Let’s talk baby Purees I like to make baby food in batches since it's easier to clean and prep all at once. I started feeding Peyton solids at 4 months old. First thing we tried was a sweet potato, then moved on to bananas, apples, avocados, butternut squash, acorn squash, green beans, black beans and I can’t remember what else. So Below is how I do it all and what her feeding schedule was like. If you want to see videos and pictures of her trying all these delicious food just check out my IG here.
At 4 months old she was eating 2oz once a day then we slowly moved her up to 3 oz twice a day and now at 6 months she’s eating 4oz 3 times a day. I bought the book “the big book of organic baby food” by Stephanie Middelberg. Most of the info I had already known from a detox I did before I was pregnant. I just needed a little help with recipes. But if you don’t have a clue where to start, its a great book, with lots of information.
TIPS for making your own baby food! * Label everything with dates in sharpie! It easily comes off mason jar lids so that why I use them * Add enough water to your mixtures to make sure they are thin enough and don’t clump on you. Just eye ball it. If you don’t know what baby food consistency should look like, just go buy a jar at the store and use that as an example * Use containers with ounces written on the side so you know how much food you are giving your baby * Start with non sugary fruits in the beginning and slowly add sugar into their diet. You don’t want them getting used to sweet purees where they won’t eat vegetables. * Start with single purees and then advance to mixtures for allergy purposes * Clean your blender in between mixtures to make sure you can pin point allergies * No need for fancy baby food processors, just use what you have because the baby food stage doesn’t last long.
* PLUS ITS WAAAAY cheaper
EXAMPLE: For 4oz of food, DIY $0.29 VS Store bought $1.00
- Beechnut baby food $1.00 ea yields 4oz of food
- Canned Whole beets $0.59 ea yields 8oz food.
This week I made the below puree’s Sweet Potato & Cherry 3-1 Ratio Sweet Potato & Blueberry 3-1 Ratio Peas & Carrots 1-1 Ratio
You’ll need the following 3 Sweet Potatoes 1 package of cherries 1 package of blueberries 4 Carrots 2 Cans of Peas (no salt)
1. Peel and cube the carrots and potatoes 2. Rinse and de-seed the cherries 3. Boil the potatoes and carrots together until soft 4. Next blend all your ingredients separately. (or mix how you would like) 5. Take half the potato puree and set aside. Then add the cherries to the blender and mix together 6. Fill your containers, I use 4oz mason jars and they are perfect! perfect portion, easy to clean and CHEAP! 7. Rinse your blender and then mix potato puree with your blueberry puree and fill your containers 8. Rinse your blender again and now add carrots, and drained peas to blender and mix. Fill container and your all set
9. Best served warm so they can taste the different flavors
***Make sure you add enough water to your mixtures to make sure they are thin enough and don’t clump on you. Just eye ball it. If you don’t know what baby food consistency should look like, just go buy a jar at the store and use that as an example.***
English Cucumber, Chick Pea and Avocado
1 English cucumber
1 can garbanzo beans
1. Peel and chop cucumber *I think English cucumbers taste better so I use them instead of regular cucumbers
2. Drain and Rinse Garbanzo beans
3. De seed and scoop 1 avocado into blender
4. Blend everything together and add enough water to create the consistency you like.
Serve cold or warm
Avocado & Oatmeal
1/4 cup of oatmeal (I used instant oats)
1. De seed and scoop 1 avocado into your blender
2. Cook oatmeal and add to blender.
I recommend doubling or tripling this recipe, but I was just using what I had from the grocery store so It didn't go to waste.
Super simple and tastes delicious. I over watered my oatmeal when I cooked it so I didn't have to add water to my blender. It's super creamy and it's a "heavy" meal so your baby will be fuller longer.
Black Bean, Cilantro and Cumin
So before you make this one make sure you have diapers ready! I found out AFTER I fed her this huge batch that cumin is a diuretic and she pooped 3+ times a day...
I honestly eyeballed EVERYTHING in this recipe.
1. Pour black beans in an instant and cover with enough water to cover the beans and then some. If you are cooking black beans by themselves they wont overcook. The extra water is going to be great when you go to puree everything. Black beans are VERY think so add lots of water
2. Chop up cilantro and add to your blender with a dash of cumin. Just enough to flavor the beans. Best served warm.
Eggplant and Tomato
1 can of diced tomatoes
1. Cut the top off 2 eggplants and place on a baking sheet @350 for 25-30 minutes, let cool and remove skin
2. Remove skin and place in blender with can of tomatoes.
3. Add diced tomatoes and blend
4. Best served warm but be careful of diaper rashes due to the acidity of tomatoes! I usually feed Peyton a purée until she’s done with it, but this one I had to space out in between other flavors.
Cabbage & Pineapple
1/2 head of cabbage
1 20 oz can pineapple chunks
1. Chop cabbage and boil until soft
3. Drain cabbage and place in blender
4. Drain one 20oz can of pineapple chunks and blend and serve warm
Make sure you drain the pineapple so your puree isn't too watery
Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal
3 cups oatmeal (I used instant oats)
2 organic apples
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Cook oatmeal
2. Peel and de-core apples
3. Blend apples while oatmeal is cooking
4. add oatmeal to blender
4. add 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon per cup of oatmeal. 3 1/8 tsp
5. best served warm
Carrot & Apple
2 organic apples
1. Peel and chop Carrots and Apples
2. Steam or boil in a pot together
3. Drain, blend and serve warm or cold
Spaghetti Squash, Pear & Carrot
1 spaghetti squash
1. Cut Spaghetti Squash in half, de-seed and bake in oven @ 350 for 30-45 min face down on a baking sheet. Or you can peel, cube & boil it. (That’s just more work)
2. Peel, slice and boil Carrots
3. Peel and cube Pears and place in Blender. *you can boil or steam to make soft but no need to.
4. Scoop Spaghetti Squash filling into blender
5. Drain Carrots and blend everything and serve warm.
Butternut Squash, Apple & Carrot
1 Butternut Squash
4 organic apples
6-8 carrots *depending on size
1. Peel, de-seed and chop Butternut Squash and apples
2. Peel and chop Carrots
3. Boil or steam everything together until soft
4. drain and Blend *serve warm
Zucchini, Apple & Kiwi
2 organic apples
1. Peel and slice Zucchini, Apple and Kiwi
2. Boil or steam apple and zucchini until soft
4. Drain zucchini an apple and place in blender
5. Add kiwi and Blend everything together and serve warm. It tastes better warm but peyton liked it cold and warm
Carrot, Apple and Kiwi purée
1 organic apple
1. Peel and slice Carrot, apples and kiwis
2. Boil or steam carrots and apples
3. Blend all ingredients and serve *peyton liked this one cold* But she was also teething so I think she just wanted cold stuff on her teeth.
Carrot Spinach & Kiwi
This one I just used left overs I had from other recipes. Peyton’s had kiwi and carrot before so I decided to add spinach. She hasn’t had enough greens lately so it’s time to switch it up.
4 cups of of raw spinach
4 cups of carrots peeled and sliced
3 kiwis peeled and sliced
1. Boil or steam carrots until soft and then add spinach for the last two minutes.
2. Drain and place in blender and add kiwi.
She liked this one cold
Apple Spinach & seasoning
6 Organic apples
6 cups of raw spinach
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ginger powder
1/8 teaspoon cloves
So I did find this recipe on Pinterest but I tweaked it because it was waay to sweet for my linking. I added lots of extra spinach. It originally called for 2 cups of spinach and I used 6.
1. peel and slice apples
2. boil with seasonings until soft
3. add spinach the last few minutes
4. drain or just scoop our your ingredients into a blender and blend until desired consistency
She loved this one cold!
Cucumber Chick Pea & Spinach
1 can garbanzo
2lb bag of mini cucumbers
4 cups of raw spinach
1/8 teaspoon dill
1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder
1. peel and slice cucumber
2. drain and rinse garbanzo bens
3. boil cucumber and garbanzo beans with seasoning
4. once that it soft add the spinach for a few minutes
5. drain or just scoop our your ingredients into a blender and blend until desired consistency
Peyton loves this one cold! She refused to eat it warm.
Kale, Pear & Peas
2 handfuls of kale
2 cans in unsalted peas
1. Peel and slice pears, then boil or steam until soft
2. Wash and spin dry/air dry kale
3. Drain peas and place in blender
3. Add kale to blender
4. Drain carrots and add to blender
5. Blend and add a little water. Just enough the thin the purée out to your liking. The kale tends to get thick.
Red bell pepper & Garbanzo Beans
2 red bell peppers
2 cans of garbanzo beans
1. Slice and de seed bell peppers
2. Boil or steam until soft
3. Drain garbanzo beans and add to blender
4. Drain bell peppers and add to blender
5. Mix and serve. You shouldn’t need to add water because the bell peppers hold a lot of water.
Black Bean & Sweet potatoe
2 sweet potatoes
1lb bag of dry black beans
*Or use regular canned beans. The ratios don’t matter here.
If you want your mixture to be more sweet have more sweet potatoes than black beans. I like to keep to limit sweets for Peyton so she doesn’t crave them. Plus NO artificial sugars.
1. Pour black beans in an instant pot and cover with water. Cool for 1 hour then quick release. (You can also just use regular canned beans) and the ratios don’t matter.
2. Peel, chop and boil/steam sweet potatoes in a separate pot
3. Drain black beans and sweet potatoes
4. Add both ingredients to a blender and add 1-2 cups of water. If your mixture is too think add 1/4 cup of water at a time.
Carrot & Green apple
2 green apples
1. Peel and cut carrots
2. Peel and slice apples
3. Boil or steam carrots until a little tender and then throw in apples and finish cooking
4. Drain and blend
Squash & Sweet Potatoe