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How To Make Homemade Baby Food: 5 Great Recipes

Once your baby reaches the 8 or 9 month mark, she’s ready to move past single-ingredient purees and on to food combinations.  These combos can be simple, of course (mixing mashed blueberries into oatmeal, stirring pureed broccoli into brown rice, etc.)  Or, if you’re feeling fancy, you can whip up more sophisticated meals.

For information on when to introduce specific fruits into your baby’s diet, along with serving sizes, visit our solid food charts.

Here are 5 nutritious, tasty recipes that we think you’ll love, and that are sure to be both fun to prepare and fun to eat!

Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Nuggets (introduce after 8 months)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12 - 18 nuggets

Serving Size: approximately 2 nuggets

Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Nuggets (introduce after 8 months)

This recipe is adapted from Momtastic’s Wholesome Baby Food.

Ingredients

  • 1 16-oz  package frozen broccoli, cooked, drained, and chopped

  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs (You can also use powdered baby cereal. See our homemade baby cereal post (LINK TO POST) for information on how to make your own cereal powders.)
  • 
1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 large eggs (It’s now considered safe to offer babies both egg yolks and whites around 8 or 9 months. Ask your pediatrician if you’re uncertain about offering eggs at this age.)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 and lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil.
  2. Combine all remaining ingredients and mix well. Add seasonings if you  like - garlic powder, pepper, extra basil, & oregano, for example.
  3. Shape mixture into nuggets or fun shapes such as squares, “squiggles”, etc. Place on greased baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes; flip nuggets over, and bake for another 5 - 10 minutes (20-25 minutes total baking time.)
  4. Serve warm.

Notes

These are great for babies who are able to chew and mash food with their gums. They’re also great for toddlers and big kids -- they’re like vegetarian chicken nuggets!

 

Sweet Potato Pancakes (introduce after 8 months)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 10-12 pancakes

Serving Size: 1-2 pancakes

Sweet Potato Pancakes (introduce after 8 months)

This recipe was originally published on NurtureBaby.com.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of white whole wheat flour (or substitute 1 cup all purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour)
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 large sweet potato - baked, peeled and pureed (or 1 cup prepared sweet potato puree)
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In large bowl, combine first five (dry) ingredients together and set aside.
  2.  In a mixing bowl, combine sweet potato, milk, butter, eggs and sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth. Slowly add dry ingredients to mixing bowl; mix until just combined. (A few lumps are OK; over mixing will make the pancakes tough.)
  3. Pour ¼ cup portions of batter onto greased skillet. Cook on medium heat and flip pancakes when bubbles form on the surface. Pancakes should be a golden brown color.
  4. Serve immediately, or freeze for later consumption. If freezing, place sheet of parchment paper between each pancake and store in zip-tight freezer bag. Store in freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

We promise, your baby won’t have a clue he’s eating veggies for breakfast! These taste a lot like pumpkin pie, meaning that breakfast will feel more like dessert.

 

Hawaiian Pork and Rice Dinner (introduce after 9 months)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Yield: approximately 2-3 cups

Serving Size: approximately 1/2 cup

Hawaiian Pork and Rice Dinner (introduce after 9 months)

This recipe is adapted from homemade-baby-food-recipes.com.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup ground pork
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup rice, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup peaches, peeled and sliced (fresh preferred)
  • 1/4 cup pineapple chunks

Instructions

  1. Bring pork and 1 cup of the water to boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 2 minutes.
  2. Drain, refrigerating reserved liquid.
  3. Add rice, remaining 1 cup water, peaches and pineapple to meat. Simmer 15 minutes.
  4. Remove any grease from reserved liquid and return juices to pot.
  5. Continue to cook mixture for another 5 minutes. Mash or puree before serving.

Notes

With flavors of peach and pineapple, this dinner offers baby a taste of the tropics!

 

Italian Green Veggie Pasta (introduce after 11 months)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: approximately 1 cup sauce

Serving Size: approximately 1/2 - 3/4 cup pasta tossed with sauc

Italian Green Veggie Pasta (introduce after 11 months)

This recipe was originally published on Weelicious.com

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Zucchini, sliced

  • 1 Cup Broccoli Florets

  • 1/4 Cup Tomato or Marinara Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • Prepared pasta (Small pasta shapes are best for babies who are ready for finger-feeding.)

Instructions

  1. Place the zucchini and broccoli florets in a steamer pot over boiling water, steam for 5 minutes and allow to cool.

  2. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth.

  3. Toss with prepared pasta. Serve.

Notes

Even if your baby isn’t normally a fan of broccoli or zucchini, we’re betting she’ll gobble up this pasta. Combining these veggies with tomato sauce and cheese makes them event tastier!

 

Whole Wheat Chocolate Muffins (introduce after 11 months)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Yield: approximately 12 muffins

Serving Size: 1 muffin

Whole Wheat Chocolate Muffins (introduce after 11 months)

This recipe was originally published on NurtureBaby.com.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup 100% whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup All-Purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1-¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • ½ cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt* (2% or full fat recommended)
  • ½ cup hot water
  • *Greek yogurt is recommended, as it has a much richer consistency. If you can’t find Greek yogurt, you can substitute with sour cream.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix flours, salt, and baking soda together in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla and whisk until golden brown. Add melted chocolate and stir until well blended.
  4. Add flour mixture, alternating with yogurt. Stir just until combined and then add hot water a little bit at a time.
  5. Mix thoroughly and dole into lined cupcake tins.
  6. Bake for 19-22 minutes and make sure not to over bake, as the cakes will dry out.
  7. Eat these warm as muffins, or frost with your favorite frosting.

Notes

Babies cannot live on fruits and veggies alone! Sometimes, a little dessert is necessary. To give your baby the healthiest start, avoid serving him foods with lots of sugar until he's a bit older; wait until 11 or 12 months to offer him these chocolatey muffins.

For tips on how to safely and conveniently store your homemade fruit purees, visit our food storage page.

Want to make the baby food making and serving even easier? Check out our list of recommended products for tools that’ll make baby feeding a breeze!

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