How To Make Homemade Baby Food In Your Blender

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Making your own baby food in a blender is easy. Not only does it save you money, it’s a great way to give your baby the freshest, most nutritious food possible.

In this post, I will primarily talk about “stage 1” baby foods. These are the types of simple recipes that you make when you are first introducing your baby to solid foods (purees).

The photo to your right is my little Munchkin at almost 7 months old enjoying one of his favorite foods, banana and spinach! He is starting to eat stage 2 foods so I’ll post a followup article with stage 2 recipes after I play around with some ingredients.

What Is Stage 1 Baby Food?

Stage 1 baby foods are made with simple, easy to digest fruits and vegetables that have been blended to a creamy texture so your baby can eat them easily.




Many babies start eating pureed foods around 4 to 6 months of age. Your child will let you know when they are ready to start eating baby puree. One clue that they are ready is when they take an interest in the food you eat.

Always talk to your pediatrician before starting your child on baby purees. Since your baby still needs the nutrients only available in breast milk or formula, treat purees as a supplemental food and not a replacement for milk/formula.

It’s best to introduce your baby to only one fruit or vegetable at a time. Give them the same food for at least four days to see if they will have an allergic reaction to it or not. Their digestive system is still developing, so it’s best not to overdo it with complex recipes.

Once you introduce a second fruit or vegetable, you can still give them the first food. For example, if you start with pureed banana and all goes well, feel free to add spinach to the banana. Or you can swap the banana for pureed carrots.

Should I Give My Baby Raw Fruit and Vegetable Purees?

I have to admit, this was a question I had as well. My gut told me that certain fruits were fine served raw, such as bananas. Bananas are one of the easiest fruits to digest, and they mash up so smooth.

Some fruits and vegetables are better steamed first, especially hard, fibrous foods like carrots, or foods you don’t typically eat raw like sweet potato.

In either case, my preference is to use only the freshest, organic produce.

I did ask my pediatrician about serving raw fruit and vegetables purees, and he said that it was absolutely fine.

Stage 1 Baby Foods – Use These Raw Fruits and Vegetables

Feel free to puree these fruits and vegetables and serve raw: banana, avocado, mango, papaya, peaches, plums, apricots and spinach.

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How To Make Raw Baby Foods

Since your baby is only used to drinking breast milk or formula, you’ll want to start your little one off with very soft purees. Make sure to taste your purees before giving them to your little one.

They will resist bitter or non-sweet purees. I follow the same principle as I do with my green smoothies – use enough fruits to mask less enjoyable vegetables. Banana with spinach is a favorite of my little Munchkin.

Step 1: Peel your fruit (fruit peels can be hard for a baby to digest).

Step 2: Add desired fruit to a blender or food processor.

Step 3: Blend on a medium speed until smooth and free of any chucks.

Step 4: Divide the purees into 2.5 ounce containers (I reuse the small stage 1 baby food jars). Each jar will contain two servings when you first start feeding purees. After a few days (or when your child is ready), he or she might be ready to eat the entire jar.

Each jar will last about three days in the refrigerator. I put “Baby A’s” food jars in a bowl of hot water to warm them to room temperature before I feed him food from the refrigerator.

Tip: just before serving, add a little formula or breast milk to make the puree slightly runny. If you take a spoonful, it should slowly slide off the spoon. This step is to start your baby off with very thin purees. After a few weeks you can skip the liquid.

Stage 1 Baby Foods – Steam These Fruits and Vegetables Before Blending

Because these fruits are fibrous and more difficult to digest for a baby with a developing digestive system, it’s best to steam these foods before pureeing: apples, pears, carrots, green beans, summer squash, peas, sweet potato, pumpkin and winter squash.

How To Make steamed Baby Foods

Step 1: Peel your fruit or vegetable.

Step 2: Slice the fruit of vegetable and put it in a steaming basket over a pan of boiling water and steam until you can easily stab with a fork.

Step: 3 Remove food from steaming basket and let cool for about ten minutes before blending it.

Step 4: Add ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend on a medium speed until smooth and free of any chucks.

Step 5: Divide the purees into 2.5 ounce containers (I reuse the standard glass baby food jars). Let the baby food cool completely before you cover it and place it in the refrigerator. Warm the food up by letting it sit in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes before serving.

Each jar will contain two servings when you first start feeding purees. After a few days (or when your child is ready), he or she might be ready to eat the entire jar.

Tip: just before serving, add a little formula or breast milk to make the puree slightly runny. If you take a spoonful, it should slowly slide off the spoon. This step is to start your baby off with very thin purees. After a few weeks you can skip the liquid.

Homemade Baby Food Recipes

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Each ingredient can be eaten on its own, but I like to mix and match some of them. For example, I don’t think I could get my son to eat pureed spinach on its own (who would want that?), but he LOVES spinach blended with banana.

Here are some “baby-approved” recipes that I have tried (each recipe may fill 3-5 baby food jars):

  • 2 medium bananas and 1/2 handful of raw spinach (I’m going to start adding more spinach and less banana, but this is what I started with.)
  • 2 medium apples (steamed) and 2 medium pears (steamed)
  • 2 medium bananas (raw) and 2 large carrots (steamed)
  • 2 cups papaya (raw) and 1 large carrot (steamed)
  • 1/2 cup green beans (steamed), 1/2 cup summer squash (steamed), 1/2 cup peas (steamed), 1/2 cup carrots (steamed)
  • 1 cup sweet potato (steamed) and 1 large carrot (steamed)

Once your baby is used to eating purees without the additional liquid, it might be time to talk to your pediatrician about starting stage 2 purees. Don’t rush your little one, though. If they are happy with breast milk/formula and a little stage one puree, then let them enjoy that for a little while.

I will create a followup post soon with stage 2 and 3 baby food recipes for six months and up.


Green Smoothies For Babies

Green smoothies are an excellent way to give your baby an easily digestible, highly nutritious form of fruits and vegetables every day.

When to Introduce Your Baby To Green Smoothies

I began to introduce green smoothies to my son when I started to feed him baby purees. He was around five months of age.

I knew he was ready to try new foods when he showed interest in, and reached for, foods that my husband and I were eating.

All babies are different, though. If your baby doesn’t show an interest in food at five months, I would wait to give them baby purees or smoothies until they do.

Green smoothies, however, should not replace breast milk or infant formula. They are best used as part of your baby’s overall diet and as a way to add vegetables to their diet.

How I Give My Baby Green Smoothies

My son’s first green smoothie had kale, papaya, and banana. Don’t shy away from the dark leafy greens like kale and dandelion greens. Your baby isn’t used to sweet foods so they don’t know the difference. I usually give him a few ounces of the smoothie I am drinking.

When I first started giving him green smoothies, I introduced only one new food at a time. If you mix too many new foods and they have a reaction, you will not know which ingredient caused the reaction.

I don’t add sweeteners to my green smoothies, but if you do, I would not share your smoothie with your baby. Make a smoothie with only fruits, vegetables, and dark leafy greens.

Their taste buds are still adjusting to new foods and the last thing you want is for them to demand extra sweet foods.

The other day, I made him a smoothie with 1/4 banana, 5 slices of carrot, 2 pieces of broccoli, 5 grapes, 1/4 cup spinach, 1 teaspoon vanilla protein powder, and three ounces of water. If he is drinking his own smoothie instead of sharing mine, I will add a little protein powder to his smoothies.

My son drank his smoothie through a plastic straw when he was five months old, however, he would bite it so I switched to glass. I hold the jar and straw for him.

When he started drinking green smoothies, I placed my fingers about an inch from the top of the straw to prevent him from shoving the straw all the way to the back of his throat.

You might not have to do this step with your child, but my son used to stuff as much of the straw in his mouth as he could if I didn’t hold it for him. After a few weeks, he got better at using a straw and I no longer needed to hold it for him.

I usually add more smoothie to a glass than I think my son will drink. That lets him choose how much he wants. When he stops reaching for the glass, he is done.

He started with about 2 ounces when he was five months old, and now he drinks about 6 ounces (at eleven months).

Once again, green smoothies should NEVER replace formula or breast milk. They should be used as you would a puree. Don’t put it in a bottle, either, because if they can’t drink it from a straw, they are not ready for it.

Should You Give Your Baby Superfoods?

Superfoods like maca, cacao, and spirulina, are not necessary, and could be harmful (or have undesirable side effects). As I mentioned above, it is best to keep your baby’s green smoothie as simple as possible.

Sometimes I will make my son his own smoothie if I am drinking something he can’t have. For example, I won’t give him green smoothies that contain cacao powder (a stimulant) or maca root powder.

So there you have it. That is how I am helping my son on his way to becoming a green smoothie drinker like his mommy!

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