Making your own baby food isn’t as difficult as it sounds. A lot of parents are put off the idea of making their own because they think it’s going to be a long, tough process. However, many baby food recipes are super-quick to whip up, so you don’t have to worry about spending hours in the kitchen.
There’s a lot of benefits that come from giving your little one homemade food. You don’t need to switch to giving baby an exclusive homemade diet – even just switching to homemade food a few times a week will provide numerous benefits.
So, if you’d love to give making your own wholesome baby food a try but you’re stuck for ideas, below you’ll discover some of the simplest, tastiest recipes to try out.
Baby Oats And Prunes – Age 6+ Months
If you’re a beginner baby food cook, cereals are often a fantastic first recipe to try out. However, many tend to contain rice which can be a potential safety hazard. So, switch up rice for oats with this delicious breakfast recipe.
The oats contain a good source of fiber, as well as vitamins and minerals that will give your baby the best start to the day. The prunes are also an excellent source of fiber and they sweeten up the recipe to make it more appealing to your little one.
The full recipe can be found here. It does suggest using honey as a sweetener, but keep in mind this is only for babies older than one year of age. You can also tweak the recipe by switching prunes for bananas.
Carrot And Yam Puree – Age 6+ Months
If you’re looking to create something really healthy, yet delicious, this carrot and yam puree is highly recommended. It only needs three ingredients so it’s really affordable to make too. This great recipe contains a high level of Vitamins A and C, along with a good dose of fiber.
All you need is carrots, yam and water. You can find the full recipe here. Keep in mind that the puree is going to need to be super-smooth with no hard lumps.
This recipe can continue to be used as baby grows, by simply adding it alongside other ingredients such as burgers and pizzas.
Pea Puree – Age 6+ Months
Another super-simple recipe for beginners, pea puree goes down a real treat with babies. You can even use frozen peas which not only makes it more affordable, but more convenient too.
It’s surprising just how much nutrition peas contain. Along with Vitamins A and C, they also boast high levels of protein, iron and calcium. The key is to strain the peas well to ensure a smooth consistency.
Spinach And White Yams – Age 6+ Months
Spinach is a super-food, packed full of folate, iron, calcium and Vitamin A. Combine it with white yams and you have a really healthy baby food recipe. The spinach provides much of the nutrition, while the yams help to sweeten it up, making it more appetizing to your little one.
The recipe can be found here. It is a little harder to make than the other recipes featured, but it’s well worth the effort every now and again.
Mango And Banana Puree – Age 6+ Months
If your baby is quite fussy with what they will and won’t eat, this is the recipe for you. Most babies LOVE the taste of mangoes and bananas and when they’re blended together into a super-smooth consistency, it’s sure to go down a treat.
Just make sure the mango you use is ripe. As well as containing Vitamins A and C, this recipe also contains something few other baby food recipes do – Vitamin B6.
Hard Boiled Eggs – Age 12+ Months
Ok, so this one doesn’t technically require much cooking, but it’s a fantastic food which provides a LOT of protein. Eggs have always been advised against by health experts for babies under 12 months old. However, that has recently been changed to six months. It is still recommended you seek a doctor’s opinion before introducing eggs into your baby’s diet however.
Once the egg has been boiled, cut it up into very small chunks which baby can grab and eat as a finger food. If you’d like to try some more elaborate egg baby food recipes, you can find some great ideas here.
Chicken Dinner And Apple – Age 12+ Months
Chicken is another great source of protein and this delicious recipe is ideal for older babies. It uses heavy cream, apple juice and herbs to provide awesome flavors your little one won’t be able to get enough of.
You can find the full recipe here. It may contain a few more ingredients than the other recipes on the list, but it’s still just as simple to make.
As you can see, there’s a wide range of different recipes you can try out. So, no matter what your baby’s preferences, there’s sure to be something to suit it. Just remember, when trying any new foods, it’s best to just offer a couple of spoonful’s to start with (unless they love it of course!).
It is worth noting that before you do try out any homemade baby food recipes you find online, you should make sure they’re suitable for your baby’s age group. Some ingredients shouldn’t be fed to younger babies so this is something you’ll need to look out for.
Overall, as you can see from the recipes above, creating your own homemade baby foods can be both affordable and easy. Why not try them out today and let us know how it turned out?7