Store-bought baby food may just be mashed up fruits and vegetables—but it also often contains preservatives you might not want to give to your young child. Luckily, baby food is super easy to make at home and allows you to introduce your little one to new, yummy flavors wihtout all the additives. If you’re unsure where to start, Pinterest is filled with plenty of recipes for new and seasoned parents alike.
1. Fruit mash with a hidden vegetable
This Kiwi Apple Zucchini Puree from Simply Whisked can easily be made in a food processor, like our favorite. The fruit from the mixture adds a good dosage of antioxidants and Vitamin C while the zucchini provides some extra nutrients.
2. A twist on applesauce
Apple puree is a common first food for babies but you can add more healthy fats and flavor with coconut milk. This Apple and Coconut Milk Puree from Baby Food E is so creamy and delicious that you may steal a few bites for yourself. For the creamiest texture, use a solid blender like the best affordable one we've ever tested.
3. Treats that melt in your baby’s mouth
Instead of constantly serving mashed-up goop to your young child, make some yogurt bites that will melt in their mouth (no need to worry about choking hazards). These Homemade Baby Yogurt Melts from Couponing 101 are a cheaper and healthier alternative to Gerber’s yogurt melts. Freeze them on our favorite baking sheet for best results.
4. A puree of healthy fats
It’s easy to buy a premade puree pouch, but this banana, blueberry, and avocado one from Baby Food E only takes five minutes using an affordable food processor to make at home. Plus, it’s loaded with nutrients for a healthy heart, bones, and central nervous system.
5. A bright and colorful puree
Beets add fun color and antioxidants to any blend for a baby. This Apple, Strawberry, & Beets Puree from Redhead Baby Mama keeps things sweet with the addition of fruit. To chop through the stiff beets, you're going to want to using a tough chef's knife.
6. A mash loaded with protein
You could just feed your young one mashed sweet potato, but it's easy to add some extra nutrients. The Sweet Potato and White Bean Puree from What MJ Loves has an extra boost of protein from the beans. It also freezes well, so you can make a big batch all at once. Use the best peeler we've ever tested to shred through potato skins.
7. Cereal for a baby
This Homemade Quinoa Baby Cereal from Baby Food E gives your baby a chance to chomp down on the superfood quinoa. Blend it with breast milk for extra nutrients, or pair it with some of your favorite homemade purees. For the best texture, blend with a professional blender, like one of our favorites.
8. A veggie-packed puree
Cauliflower is a magic ingredient loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants. This Potato, Zucchini And Cauliflower Baby Puree from Little Mashies blends this incredible vegetable with zucchini and potatoes for a nutrition-packed bite. You're going to want a sturdy cutting board to get through all those veggies.
9. A simple but delicious mash
Applesauce and avocado come together in this Apple-Avocado Baby Food from Super Healthy Kids. Avocados are great for your child’s brain and nervous system development and apples add a hint of sweetness. Make sure you have a sharp paring knife to easily cut through both fruits (yes, avocado's a fruit).
10. A fall-inspired puree
Butternut squash might be most popular in the fall, but it is pretty easy to puree any time of year. For this Butternut Squash Baby Food from Frugal Fanatic, you just bake the fall squash and blend it up for simple baby food. Store the leftover mash in the best glass food containers we've ever tested.