15 Stage One Baby Food Purees (4-6 Months)


These 15 Stage One Baby Food Recipes will tempt your baby’s taste buds! These simple homemade baby food recipes are made with nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables with an added pinch of spice that makes these purees out-of-this-world delicious! Great for 4+ months of age!

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Stage One Baby Food Purees

Recently, I have been getting a ton of new readers looking for starter baby puree recipes (yay!! or should I say pur-yay!!😉).

If you are just starting out on your adventure in making your own baby purees, then I would personally like to be the first one to welcome you to the wonderful world of baby food. This is a fun (and yummy) club to be in and to be in 😄. I also want to inform you that baby’s first bite doesn’t need to be boring.

Nope!

Baby’s food can (and should) be delicious from the very start!

While it seems daunting at first, making your own baby food is super easy once you get the hang of it.

First time making homemade baby food? Then, I would suggest that you start by reading my very in-depth Guide on how to Make Homemade Baby Food – which goes over all the important information such as the best cooking tools to have on hand, safe storage, how to know when baby is ready for solids, how to introduce purees, the best first foods for baby, and more!

Then it’s time to check out some (or all!) of the homemade baby food recipes below. Each recipe goes into detail about the produce that is in the puree, along with its benefits for baby, recipe cooking options, detailed photos and videos with step-by-step instructions that show you just how easy it is to make you own baby food 👊.

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Reminder: the homemade baby food recipes below are made for babies that want to try the most delicious food from the very first bite😋!

While the recipes themselves are simple, I will show you how to add in a pinch of cinnamon, rosemary, curry or mint to quickly roasted or steamed fruits and vegetables that enhance their natural flavors. Simple purees that I am pretty sure you will want to eat as well!

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Helpful Tools

Here are a few of my favorite kitchen essentials to make the very best homemade baby food purees! These kitchen tools will help make the process of cooking, blending and freezing baby food super simple.

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Frequently Asked Questions

But before we dive into the recipes, let me answer a few of the most asked questions I get from my readers.

Can baby have spices in their food?

Yes, yes, yes! Baby can absolutely have spices mixed into their purees from the very first bite. Adding a pinch of spices and herbs to a baby’s food makes it taste better and gives the food additional medicinal properties. Read more here. But as I always say – you do you! If you don’t want to add spice to baby’s food, you can certainly leave them out. I give instructions in each recipe card for both.

To reduce the risk of allergies, should I introduce the puree without the spices first and then add the spices after I know baby isn’t allergic?

My rule of thumb is that unless there is an immediate family member that has a true allergy to a certain spice (or food) then introducing baby to spices at the same time as new food is completely acceptable. Spice and herb allergies in babies and adults are very rare. It’s always recommended to keep an eye on baby when introducing any new food or spices.

What age should I start my baby on baby food purees?

This will totally depend on your baby – see my guide here. But they will most likely start their baby food puree journey between 4-6 months of age.

More Questions? Head down to the comments below and let me know what other questions you have.

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HOW TO STORE Baby PUREE

Every recipe below has their specific instructions on how to store that particular puree, but these are the general guidelines.

REFRIGERATOR

You can store the puree in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

FREEZER 

Most homemade puree can be frozen for up to 3 months.

  • Spoon puree into a freezer storage container (this is my favorite freezer storage container) – do not overfill. 
  • Place the lid on the storage container or cover with a piece of saran wrap and label with date and recipe name. 
  • Place the tray into the freezer and let freeze completely – preferably overnight. 
  • Pop-out the baby food cubes and place in a zip-lock baggie or stasher bag – don’t forget to re-label the baggie or stager bag for future reference.

Need more information on how to store your baby foods – head over to my Best Baby Food Storage Containers – Plus 6 Tips on Freezing and Thawing post!

Pea Baby Puree (stage one)

A delicious way to introduce peas to baby. Mild peas paired with a fresh hint of mint – a mouth-watering combo!

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The Best Sweet Potato Baby Food

This Homemade Sweet Potato with Curry Baby Food Puree is a fun and exotic first puree for baby! Great for 4+ months and is completely freezer-friendly!

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Roasted Banana + Rosemary Puree (Stage 1)

This Roasted Banana and Rosemary Baby Puree recipe is sssooooo delicious, you will want to eat it as well.

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Carrot Puree Recipe for Baby (Stage 1)

Filled with nutritious steamed carrots and a pinch of nutmeg – this puree will sure to delight your little ones taste buds!

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Apples Baby Food Puree with Cinnamon

This Apple + Cinnamon Baby Food recipe is a wonderful first food for baby! A delicious nutrient-dense puree that baby will go gaga over!

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Broccoli Baby Food

This Broccoli + Olive Oil Baby Food recipe is a great way to introduce healthy green vegetables into baby’s diet. A delicious puree full of essential vitamins and healthy fats for growing baby

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Butternut Squash Baby Food

This homemade Roasted Butternut Squash Baby Food Puree is not only full of calcium, folate, vitamin A and fiber but it is also a deliciously smooth way to introduce butternut squash to your baby!

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Green Bean Baby Food

Green beans are steamed until just tender, this puree has a mild taste for baby’s palette.

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Creamy Mango-licious Baby Food Puree

This 5-minute Mango Baby Food Puree is a great way to introduce baby to the magical taste of one of the worlds healthiest fruits – MANGOS!

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Pear Baby Food Puree

This smooth and creamy homemade Pear Baby Puree is a wonderful first puree for baby – easy on the taste buds and great for their growing bodies!

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Peach Baby Puree (Stage One)

Smooth and creamy, this homemade Peach Baby Puree delivers big on taste with naturally sweetened peaches and flecks of vanilla bean.

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Basic Chicken Baby Food

This homemade Basic Chicken Baby Food is a great puree to add to any of your baby’s favorite fruit or veggie purees. Great for extra protein and flavor!

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Homemade Baby Rice Cereal

Using only 1-ingredient, this Homemade Baby Rice Cereal is a simple and easy recipe to make baby!

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Red Pepper Baby Puree

This Red Pepper Baby Puree recipe is a smooth, creamy and naturally sweet puree that is loaded with folate, vitamin A, B6 and C. Great for 4+ months and older (or stage 1 puree).

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Oatmeal for Babies (Stage One)

This Oatmeal Recipe for Baby is made with simple nutrient-dense ingredients in less than 10 minutes, and it’s perfect for baby’s first bite or added into their favorite fruit or veggie puree. Great for 4+ months and up. 

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Avocado for Baby – 4 Delicious Ways

Avocados are a superfood and great first food for babies 4 months and up. Serve them pureed, smashed, or as a finger food for baby-led weaning.

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15 Stage One Baby Food Recipes

15 Stage One Baby Food Purees

These simple homemade baby food recipes are made with nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables with an added pinch of spice that makes these purees out-of-this-world delicious! Great for 4+ months of age!

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Cuisine: Baby Food

Author: Michele Olivier

Ingredients

Pea Baby Food Puree

  • 2 cups peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 medium zucchini, roughly chopped (optional)
  • 4 mint leaves, roughly chopped (optional)

Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 tsp mild curry powder (optional)
  • 1/4-1 cup liquid, (water, fresh breast milk, formula or sodium-free chicken stock) for pureeing

Roasted Banana Puree 

  • 4 bananas, cut lengthwise
  • 1/8 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped (optional)

Carrot Baby Food Puree

  • 2 pounds carrots, trimmed, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/2-1 cup liquid, (water, reserved water, fresh breast milk, formula or low-sodium stock) for pureeing

Apples Baby Food Puree

  • 6 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Broccoli Baby Food Puree

  • 2 cups broccoli, chopped into small florets
  • 1 small white potato, apple or pear, peeled and roughly chopped, roughly 1/2 cup (optional)
  • 1 tbsp good quality olive oil (optional)

Butternut Squash Baby Puree

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, roughly chopped (optional)
  • 1-2  tsp olive oil (optional)
  • 1/2-1 cup liquid (water, fresh breast milk, formula, low or no-sodium stock or bone broth), for pureeing

Green Bean Baby Food Puree

  • 1 pound green beans, fresh or frozen, trimmed
  • 1 big pinch fresh basil, cilantro or parsley, finely chopped (optional)

Creamy Mango-licious Baby Food Puree

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen mango,  deseed, peeled and roughly chopped. If using frozen mangos, thaw first
  • 1 medium banana (optional)
  • 1 pinch nutmeg (optional)

Pear Baby Food Puree

  • 6 pears, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom or cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 cup water

Peach Baby Puree

  • 3 fresh peaches or 12oz frozen peaches, do not thaw frozen peaches – use frozen
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean pod (optional)
  • 1 pinch pinch nutmeg (optional)

Basic Chicken Baby Puree

  • 1 8-ounce boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs, cubed
  • 1 cup chicken or veggie stock, low-sodium or sodium-free
  • 1 tsp dried parsley (optional)

Homemade Baby Rice Cereal

  • 1 cup brown rice, I prefer organic short grain
  • 2 cups water for cooking
  • 1-2 cups of liquid for blending, (water, fresh breastmilk or formula)

Red Pepper Baby Puree

  • 2 red bell peppers, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup white potato, apple or pear, peeled and roughly chopped

Avocado for Baby

  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 tsp breast milk, formula or water

Instructions

Pea Baby Food Puree

  • In a medium saucepan, bring 2″ of water to a boil over medium heat. Place the zucchini in a steamer basket, and place over boiling water. Cover and steam for 5 minutes.

  • Add in the peas, and steam for an additional 3-5 minutes. Reserve steamer water. Let cool slightly.

  • Add the zucchini, peas and mint leaves to a blender or food processor and puree for 1 minute or until you have achieved the desired texture. If the puree is too thick, add in 1/4 cup of the reserved steamer water until you have the right consistency.Note on Zucchini: while this is a 2 vegetable starter puree, zucchini allergies are very low, so I added it to this recipe to give the peas a mild taste and smoother texture. You can completely leave them out if you prefer. Just steam the peas as directed.  

Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree

  • Heat oven to 400°. Line baking sheet with tin foil, parchment paper or a silicone mat.

  • Wash and dry the sweet potatoes. Prick with a fork in several places and then place the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour or until a fork can easily prick the sweet potato. Let sit until cool to touch.

  • Make a cut into the skin of the potato lengthwise and peel away the skin of the potato. Scoop out the sweet potato meat and place into a blender or food processor, adding in the mild curry powder and water.
  • Puree on high for 1-2 minutes or until smooth, adding in additional liquid in 1/4 cup increments if needed. I had to add in 1 cup of water to the puree pictured. Serve or freeze for a later meal.Additional Spices: Feel free to use the following spices instead of the curry – 1/2 tsp of cumin, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, 1/2 tsp of cloves, 1 fresh garlic clove, 1/2 tsp of chopped fresh thyme, 3-4 basil leaves, 1/2 tsp chopped rosemary or even a big pinch of fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp ginger powder. Or you can leave out the spices altogether.

Roasted Banana Baby Puree 

  • Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Place bananas on a baking sheet and roast for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly.

  • Place bananas and rosemary into a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth. You may need to add additional water, so start by adding in 1/4 cup increments until you get the desired consistency.Additional Spices: This recipes is also great with 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1/2 tsp nutmeg or for a fun twist 1/2 tsp mild curry.Note on Bananas: while any ripeness of bananas will work, I have found that the bananas that are ripe to very-ripe tend to work best in this recipe.

Carrot Baby Food Puree

  • In a medium saucepan, bring 2″ of water to a boil over medium heat.

  • Place the carrots into a steamer basket, cover and cook for 9-11 minutes or until tender. Reserve steamer water. Let cool slightly.

  • Place the carrots, nutmeg and 1/2 cup of liquid into a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes on high, adding 1/4 cup liquid at a time until you achieve the desired consistency. Serve and enjoy, or freeze for later.Notes on Nutmeg: adding in spices to babies first purees are completely optional, but totally safe. Nutmeg rounds out the acidic taste carrots sometimes has and makes this puree taste grounded and full-bodied.  Additional Spices: Feel free to substitute 1/2 tsp ginger powder or 1/4 fresh ginger, 1/2 tsp mild curry powder, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/2 tsp finely minced fresh chives or 1/2 garlic clove instead of the nutmeg. 

Apples Baby Food Puree

  • In a medium saucepan, place the apples, water and cinnamon, cover and heat on medium-low for 15-20 minutes or until apples are tender. Let cool slightly.

  • Transfer all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth. For a chunky puree, quickly pulse the ingredients 10-15 times or until you receive your desired consistency. Serve or freeze for later.Additional Spices: Feel free to sub in these spices instead of the cinnamon for this recipe – 1/8 tsp of cloves, 1/8 tsp of nutmeg, 1-2 leaves of fresh mint, 1-2 leaves of fresh basil, a pinch of fresh or 1/4 tsp of ginger powder or even 1/4 of coriander for a fun twist.Apples: you can use any sweet apple in this recipe – Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji, McIntosh, etc

Broccoli Baby Food Puree

  • In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil over medium heat. Place the broccoli and potato (or apple/pear) into a steamer basket and place over boiling water, cover and steam for 10-12 minutes or until the broccoli and potato are tender. Reserve water from the steamer. Let cool slightly.

  • Add the broccoli, potato and olive oil into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth, adding the reserved water from the steamer basket in 1/4 cup increments if needed.Adding In Spices: Feel free to add in 1 tsp of chopped chives, 2-3 mint leaves, 1 tsp of chopped cilantro, 1/2 tsp cumin or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Butternut Squash Baby Puree

Green Bean Baby Food Puree

  • Fill a medium saucepan with 2” of water and bring to boil over medium heat. Place the green beans (fresh or frozen) into a steamer basket over the boiling water, cover, and cook for 10 minutes or until tender. Let cool slightly. Reserve steamer water.

  • Transfer the green beans and herb to a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes or until smooth, adding reserved steamer water in 1/4 cup increments if needed until you reach your desired consistency.Adding Spices: you can add a big pinch of roughly chopped basil, cilantro, mint, parsley or chives to this puree before blending. 

Pear Baby Food Puree

  • In a medium saucepan, place the pears, cardamon and water, cover and heat on medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes, or until tender. Let cool slightly.

  • Using a slotted spoon, scoop the pears out of the saucepan, leaving water behind, and into a blender or food processor. Blend for 1-2 minutes until you have your desired consistency. If your pear puree is too thick, add the leftover cooking water in 1/4 cup increments.

Peach Baby Puree

  • If using fresh peaches, peel, pit and slice the peaches. If using the a fresh vanilla bean pod, cut in half and then slice open lengthwise. Take the back of your knife or spoon and scrape out all of the vanilla bean, reserve.

  • In a medium saucepan, add the peaches and water, cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes (fresh peaches) – 10 minutes (frozen peaches). Right before the peaches are done cooking, add in the vanilla and nutmeg (or any other spices you prefer) and stir until incorporated. Cook for 1 more minute.

  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the peaches to a blender or food processor, leaving all excess water in the saucepan. You do not want to add any additional liquids or the puree might be too thin. Starting on low and increasing to high speed, puree the peaches until smooth and creamy. Serve to baby or freeze for later.

Basic Chicken Baby Puree

  • In a medium saucepan, bring the cubed chicken, broth and parsley to a boil over medium heat. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until chicken is just cooked through. Let cool slightly.

  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a blender or food processor, leaving the broth in the saucepan. Reserve the broth.Starting on low and working your way up to high-speed, puree the chicken until you reach your desired consistency, adding in broth in 1/4 cup increments if needed. I had to add in just 1/4 cup of broth to get the consistency seen in this photo.Extra Healthy Fat: For some extra healthy fat, this puree is also wonderful with a teaspoon of grass-fed butter (salt-free) added to the blender right before pureeing.

Homemade Baby Rice Cereal

  • IMPORTANT STEP: Place the rice in a fine-mesh colander and rinse with water until the water runs clear.

  • Transfer the rice to a medium saucepan and add 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover with a lid and simmer for 35-45 minutes or until the rice is tender and the water is evaporated. Each batch of rice cooks a little differently, so taste at 35 minutes to see if the rice is tender. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let rest for 10 minutes, covered. If using fresh breast milk or formula for blending, I would remove the lid and let the rice cool for 15 minutes.

  • Place the rice into a blender or food processor and add 1/2 cup of liquid of choice. Blend for 1-2 minutes on medium-high speed until completely smooth and creamy, adding in the additional liquid in 1/4 cup increments, if needed, until you have your desired consistency.

Avocado for Baby

  • Place the avocado on a cutting board, and taking the back of a fork, smash until you get your desired consistency. For a smooth puree, add in the liquid and smash until completely smooth.You can also puree together 1/2 an avocado and 1/2 a banana for 1 minute in a blender or food processor for an extra creamy food for baby.

Notes

Age: 4-6 months and up

 

Yield: roughly 15-25 ounces, depending on the recipe

 

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