This Green Bean Baby Food recipe is a great first free puree for baby! Steamed until just tender, this puree has a mild taste for baby’s emerging palette. Great baby food for 4 months and up – stage 1 baby food.
Green Bean Baby Food
Hold on.. cuz I’m about to tell you something shocking 😲.
This homemade green bean puree is NOT only full of essential nutrients.. BUT it is also completely delicious!
I know.. this seems hard to believe because pureed green beans for baby food get a pretty bad rap
But it’s 💯 true! This green bean puree will knock your 🧦 off!
We start with fresh or frozen green beans that are gently steamed to bring out the freshness before blending them into a smooth and creamy puree for baby. I add a pinch of cilantro, parsley or basil to this puree to round out the flavor profile, but you can skip that added step if you prefer. Because we are using this gentle way of cooking the green beans 💚, they don’t get too taste aggressive. Which makes for a mild puree perfect for baby’s first bite.
REASONS TO LOVE THIS Green Bean puree
- easy to make
- healthy – full of nutrients for a growing baby
- 4+ months
- stage 1
- smooth and creamy
- great for digestion
- Green Beans: you can use fresh or frozen green beans in this recipe.
- Herbs: you can add a pinch of cilantro, basil, parsley, mint or chives to this puree to enhance the flavor profile. While I love the added boost of flavor off added herbs in the puree, this is completely optional.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF Green Beans
- High in fiber to help with any digestive issues.
- Great source of resistant starch and dietary fiber, to help keep baby’s heart strong.
- A good source of vitamin K to help strengthen bones.
Want to learn more about the benefits of Green Beans for baby? Then you can read the entire Green Bean Profile here.
Cost Per Ounce
Green beans are typically easy to find in almost any grocery store year-round, making them a staple for baby food making. The average price for a pound of fresh green beans is $3 for conventional, $4 for organic and $2.4 for frozen organic green beans.
If we do some math, which with baby-brain is always a struggle for me;), this puree ranges in price from $0.15 – $0.25 per ounce, while store-bought brands cost roughly $0.32 per ounce.
Green Bean Puree Costs on average – $0.20 per ounce to make.
Green Bean Tip: you can use either fresh or frozen green beans for this recipe. If you are wanting to do organic but are on a budget, try looking in the freezer aisle as you can usually find frozen organic green beans that are cheaper than fresh conventional green beans!
SUPER TIP FOR THIS Green Bean + Basil BABY FOOD RECIPE:
This green bean puree is a perfect one to add a teaspoon of butter, coconut oil or olive oil. Not only will it bring out the natural nutty-ness of green beans, it adds another source of healthy fats to baby’s diet.
- Trim: roughly trim the green beans and roughly chop the herb (if using).
- Steam: 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.
- Puree: Transfer the green beans and herb to a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes or until smooth, adding liquid in 1/4 cup increments if needed until you reach your desired consistency.
- Eat: Serve to baby or freeze for later.
OTHER COOKING METHODS
While I love the crisp and fresh flavor of steamed green beans, there are several different ways you can cook green beans for baby food.
Trim the green beans and then add them to a large skillet that has been preheated with 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Cook for 5-7 minutes, add in 2 tablespoons of water, cover and cook for 2 more mintues. Puree in a blender as directed below.
Roasting green beans will give the baby puree a very earthy and dense flavor.
Trim the green beans and then toss with 1-2 tsp of olive or avocado oil on a baking sheet. Then cook 425 degrees F, for 18-20 minutes, tossing halfway through baking time or until tender when pricked with a fork. Puree in a blender as directed below.
Feel free to add in a big pinch of roughly chopped basil, cilantro, mint, parsley or chives to this puree before blending.
Tip on Spices: I always added spices or herbs to my baby food purees, but you can add or leave them out of your baby food. You do you! Either way, this puree will taste amazing.
HOW TO STORE PEAR PUREE
You can store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
This puree can be frozen for up to 4 months.
- Spoon puree into a freezer storage container (this and this are my favorite freezer storage containers) – 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.
Label Tip: Don’t forget to label your purees before you place them in the fridge or freezer with the name of the puree and date you made it. Take it from me, you will completely forget when and what is in your freezer by the end of the week;).
GREAT Green Bean COMBINATION PUREES
While Green Bean Baby Food is great by itself, it’s also super easy to mix and match with other nutrient-dense baby food purees. For a Stage Two puree give these fun flavor combos a try!
MORE Baby Food
Green Bean Baby Food
Green beans are steamed until just tender, this puree has a mild taste for baby’s palette.
Servings: 16 ounces
- 1 pound green beans, fresh or frozen
- 1 big pinch of fresh basil, cilantro or parsley, roughly chopped(optional)
Yield: 16 ounces
Storage: Fridge – store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.
Adding Spices: you can add a big pinch of roughly chopped basil, cilantro, mint, parsley or chives to this puree before blending.
Super Tip: This green bean puree is a perfect pure to add in a teaspoon of butter, coconut oil or olive oil. Not only will it bring out the natural nutty-ness of green beans, it adds another source of healthy fats to baby’s diet.
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