Green Bean Baby Food (4+ months)


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.

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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
  • delicious 
  • 4+ months
  • stage 1
  • freezer-friendly
  • smooth and creamy 
  • great for digestion
  • budget-friendly
Green beans and cilantro on a cutting board.

INGREDIENTS

  • 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.

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