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Beyond Mashed Bananas: 30 Flavorful Baby Food Ideas

baby eating mashed food while sitting in a high chair
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Mashing up pieces of banana is super convenient when it’s feeding time. However, if you are looking for more ways to incorporate new foods into your baby’s diet, we’ve got you covered.

Starting solids can be an exciting time for both you and your baby. As time passes, you’ll grow to learn what your baby loves, and what your baby doesn’t enjoy. Whether it’s new textures or flavors, every baby or toddler has their preference.

If you are looking for new ingredients to create meals for your little one, then keep reading, because we’ve found 30 recipes for you.

Fruit Purees

A bowl of raspberries with a raspberry puree
Mom Junction

Let’s kick things off with fruit purees. Yes, we told you there’s more to baby food than a mashed banana, which is why we brought you to Mom Junction. You will learn all about the simple yet delicious varieties of sweet and natural fruits you can provide to your little one.

Whether you want to introduce mango, or pack in a little extra healthy fat using avocado, there is a  recipe for it. The author even has super healthy quinoa and fruit blend puree that will provide your baby with a yummy and nutritious meal. Check out these 20 fruit purees.

Get the Recipe: Mom Junction

Mix in Some Veggies

Vegetables offer so many benefits, and they are vital for healthy living. With all that said, it’s important to start your kids young and introduce many varieties. Now that you’ve got the fruit purees down let’s add in veggies. Heres a few of our favorite combos.

Sweet Potato, Red Pepper and Pear Puree

Sliced red bell pepper, cubed sweet potato, and sliced pears with a bowl of baby food
Baby Foode

Here is a nutrient-dense recipe for you to make for the baby. As usual, be sure to have tested all three of these ingredients out individually before feeding your baby this combo. Always be sure to thoroughly wash your produce too.

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Apple, Green Beans and Broccoli Puree

This one is easy to prepare and comes together within minutes using the right tools for the job. If your baby is at least six months old and has tried each ingredient a few times without reactions, this recipe is a must-try.

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Time to Throw in a Little Protein

A bowl of chunky baby food puree made with quinoa and chicken
Hanky’s Happy Home

As your baby grows and continues trying out different foods, you may realize you’ve run out of fruits and vegetables to try. Lucky for you, there’s another essential food group to add it to their diet. Here are a few of our favorite baby food recipes using chicken.

Remember always to ensure your protein is cooked all the way through. Well done chicken should be cooked to 165 degrees and can be temped using a handheld thermometer. Also, be sure to thoroughly wash your hands after touching raw chicken to avoid cross-contamination and spreading foodborne illnesses like salmonella.

Chicken, Quinoa and Pear Puree

Here’s a great combination of fruits, vegetables, and protein full of iron and fiber. This mixture of chicken breast and the ever-popular superfood alone are loaded with health benefits. Add in a little pear and fresh thyme for extra flavor, and your baby will be satisfied.

Get the Recipe: Hanky’s Happy Home

Chicken, Zucchini and Carrots Puree

Here is another simple baby food recipe using only a few ingredients, but all packed with healthy benefits. You’ll cook your chicken garlic and carrots in a skillet, then add stock or water and then zucchini. Once everything is cooked through, in the blender, it goes. Your baby will learn to love these new and exciting flavors.

Get the Recipe: Little Mashies

Pressure Cooker and Instant Pot Recipes

Four colorful bowls with four different baby food purees made from a pressure cooker
Kitschen Cat

If you love the instant pot or pressure cooker, then why not make a variety of baby foods using this trendy kitchen tool. You’ll learn to select and prepare your ingredients, and whether they are fresh, frozen, or a pantry item, this device will make it happen.

Get the Recipe: Kitschen Cat

Baby Food Dots

Baby food dots being made using a sandwich bag
Crayons and Cravings

Once your little one begins self-feeding, you can prepare baby food dots. You can sneak in veggies and other foods your baby might not like, and they are great for teethers.

You will learn to easily take your puree (homemade or jarred) and place them into baggies so that you can easily squeeze out small amounts. You then freeze the dots and provide them to your little one later for self-feeding sessions.

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Yogurt Melts

Frozen yogurt melts in a white bowl
Baby Foode

This one is super similar to baby dots; however, it adds yogurt into the mix. According to the author, you’ll need to mix baby puree (preferably fruit flavored) with greek yogurt. Using the same method as baby food dots, squeeze out small amounts with a sandwich bag, and freeze before serving.

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Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »

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