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Autumn-Inspired Baby Food Recipes Your Child Will Love

October 23, 2013

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When it comes to fall produce, why should grown-ups have all the fun? Autumn is a time of year when the produce is hearty, sweet, and easy to mash, making it a great opportunity to try your hand at homemade baby food!

If your baby is around six months old, it’s OK to start introducing solid foods into their diet. It’s best to start with fruit or vegetable purees to introduce your baby to new flavors and ease him or her into solid food digestion.

You could also mix in a mild spice like cinnamon or nutmeg to introduce your baby to new flavors, which will encourage good eating habits as they grow up. If you do choose to add spices, remember not to over-do it and try to just stick to one spice per puree.

Making baby food is easy and you don’t need much kitchen equipment – just a knife, peeler, steaming basket, saucepot, and a blender.  To get started, pick one of these autumn produce and spice blends. (Note that all fruit and vegetables should be washed, peeled, cored and roughly chopped into 1 or 2 inch pieces)

  • 2 cups apples
  • 2 cups pear
  • 2 cups broccoli + 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups apple
  • 2 cups green beans

If you chose a fruit or vegetable off of this list, follow these simple instructions: 

  1. Boil about 2 inches of water in the saucepan, then place in the steamer.
  2. Fill the steamer basket with the produce. Cover and let it cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until soft.
  3. Transfer the soft produce to a blender, and add ¼ cup of hot water and the spice.
  4. Blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a bit more water to thin it out.
  5. Let cool and serve.

If you want to try another method, pick a vegetable from this list: 

  • 2 cups sweet potato
  • 2 cups butternut squash + a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 cups carrots + ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups beets
  • 2 cups pumpkin + ½ teaspoon cinnamon 
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread the vegetables out on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil.
  3. Roast for about 30 minutes or until they can be easily pierced with a fork.
  4. Transfer the roasted vegetable to a blender, add ¼ cup of hot water and a spice if you are using one.
  5. Blend until smooth, adding more water if necessary.

Most purees, excluding broccoli and green beans, will last for a few days in the fridge, so feel free to double or even triple your recipe. Another great idea, which will work for all kinds of baby food puree, is to make large batches and pour them into ice cube trays to freeze. When you’re ready to serve them, just defrost slightly and warm up in a saucepan.

Do you make your own baby food? What is your favorite recipe?