Carrot puree

Suitable from 4 months


Everything you feed your baby during his first month or two of eating solids will be pureed or mashed with a fork, like this carrot puree. If using a vegetable that needs to be cooked, lightly steaming it will retain its nutrients and its flavour. There is no need to purchase a fancy steamer, a pan with holes in the bottom will suffice.

This is not just a recipe for little babies. My son is 15 months old and he still eats mashed carrot. In fact we eat it ourselves. We prefer to use organic vegetables for the reasons outlined here.

Finally, a note about the fat in this recipe: many vitamins are fat-soluble and most babies eat only small amounts (not my son, who has a bottomless pit for a stomach). Babies need lots of energy to fuel the rapid growth of their bodies and brains. Therefore it is prudent to add a little good fat to their vegetables, in the form of olive oil or pure butter (not margarine, which is overly processed).


Recipe tips
If using this carrot puree as a first food, you can add a little breast milk to give it a “softer” taste, adding a flavour that your baby is already used to. You can add cows milk from the age of 6 months if no allergies are suspected or present. For a smoother puree, add some of the cooking liquid into the blender until the desired consistency is reached. Once your baby can chew, reduce the cooking time to retain vitamins.

If you are using boiling organic vegetables, any cooking liquid should be saved as it contains lots of nutrients. It can be given to your baby as a drink once cooled or added to soups, stews or in other recipes.

With older babies you can experiment with new flavours by adding some fresh herbs, like sage or parsley, when blending.


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  1. I agree with you on adding breast milk on the puree to give the child a taste he’s used to. Your funny saying your kid has a bottomless pit for a stomach :) nice blog.

    • Littlefoodies says:

      He really does have a bottomless pit for a stomach. It is quite remarkable how much he can eat. Your blog is gorgeous too. Your avocado salad looks amazing!

  2. Best healthy recipe for these I’ve seen. Thank you!

  3. I thought for veggies high in nitrates, you’re not supposed to use the cooking liquid especially for making baby food?

    • Littlefoodies says:

      Hi B,

      Well the baby food companies would love you to think that is the case, but the chances of your baby getting blue baby syndrome from a carrot are pretty much zero so long as you wait until his digestive system is ready to introduce foods to him. By some time between 4 and 6 months (6 months is now the recommended age in most Western countries) your baby’s digestive system is able to process the naturally-occuring nitrates present in some vegetables. It is however still better to wait until 8-10 months before giving a baby more than a couple of spinach leaves, because improper storage can increase the amount of nitrates in spinach. Commercial baby foods also contain nitrates because although companies screen for them, they do not remove them. So even though there may be less nitrates in commercial baby food, there are also far lower levels of nutrients in pasteurized jars designed to sit on supermarket shelves for years. Since naturally-occuring nitrates pose no risk to babies with a fully-developed digestive system, you can absolutely give fresh vegetables to your baby provided he or she is between 4 and 6 months (preferably closer to 6) and showing signs of being ready for solid food.

  4. Hi there
    Would you recommend adding olive oil to first purees (i.e. when starting weaning) or would you wait until they have had purees as they are?
    Thanks
    Laura

    • Littlefoodies says:

      Hi Laura,

      I think you could absolutely add a bit of olive oil to a first puree. The latest research shows no benefit to introducing foods one at a time. I added fresh herbs, avocado oil and a bit of chicken to my children’s first meal. //Jackie