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16 Lip Smacking Homemade Baby Food Recipes

Ever wonder why all the things your child refuses to eat--even before she can speak--are the things that pack the most nutrients? Why is it that children seem to have a natural aversion to hea

Ever wonder why all the things your child refuses to eat--even before she can speak--are the things that pack the most nutrients? Why is it that children seem to have a natural aversion to healthy food? Surely you have tried to disguise those nutrients in a covered baby feeder or tried to add a spoonful of sugar to it just so that he would take in some form of fruit or vegetable. 

A baby’s food choices are much worse than a pregnant woman’s cravings!

One day she’d love the mashed potato and the second day refuse it just by smelling it! If only you knew what your baby really wanted! Fortunately, there are those who have deciphered what your baby really wants and have combined this with an infant's daily nutritional requirements to create healthy meals your baby will readily eat. 

we're providing an overview of some of the most popular and nutrition packed homemade baby food recipes to take some of the burden off of you. Following are a list of baby food purees and cereals suitable for babies between four and twelve months of age.

17 Apple Sauce

Applesauce is one of the most staple diets of infants. And it’s a good thing it is so very easy to make too. Take about 5-6 juicy apples. Peel, core and cut them in chunks or slices.Now boil or steam then until they are tender. Save the juices or water to add to other cereals or purees later on. Now mash the apples and add the cooking water to get the desired consistency. You can also add cinnamon or cereals for infants over six months.

16 Baked Apple

Here’s another popular apple recipe. Core two apples and leave the peel on. For babies over eight months of age, add just a dash of butter to the apples and sprinkle with cinnamon. Place in a shallow roasting or baking pan with about an inch of water. Now bake for half an hour in a 400 Degree F oven. Be sure to keep checking the water level. Peel the skin off once baked, mash the apple adding a little applesauce for consistency. Serve warm.

15 Carrot Delight

You are probably smirking at the name of this recipe. Surely carrots can never be delightful when it comes to your little baby’s preferences. You have tried your luck with a carrot stick from time to time and it has never been well received. Well, try again today.

You will need about six carrots for this puree, and that is all you will need. The trick to making this a success is to use juicy carrots, preferably organic and purchased fresh from the Farmer’s market. Now peel and cut these carrots to small slices of about half inch thickness. Steam the carrots for about 20 minutes in a vegetable steamer Once they become tender, take out the carrots and reserve the cooking liquid.

Now add the carrots in a food processor and process until smooth. Keep adding one tablespoon of cooking liquid at a time until the puree reaches desired consistency. Serve cool. 

14 Brown Rice Cereal

If your baby is anything like other babies, he is bound to cheer up at the sight of those magical commercial cereals. It even makes you wonder what it is about those cereals that makes your kid go gaga over them. It’s about time that this secret is unveiled to make sure your baby switches to safer, healthier and most importantly tastier homemade option. And here’s how.

Grind about 1/4th cup of brown rice (or grind a good batch so that you can use it for some time) in a food processor or blender.You can also use a spice or coffee grinder to make it really fine. Bring one cup of water to a boil and add the rice powder. 

Keep whisking the mixture with a wire whisk. Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat and cook the mixture on low heat for about 10 minutes. Be sure to continuously stir the mixture. Turn off the heat and cool the mixture.

Now add breastmilk or formula milk according to your preferred consistency and feed your baby. This recipe can also be made using white rice, but it wouldn’t contain as much nutritional value. Brown rice is enriched with Vitamins B1, B3 and B6, phosphorus, manganese, selenium, fiber, and essential fatty acids.

13  Butternut Squash Meal

Butternut squash is enriched with antioxidant and antibacterial activity and helps improve the immune function of babies. To make this delicious puree, preheat the oven to 400 Degree F. Cut one medium sized squash in half. Remove the seeds and place it face down on a lined baking tin. 

Fill up the baking tin with about one inch of water. Bake for about 40 minutes, keep checking the tin to ensure that there is ample water in the tin. Remove the tin from the oven when the squash becomes tender. Remove the flesh and puree in the blender or with a fork. Cool it before serving.

12 Green Peas Puree

Not enough emphasis can be given on the importance of including greens in your baby’s diet. Green vegetables are a staple of a healthy diet, and this delicious green peas puree is a great way to introduce your child to greens. Take about 16 ounce of frozen or fresh green peas. If you are using frozen, make sure you thaw them before proceeding.

Place the peas in a vegetable steamer and steam until they are very tender, will take about 6 minutes. Reserve the cooking liquid. Now place the peas in the food processor and blend until smooth. Add the cooking liquid little by little until you get the desired consistency.

11 A Filling Oatmeal Cereal

Take about half cup of old fashioned oats, also known as 5 minute oats. Place the oats in a blender or food processor and pulse for about 30 seconds. Store this powder in the refrigerator and use it for up to three months. To make one serving for an infant of up to nine months old, use about two tablespoons of these ground oats.

Boil half cup of water and the oats along with about half teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Continue cooking and whisking for about 30 seconds, then reduce the heat to low and cook for about 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool down before serving.

10 Avocado Puree

The creamy and smooth consistency of avocados makes them an ideal first fruit for babies. A small serving of avocado contain about 3.5 grams of unsaturated fats which greatly contributes to babies brain and vision development.

To prepare the puree, scoop out the flesh from half avocado. Mash the avocado with a fork and add enough water, breast milk or formula to get the desired consistency. Make sure to serve it immediately.

9 Barley Cereal

Ground about two cups of barley in a food processor and store the powder in an airtight container. Boil one cup of water on medium heat and add 1/4th cup of barley. Whisk the mixture continuously using a small wire whisk. Cook for about ten minutes and let it cool. You can also mash in a half banana or any other fruit of your baby’s choice for enhanced flavor. Serve warm.

8 Apple Cereal

This cereal is filled with the goodness of brown rice and apples. Both these ingredients are enriched with flavor and nutrients which would surely become an instant hit with your baby. You can substitute the apple for your baby’s favorite fruit, or add another fruit along with an apple to make it a mixed fruit cereal.

To make the cereal peel, core and dice a small sized apple. Now add about ¼ cups of ground brown rice along with the apple and ¾ cup of water in a pan and bring to a boil. 

Reduce the heat, cover the pan and cook for about 10 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the apples are tender. Continue to stir and mash the apples during cooking. Add breast milk or formula if the cereal gets too dry. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon and serve it warm.

7 Mixed Grain Porridge

This meal is enriched with the goodness of a number of cereals, dried fruits and nuts. To make this cereal take about 200g each of brown rice, broken wheat and green gram. Add about two tablespoons of barley, and 5 tablespoons of white beans. Take about one tablespoon each of raisins and cashews for enhanced taste and nutrition.

Lightly dry roast the said ingredients in a nonstick pan for a few minutes. This would help take out the moisture from the cereals so they can be stored for a good time. Now powder all the ingredients until fine in a food processor.

Boil about one cup of water add two tablespoons of the mixture and cook it on medium heat for about 15 minutes. Make sure to continue whisking using a wire whisk. Serve warm.

6 Creamy Mango Puree

This puree is a great summer treat, and ideal for babies older than eight months, experts recommending limiting tropical fruits until that age. To make the puree, peel, deseed and mash one ripe mango until it is smooth. Add breast milk, formula or vanilla yogurt to get the desired consistency, serve immediately.

5 Pumpkin For Your Munchkin

Take one sugar pumpkin and bake it as you would a squash, or you can also peel it, deseed it and cube it and then steam it in a vegetable steamer. Mash about half cup of boiled or baked pumpkin and add water or formula to get the desired consistency. Sprinkle a little nutmeg on top and serve immediately.

4 Apple and Oatmeal Cereal

Peel, core and cut a small apple into small dices. Heat a pan with ¾ cup of water and ¼ cup of ground oats. Add the diced apples and bring it to a boil while whisking the ingredients. Cover and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook until the apples are soft, about 10 minutes. Mash the mixture, use more water if required. Serve warm. You can also add or substitute carrots for added flavor.

3 Peach Puree

Scrub and clean a peach. Carve two straight intersecting lines on one side of the peach and place the carved side down in a pan with about an inch of water. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat. Cook until the peach is tender. Take out from the water and let it cool. Remove the skin and mash it into a smooth puree. Save some peach puree for the following recipe.

2 Tapioca and Peach

This recipe is ideal for babies over eight months of age. Add about half cup of water in a pan and bring it to a boil. Gradually add 1/3 cup of tapioca while stirring constantly. Reduce the heat and cook for five minutes, while stirring constantly. Puree the peach as mentioned in the previous recipe and add to the tapioca mixture and mix well.

1 Tapioca and Peach

This recipe is ideal for babies over eight months of age. Add about half cup of water in a pan and bring it to a boil. Gradually add 1/3 cup of tapioca while stirring constantly. Reduce the heat and cook for five minutes, while stirring constantly. Puree the peach as mentioned in the previous recipe and add to the tapioca mixture and mix well.

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