Sweet Potato Baby Food

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Sweet Potato Baby Food is a great place to begin when babies are starting solids. It can be enjoyed as a single vegetable baby puree or used in many baby-friendly recipes.

A jar of orange puree

Why This Recipe Works

  • Orange Sweet Potato is a good source of Vitamin A and also provides babies with fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium and B Vitamins
  • Naturally sweet
  • Easy to make

Ingredients you will need

To make my Sweet Potato Puree for babies you will only need:

  • Sweet potato
  • Water
  • (optional) Cinnamon, Nutmeg
  • (optional) breast milk or baby formula.
two whole sweet potato

Ingredients Notes & Substitutions

  • Sweet Potato: In New Zealand sweet potatoes are known as Kūmara
  • Orange Sweet Potato: When making sweet potato baby food I like to use orange-fleshed sweet potato or kūmara as is less starch than other varieties of sweet potato and therefore blends well into a very smooth and velvety baby purée.
  • Select firm, well-shaped kūmara/sweet potato with clean smooth skin, no soft spots and or any obvious signs of decay or wrinkling.

Step-by-step instructions

Below are illustrated step-by-step instructions to make my Sweet Potato Baby Food Recipe, if you prefer just the written instructions then head straight to the printable recipe card below.

Prep: Peel and cube your sweet potato.

On the bench you see a pot with peeled and chopped sweet potato in front of a blue chopping board with a blue peeler and peel and a pink vege knife

Step one: Place in a saucepan with water. Cover, with a lid, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes until the sweet potato are tender and can be squashed easily with a fork.

Step two: Drain, reserving the liquid.

Step three: Blend your sweet potato with the (optional spices if using) until a smooth texture is achieved, add liquid as needed to reach your desired consistency. The liquid used can be either the reserved liquid or a little breast milk or baby formula.

You can use either a blender or a food processor for this step.

looking down into a blender filled with cooked sweet potato cubes

looking down at orange sweet potato puree

Enjoy!


Top Tips

Here is how you can make Sweet Potato Puree perfectly every time!

  • For a richer flavor you can bake the sweet potato in its skin on a baking sheet in the oven until tender, instead of cooking it with water on the stovetop.
  • Freeze portions of your sweet potato purée in ice cube trays or baby food trays, combine with other baby food recipes to create stage two baby food. .
  • Use to make sweet potato pancakes.
  • Sweet potato purée is also a delicious side dish for a family meal, Once blended you can blend in a little butter or olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper (please note that if you have salted your puree it is no longer appropriate as a first food for your baby.
Hands removing the soft cooked flesh of a sweet potato

FAQs

Is sweet potato good for baby food?

Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet and rich in vitamin A, they are also a source of fiber, Vitamin C and potassium. Their soft texture when cooked makes them popular as a baby food.

How to store sweet potato puree?

Store your sweet potato puree in a clean airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to four months.

a baby food tray filled with orange vegetable puree.
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Sweet Potato Puree

A simple sweet potato baby food recipe that can be used as a first food for babies or within baby food recipes to add natural sweetness.
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Course: Baby Food Recipes
Cuisine: Western
Keyword: sweet potato baby food, sweet potato puree, kumara puree, kumara baby food
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 49kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium Sweet Potato 400g
  • 1 cup water

Optional

  • 2 Tablespoons Breast milk or baby formula
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions

  • Peel and cube your sweet potato.
  • Place in a saucepan with water. Cover, with a lid, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes until the sweet potato are tender
  • Drain, reserving the liquid.
  • Blend your sweet potato plus optional spices until a smooth texture is achieved, add liquid (or breast milk/infant formula) as needed to reach your desired consistency. You can use either a blender or a food processor for this step.

Notes

  • Yield: 1 cup sweet potato puree, four ¼ cup serves
  • For a richer flavor you can bake the sweet potato in its skin on a baking sheet in the oven until tender, instead of cooking it with water on the stovetop.
  • Freeze portions of your sweet potato purée in ice cube trays or baby food trays.
  • Sweet potato purée is also a delicious side dish for a family meal, Once blended you can blend in a little butter or olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper (please note that if you have salted your puree it is no longer appropriate as a first food for your baby.
  • Store your sweet potato puree in a clean airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to four months.
  • Sweet Potato: In New Zealand sweet potatoes are known as K?mara
  • Orange Sweet Potato: When making sweet potato baby food I like to use orange-fleshed sweet potato or k?mara as is less starch than other varieties of sweet potato and therefore blends well into a very smooth and velvety baby purée.
  • Select firm, well-shaped k?mara/sweet potato with clean smooth skin, no soft spots and or any obvious signs of decay or wrinkling.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.03g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 8016IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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