Baby Food Recipes: Zucchini, Apple and Carrot Puree

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on September 15, 2014

Zucchini puree

Veggies mixed with fruit is always bound to be a hit in our household. Zucchini and carrots are already pretty mild / on the sweeter side, so when paired with some apples, it becomes a true sweet treat! I often mix this puree with Layla’s oatmeal in the morning and she loves it!

Baby Food Recipes: Zucchini, Apple and Carrot Puree

1 ice cube = 1oz food!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound organic zucchini
  • 1/2 pound organic carrots
  • 2 organic fuji apples (6oz each)
  • 12oz water

Directions

  1. Wash all the produce. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and cut each half into 8 pieces.
  2. Peel carrots. Cut in half lengthwise and cut each half into 8 pieces.
  3. Cut apples in half, remove seeds and stem. Cut each half into 8 pieces.
  4. Add carrots and water into a large pot. Turn on high and cook 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add zucchini and apples and cook another 3-5 minutes.
  6. Pour everything into a blender, puree until smooth.
  7. Pour into ice cube trays, allow to cool, wrap/cover, and freeze.
  8. Thaw in the fridge the night before use, or thaw by putting the ice cube in a bowl over a bowl of hot water on the counter to defrost.

Notes

Adapted from BabyLove

http://pickyeaterblog.com/baby-food-recipes-zucchini-apple-and-carrot-puree/

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Thai September 23, 2014 at 6:39 am

Hi Anjali, I am cooking this one today! Do you peel off the zucchini and apples as well?
And which oatmeal you use? I am offering my 6-mo baby either fruit puree or baby fruity cereal for the breakfast, but I want to try new things and textures.
Thanks!

PS: Love your pictures… they do make you feel like running to the kitchen to cook something!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 23, 2014 at 8:37 am

Awesome! So no, I don’t peel the zucchini or the apples – I put them in the puree along with the skin – it’s much more nutritious that way! 🙂 I peel the carrots because the skin is dirty and hard to clean and doesn’t have a difference nutritionally from the inside of the carrot. I use Earth’s Best Organic Oatmeal for Layla. I buy it in bulk and she loves it! Hope that helps, can’t wait to hear how your little one likes these purees!

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Thai September 29, 2014 at 7:33 am

Thanks Anjali!
I was wondering whether I should get several ice trays for freezing my baby’s food (I only have 2 at home), when I realized that there is a smarter way on doing it! I now freeze the food in the ice trays I have and then, when they are frozen, I just pop out the food/ice cubes and put them in a ziploc bag (and then, the bag in the freezer). This way I can use the ice trays again for freezing more food 🙂 I know it might seem super obvious to do that, but I was actually wondering about it for several days before it came to my mind. Just wanted to share it here (in case other first time mums may be wondering the same thing…) 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 29, 2014 at 10:37 am

Oh! Yeah definitely – that’s what I do too! 🙂 Definitely don’t store the cubes in the trays, after you freeze the baby food overnight the cubes do great being stored in ziploc freezer bags. Thanks for bringing that up!!

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Pankti May 14, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes, I particularly like the Baby food section because as a new mom I also keep referring to it. Though my baby is still at stage 1 (< 6 mo), so I am slowly introducing stuff to him. He hates carrots, so I also do the same, mix it with apple or pear, its just funny how a vegetable as good as carrot wouldn't be liked by him. Could you maybe share some ideas on how to feed lentils like yellow daal or moong etc.? He gets a little gassy when fed with a lot of protein so I want to go easy on him. I tried daal mixed with water and a little bit of rice cereal last week, and he is okay with it, he doesnt eat it with as much enthusiasm, lol.
Thanks 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 14, 2015 at 2:57 pm

Thanks Pankti! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my recipes (including the baby food ones! 🙂 ) Definitely keep trying with the carrots – sometimes it takes 20 tries before a baby’s taste buds adjust to liking something! For daal – I think diluting it is a good idea, especially if your baby is younger than 6 months. You could try adding a few pinches of spices to the dal (warm spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander) to give it a little more taste. Hope that helps!!

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Zucchini puree December 16, 2015 at 12:13 am

What do you think about replacing carrots with pumpkin?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 16, 2015 at 9:46 am

You can absolutely do that – it should work great 🙂

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melissa February 24, 2016 at 7:50 am

Hi! Love this recipe. Can we use green zucchini or would that change the taste?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 24, 2016 at 8:50 pm

You can absolutely use green zucchini in this recipe Melissa! 🙂 Hope your baby likes it!

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