Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Avocado Puree

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on September 10, 2014

About 2 months ago, we gave Layla her first solid food: Avocado! Since then she has had a variety of fruits and veggies: Sweet potato, Butternut squash, Zucchini, Carrot, Fuji Apples, Plums, Pears, Bananas, Green Beans, Peas, Spinach, Broccoli, Pumpkin, Apricot… and we’ve also given her Oatmeal and Organic Whole Milk Plain Yogurt. She has turned into a wonderful eater! Gobbles up almost everything we give her (peas and green beans have to be disguised in yogurt with a little bit of pear, but then she downs them like you wouldn’t believe).

And since I’ve been making all of her food at home from scratch, I thought I’d start a Baby Food Recipes section on my blog!

I’ll be adding the baby food recipes in the order that we introduced them to Layla – to the extent that I can remember 🙂 Avocado was definitely first – because it was the easiest, and because it’s so nutritious for your little ones.

1/5th of an avocado has only 50 calories but 20 vitamins and minerals! Talk about nutrient dense. Avocados also contain:

  • Folate
  • Fiber
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin E
  • Iron
  • Healthy fats that help with brain and nervous system development

I mashed up the avocado raw, and fed it directly to her mixed with a little bit of breast milk (you can also mix it with formula or water to thin it out at first). Here’s how she reacted 🙂

Layla Solids

The first time she was like “what are you giving me??” but soon she couldn’t get enough avocado. It’s definitely one of her favorites. And since avocado gets oxidized so easily, I actually tried freezing it and it worked great!

I used these Mumi & Bubi ice cube trays. I love them because they come with a cover, a recipe book, and the cubes are super easy to get out. One ice cube = 1oz of food.

Also, if you can afford it, I’d recommend using 100% organic ingredients for your baby’s food. That way you can leave the peels on various fruits and veggies (e.g. you won’t have to peel apples and pears before pureeing them), and it’s much more nutritious for your baby!

Here is my recipe for super simple avocado: a perfect first food for babies!

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Baby's First Food: Avocado Puree

Ingredients

  • 1 organic avocado, mashed

Directions

    If Serving Fresh / Immediately
  1. Mash the avocado with a fork or blend it in a food processor.
  2. Mix with breastmilk, formula or water to reach desired consistency.
  3. If Freezing
  4. Mash the avocado with a fork or blend it in a food processor.
  5. Divide into ice cube trays, wrap/cover, and freeze.
  6. 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.
  7. Once defrosted, mix with breastmilk, formula or water to reach desired consistency

Notes

Each ice cube = 1oz of food. Also, as your baby gets used to solids, you don't have to thin out the avocado at all.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Tai September 11, 2014 at 3:10 am

Great!! I will be following all the recipes! 🙂 My little one is 26 weeks and also starting on solids! Can’t wait for more and more baby food recipes!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 11, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Oh yay!! So exciting – starting solids was super fun 🙂 I’ll be posting sweet potato and butternut squash next – stay tuned!

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Rebecca September 11, 2014 at 4:23 am

Yay! I love that you’ll be posting baby food recipes here! Can’t wait to see more.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 11, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Thanks so much Rebecca!

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jyo September 16, 2014 at 7:58 am

aww she makes such cute faces….you should be really proud of your little for eating healthy foods already :-))..i will be following all your baby recipes soon

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 16, 2014 at 10:45 am

Hehe thanks Jyo! Can’t wait to hear how your little one likes these recipes!

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Kasie June 6, 2016 at 10:07 am

Does the avocado turn brown as it thaws?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater June 8, 2016 at 7:26 pm

Hi Katie! If you use it right after it thaws, it won’t turn brown. It will only turn brown if you leave it out, completely thawed, for a few hours. Hope that helps!

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Lauren Lain June 9, 2016 at 4:58 am

Thank you for the recipes! I just started my son on quinoa cereal and moving to avocado in the next day!! I will definitely be looking forward to your other recipes for starting off with solids! Do you suggest adding the breast milk to thin the consistency once thawed (since I’ll have to freeze, daycare!) or add it while I blend and mash up the avocado and freeze that way? Thank you!!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater June 9, 2016 at 11:49 am

Hi Lauren! No problem at all! So glad these recipes are helpful! Regarding the breastmilk – I’d add it after thawing. The reason is — the purees always turn out a little thinner after you thaw them (because of the accumulated moisture after being in the freezer). So if you add it before thawing it might end up being too runny post thawing! Hope that helps, and I hope your son enjoys all of these recipes!

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