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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Zucchini Baby Food Puree Recipe with Apples

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This zucchini baby food puree with apples and carrots is a delicious combination your baby will enjoy! Zucchini and carrots are on the sweeter side in the vegetable category, and when paired with apples it becomes a healthy sweet treat for your little one!

Zucchini Baby Food Puree in a glass jar

Veggies mixed with fruit is always bound to be a hit in our household. Zucchini and carrots have a mild flavor and are already on the sweeter side. When paired with apples, it becomes a true sweet treat!

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I often used to mix this creamy puree with my kids’ oatmeal in the morning and they loved it! This zucchini puree is a simple baby food recipe you can use in a variety of ways — it’s super customizable based on your baby’s needs and preferences (see below for additional recipe variations).

This zucchini baby food recipe is a great first food for your little one. It’s nutritious, delicious, and I guarantee you will have one happy baby after giving them this puree!

Why This Recipe Works

  • A naturally sweet vegetable and fruit puree
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals for baby’s diet
  • Simple and quick to prepare
  • No fancy equipment needed
  • Easy to store and freeze
  • Great for babies 6 months of age and up
  • Makes 16 servings!

How to Make Zucchini Baby Food

Ingredients and Notes

recipe ingredients

Organic Zucchini: When making your own homemade baby food recipes, I highly recommend using organic produce to reduce pesticide exposure for your baby. No matter how much you wash your fruits and vegetables, there will still be a pesticide residue. When choosing your zucchini look for ones that are bright green in color, and have no bruises, or blemishes. I prefer to use the smaller, skinnier zucchini for baby food because they have fewer seeds in the center. You could probably also make this recipe with yellow squash or summer squash if you don’t have zucchini.

Organic Carrots: You can use either use large carrots or baby carrots for this recipe.

Organic Fuji Apples: With a sweet and crisp flavor, Fuji apples are pink in color, and have a white flesh. They are excellent for baby food recipes as they easily cook down, and add natural sweetness to any baby food puree.

Water: You need 12 ounces of water to help the fruits and vegetables to cook down, so that they can be pureed into a smooth and easy to consume consistency.

Equipment Needed

Step by Step Instructions

Prep Your Ingredients: Wash all the produce. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and cut each half into 8 pieces. Peel carrots. Cut in half lengthwise and cut each half into 8 pieces. Cut apples in half, remove seeds and stem. Cut each half into 8 pieces.

Cook All Produce Together: Add carrots and water to a large pot. Turn on high and cook 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add zucchini and apples and cook another 3-5 minutes.

zucchini apples and carrots in a pot

Puree Until Smooth: Pour everything into a blender. Blend until smooth / until the pureed zucchini is the desired consistency.

puree in blender

Store, Serve and/or Freeze: Pour into ice cube trays, allow to cool, wrap/cover, and freeze. Serve at room temperature.

Note: Thaw in the fridge the night before use, or thaw by putting the small cubes in a bowl over a bowl of hot water on the counter to defrost.

Zucchini Baby Food Puree in ice cube trays

Recipe FAQs

When can babies eat zucchini?

Babies can enjoy zucchini as young as 6 months old when they begin to try other solid foods.

Is zucchini healthy for babies?

Yes! Zucchini packed with health benefits and is has a ton of nutritional value for your baby. It’s an excellent source of beta-carotene which your babies body converts to vitamin A. This helps support their immune system, and improve eyesight. It’s also a great source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is important for baby because it helps your child absorb iron. Babies tend to lose iron at around 5 months old, so consuming foods that are high in iron and vitamin C helps them retain their needed iron intake. It also contains vitamin B6 which is essential for brain development.

How do I steam zucchini for baby?

The best way to steam zucchini is to first dice zucchini into small chunks. Place in a large pot, and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes or until zucchini is soft. Then transfer to a blender or food process and blend until it forms a smooth puree.

Can babies eat raw zucchini?

No, do not give your baby raw zucchini. They cannot mash it with their gums, and the small pieces can be a choking hazard.

Can babies eat zucchini seeds?

It is fine for baby to eat zucchini seeds when they are pureed with the rest of the zucchini.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Add More Vegetables: Amp up the nutritional content by adding more vegetables like spinach. Or mix it with another purée like pea purée.
  • Change the Fruit: Use a different type of apple in this delicious puree, or add another fruit such as pear.
  • Spice it Up: Add a teaspoon of cinnamon for added flavor.
  • Add Breast Milk or Formula: Stir in breast milk or formula to thin out the consistency of the puree right before serving. Do not add breastmilk or formula before freezing the puree as formula is not meant to be frozen, and breastmilk has a different shelf life in the freezer compared to this zucchini baby food.
  • Make it a single-ingredient puree: If you don’t have carrots or apples on hand, no problem! You can make this zucchini baby puree all on its own! Just add the zucchini and a few tablespoons of water to a pot, boil and then puree in a blender.
  • Make baby finger foods: For older babies, or babies who are following baby led weaning, you can cut the zucchini into match-sized sticks, and roast them in the oven with a little bit of olive oil. They turn into zucchini “fries” and are a great way for your baby to experiment with gumming soft foods when they’re ready for it.

Expert Tips for Making Zucchini Baby Food

  • Store zucchini in a paper bag in the fridge to keep fresh.
  • If you don’t want to boil everything in a pot, you can also use a steamer basket or slow cooker to cook down the vegetables and fruit.
  • Cut the vegetables and fruit into small pieces to help them cook down more quickly.
  • If you plan to use this entire batch of zucchini baby food within 1 week, you can transfer the entire puree into one airtight container and place it in the fridge. Then, just scoop out individual servings when you’re ready to feed your baby.
Zucchini Baby Food Puree in a glass jar

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Zucchini Baby Food Puree in a glass jar
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Zucchini Baby Food Puree with Carrots and Apples

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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Baby Food
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 ounces
Calories: 22kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 pound organic zucchini
  • ½ pound organic carrots
  • 2 organic fuji apples 6oz each
  • 12 oz water

Instructions

  • Wash all the produce. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and cut each half into 8 pieces.
  • Peel carrots. Cut in half lengthwise and cut each half into 8 pieces.
  • Cut apples in half, remove seeds and stem. Cut each half into 8 pieces.
  • Add carrots and water into a large pot. Turn on high and cook 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add zucchini and apples and cook another 3-5 minutes.
  • Pour everything into a blender, puree until smooth.
  • Pour into ice cube trays, allow to cool, wrap/cover, and freeze.
  • 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.

Video

https://youtu.be/9o6hzUKpZrA

Notes

Expert Tips 
  • Store zucchini in a paper bag in the fridge to keep fresh.
  • If you don’t want to boil everything in a pot, you can also use a steamer basket or slow cooker to cook down the vegetables and fruit.
  • Cut the vegetables and fruit into small pieces to help them cook down more quickly.
  • If you plan to use this entire batch of zucchini baby food within 1 week, you can transfer the entire puree into one airtight container and place it in the fridge. Then, just scoop out individual servings when you’re ready to feed your baby.
  • 1 ice cube = 1 oz of food
Adapted from BabyLove
 

Nutrition

Calories: 22kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2437IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

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Your little one will love my DIY healthy baby food purees. For a twist, try making a “smoothie”!

It’s so easy to make your own nutritious baby food at home. Introduce ingredients at your own pace and create unique flavors for your baby.

26 responses to “Zucchini Baby Food Puree Recipe with Apples”

  1. This recipe is amazing. I’m saving this for my daughter for when she has kids. So much better for babies than store bought! So excited to show her!5 stars

  2. I always prepared my own baby food when my children were younger and this recipe looks spot on! Definitely passing this along to some of my new mom friends!5 stars

  3. This is amazing!! Bookmarking this for when I have kids of my own. I have always envisioned myself making homemade baby food, so this is perfect!5 stars

  4. I passed this recipe on to my sister who was struggling to get her baby to eat vegetables but adding the apple was amazing, it went down a treat 🙂5 stars

    • Yay!! So happy to hear that! This was one of Layla’s favorites when she was a baby 🙂

  5. 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 🙂

    • 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!!

  6. 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!

    • 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!

      • 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…) 🙂

      • 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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