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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!

Anjali Shah

Avocado Puree (Homemade Baby Food)

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Creamy avocado puree is a great first food for your baby! Avocados are super healthy, and are packed with essential nutrients for growth and development. This simple recipe requires no special equipment and is ready in less than 5 minutes! Avocado baby food is one of the easiest purees you can make for your baby, and will quickly made your list of favorite baby food recipes! And the best part? Babies love it!!

Avocado puree baby food served in a white bowl with a spoon.

Avocado is one of the best first foods to introduce to your baby. Not only is it buttery, creamy, and super soft, but it also has amazing health benefits to aid in your baby’s growth and brain development.

In just half of the avocado you will get 11% of your daily value of Vitamin C, and between 10-20% of your daily value of Vitamins E, K, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium, most B Vitamins, and 19% of your total fat needed!

Avocado puree was actually my daughter’s first solid food and it quickly became a favorite of hers! When I was first introducing avocado to baby I mixed avocado and breast milk together to form a creamy liquid.

Making avocado puree for babies is effortless. With just a quick mash up you will have a healthy food that you can feel good about giving to your little one.

This recipe is also very versatile and adaptable as your child grows. You can try different variations and mix-ins to keep things interesting. And once they’ve gotten familiar with this recipe, you can try out other veggie and fruit puree recipes like my blueberry baby food or my green bean puree.

Keep reading to learn some of my favorite tips and methods for making avocado baby food puree!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Good source of omega 3 fatty acids
  • Quick clean up
  • Easy to make in bulk
  • Can be frozen
  • No fancy equipment needed
  • Nutrient dense
  • Less sweet than other baby food puree
  • Similar fat content to mother’s milk
  • Best avocado puree recipe for babies!

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🥘 Ingredients

This is the easiest avocado baby food recipe ever! At its most minimal form, you will only need 1 avocado! Thanks to its simplicity, it makes the perfect first food for your little one to try. 

Ingredients for avocado puree baby food recipe on a white background.
  • Avocado: Nutrient-rich avocado makes a wonderful first food for babies with good fats and vitamins. Try to use organic avocado for the healthiest option.
  • Breast Milk, Formula, Or Water: Create the perfect creamy texture by adding in your choice of liquid. For best results, only use a little water so that it doesn’t get runny. Only add breast milk or formula right before serving, do not store this baby food avocado after it has been mixed with either breastmilk or formula. For the first time trying avocado, this is the best way to entice your baby with a recognizable flavor.

🔪 Instructions

Homemade baby food ranges in difficulty, but this avocado puree recipe for baby is extremely easy and quick! There are two simple ways to make it: blend or mash! It will only require a few minutes of your time from start to finish. Here is how to make avocado baby food:

Prepare Avocado: Cut open your ripe avocado, remove the pit, and scoop out from the skin. 

Fresh avocado halves on cutting board on white background.

Blend: There are two methods for how to puree avocado. Blend the whole avocado in a small food processor or mash well with a fork (to make smashed avocado for baby). If you’re using a blender, I recommend a high powered blender to make this puree in bulk – like a Vitamix!

Mashed avocado in a white bowl with a spoon.

Serve: If serving immediately mix pureed avocado with breast milk, formula, or water to reach desired consistency. If freezing for later use, divide into an ice cube tray, cover, and store in the freezer. When ready to serve, thaw out the prepared avocado puree for baby, mix milk, and feed.

Stage 1 Avocado baby food served in a white bowl with a spoon.

💭 Expert Tips

How To Choose The Best Avocado

It can be hard to find the perfect avocado! Most grocery stores have avocados available at various stages of ripeness. If you plan to make this avocado baby puree recipe in a few days from now, select hard avocados that have time to soften. If you want to make the puree right away, select an avocado that is dark brown on the outside and slightly indents when pushing against the skin. Avoid an overly ripe and mushy avocado.

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 most 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.

How To Cut An Avocado

Cut fresh avocados in half with a sharp knife, gently twisting to separate the two halves. Remove the pit either with your hands, or by carefully hitting your knife into it, and then twisting to remove the seed from the flesh. Scoop the avocado flesh out with a spoon.

You do not have to cut the avocado any further since you’ll be mashing or blending it. For more detailed recommendations on how to prepare avocado for baby, keep scrolling to my FAQs.

How To Season Avocado For Baby

If you want to season the avocado purée, be sure to start out with very light seasoning. You can try a small dash of lemon juice or a small pinch of garlic powder or cumin powder. For other ideas on how to prepare avocado for babies, keep reading!

How To Serve Avocado Puree To Baby

If you prefer a clean space with minimal clean up, you will want to spoon feed your baby. However, if you are opting for baby led weaning, you can place the puree in front of your little one and let them explore on their own terms. Here are some of the different ways of how to feed avocado to baby:

How you serve this homemade avocado baby food will vary by age, as well as your child’s preference.

  • Avocado puree for 4 month baby: Super simple avocado is a perfect first food for babies! I recommend feeding a puree / mashed avocado for baby from 4 months and up. Place puree in a bowl and feed it to your baby with a spoon. Once they get a little older you can explore different textures and shapes.
  • Avocado puree for 6 month old baby: If you are exploring baby led weaning, you can give thick strips of avocado. Place avocado on their high chair tray and let them experiment. To help with gripping, leave part of the skin on or roll the avocado slices in hemp seeds.
  • Avocado puree for 9-10 month old baby: At this age your baby can enjoy more finger food. Try putting cubed avocado in baby’s bowl and let them naturally explore the taste and feel. 

Ultimately, there are so many suggestions on how to feed a baby avocado. Go with what works best for you and your little one!

📖 Avocado Baby Food Combinations

Avocados are a great first food for babies, and because of their mild flavor, they pair really well with a variety of other fruits, veggies, and grains to create delicious and nutritious baby food purees! Here are a few healthy avocado puree ideas for baby to get you started:

Avocado Puree Pairings

  • Soft Fruits And Veggies: If you aren’t sure of what to mix with avocado puree for baby, start with foods similar in texture like bananas, apples, or sweet potatoes puree.
  • Other Fruits: Mangoes, peaches, blueberries, pineapple, and strawberries all taste great with pureed avocado.
  • Green Veggies: Try other pairings like mixing with spinach, broccoli, zucchini puree or pea puree.
  • Root Veggies: Veggies like potatoes, butternut squash and carrots all mix well with avocado food for baby.
  • On Its Own: When your baby is little, mashed avocado on its own is great!
  • With Grains: You can put the smooth puree on small sticks of toast or teething crackers. You could also mix in to baby oatmeal or baby cereal.
  • With Dairy Or Plant Based Protein: Try mixing baby puree avocado with yogurt or cottage cheese! You can also puree it with chickpeas, lentils, or white beans for an avocado “hummus.”
  • Different Spices: Try a pinch of lemon juice, cumin, coriander, or even curry powder.
  • Avocado Puree Ideas For Toddlers: As your baby gets older try adding avocado puree to smoothies, avocado toast, guacamole, or on top of Mexican food! You can pair avocado with small pieces of chicken breast, or if you are vegan, substitute tofu. There are so many avocado recipes you can try out!
  • Baby Friendly Guacamole: Try experimenting with different flavors by blending avocado with lime juice, olive oil, kosher salt, and 1 garlic clove. This is perfect to pair with Mexican recipes or Spanish recipes, and the whole family can enjoy it too!

Other Ways To Use Avocado Puree

🥑 How To Store Avocado Puree

Storing this homemade baby food is simple! And if you’ve been wondering – can you freeze pureed avocado for baby? Yes! You totally can!

To Store In The Fridge

You can choose to store extra puree in an airtight container in the fridge for the next day. Try finding small food storage containers that leave less room for air, and help evenly portion this avocado baby food stage 1 puree! You can add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or lime juice to the exposed part of the puree to prevent browning, if desired. 

To Freeze

Divide the prepared avocado for baby evenly into an ice cube tray. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap or use a freezer storage bag. You can also find baby food container trays that come with lids to cover like 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 is equal to 1 tablespoon or 1 ounce of food.

Baby food avocado stored in ice cube trays, ready for freezing on a cutting board.

Once the cubes are frozen (takes about 4-6 hours), pop them out of the ice cube trays and transfer them to a ziptop freezer safe bag for easy storage.

Frozen avocado baby food in ice cube shapes stored in a ziploc bag.

To Reheat Or Thaw Avocado Puree Baby Food

When you are preparing avocado for baby, let it thaw in the fridge the night before use. You can also thaw by putting the puree cube in a small bowl over another bowl of hot water. Let it sit to defrost. Once defrosted, mix with breastmilk, formula or water to reach desired consistency.

❓Recipe FAQs

Is avocado puree healthy?

Absolutely! This baby food avocado puree recipe calls for just one ingredient- avocados! You can also add extra nutrients with breast milk or formula, but there are so many benefits of this avocado for baby recipe in itself!

Avocado baby puree is one of the healthiest first foods you can give to your baby. Avocados contain 20 different vitamins and minerals including folate, potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E, and iron, along with dietary fiber and healthy fats to nourish baby’s brain and nervous system development. Since they are high in monounsaturated fat, baby will also feel satiated and have a happy belly!

When can babies have avocado puree?

You may be wondering – When can you introduce avocados to baby? This will depend on their own personal development and when they are ready to start solid foods, but typically it’s around 4-6 months of age.

Pay attention to gross motor skills for an indication that your baby is ready! This could include having strong neck and head control, sitting, and lifting objects to the mouth. Starting with a stage 1 avocado puree is a great option to get them used to a new texture and taste.

Is avocado easy for babies to digest?

Yes, avocado contains soluble fiber and enzymes making it very easy to digest! This mashed avocado baby food is also high in fat, similar to the fat content of breastmilk, making it both filling and gentle on tummies.

Is avocado a common allergen for babies?

No, avocado is not considered to be a common allergen for babies! However, if this is your first time giving avocado to baby I recommend starting off with a smaller portion of baby avocado puree and waiting for 2-3 days to observe for any signs of an allergic reaction such as a rash or upset stomach.

Can I mix avocado with breastmilk?

Can I mix puree avocado with milk for baby? You sure can! For an avocado stage 1 baby food try mixing with breastmilk, mixing with formula, or mixing with regular milk for a very soft and smooth avocado purée. The key is to only mix with breastmilk or formula right before serving. Never mix with breastmilk or formula and store it, as your puree will only be good for about 1-2 hours once it’s been mixed.

Can you steam avocado for baby food?

While technically you can steam avocado mash for baby, you don’t have to! There isn’t any need to steam or cook avocado for baby food since it is already so soft and creamy! Making avocado baby food is super easy and you do not have to worry about extra steps like you might with other produce. Simply cut, scoop, and mash for an easy creamy purée.

Avocado puree for baby served in a white bowl with a spoon.

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Avocado Puree: Baby’s First Food

Creamy avocado puree is a great first food for your baby! Avocados are super healthy, packed with essential nutrients for growth and development. This simple recipe requires no special equipment and is ready in less than 5 minutes! Avocado baby food is one of the easiest purees you can make for your baby, and will quickly made your list of favorite baby food recipes! And the best part? Babies love it!!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Baby Food
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

Instructions

If Serving Fresh / Immediately

  • Mash the avocado with a fork or blend it in a food processor.
  • Mix with breastmilk, formula or water to reach desired consistency.

If Freezing

  • Mash the avocado with a fork or blend it in a food processor.
  • Divide into ice cube trays, 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.
  • Once defrosted, mix with breastmilk, formula or water to reach desired consistency and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Use ripe avocados that are soft and easy to mash.
  • Store the puree in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 
  • If you are making this puree to store in the fridge or freezer, do not add breastmilk or formula before storing it. Only add breastmilk or formula right before serving.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 0.3g
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210 responses to “Avocado Puree (Homemade Baby Food)”

  1. I mixed the avocado with breastmilk and I froze it. I did the same for the sweet potato and broccoli purees as I need a liquid agent to thin out the solids. I am hoping that’s okay? 😭

    • Hi Natalie! If the breastmilk was fresh, then I believe it’s ok to freeze it with a puree and store it. But once you thaw it, you can’t refreeze it. And if the breastmilk was previously frozen, then thawed, then mixed with a puree and frozen again, then that is not safe for your baby to eat. Basically, breastmilk can only be frozen and defrosted once! (I would also double check with your pediatrician about this!) Also, I typically don’t recommend freezing a combination of breastmilk + purees because the consistency of the mixture may change once it’s frozen and defrosted, and on top of that, once thawed you have to throw out anything your baby doesn’t eat in that sitting. Instead, I recommend freezing breastmilk and purees separately in 1 ounce portions, and thawing only what you need, and then mixing it together once it’s defrosted. Hope that helps!

  2. Hi Anjali,

    You say to start with 1 tablespoons but I’d like to know how many cubes should I be giving in one meal as I know the cubes are usually 1-2oz and I’m not sure if that’s too much or too little.

    • Hi Angela! 1 ice cube is roughly equivalent to 1 tablespoon! So if you’re freezing this puree in ice cube trays, starting with 1-2 ice cubes is perfect. Hope that helps!

    • Hi Wen! I don’t recommend doing that because it’s not recommended to mix breastmilk into other food items and freeze it (I believe it makes the breastmilk not “sterile). I’d recommend freezing the breastmilk and avocado purees separately, and then defrosting them together and mixing them right before you’re ready to serve it to your baby. Hope that helps!

  3. Hi. We started solids for our boy who just turned 6mos and he loves the avocado! I’ve read we should only give 1-2 tbsp per meal and just 1 meal per day. I mixed it with a bit of formula just to thin it out. But on day 2 of giving avocados, he seemed to have gotten constipated! He had a hard time pooping and his poop became to thick! You think i gave him too much avocados? Or should i start giving water already during meal time? Thank you!

    • Hi Inah! It’s common for babies to get a little constipated when starting solids because it’s so new to their system! So to your question, yes, I’d recommend introducing a sippy cup with water when you serve your son his “meals” – and that should help move things along. My apples and prunes puree is also a great one for relieving constipation! Hope that helps!

  4. Hi, can i give mashed banana mixed with breastmilk to my 6mo?
    If yes, can i do this with steamed apple puree as well?

    • Hi Lipi! Yes that should be fine as long as you have already tested out bananas and apples separately to ensure your little one doesn’t have any allergies!

      • Hi! You can’t really test the food allergy before giving the food to your child — the guidance is to give your child a very small serving (1-3 teaspoons) and check to see if they have a reaction within the next 48 hours. If you’re really concerned about food allergies, I’d recommend talking to your pediatrician and they can give you guidance specific to your child! Hope that helps!

  5. Hey I have twins! One baby is developing faster than the other so should I try solids with her first she trys to sit up and has very good head control she’ll be 6 months this month her brother has good head control but isn’t trying to sit up yet

    • Hi Sam! If your pediatrician thinks that one of your babies is ready for solids and the other one isn’t quite there yet, it’s totally fine to introduce solids to your daughter (who seems more ready) and wait a little bit before giving your son solids! I would just double check with your pediatrician since they can see your babies in person to confirm that your daughter can start solids now, and that your son should wait. Hope that helps!

      • Haii Anjali
        Is it ok to mix oatmeal cereal and lil bit of formula with any fruits and veggies? Bcoz my lil one doesn’t like the taste of cereal wen I give it just like that ..

      • Hi Sheba! Yes absolutely – you can mix oatmeal and a little bit of formula with any of the pureed fruits or veggies. Just make sure to mix it right before you feed it, vs. mixing it before you freeze it (you should never mix formula into purees and freeze them, since formula cannot be frozen). Hope that helps!

  6. Hi my munna is just turning three months old.. He always put his fingers in his mouth and acted like he is not full. Is it ok if I give him avocado to start his first solid food

    • Hi There! 3 months is a little too early to start solid foods. The earliest that pediatricians recommend you think about starting solids is at 4 months of age. (The range for starting solids is 4-6 months) There are a lot of reasons developmentally why it’s not recommended to start solids before 4 months of age. I would talk to your pediatrician about when to start solids – when they examine your baby at their next appointment they’ll be able to tell you if he is ready for solids or if they want you to wait until he is 5 or 6 months of age. And then, when your pediatrician says it’s ok to start solids, then yes you can give him avocado as his first food!

    • Hi! At that age, solid food is really more just for “fun” and taste than anything else! So I would say follow your baby’s lead – at that age, I hadn’t even started my kids on solids. I started them on solids around 5-6 months and at that age we only did 1 or 2 (max) solid food meals a day. And also, at that age, “meals” were 1 tablespoon of food total. But I would ask your pediatrician what they think and also let your baby guide you! Hope that helps!

      • When you say 1 tbsp food of total , does that mean just the food before mixing in any milk. I give my 5 month old 1 tbsp of oats or rice cereal with 3 tbsp of bm , 1 to 2 spoons of avocado with 1 to tbsp of bm. Is that OK. Looking for more suggestions to add to her diet. Can we also add in the traditional dal paani to her diet..she should be turning 6 months in the next few days. THANKS

      • Hi Shena! Yes I mean 1 tablespoon of the puree, before mixing in any milk or oats or anything like that. The way you’re serving the avocado puree sounds fine to me! As far as dal paani – if your pediatrician says it’s ok for her to have lentils now then yes, it should be fine! I typically recommend doing more veggies and fruits before proteins since proteins can be a bit harder to digest. The order I’d recommend would be something like this: avocado, sweet potato, green beans, peas, apples, pear, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, butternut squash, and then lentils/chickpeas/beans. Hope that helps!

    • Hi! No you can’t since you can’t freeze formula milk. I would recommend freezing the puree, then when you’re ready to serve, mix it with freshly made formula right before serving.

  7. Hi my samy is 7months ,is it ok to give a mixture of pumpkin ,avocado & a little milk to keep it light pliz ?

    • Hi Faith! Mixing avocado and pumpkin is a fine combination! I wouldn’t add regular milk though, you can add breastmilk or formula instead. Just make sure to introduce the avocado and pumpkin separately first, to check for allergies, before combining them.

  8. Hello, when you started solid. Do you have different food every meal or do you keep the same for days? Thanks

    • Hi! When I first started my baby on solids, I did the same food for 2 days in a row (every meal) – to make sure there were no allergies or issues, and then switched every two days. So for example, Day 1 would be avocado, Day 2 avocado, Day 3+4 introduce sweet potato, continue avocado, Day 5+6 introduce green beans, continue sweet potato & avocado, etc. Hope that helps!

      • Hi! Thank you for your thorough suggestions on how to start solid, it’s really helpful for me and eases up my anxiety.

        To clarify, on how to introduce baby food. On day 3+4, I will prepare sweet potato then avocado again? Meaning serve those two foods separately and not a combined mixture?

      • Hi! Glad it was helpful! So yes – on Day 3+4 you would prepare sweet potato and then avocado again — serving them separately! You could combine them on day 5+6 assuming no reactions if you wanted to!

      • Hi! Do I need to warm breastmilk taken out from refrigerator before adding into the prepared baby foods?

      • Hi! You should warm it a little bit just so that the fat that rises to the top of the refrigerated breastmilk combines well with the rest of the milk before adding it to the prepared baby food. Hope that helps!

  9. I just started solids today with this puree and he is very cranky and cried a lot later. Is it possible that he might have allergy to avo or is there any other reason?

    • Hi! It’s honestly really hard to tell after just one time and without seeing your baby unfortunately! It could be a number of different possibilities like: his system isn’t used to solids overall so he was just more uncomfortable later, he ate too much in one sitting and was just too full, he is allergic to avocado (rare, but can happen), he was just having a more cranky day, or something else entirely! If he had a rash or any other allergic-reaction symptoms, then it likely is an allergy, but if not, then it’s unclear what the reason was! I would reach out to your pediatrician since they are more familiar with your baby’s health history to see what they recommend you do!

    • Hi Julia! If you plan to freeze it, you don’t necessarily need the lemon (it might oxidize slightly in the freezer but if you have it in an airtight container it should be fine. If you plan to store it in the fridge for a few days, then yes, add lemon! 🙂

  10. Hi Anjali,
    My LO is turning 6 month next week. She has been on solids since 4+month and takes 3 meals of solid a day now. I plan to introduce avocado tonight for her dinner meal. Can mix puréed Avocado with Banana puree to give it a little taste?5 stars

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