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Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Green Bean Puree

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So for the record, Layla wasn’t a huge fan of green beans when I first made them for her. She’d gag, cough, make faces… it was actually kind of entertaining even though she wasn’t very happy with me for giving her green beans 🙂

But green beans are so great for babies! They are rich in vitamin A and fiber, and they’re a green veggie which helps get babies used to not-so-sweet things. I’d recommend using organic frozen green beans for this recipe – it’s the easiest prep and clean-up wise.

My trick for getting Layla to eat green beans: mixing them with whole milk organic yogurt! It sounds gross, but for some reason she loves it.

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Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Green Bean Puree

Green beans are so great for babies! They are rich in vitamin A and fiber, and they’re a green veggie which helps get babies used to not-so-sweet things.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Baby Food
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 ounces

Ingredients

  • 2 bags organic frozen green beans
  • Water for pureeing use as much as you need for the consistency you want! start with 6oz and work your way up.

Instructions

  • Place the green beans in a steamer and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender.
  • Drain green beans and place in blender with water.
  • 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.

Notes

Spice up your baby's food! Try green beans with garlic powder, or mix with yogurt.
1 ice cube = 1 oz of food
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20 responses to “Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Green Bean Puree”

  1. I’m concerned with my consistency, its a bit chunky. Am I doing something wrong or do I need to add something to it if I want it to be a smoother texture?

    • Hi Karen! I’d recommend just adding a bit more water and then really pulverizing it in your blender. If you cooked the beans down enough, and you have a good blender (and the mixture has enough water), they should puree really easily. Hope that helps!

  2. Hi, you mention 1 cube is equal to 1oz of food. Can you share the suggested serving of food per feeding for a 7mo old baby? I’m unsure how much to serve my baby per feeding since she’s a big eater and I think I overfed her once and she threw up but I was only following her lead since she wanted to keep eating. Thanks!

    • Hi Clarissa! Typically at 7 months the guidance is to “follow your baby’s lead.” So 1 serving could be a couple licks of a puree all the way to 4oz of food in one sitting! It really depends on the baby. It sounds like your baby loves food, but maybe doesn’t quite know when to stop? So I would try starting her at 2-3oz of food in one sitting and then work up from there. Eventually, my kids were taking in about 6-8oz of food at each meal around 10 months of age if that helps, and they were also both big eaters!

    • Hi Angela! If your pediatrician has said it’s ok to start solids then yes, green beans should be appropriate as one of your baby’s first foods! Anywhere from 4-6 months is ok to start solids so as long as your baby is showing signs of readiness and your pediatrician approves, this recipe would work great!

    • Yes you can! It should be a pretty similar cooking process actually since both frozen and fresh green beans are raw to start 🙂 Hope that helps!

    • Hi Jess! Nope – you don’t have to – you can steam them right from them being frozen. Hope your little one likes this recipe!

  3. Hi Anjali! I’m absolutely loving your site and getting some great ideas for recipes that I plan to make for my little one (FTM here so anxious/excited about trying new foods!) I noticed you mix several recipes with yogurt when feeding… did you give her plain yogurt first and see how she reacts before mixing it with other foods? After what age can you give a baby yogurt? I’ve been trying the 3 days per ingredient at a time but I feel like I’m pretty behind in introducing new foods to her! Thanks again for such great recipes and suggestions!

    • Hi Zina! Thanks so much for reaching out – I’m so glad my blog has been helpful for you! 🙂 To your question – yes I tried plain, organic, whole milk yogurt first before mixing it with purees. My pediatrician said that we could introduce yogurt at 6 months! So as long as your pediatrician is ok with it, you should be able to introduce yogurt anytime after 6 months. Just make sure it’s plain with no sugar added 🙂 Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

      • Hi Sandra! Plain, whole milk yogurt is the way to go. You might be getting confused because the nutrition label for plain, whole milk yogurt will still show sugar — but that’s the naturally occurring lactose in yogurt and isn’t the same as added sugars (e.g. in flavored yogurts). So as long as your yogurt is labeled as “plain” and/or “unflavored”, and doesn’t have any type of sugar listed on the ingredients label, you can be sure that the sugar content on the nutrition label is just lactose, and not added sugar. Hope that helps!

  4. Hello, thanks for sharing! My daughter is about to start solids few weeks from now. One question tho, how long can I keep a puree in the freezer?

    • Hi! No problem at all! You can keep the purees in the freezer for up to 6 months (as long as they are not mixed with breastmilk before they are frozen!) We used our purees a lot faster than that, but 6 months is the limit 🙂 Let me know if you have any other questions!

      • Hi Sam! Yes you can add breastmilk to the puree after you have thawed it — you add the breastmilk right before you serve the puree to your little one. You can use any plain, whole milk yogurt for your baby! Just make sure it’s plain (not flavored) and whole milk (not low fat or nonfat). Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

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