I have been making homemade baby food since my first daughter was an infant. There are so many fruits and veggies that are hard to find in premade baby food and I found that limiting. Like Avocado – I haven’t found avocado in a baby food but it is such a great, healthy fat item for your little one. Mix that avocado with a little banana and you have a yummy combo.
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Homemade Baby Food – That sounds complicated
It’s not! Homemade baby food is so simple with just a couple of tools (and you don’t need the fancy baby food maker that you will see). Many of the “recipes” that I make don’t even require measuring or cooking! Here is what I use:
- NutriBullet – I love this because it blends great & when you are out of the baby food stage, it makes great Green Smoothies for you!
- 4 oz Storage Containers with Lids
- Fruits & Veggies
Seriously, that’s it. I will show you multiple ways to make food that is quick and cost effective!
Is it Really Cheaper to Make my Own?
It really is. My 5 month old currently eats at least 4 pouches of baby food per day (sometimes big boy eats 5 but we are going conservative for the analysis). The cheapest pouches that I can find are at Aldi or the Walmart brand and they are around .78 or .79 a pouch. So I’m looking at $3.16 a day in baby food or $22.12 a week.
If I make my own, I use different fruits and veggies so the cost may vary some but for simplicity we will look at the breakdown of the Avocado Banana mix and extend it across a week for comparison to pre-made pouches.
Bananas – $0.43 a lb or $0.16 per banana
Avocado – $0.78 each
Total Cost for this Batch -$1.33 (1 Banana – 0.16 / 1.5 Avocados – $1.17)
Total per 4 oz – Equivalent to one pouch – $0.3325
So if I fed him my homemade baby food vs. pouches for one week, I would save $12.81 that week! Ya’ll that is more money for formula or diapers! It is so simple to make your own. Here’s how!
5 Minute Avocado Banana Baby Puree
This is so simple and quick. You will have this whipped up in 5 minutes or less!
1. Prep your Fruit
Did you know Avocado was a fruit? I always think of it as a vegetable but either way it is a super healthy food! Simply peel your banana. Cut and remove the pit of your avocado.
2. Load your blender with the fruit.
3. Add a Liquid.
For this I just added water, but you can add breast milk or formula if preferred. I added 3/4 a cup of water in this recipe and it was still a pretty thick mixture but it is ok with my baby. If you want a thinner consistency, just add more liquid. I would add a little at a time so that you don’t end up with complete soup though!
5. Divide out into your 4 Oz cups.
Depending on your consistency, you may get more or less. I got 4 from this recipe with a consistency of guacamole. If I had made it a little thinner, I probably could have gotten 5 (making it even more economical) and easier on babies that may have trouble with thicker purees.
The purees will keep for a few days in the fridge but I usually put mine immediately in the freezer. Every night, I just pull out the number of purees that I need for the next day and put them in the fridge to thaw. I had wondered how the avocado would hold up & if it would brown. It is perfectly creamy after being frozen and there was a very light browning on the top. I just mixed it up when opening the container and it blends right up to a nice avo green color. (The pouches brown a little too on the first bite if you look closely).
I hope you will try homemade baby food for your little one! What are your favorite baby food combos to feed your little one?