Homemade Baby Food Carrots

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Homemade baby food carrots are easy to make and only contain two ingredients – organic carrots and water! Plus they taste so much better than store-bought baby food.

Front view of a glass jar of Homemade Baby Food Carrots with a baby spoon next to it


The process of transitioning a baby to solid foods is a huge milestone. The very first time you feed your sweet baby can be really fun. However, the novelty wears off very quickly, and the process of feeding your baby pureed foods 3x/day can become a little taxing.

I’m just being honest, with my first daughter I couldn’t wait to start the solid food journey. But with each successive child I’ve waited longer and longer to add solid foods to our daily routine. Which means I make these lactation cookies for longer too!

But, making your own homemade baby food – like these baby food carrots – makes the process so much easier!

The first real foods I feed my babies are usually avocado and sweet potatoes. Next, I introduce baby food carrots since they’re in the same “orange vegetable” family.

Just like most varieties, homemade baby food carrots are so much more delicious than store-bought varieties. There is absolutely no contest when it comes to the rich, slightly sweet, flavor when you make your own baby food carrots.

Overhead view of a glass jar of Homemade Baby Food Carrots with a baby spoon in it taking a scoop

Baby Food Carrots: Ingredients

overhead photo of the labeled ingredients in this baby food carrots recipe
  • Carrots. I suggest whole, organic carrots for the best tasting results. I have also used organic baby carrots to skip peeling and cutting and they work great as well.
  • Olive oil. this is optional. Avocado oil is also a good choice if you’ve already introduced your baby to avocados.
  • Water. Use enough water to blend the carrots into a smooth puree.
Overhead view of a glass jar of Homemade Baby Food Carrots with a baby spoon next to it

How to Make Baby Food Carrots 

This recipe is simple to make. I prefer to roast the carrots for the best flavor, but you can cook them in the slow cooker or on the stovetop.

Begin by peeling and cutting the carrots. Smaller carrots cook faster.

Then, put the cut carrots in a bowl and coat with olive oil or avocado oil.

How to Make Baby Food Carrots  - carrots coated in olive oil in a bowl

Next, spread the carrots in an even layer on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned and soft.

Once the carrots are roasted, add some water to the container of a high-powered blender (preferably a Vitamix) and blend until smooth, adding more water as you go.

In the early stages of introducing solids, make sure the carrot puree is silky smooth, because your baby is not ready to handle texture yet. As your baby grows it’s important to introduce them to more texture, so leave it a little chunkier.

Overhead view of Homemade Baby Food Carrots puree in a vitamix blender after being blended

Store

Store baby food carrots in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

How to Freeze Baby Food Carrots

I recommend making a large batch of carrot puree and freezing it in individual portions. Measure 2 tablespoon portions into the wells of these silicone ice cube trays (which are my absolute favorite because they have a hard rim, making it easy to transport them from the counter to the freezer)!

Then let the baby food freeze, pop the cubes out and store in an airtight container or ziplock bag in the freezer.

Reheat

Warm frozen cubes in the microwave for about 60 seconds on high. Stir and test the temperature to be sure it isn’t too warm, then feed your baby. Or, gently warm the baby food carrots on the stovetop.

Overhead view of Homemade Baby Food Carrots puree in a silicone ice cube tray

Baby Food Carrots Recipe FAQs

What kind of carrots should you use to make baby food carrots? 

I recommend using either whole organic carrots or organic baby carrots. Using the latter cuts out the peeling step, which can save a lot of time in the process!

Do you have to peel carrots for baby food? 

Yes, I recommend peeling carrots for your baby to eliminate any dirt, pesticides or other unwanted contaminants that could be living on the outside of the carrots. And of course, always wash the carrots before using them in this baby food carrots recipe!

Homemade Baby Food Carrots in a glass jar

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Homemade Baby Food Carrots

Laura
Homemade baby food carrots are easy to make and only contain two ingredients – organic carrots and water! Plus they taste so much better than store-bought baby food.
5 from 6 votes
Course baby food
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 15.5
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time50 minutes

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 pound organic carrots (peeled)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-4 Tablespoons water

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Peel the carrots and cut them into 2" long pieces.
  • Transfer cut carrots to a bowl, add olive oil and stir to coat.
  • Spread the oiled carrots in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, stir and bake for 20 more or until soft and golden brown.
  • Add desired amount of water and roasted carrots to your Vitamix (or other high-powered blender or food processor) and blend until smooth.

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Notes

Ingredients
  • Carrots. I suggest whole, organic carrots for the best tasting results. I have also used organic baby carrots to skip peeling and cutting and they work great as well.
  • Olive oil. this is optional. Avocado oil is also a good choice if you’ve already introduced your baby to avocados.
  • Water. Use enough water to blend the carrots into a smooth puree.
Cooking Methods
If you’d prefer not to roast the carrots, you can steam them on the stovetop for 15 minutes or cook them in a crockpot set to high for 1-2 hours – until soft. 
Store
Store baby food carrots in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
How to Freeze Baby Food Carrots
I recommend making a large batch of carrot puree and freezing it in individual portions. Measure 2 tablespoon portions into the wells of these silicone ice cube trays (which are my absolute favorite because they have a hard rim, making it easy to transport them from the counter to the freezer)!
Then let the baby food freeze, pop the cubes out and store in an airtight container or ziplock bag in the freezer.
Reheat
Warm frozen cubes in the microwave for about 60 seconds on high. Stir and test the temperature to be sure it isn’t too warm, then feed your baby. Or, gently warm the baby food carrots on the stovetop.

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 15.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.6g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.1g | Potassium: 120.7mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 1.8g | Vitamin A: 4540IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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27 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Perfectly! When my first son was just starting to get acquainted with adult food, I was constantly wondering what to feed him this time. Now I have another little daughter who will soon start trying our food. That’s why I’m very glad I came across your recipe! In fact, it is very useful for me!

  2. About how long are they good for in the freezer. Baby is 2 months old and I have a 5 pound bag of carrots.

  3. 5 stars
    Homemade baby food really is so easy to make! Your little one is just adorable! Great recipe for those precious little ones.

  4. Thanks for this! I never thought to roast them first, though it makes sense, that’s how I eat them! The boiled ones always seemed so blah. Just one thing I’ve had trouble with for years: how do you start getting chunkier purées? I also have a Vitamix and it’s just so powerful that I can’t seem to get the food anything but silky smooth purée! Any pointers?

  5. 5 stars
    This was great! I was hesitant when I pulled the carrots out of the oven because of the brown-ness, but once I blended them up in my bullet with some nursery water, it’s delicious! Perfectly smooth for babies second vegetable! Thank you!

  6. Hey Laura, this recipe look so yummy and healthy. I am always searching for new food recipes for babies. Thank you for sharing a tasty blog with us. Keep posting.

  7. Thank you for sharing HOMEMADE BABY FOOD CARROTS post. Sounds delicious and so easy. Yum! 🙂

    What was your baby’s favorite kind?

  8. 5 stars
    Hi, I have a question, why does the carrot have to be baked? Can´t it be just boiled? Also, the same recipe can be adapted to make Apple, Peach or Pear puré?