Homemade Baby Food Carrots

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Homemade Baby Food Carrots are so 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 becomes a little taxing.

I’m just being real here. 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! πŸ™‚

This time around I got tired just thinking about feeding one more person every time we sat down to eat. However, the glorious reality that solid food brings of switching from nursing every 3 hours, to every 4 hours motivated me to get the ball rolling, and make some of these baby food carrots.

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 next to it

How to make Baby Food Carrots 

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

Roast the Carrots

Like sweet potatoes, I recommend roasting the carrots since it brings out their natural sweetness. I toss them in a small amount of olive oil and spread them on the pan. Then I roast them at 425 degrees F until they look like the picture below. A little shrively, a little browned, a whole lot of deliciousness (I have to keep myself from eating all of them before I get to the blending phase)!

You can also just toss 2 lbs of carrots into the slow cooker and let them cook. You won’t get the roasted flavor but they’re still yummy and easier to make.

Overhead view of a pan of roasted carrots with a glass baby food jar and spoon next to it in the making of homemade baby food carrots

Blend the carrots

Using the Vitamix to make homemade baby food is the best ever. Silky smooth purees are ready in minutes (or seconds)! Start by using a small amount of water, and then  I add more until you achieve the consistency that’s best for your baby.

In the early weeks/months make sure the mixture 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

How to Freeze baby food carrots

I recommend making a large batch and freezing some for later. Drop 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 the baby food carrots

Simply 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.

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

Recipe FAQs

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

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?Β 

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,Β always wash the carrots before using them in this baby food carrots recipe!

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

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Homemade Baby Food Carrots

Laura
Homemade Baby Food Carrots are so 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 5 votes
Course baby food
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 15.5
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time50 minutes

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 lb organic carrots (peeled)
  • 1 TBS Olive oil
  • 2-4 TBS water

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Toss carrots in olive oil and spread evenly 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.

Video

Notes

How to Freeze baby food carrots

I recommend making a large batch and freezing some for later. Drop 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 the baby food carrots
Simply 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.

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.Β 

Nutrition

Serving: 2TBS | 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.

Did you enjoy this recipe? Have a question? Leave a comment below!

Making your own baby food at home is SO easy, and totally worth it. It saves so much money and you know exactly what you are feeding your baby {carrots and water}!

I feel like I need to apologize to all of you for not being more on top of sharing all the yummy foods I have fed Mara so far! I have a few more already shot and ready to go, and I will continue trying my best to post as I introduce new foods/combinations to her! I’m trying to soak in all of her sweetness {as well as being fully present for my three other kids}, so there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all! πŸ˜‰

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27 Comments

    1. Hey Jackie! I totally agree! πŸ™‚ I think it’s easier to make it than going to the store to buy some! πŸ™‚

  1. Your little one is just adorable! Great recipe for those precious little ones. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. Awe! I hope baby liked it. I never did purees with my two so never had to make baby food before.

    Thanks so much for linking up at the Bloggers Spotlight party! I pinned this to our group board. Don’t forget to come link up again on Thursday and see the featured posts!

  3. What a great approach to baby weaning! I have to say I wasn’t as good in the kitchen when my son was born so I bought a lot of our baby food but I wish I had seen this then because it looks pretty simple and naturally tasty! #YumTum

    1. Charlotte! Thanks so much! Making baby food is definitely something even the busiest moms can do! πŸ™‚ Plus it saves so much money! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. This is so good to have…I am going to give it to my daughters! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  5. I like that pan. I always just used a plastic ice cube tray with my first child. That pan looks much easier. Never thought to go the baby carrot route either. I just peeled a couple of carrots we already had. Baby #2 is due in May. I might have to remember that to save some time. I hate peeling veggies. lol #ShineBlogHop

    1. Thanks so much LaKita! I’m pretty smitten with this little girl! πŸ˜‰ That’s a great idea…using babyfood to sneak in veggies for your older kids (or husband, LOL)!