Easy Homemade Baby Food Sweet Potatoes! This recipe has only two ingredients, sweet potatoes and water! Making your own baby food is less expensive, tastier, and more nutritious than store-bought varieties!

The time has come for us to start feeding our sweet Mara baby food! I am always a bag of mixed emotions once we hit this milestone with our kids. On the one hand, it’s so fun to introduce our babies to new foods and experiences…but on the other, it’s just another reminder of the irreversible passing of time. Sigh.

Any who, I will be sharing my journey through introducing Mara to solid foods with all of you lovely ladies and gents. I want to help take the guesswork out of feeding your babies and show you just how easy it is to make your own baby food at home, starting with these Homemade Baby Food Sweet Potatoes!

 Easy Homemade Baby Food Sweet Potatoes! This recipe has only two ingredients, sweet potatoes and water! Making your own baby food is less expensive, tastier, and more nutritious than store-bought varieties!

When my first baby was ready to eat solids I did a ton of research before I started. So I’m hoping that my experiences with four kids can help all of you moms out there! After using cereal {mixed with breastmilk} to teach my kids how to eat from a spoon, I either start with these Homemade Baby Food Sweet Potatoes {which I did with Mara} or avocados. Both foods are easily digested and are nutritional powerhouses!

There are three main reasons you totally should make your own baby food….

  1. It is cost effective.
  2. You know exactly what you are feeding your baby.
  3. Homemade baby food tastes worlds better than store-bought!

We’ll explore these further below….

 Easy Homemade Baby Food Sweet Potatoes! This recipe has only two ingredients, sweet potatoes and water! Making your own baby food is less expensive, tastier, and more nutritious than store-bought varieties!

1. Making your own baby food is cost-effective!

Let’s start by discussing cost. One pound of organic sweet potatoes costs $0.98 on sale, which yields about 20 TBS of food (10 oz). One 2.5 oz jar of organic sweet potato baby food is $1.00. Which means that jarred sweet potatoes are 4 times MORE expensive than Homemade Baby Food Sweet Potatoes! Over the handful of months that your baby will eat purees, the savings is huge!

2. Ingredients!

There are two ingredients in this recipe, sweet potatoes and water. That’s it. No fillers, no stabilizers, no preservatives, no food coloring. Just nature’s best root veggie roasted to sweet perfection and blended until it’s silky smooth!

3. Taste! 

Have you ever been to a baby shower and played the game “guess the baby food?” One word…GROSS. Seriously I don’t know what they do to it but jarred baby food doesn’t even compare to homemade!

True story: When Bethany was 10 months old we went on vacation. I made a few things in our condo…these Homemade Baby Food Sweet Potatoes actually, and I kept bananas on hand. However, I had to buy a few jars for our trip. Bethany loved homemade peas, but when I gave her the first spoonful of the jarred variety she cried. She wasn’t a picky kid at all, so I tasted them and oh man were they awful! Truly nothing beats homemade!

 Easy Homemade Baby Food Sweet Potatoes! This recipe has only two ingredients, sweet potatoes and water! Making your own baby food is less expensive, tastier, and more nutritious than store-bought varieties!

I know what you’re thinking…”But I don’t have time to make my own baby food.”

Don’t believe that lie! Making these Homemade Baby Food Sweet Potatoes {and all other baby food varieties} is super simple! So let’s chat a bit about the method!

Homemade Baby Food Sweet Potatoes: Method

Roast, blend, freeze. That’s all there is to it!

Simply wrap your sweet potatoes in foil and bake. Once they’re done, scoop out the insides of the potatoes and toss them into your Vitamix or food processor. Add water and blend/process  for about 60 seconds. Check the consistency, scrape the sides and blend longer or add more water if necessary. At this point your food is ready to feed your baby! However, I like to save a small portion for now, and then store the rest for future feedings.

To do this, scoop the puree in 1 or 2 TBS portions into the wells of a silicone ice cube tray or individual silicone brownie pan. I have used regular ice cube trays in the past, but it’s much easier to remove the food cubes from molds made of silicone!

Once the pan or tray is full, pop it in the freezer and, ta-da! Now you wait!

 Easy Homemade Baby Food Sweet Potatoes! This recipe has only two ingredients, sweet potatoes and water! Making your own baby food is less expensive, tastier, and more nutritious than store-bought varieties!

Once the puree is frozen, remove the cubes of Homemade Baby Food Sweet Potatoes from the molds and transfer them to an airtight container or a freezer-friendly plastic bag.

When it’s mealtime, simply remove the desired number of cubes from the freezer and heat them in the microwave on high for 30 seconds per cube. Important: be sure to test the temperature of the puree before feeding it to your baby! You might need to let it cool slightly after heating it!

 Easy Homemade Baby Food Sweet Potatoes! This recipe has only two ingredients, sweet potatoes and water! Making your own baby food is less expensive, tastier, and more nutritious than store-bought varieties!

I promise you will learn to love making food for your baby! These Homemade Baby Food Sweet Potatoes are the perfect recipe to start with because sweet potatoes are a favorite food of babies everywhere, so your little one is sure to love them! 😉

 Easy Homemade Baby Food Sweet Potatoes! This recipe has only two ingredients, sweet potatoes and water! Making your own baby food is less expensive, tastier, and more nutritious than store-bought varieties!

Sweet Potato Baby Food

10 minutes

2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 40 - 1 TBS portions of baby food

Sweet Potato Baby Food

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Thoroughly wash your sweet potatoes.
  3. Wrap each sweet potato individually with aluminum foil.
  4. Place your sweet potatoes on a pan and put them in the oven.
  5. Bake for 1 to 2 hours, or until potatoes are soft to the touch.
  6. Remove potatoes from foil and let cool.
  7. Scoop out insides and place in a blender (Vitamix) or food processor with 2 TBS water.
  8. Blend until smooth, adding more water if necessary.
  9. Scoop puree into a silicone individual brownie pan or silicone ice cube tray with individual square compartments and freeze for at least 4 hours.
  10. Remove squares from the pan and place in a plastic bag labeled "sweet potatoes."

Notes

To feed to your baby just reheat the desired number of squares in the microwave for 1 minute (then let cool to a palatable temperature for your baby)! You can also let sit in the fridge or at room temperature to thaw. But who has time for that?

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 Easy Homemade Baby Food Sweet Potatoes! This recipe has only two ingredients, sweet potatoes and water! Making your own baby food is less expensive, tastier, and more nutritious than store-bought varieties!