When you’re a new parent, you want to give your baby the best food possible. But often you’re so time-poor or sleep deprived that making food from scratch can feel overwhelming. At Sinchies, we understand. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 10 easy baby food recipes. In fact, in some cases ‘recipe’ is probably an overstatement. An example of a baby food recipe might be as simple as peeling a banana and squishing it up with a fork. Homemade, healthy baby food doesn’t have to be complicated or time intensive—not at all. We hope these recipes give you some helpful ideas to make your life easier, and your baby healthier and happier.
Just a quick note: we’ve included a range of ideas here for babies of different ages. So just remember that a newborn will have different dietary needs and a very limited palate; whereas, older babies can get their teeth into some solids. So pick and choose from these ideas as you see fit. We begin with purees and work our way up to solids.
Let’s start simple. When transitioning to solids, often the first thing many parents try their baby on is some kind of rice cereal / oatmeal cereal / barley cereal. There are good reasons for this. It’s very plain and unlikely to cause any allergic reactions. It’s also healthy, and you can easily mix breast milk or formula in with the cereal to create a ‘literal transition’ for your baby. After all, if your baby tastes something familiar, they are more likely to eat it.
Rice cereal is a really simple recipe. All you need is rice powder and water. Then just warm it up and stir.
Triple berry and pear puree
If your baby is ready to try some flavours, we’d recommend a fruit puree. Our triple berry and pear puree is full of yummy and healthy ingredients. It’s also an exciting purple colour that may get your baby’s attention.
Alternatively, if you want to try a simpler puree at first, simply blend up some carrots. Voila!
Yoghurt is a super simple and healthy meal for babies. It doesn’t even require any preparation: you can simply buy some plain yoghurt and spoon it into a bowl or a Sinchies reusable food pouch so your baby can suck it out through the straw.
But if you want to get a bit more creative, why not try our coconut yoghurt recipe? We’ll show you how to make your own yoghurt from scratch at home! You can even make a vegan option using coconut milk / cream.
Carrot, chicken and pear puree
If you’re thinking of introducing your baby to meat, a puree is a great place to start. Our carrot, chicken and pear puree combines flavours that are likely familiar to your baby (carrot and pear) and adds in a little bit of chicken and quinoa.
It sounds almost too good (and simple) to be true, doesn’t it? But squashed banana is a really healthy meal for babies, and a great transition from purees to more solid food.
Simply peel and squash a banana with the back of a fork until it’s almost a paste. Done!
Another really easy baby food recipe is squashed avocado. Avocados are full of vital nutrients including nearly 20 vitamins and minerals and ‘good’ fats.
Just peel the skin, remove the pip, and squash the avocado into a paste with the back of a fork.
Fruit ‘n’ semolina porridge
Semolina is a really good way to introduce some fine grains into your baby’s diet. Our fruit ‘n’ semolina porridge recipe can be served warm or cold. It features apple and pear, so it’s a sweet and savoury treat.
Creamy fruity dessert pasta
How about introducing a bit of pasta into your baby’s diet? When most people think of pasta, they think of savoury tomato or cream sauce. But it doesn’t have to be savoury. For example, our creamy fruity dessert pasta has yummy apple, mango and yoghurt. And we think your baby will love it!
If you’re ready to introduce some red meat into your baby’s diet, savoury mince is an easy baby food recipe. You can add all kinds of things to mince to flavour it. But we recommend you try our savoury mince recipe. It’s been tried and tested and loved!
Babylish beef ‘n’ vege recipe
When your baby has teeth and is ready for some chewing, give our babylish beef ‘n’ vege recipe a go. It has lots of healthy ingredients like sweet potato, veges, onion and garlic. And even better, it’s really simple to make. After all, that’s what we’re striving for here: easy and healthy.
We hope your baby enjoys our recipe ideas!