Top 5 No-Cook Baby Food Recipes

Canned baby food tastes horrible.  It has a slightly saltier, bland taste, but cooking and pureeing your own takes forever.  That’s why I like to make my baby food from ingredients I don’t have to cook.  Besides, any food your baby takes before the age of 9 months is just for practice anyways.

no cook baby food recipes

There are many different ingredients you can use to make No-cook baby food, but here are my favorites:

  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Peas
  • Pears
  • Berries (Strawberries & Blueberries)
  • Baby Spinach
  • Apple Sauce (unsweetened)
  • Plain Whole-milk Yogurt
  • Mango

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I introduce foods like these around 6 to 8 months, but only after they have nursed for as long as they want.  At this stage, I serve food as a fun practice time to get them ready to eat solids and start to wean.  Some of my children have not shown an interest in food at all until 7 or 8 months and that is fine with me!  It just makes introducing food so much easier because they have the ability to chew small pieces of soft food and don’t need everything to be pureed.

My Favorite No-Cook Baby Food Recipes

Why no-cook?  There are so many reasons like convenience, nutritional value, and superior taste to name a few.  I try to always have a few of these ingredients on hand so I can quickly whip up some food if my child is showing an interest.

They are also great to have for picky eaters who only like to feed themselves.  I watch a friend’s baby and she won’t take a bottle or any kind of food, but loves to feed herself.  I can easily mash these recipes together with my baby food mill and freeze them in little dots on parchment so she can feed herself.

no cook baby food drops

Finally, if you’ve tried the store bought green vegetable baby food, you are brave.  I know that if I can’t stand eating it, my baby probably won’t either.  I find frozen or fresh green vegetables taste much better.

Peas and Apple Sauce

I like to introduce a green vegetable first, as that seems to be what most children reject when given a choice.  Now, my children will eat frozen peas for a snack.  They say they’re just as good as crackers.

For my babies, sometimes I’ll skip the apple sauce and food mill altogether and just see if my baby likes eating frozen peas whole.  Babies love to try and pick the bright little green spheres up, so it is a great fine motor exercise as well!  If my baby gags a lot, for his first taste I’ll mash up the peas in my food mill and then blend it up with a little apple sauce to taste.  Of course you can skip the apple sauce if your baby likes the peas plain.

baby food mill no cook baby food

Avocado and Banana

This is another no-cook recipe that you can give to your baby as a finger food.  Although avocados might be a little challenging especially if they are very ripe.  This baby food recipe can be mashed in the food mill or blended really smooth if your baby tends to gag.  The flavor is mild and sweet, but packs a big nutritional punch with the healthy fats your baby needs for brain development.

Pears and Berries

I like to eat this one myself.  If your berries are fresh, they add a little tanginess to the sweetness of the pear.  If you have ever tasted the store bought pears, they are very sour for baby’s first taste.  Ripe fresh pears have a more mild flavor.

no cook baby food pears and strawberries

Mango and Baby Spinach

For this recipe, you’ll want to make sure your mango is very ripe so it isn’t too sour for baby.  The spinach does lighten the tanginess a bit though.  I don’t use very many spinach leaves, just a few for the whole mango, but they really chop up nicely in the blender so your baby won’t choke and you could probably add more.

Yogurt Combination

The great thing about all of these recipes is that you can mix and match all the ingredients.  I also like to mix a little plain yogurt with any of these to give my baby’s stomach a little live active cultures.

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What are your favorite no-cook baby food combinations?

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Comments

    • says

      You did!? Congratulations. That is very exciting. What does big brother think of his little sister?

      You know I should have put black beans, because my kids loved them too! I always just gave them whole because they are perfect for little hands. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  1. Ellen Wood says

    I’m confused about your recipes – are the vegetables and fruits not even steamed prior to milling? I did baby led weaning with very few homemade purees for both of my boys, but did steam things first. It’s important to note that if you are feeding an infant under the age of 1, completely raw fruits and veggies are difficult for their tummies to digest and the cooking process makes the fiber more gentle. If you do only raw foods, you could end up with a very irritable baby with an upset tummy.

    • says

      Hi Ellen,

      With all of these recipes I do not cook them first because they are all mushy enough to mill on their own. I’ve never heard of anyone cooking bananas or avocado before. Do you steam everything? Now, with each first food you introduce to baby it is important to introduce it slowly to see how they react.

      I just wanted to give parents ideas on foods that are easy to serve without any prep. There are lots of other recipes that you can feed baby that require cooking, I just didn’t want to include those. I hope that clarifies my intent. Thank you so much for taking the time to ask!

    • says

      You can give them to her right now! Frozen petite is best because they become mush in their mouth and are very sweet. It is hard for them to choke because they are so small. They might gag at first, but they usually do that with new tastes anyways.

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