After six months of strictly breastmilk or formula, you and your baby are probably ready for a change of pace when it comes to mealtime. If you’re looking for an easy yet nutritious way to start your little one off on the right solid food foot, check out our baby approved Instant Pot baby food recipes.
How to Make Homemade Baby Food in Your Instant Pot
Banana Blueberry Pear Puree
This flavor combination is a fruit lover’s dream.
3 large pears peeled, cored, and quartered
1 cup blueberries
1 medium fresh banana peeled
- Place a steamer basket in the bottom of the pressure cooking pot and add 1 cup water.
- Place the pear quarters and blueberries inside the steamer basket. Lock the lid in place. Select Pressure Cook or Manual High and 4 minutes cook time.
- When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker and use a quick pressure release.
- When the float valve drops, carefully remove the lid.
- Remove the pears and blueberries from the steamer basket, reserving the cooking water. Allow to cool for 20 minutes.
- Transfer the cooked pears and blueberries to a blender jar or food processor.
- Add the peeled banana and 1/4 cup reserved cooking water and blend until very smooth. (Add more cooking water if needed to blend but use the minimum amount necessary.)
Instant Pot Zucchini and Cauliflower Baby Food
Make a veggie love out of your little from an early age.
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup cauliflower
1 cup water
- Peel and dice vegetables.
- Add vegetable and water to Instant Pot. Cover with lid, lock the lid, and seal the vent.
- Cook on “Manual/High” for 15 minutes. Once Instant Pot beeps allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 10 minutes and the quick release the remaining pressure.
- Remove lid, drain excess liquid, and then use an immersion blender to blend the vegetables until they are pureed smooth.
- If you need the baby food to be a thinner consistency, add water or breast milk to thin it out.
- Portion food out into small containers. Cover and freeze any portion that you do not plan on using that day.
Banana Oatmeal Baby Food
Feed baby the foods that fill her up best.
1 cup uncooked oatmeal
1 cup coconut milk
- Peel bananas and cut them in half.
- Place bananas and oatmeal in a mini-loaf pan then pour coconut milk over the top.
- Place mini-loaf pan in the Instant Pot (This may be placed in the Instant Pot with other mini-loaf pans, stacked and side-by-side to eliminate time. Cook time will remain the same.)
- Turn Instant Pot onto High Pressure and cook for 15 minutes.
- Quick release.
- Put contents of mini-loaf pan in the blender and puree until it’s of a consistency you want.
- Allow to cool completely before serving. Any excess can be frozen in ice cubes for individual servings later.
Apple Pear Raspberry Cereal
Turn regular cereal into a multi-flavor culinary experience for your little foodie.
1 granny apple
1 cup raspberries (fresh)
1/2 cup baby rice cereal
- Peel apple and pear and remove cores.
- Place apple, pear, raspberries and baby rice cereal into a mini silicon loaf pan and then into the Instant Pot. This may be placed in the Instant Pot with other mini-loaf pans, stacked and side-by-side to eliminate time. Cook time will remain the same.
- Set Instant Pot to High Pressure for 15 minutes.
- Quick release.
- Place cooked apple, pear, raspberries and baby rice cereal in blender and blend until smooth.
- Allow to cool completely before serving.
- May be placed into ice cubes and frozen for serving later.
Baby Friendly Butternut Squash Soup
Since this soup is pureed, it’s great for spoon-feeding.
2 T. olive oil
1 medium butternut squash
1 medium yellow onion
1 stalk celery
1 t. thyme
32 oz. vegetable stock (or chicken can be substituted)
salt and pepper to taste
- Peel and seed the butternut squash and chop all veggies into 1-2” chunks. Heat olive oil in large pot.
- Add celery, carrots and onion. Cook 4-5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
- Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 30-45 minutes or until all veggies are tender.
- Blend with an immersion blender or food processor until smooth. Top with homemade croutons and enjoy.
The more variety you consistently give your baby, the more chances you have to not only find what they love, but to also create healthy eating habits for the rest of their lives. So experiment away and enjoy the process knowing that you’re opening a brand new world of yummy options for your baby.
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Are you making your own baby food or do you opt for the ease and variety of store bought options.