Homemade Blueberry Baby Food Recipes

Published by 
Jess Miller
Last updated: 
August 7, 2014
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Blueberries are delicious and packed full of antioxidants. Thanks to frozen blueberries being found on your local supermarket shelf you can now prepare blueberry baby food all year round.

Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing new foods to your baby.

How to keep Blueberries Fresh For Longer

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While you are dreaming up creative ways to feed blueberries to your baby, your blueberries are slowly deteriorating. Fortunately, you can keep blueberries fresh for longer with this simple tip.

  1. Place blueberries in a bowl with 1 cup of vinegar and 3 cups of water.
  2. Gently swirl blueberries around to dislodge dirt, grime while the vinegar kills spores and bacteria.
  3. Drain the berries in a colander and thoroughly rinse to remove any vinegar residue (trust me, vinegar and blueberries isn't an amazing flavor).
  4. You can either dry the blueberries by patting down with a cloth or paper towel or by using a salad spinner.

The above method kills any bacteria and spores that speed up the ripening (and rotting) process of fruit.

As for storing berries? You simply cannot go past Rubbermaid produce saver range. They come in all shapes and sizes and really do help prolong the life of your produce. I use the size below to store berries in and am super impressed with the results.

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1. Blueberry baby puree

This simple yet tasty baby food recipe lets blueberries be the star. No distractions. Just a delicious blueberry flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup filtered water

Directions:

  1. Add water to a pan and bring to boil.
  2. Add blueberries and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes or until blueberries are soft and tender (frozen blueberries may take longer to cook).
  3. Remove blueberries from pan using a slotted spoon and transfer to the blender. Set aside cooking liquid.
  4. Puree to your baby's favorite consistency, adding the cooking liquid you set aside to thin out if needed.
  5. Serve as is or refrigerate for up to 3 days. Add excess to an ice cube tray and freeze for up to 3 months.

Bonus Tip: To thicken the puree, slowly add baby cereal while blending.

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2. Blueberry quinoa rice pudding cup

A lovely smooth baby meal with a subtle berry flavor. A winter favorite of mine when served warm. Makes 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (Or more for a stronger flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon rice
  • 1 tablespoon quinoa
  • (optional)2 tablespoons of formula (or breast milk or just milk)

Directions:

  1. Add rice and quinoa in a bowl and cover with water. Leave to soak for 30 minutes.
  2. Drain rice and quinoa and add to pot with 1 1/2 cups filtered water.
  3. Bring to boil before reducing to a simmer for 35 minutes with the lid on. Stir periodically, topping up with water if needed.
  4. Add blueberries to the pot and cook until blueberries turn soft and mushy.
  5. Remove from heat, stir in formula and (if needed) puree while hot.
  6. Serve to your baby warm.
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3. Blueberry sunrise

This baby puree is not only tasty but is also a lovely shade of red. A great way to sneak your baby vegetables. If your baby doesn't like apple, substitute it for pear.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cups of apple (peeled, cored chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach (fresh)
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

  1. Combine apple, blueberries, and water in a pot. Simmer over medium heat for 7 minutes or until apples are soft and tender.
  2. Turn off heat and add spinach leaves to pot. Stir mixture for 1 minute or until spinach has wilted.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, remove apple blueberries and spinach from the pot and transfer to a blender or food processor. Set aside cooking liquid.
  4. Puree until your babies preferred consistency is reached. Add cooking liquid to thin the puree and continue to blend if needed.
  5. Serve as is or refrigerate for up to 3 days. Freezes for up to 3 months.
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4. Baked banana and blueberries

Since learning how to bake bananas, I have been mixing assorted fruit with them, trying to make the perfect flavor combination. Blueberries may just be baked bananas perfect partner in crime.

Ingredients:

  • 3 bananas (leave peels on)
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • (optional) unsweetened apple juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a waxed paper lined tray arrange your 3 bananas and blueberries.
  3. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until bananas are dark brown in color and berries are bursting.
  4. Remove tray from oven and set aside to cool for 15 minutes or until cool enough to touch.

Caution: Burn Hazard Using your hands, peel the bananas and discard skin.

  • Add baked banana flesh and blueberries to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Add apple juice if needed to thin mixture.
  • Set aside to cool before refrigerating for up to 3 days or freezing for up to 2 months.</li
  • Serve cool or room temperature.

Adapted from this recipe.

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5. Blueberry swirl

An absolutely delicious puree that pairs well with all manner of dairy products.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe pear (peeled, cored, cut into small pieces)
  • 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Ricotta cheese or natural yogurt

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Either drizzle your puree over ricotta cheese or slowly stir into natural yogurt.
  3. Serve cold
  4. Refrigerate for 3 days or freezes for up to 3 months.
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6. Red poop puree

Okay, the name may not sound appetizing but I had to get it out there. Although delicious and nutritious, this meal can dye your baby's poop a red color.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium beets (scrubbed, peeled, chopped)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Directions:

  1. Combine blueberries and beets in a pan and fill with just enough water to cover them.
  2. Cook on a medium heat for 10 minutes or until beets are soft and tender. You can test beats by using a dining knife, the knife should easily pass through without much pressure.
  3. Use an immersion blender in the pan or transfer beets, blueberries and liquid to a blender or food processor and puree until desired consistency reached.
  4. Serve warm.
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7. Blananacado pudding

Pronunciation: blah-nah-nah-car-doh -- Tricky to say, delicious to eat. Your baby will love this unusual combination of avocado, blueberry, and banana. This baby dish is meant to be served thick and pudding-like but can be watered down to suit your baby's taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 banana (peeled)
  • 1/2 avocado (skin removed, pitted)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve cool. Yep, that simple.

Bonus Tip: Turn this meal into a tasty smoothie by adding 1/2 cup natural yogurt and 1/4 cup water (add more water as needed).

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8. Peach, blueberry baby custard

Don't be put off by the name "baby custard", adults find this recipe delicious too. A lovely and refreshing dessert in the warmer months.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small ripe peach (peeled, pitted and diced)
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries (mashed)
  • 2 beaten egg yolks
  • 1 cup breast milk, milk or formula
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla essence
  • prepared infant rice cereal

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a bowl combine egg yolk, milk and vanilla essence and mix together.
  3. Place blueberries into the bottom of a small dish, pour egg mixture over blueberries.
  4. Place oven dish into a baking pan and pour water into the pan. Water should cover roughly half of the oven dish.
  5. Carefully place baking pan in the oven and cook for 30 minutes, until set.
  6. Remove from oven and leave to cool before storing in the refrigerator.
  7. Serve to your baby chilled.

We have a lot of other great options for other peach and blueberry baby food recipes.

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Do you know any homemade baby food recipes prominently featuring blueberries? If you have a recipe or modification you would love to share, leave it below.

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