These 18 Stage 3 Baby Food Recipes are easy to make, delicious for baby to eat and completely homemade! They are combination purees with soft chunks that will get baby ready for the next stage – finger foods. Great for babies 9-12 months.

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Stage 3 Baby Food Recipes

You’ve almost made it👏!

Baby (and you) have mastered the single-ingredient stage 1 baby purees🎓, rocked the combo purees like it was no big thang 👊 and now baby is ready for the next stage in their eating adventures.

Get ready for Stage 3 Baby Food!

Stage 3, or Chunky Purees, is the last stop of the puree culinary adventure for baby – the next phase is finger foods.

What is Stage 3 Baby Food you ask me? Well, put simply, Stage 3 baby foods are a puree with small chewable chunks inside. Having small manageable chunks in a puree gets baby ready for finger foods by having them explore similar tastes that they are used to but with completely different texture profiles.

Baby has to learn how to move the chunks around their little mouths, how to “chew” (or really gnaw) at those chunks and finally they have to learn to swallow them without gagging or chocking. It’s a sensory and exploratory practice that takes some time, but trust me baby will learn how to do all of these things in no time at all.

Reasons to Love these Homemade Stage 3 Purees

  • wholesome
  • delicious
  • freezer-friendly
  • nutrient dense
  • full of whole grains – millet, whole wheat pasta, quinoa, etc
  • great ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinners
  • can be made slightly chunky or really chunky depending on where baby is at with this stage of purees
  • baby doesn’t have to have teeth for these chunky purees – they will be able to gnaw at any of these chunks with their gums

When can you introduce baby to stage 3 purees?

You can introduce Stage 3 purees to baby around 9 months of age. You will want baby to have had a great deal of practice eating smooth combination purees before you serve them chunky purees.

What is Stage 3 Baby Foods?

Stage 3 baby foods are a thick puree with soft chewable pieces of food inside.

What is the difference between Stage 2 and Stage 3 Baby Foods?

The only difference between Stage 2 and Stage 3 baby food is that Stage 3 baby foods are slightly more chunky than Stage 2 purees. Traditionally, Stage 3 baby foods are meant to be be the last step in the puree process before you start baby on finger foods. You are basically getting baby ready to be able to eat finger foods by showing them a different texture of food that they then have to learn how to “chew” and swallow.

You can make any homemade Stage 2 baby food puree into a Stage 3 baby food simply by not blending the produce into a smooth puree. Instead you want to blitz the produce in a blender or food processor until it is combined with small “pea” size chunks of food in it.

Why are Stage 3 Baby Foods Important?

Stage 3 baby foods are important because they will help teach baby what to do with small chunks of food in their mouths, how to move the chunks around their mouth, how to “chew” these chunks as well as how to swallow them. This stage is important because you are exposing them to a ton of different textures and taste sensations.

Can you do Finger Foods and Stage 3 Purees at the Same Time?

Yes, you can start finger foods at any age! This stage is all about texture and taste exploration, so the more you introduce to them now, the easier it will be for them when they start eating table foods. You can read my Ultimate Guide to Finger Foods for more information .

How to Make Stage 3 Purees

Below you will find 18 of our favorite advanced combinations that have soft chewable chunks inside.

You can also make any stage 1 or Stage 2 Baby Food into a Stage 3 food! It’s simple, after you cook your favorite recipe you can simply transfer the cook produce, grains and/or meat into a food processor or blender and pulse in 5-10 second intervals until the produce is blended and chopped into small pieces. I have found that a food processor works best for making chunky purees, but a blender will also work. For best results in a blender, you will want stir the food in the blender after each pulsing interval.

Items You Need to Make and Serve Stage 3 Purees

Food Processor
Baby Puree Storage Trays
Baby Bowl (that will stay on the table)
Self-Feeding Baby Spoon (so they can start feeding themselves)

If you have any more questions about Stage 3 Baby Food scroll down 👇 to the comment section and ask away.

Also, I wanna know, what was your baby’s favorite Stage 3 Puree?

Strawberry, Sweet Potato + Farro Baby Food

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Strawberry, Sweet Potato + Farro Baby Food

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This chunky Strawberry, Sweet Potato + Farro Baby Food is a delicious meal for baby!
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Peach Rice Pudding for Baby + Toddler

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Peach Rice Pudding with Vanilla + Cinnamon

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This Peach Rice Pudding is the perfect way to showcase the amazing taste of peaches for baby and toddler.
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Chunky Summer Veggie Pasta for Baby + Toddler

Chunky Summer Veggie Pasta

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This Chunky Summer Veggie Pasta for Baby and Toddler combines all the flavorful tastes of summer into one bite-size dish!
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Oatmeal with Beets + Carrots for Baby & Toddler

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Oatmeal with Beets + Carrots

5 stars (2 ratings)
Yummy healthy oatmeal gets mixed with beets and carrots, spices, and raisins for a veggie packed breakfast your toddler won’t be able to resist.
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Chunky Peach, Raspberry + Quinoa Baby Food Puree

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Chunky Peach, Raspberry + Quinoa Baby Food Puree

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Packed with fiber, vitamin A and C, calcium, iron and folate this chunky puree will be a hit anytime of the year.
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Green Baby Puree with Chicken

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Green Baby Puree with Chicken

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Green Baby Puree with Chicken is a delicious chunky puree that can be made in under 30 minutes! It is loaded with healthy green vegetables, lean protein and topped off with some apple sweetness.
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Apple + Mint with Cottage Cheese Baby Food Puree

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Apple + Mint with Cottage Cheese Baby Food Puree

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Filled with sweet apples, refreshing mint and chunky cottage cheese for a delicious meal for baby.
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Blueberry Chickpea with Rosemary Baby Food Puree

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Blueberry Chickpea with Rosemary Baby Food Puree

5 stars (16 ratings)
This puree is packed with antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin A and C from the blueberries and protein, zinc, manganese, folate and iron from the chickpeas. All of that goodness packed into a super simple and delicious puree!
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Roasted Pear + Date Baby Food Puree

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Roasted Pear + Date Baby Food Puree

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Filled with wholesome roasted pears, dates and a squeeze of orange for a little zest!
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Roasted Carrot, Cherry + Millet Baby Food Puree

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Roasted Carrot, Cherry + Millet Baby Food Puree

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This Roasted Carrot, Cherry + Millet Baby Food Puree is a rich and savory meal that can be served either smooth or chunky depending on your baby’s stage.
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Blueberry, Mango + Avocado Baby Food Puree

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Blueberry, Mango + Avocado Baby Food Puree

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This Blueberries, Mango + Avocado Baby Food Puree is a nutrient dense and delicious meal for baby that takes less than 5 minutes to make!
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Peach + Raspberry Oatmeal for Baby and Toddler

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Peach + Raspberry Oatmeal for Baby and Toddler

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It’s perfectly sweet with just a touch of tartness to level it out.
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Green Pea Hummus for Baby + Toddler

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 Green Pea Hummus for Baby + Toddler

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This Green Pea Hummus for Baby + Toddler can be served as a puree or as a fun and healthy dip for toddlers!
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Carrot Pasta for Baby + Toddler

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Carrot Pasta for Baby + Toddler

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This fun Carrot Pasta is a healthy meal (hidden veggies!) for baby or toddler!
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Avocado for Baby – Smashed

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Avocado for Baby – 4 Delicious Ways

5 stars (5 ratings)
Avocados are a superfood and great first food for babies 4 months and up. Serve them pureed, smashed, or as a finger food for baby-led weaning.
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Strawberry, Spinach + Chives and Barley Baby Food Puree

Carrot, Apricot + Quinoa with Curry Baby Food Puree

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They are combination purees with soft chunks that will get baby ready for the next stage – finger foods. Great for babies 9-12 months.

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