Learn how to prepare blueberries for baby in 10 delicious and easy ways! As yummy superfoods, blueberries are a great first food for babies 4-6 months and up. Serve them as a baby food puree, solid food for the finger food stage, or baby-led weaning.

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Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

BLUEBERRY BABY FOOD

Do you want to serve blueberries 🫐 to your baby, but not sure where to start?

Then this guide is for you! It is loaded with everything you need to know about how, when, and why to serve blueberries to your little one.

In this guide, you will find:

  1. Reasons to Love Blueberries for Baby
  2. Benefits of Blueberries for Baby
  3. When to introduce Blueberries to Baby
  4. Are Blueberries a Choking Hazard for Babies?
  5. Are Blueberries a Common Allergen?
  6. How to Serve Blueberries to Baby
  7. Roasted Blueberry Puree
  8. Simmered Blueberry Puree
  9. BEABA Babycook Blueberry Puree
  10. 2-Minute Blueberry Puree
  11. Blueberries for Self-Feeding
  12. 6 Blueberry Combination Purees
  13. Mashed Blueberry Chicken & Avocado
  14. Chunky Blueberry Puree with Yogurt
  15. Blueberry Oatmeal
  16. Storage Instructions
  17. Tips
  18. Tools Needed
  19. Recipes

First time making homemade baby food? Then I would suggest that you start by reading my very in-depth Guide on how to Make Homemade Baby Food – which goes over all the important information such as the best cooking tools to have on handsafe storagehow to know when baby is ready for solidshow to introduce pureesthe best first foods for baby, and more! If you are doing Baby-Led Weaning, then be sure to check out my Complete Guide to Baby-Led Weaning – which covers what exactly is baby-led weaning, to every parent’s concern of baby-led weaning and choking, this guide goes over it all. I will also share how to know when baby is ready for BLW, the top 10 best first foods, a helpful sample blw feeding schedule, helpful tools to have on hand, and much much more!

Hands holding blueberries.

REASONS TO LOVE THESE BLUEBERRY RECIPES

  • delicious baby food purees – 4-6+ months
  • great for baby-led weaning – 6+ months 
  • also great for the finger food stage – 9+ months
  • full of essential nutrients for baby
  • different ways for baby to eat – spoon-fed or self-feed 
  • easy to make
  • purees are freezer-friendly
  • can use fresh or frozen blueberries

BENEFITS OF BLUEBERRIES FOR BABY

  • Nutritious: Blueberries are chock full of essential nutrients for our body. They are high in vitamin C, which is necessary for proper immune function and iron absorption, and vitamin K, which is important for blood clotting for when baby gets a boo-boo. They’re also high in the mineral manganese, which helps with the metabolism of protein, lipids, and carbohydrates. In addition, blueberries are a good source of fiber, which promotes digestion and gut health, and antioxidants, powerful anti-cancer agents.
  • Health Benefits: Blueberries have been associated with many health benefits. Because of their high levels of antioxidants and fiber, they can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Superfood for Superbaby: blueberries are often touted as a superfood because they’re one of the fruits highest in antioxidants. 

While bowl full of blueberries.

WHEN TO INTRODUCE BLUEBERRIES TO BABY

Whether you’re starting your baby on purees or are doing baby-led weaning, blueberries are a wholesome and enjoyable first food for your baby! When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes between 4-6 months of age for purees and after 6 months for baby-led weaning. Some of the developmental milestones your baby needs to reach in order to start on solids include: if your baby has solid control of their head and neck, if your baby has doubled in weight, and if your baby is reaching for or opening their mouth when you eat (see my guide here). Before you start your baby’s feeding journey, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready.

Frozen vs. Fresh Blueberries: if fresh blueberries are not in season or in your budget, frozen blueberries would be a great option for you. They are nutritionally similar and easy to find in most grocery stores.

ARE BLUEBERRIES A CHOKING HAZARD FOR BABIES?

Yes, blueberries can be a choking hazard if presented in a way that baby is not developmentally ready for. To minimize the risk of choking, flatten them with your fingers or quarter large ones, and never leave your baby unattended while eating.

ARE BLUEBERRIES A COMMON ALLERGEN?

Blueberries are not listed as one of the top eight food allergens, so are not considered a common allergy. However, it does exist. If an immediate family member has an allergy to salicylates, you may need to avoid blueberries. 

Hands holding a gray baby food storage container with blueberry puree inside.

HOW TO SERVE BLUEBERRY TO BABY

There are several different ways to prepare blueberries for your baby! You can make them into a smooth puree, a combination puree, a chunky puree for stage three, mashed and spread on toast, or serve them whole for baby-led weaning or a finger food. Here are 10 of my favorite ways to serve them:

STAGE ONE PUREES

  • Roasted Blueberry Puree 
  • Simmered Blueberry Puree
  • Beaba Babycook Blueberry Puree 
  • 2-Minute Blueberry Puree

STAGE TWO PUREES

  • 6 Delicious Combination Purees

STAGE THREE PUREES

  • Mashed Blueberry with Chicken & Avocado
  • Chunky Blueberry Puree with Yogurt

BABY-LED WEANING OR FINGER FOODS

  • Blueberry for Baby-Led Weaning or Finger Foods: flattened, halved or quartered
  • Mashed Blueberry with Chicken & Avocado
  • Chunky Blueberry Puree with Yogurt

Roasted Blueberry Puree

This is the type of recipe you make for your baby but end up eating yourself. It’s just that good! Roasting the blueberries is key to getting a deep rich blueberry flavor that highlights their natural sweetness while keeping their crisp taste. It does require you to turn on your oven, which can be a deterrent in the hot summer months, but it is well worth it.

How to Serve: you can serve this puree as-is, mixed with an applepearsweet potato puree, or swirled into oatmealyogurt, or ricotta. 

Instructions (see below for the full recipe): place blueberries on a baking sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon. Roast in an oven for 20 minutes until the blueberries are bursting with juices. Place the roasted blueberries into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Simmered Blueberry Puree

Since blueberries have such a high water content, it is sometimes hard to get a thick enough puree for baby by just blending them raw (which you can still do). For this recipe, we simmer the blueberries so that some of their water gets cooked off, leaving you with a thicker puree. This cooking method also lets the blueberry’s natural sweetness come through, which calms down the blueberries, sometimes overwhelming, tartness.

How to Serve: you can serve this puree as-is, mixed with an applepearcarrot puree, or swirled into oatmealyogurt, or ricotta.

Instructions (see below for the full recipe): place blueberries in a small saucepan. Heat for 10 minutes or until the blueberries are super soft and falling apart. Place the simmered blueberries into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Blueberry Tip: this is a great recipe for using frozen blueberries. You can add frozen blueberries straight to the saucepan and simmer for 12-14 minutes or until soft and thawed through.

BEABA Babycook Blueberry Puree

One of my favorite ways to make a fresh, flavorful, and nutrient-dense blueberry baby food puree, with the touch of a button, is with the BEABA Babycook! It couldn’t get any easier or more hands-off than this. All we do is load up the blueberries into the Babycook, hit steam, and let the machine do all of the work.  

How to Serve: you can serve this puree as-is, mixed with an apple, avocadocarrot puree, or swirled into oatmealyogurt, or ricotta.

Instructions (see below for the full recipe): place blueberries into the stainless steel steamer basket. Fill the water tank to level 1. Place the steamer basket inside the glass jar, close the lid and push the steam button. Once done, pour out and reserve any excess water. Transfer the cooked blueberries into the glass jar, close the lid and push the blend button until smooth, adding the reserved blueberry water if needed.

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2-Minute Blueberry Puree

Want to make a tasty blueberry puree for baby but are short on time? Then this puree recipe is for you! We are simply going to blend up some fresh blueberries and call it a day! Yes, it can be that easy.

Instructions (see below for the full recipe): place the blueberries into a blender and blend for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. This puree will start on the thinner side but will thicken in the fridge as it chills.

A pink plate with blueberries cut three different ways for different ages of baby to self-feed.

Blueberries for Self-Feeding

Blueberries are a great food for your baby to self-feed, whether for baby-led weaning, which happens around 6 months of age or during the finger foods stage, which is at 9 months.

Flattened: the best way to serve your baby blueberries as a solid food at 6+ months is to gently pinch the blueberry into small, flattened discs. By pinching them into discs, makes the blueberries not as big of a choking hazard and gives your baby a nice flat surface to grab onto.

Quartered: you can easily quarter blueberries with a small sharp knife or kitchen scissors for your baby when their pincer grasp starts developing, which is roughly 9 months of age.

Halved: once your baby has mastered the quartered blueberries, you can move into just halving the blueberries with a sharp knife or kitchen scissors. You can start serving halved blueberries to your baby around 10+ months.

6 Blueberry Combination Purees

You can mix and match blueberries with many other great fruits and veggies to make a fun combination puree. Here are my 6 favorites:

  • Blueberry Banana Puree: Place one ripe banana, 1 cup of blueberries, and 1 tsp fresh lemon juice into a blender, and puree for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Serve to baby, store in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze for a later meal.
  • Blueberry Avocado Baby Food: Place one ripe avocado, 1 cup blueberries, and 1 tsp fresh lemon juice into a blender, and puree for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Serve to baby, store in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze for a later meal.
  • Blueberry Sweet Potato Puree: Follow this Sweet Potato Puree recipe and add 4 cups of blueberries to the baking sheet when there are 20 minutes left for the sweet potatoes to cook. Puree as directed in the recipe card using a pinch of cinnamon instead of the curry powder.
  • Blueberry Apple Puree: Follow this Apple Puree recipe and add 2 cups of blueberries to the saucepan before cooking. Cook and puree as directed in the recipe card.
  • Blueberry Pear Baby Food: Follow this Pear Puree recipe and add 2 cups of blueberries to the saucepan before cooking. Cook and puree as directed in the recipe card.
Hand holding baby spoon with chunky blueberry avocado and chicken puree.

Mashed Blueberry Chicken & Avocado

This mashed blueberry, chicken, and avocado chunky puree for your baby is a great way to serve them a full meal in one tasty bite. You can serve this chunky puree on a piece of toast, spoon-feed it to baby, toss it with some pasta, let your baby self-feed it to themselves, or load a self-feeding spoon with a bite and hand the spoon to your baby. 

Instructions (see below for the full recipe): place some chopped blueberries, cooked and shredded chicken, and a few chunks of ripe avocado on a cutting board and, using the back of a fork, mash until chunky and incorporated with each other. 

More Flavors: you can also use steamed or roasted sweet potatoes, banana, soft tofu, cooked apples, cooked and shredded salmon, and more!

Looking for more easy baby-led weaning and puree recipes? Then check out my favorite ways to serve applesavocados, strawberries and bananas to babies!

Hand holding a piece of toast with blueberries and yogurt.

CHUNKY BLUEBERRY PUREE WITH YOGURT

Finely chopped blueberries mixed with a thick plain yogurt make for a great protein-packed meal for your baby!

How to Serve: you can serve this to your baby on a spoon, a self-feeding spoon, on a piece of toast, pancake, or waffle

Instructions (see below for the full recipe): place chopped blueberries on a cutting board or in a small bowl. Add in the yogurt and stir until incorporated. Serve to your baby with a gootensil, on a 1-3 inch piece of toast, place on a plate for baby to eat with their own hands, or spoon feed it to your baby.

Teal plate with green bowl with purple blueberry oatmeal inside with a hand holding a baby spoon with oatmeal on it.

BLUEBERRY OATMEAL 

Oatmeal is a great food for your baby, and adding antioxidant-rich blueberries to it, makes it even better! You can make blueberry oatmeal into a smooth puree, a chunky puree, or you can let clumps of oatmeal cool for an easier way to serve oats for baby-led weaning.

Instructions (see below for the full recipe): bring water to a boil and add in oats, blueberries, and a pinch of cinnamon. Let cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes, let cool slightly. Serve as is, or transfer to a blender and puree until you have your desired consistency.

More Oatmeal Inspiration: love oatmeal and need more ideas on how to serve it to your baby? Then check out my complete Oatmeal for Babies guide.

STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS

You can freeze any of the purees listed above. For finger foods, you can store any leftovers in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. 

REFRIGERATOR

You can store the blueberry puree in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days. 

FREEZER 

This blueberry puree can be frozen for up to 3 months.

  • Spoon pureed blueberry into a freezer storage container (this is my favorite freezer storage container) – do not overfill. 
  • Place the lid on the storage container or cover with a piece of saran wrap and label with date and recipe name. 
  • Place the tray into the freezer and let freeze completely – preferably overnight. 
  • Pop-out the baby food cubes and place in a zip-lock baggie or stasher bag – don’t forget to re-label the baggie or stasher bag for future reference. 
Gray freezer storage container.

TIPS

  • Picking Blueberries: when purchasing blueberries, look for plump and deep blueberries with a dusting of gray on the surface. A blueberry that is too firm or shows any hint of red isn’t fully ripe and will most likely be tart.
  • Fresh or Frozen: You can use either fresh or frozen blueberries for any of the puree, mashed or chunky recipes below, you will need to thaw and drain the blueberries first. It is best to use fresh blueberries if serving as a solid as they will easier for your baby to pick up and hold. 
  • Blender: Because blueberries condense down to such a small amount of puree, I use a small blender when pureeing any of these recipes. You can also use a handheld emersion blender or food processor. Another option is to double the recipe if you still want to use your regular-sized blender.

Tools Needed

Recipes

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Learn how to prepare blueberries for baby in 10 delicious and easy ways! As yummy superfoods, blueberries are a great first food for babies 4-6 months and up.

Ingredients 

Roasted Blueberry Puree

Simmered Blueberry Puree

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (optional)

BEABA Babycook Blueberry Puree

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • water

2-Minute Blueberry Puree

  • 2 cups blueberries

Baby-Led Weaning/Finger Food Stage

  • 2 tbsp blueberries

Blueberry Oatmeal

Mashed Blueberry Avocado & Chicken Puree

  • 2 tbsp blueberries, chopped
  • 2 tbsp avocado chunks
  • 2 tbsp cooked chicken, shredded

Blueberry & Yogurt

  • 2 tbsp blueberries, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp whole milk plain yogurt

Instructions 

Roasted Blueberry Puree

  • Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the blueberries on the baking sheet and sprinkle on cinnamon. Bake for 20 minutes or until soft and bursting with juices.
    Baking sheet of roasted blueberries.
  • Let cool slightly and then transfer the blueberries to a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
    Teal baby plate with gray bowl with blueberry puree inside with hand holding spoon stirring puree.

Simmered Blueberry Puree

  • Place the blueberries, water, and lemon juice into a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat for 10-12 minutes or until soft and broken down.
    Note on Blueberries: if using frozen blueberries, there is no need to thaw them before cooking in this recipe.
    Saucepan full of simmered blueberries.
  • Let cool slightly and then transfer the blueberries to a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
    Pink baby plate with gray bowl full of blueberry puree.

BEABA Babycook Blueberry Puree

  • Fill the tank reservoir to level 1 with water. Add the blueberries to the stainless steel basket and place the basket into the glass jar. Place the lid on top and close. Push the steam button.
    Beaba babycook with steamed blueberries inside.
  • Once complete, remove the lid and let cool slightly. Take the stainless steel basket out of it and then pour any excess water into a measuring cup; reserve. Next, pour the blueberries into the glass jar, close the lid, and push and hold the blend button until the blueberries are smooth, adding in any reserved blueberry water if needed.
    Beaba babycook with pureed blueberries inside.

2-Minute Blueberry Puree

  • Place the blueberries into a blender and puree for 1-2 minutes or until smooth.
    blender with blueberry puree.
  • The puree will thicken as it cools in the fridge or freezer.
    Hand holding a pink spoon with blueberry puree inside.

Baby-Led Weaning/Finger Food Stage

  • Serve to baby flattened, halved or quartered depending on your baby's age (see graph).
    A pink plate with blueberries cut three different ways for different ages of baby to self-feed.

Blueberry Oatmeal

  • In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add in oats, blueberries, and cinnamon. Cook for 10 minutes or until the oats are cooked, and most of the water is gone. Using a hand mixer or blender, puree the oats to your desired consistency – smooth, slightly chunky, or chunky. If serving for baby-led weaning, dollop a few 2-inch circles of oatmeal on a plate and place it in the fridge. Once cooled, the oatmeal will be easier for your baby to pick up and self-feed.
    Note on Blueberries: if using frozen blueberries, there is no need to thaw them before cooking in this recipe. 
    Teal plate with green bowl with purple blueberry oatmeal inside.

Mashed Blueberry Avocado & Chicken Puree

  • Place the blueberries, avocado, and chicken onto a cutting board. Using the back of a fork, mash the ingredients together into a chunky puree.
  • Spread the chunky puree onto a 1-3 inch piece of toast, load it onto a gootensil, place it on a plate for your baby to eat with their hands, or spoon feed it to your baby.
    Hand holding baby spoon with chunky blueberry avocado and chicken puree.

Blueberries & Yogurt

  • Place the chopped blueberries on a cutting board or in a small bowl. Add in the yogurt and stir until incorporated. Serve to your baby with a gootensil, on a 1-3 inch piece of toast, place on a plate for baby to eat with their own hands, or spoon feed it to your baby.
    Hand holding a piece of toast with blueberries and yogurt.

Notes

Age: 4-6+ months for puree, 6+ months for baby-led weaning. 
Storage: you can store the purees in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for 4 months. You can store the finger foods in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
Yield: the purees will yield you roughly 6-8 ounces of puree, while the finger foods will give you 1-2 servings. 
Notes on Frozen Blueberries: if you are using frozen blueberries, make sure you thaw and drain any excess liquid before using them unless indicated in recipe card. 

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