The Best Broccoli Baby Food
This Broccoli Baby Food with olive oil recipe is a great way to introduce healthy green vegetables into your baby’s diet. A delicious puree that is full of essential vitamins and healthy fats for a growing baby. If you’re looking for an easy green starter puree for your baby, this is it! Great baby food for 4-6 months and older – stage 1 baby food!
Broccoli Baby Food
Broccoli 🥦 just isn’t my thing.
I like the thought of it – a super green vegetable that contains iron and calcium, is high in vitamin C and folate, may help reduce asthma symptoms and the risk of cancer, and can help boost your immune system- but in reality, I just can’t get into it.
We all have our thing, broccoli no matter how many times I try it, just isn’t mine.
But that doesn’t mean that I won’t buy it and serve it to my baby.
I won’t let my weird aversion to an awesome vegetable deter my baby from being able to experience and make a judgment for herself on whether she likes it or not. She will probably love it and then hold it over my head for the rest of her life.
To that I say, game on baby!
At first bite, baby Parker gave some rather perplexed looks to this new puree but when served alongside a peach puree and a beet puree, she quickly gobbled it up… like in gobbled up not 1 but 2 servings of this tasty green puree!! Turns out that baby Parker loves her some broccoli puree!
Broccoli eating score:
Baby – 1
Mom – 0
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 hand, safe storage, how to know when baby is ready for solids, how to introduce purees, the best first foods for baby, and more! You can also check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes!
Reasons to Love this Broccoli Baby Food:
- nutrient-dense – contains fiber, iron, calcium, antioxidants, folate, potassium, vitamins A, C and K
- creamy green puree baby will love
- filled with healthy fats for baby’s growing brain and bones
- 4+ months and older
- stage 1 baby food puree
- Prep Broccoli: roughly chop a bunch of broccoli and one small apple or white potato.
- Steam: place the broccoli and potato/apple into a steamer basket and steam until tender.
- Puree: transfer cooked produce into a blender or food processor and add a drizzle of olive oil. Puree until smooth.
- Serve or freeze.
OTHER COOKING METHODS
While I love the clean flavor of steamed broccoli, there are several different ways you can cook broccoli for baby food.
Place broccoli and small chunks of potato onto a baking sheet and roast in the oven at 425 degrees F, for 20-25 minutes or tender when pricked with a fork. Puree in a blender as directed below.
Bring medium saucepan filled with water to a boil, add in the potato and cook for 6 minutes, then add in the broccoli and cook for 2 minute or when tender with pricked with a fork. Drain the water, let cool slightly. Puree in a blender as directed below.
In this recipe, we are adding in a small drizzle of high-quality olive oil into the puree, but feel free to use the following spices instead – chopped chives, mint leaves, chopped cilantro, cumin or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Tip on Spices: I always added in spices to my baby food purees, but you can add or leave out spices in all of your baby food. You do you! Either way, this puree will taste amazing.
WHEN CAN BABY EAT BROCCOLI?
Baby can have broccoli as one of their first foods. When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes between 4-6 months of age. Some of the developmental milestones babies need to reach in order to start 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 baby on purees, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready.
Other ways to serve this puree to baby + toddler
- Mix with a serving of chicken puree for baby’s first chicken and broccoli meal.
- Add frozen cubes of broccoli puree into a toddler smoothie with pineapple, almond milk, spinach and an apple.
- Mixed into some cooked quinoa for a hearty chunky stage 3 puree.
- Swirl puree into some beet and apple puree for a bright and tasty baby puree combo.
HOW TO STORE BROCCOLI BABY FOOD
You can store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
This puree can be frozen for up to 4 months.
- Spoon puree 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.
Need more information on how to store your baby foods – head over to my Best Baby Food Storage Containers – Plus 6 Tips on Freezing and Thawing post!
Label Tip: Don’t forget to label your purees before you place them in the fridge or freezer with the name of the puree and the date you made it. Take it from me, you will completely forget when and what is in your freezer by the end of the week.
GREAT BROCCOLI COMBINATION PUREES
While Broccoli Baby Food is great by itself, it’s also super easy to mix and match with other nutrient-dense baby food purees. Give these fun flavor combos a try!
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Get the recipe: Broccoli Baby Food
- 2 cups broccoli, chopped into small florets.
- 1 small white potato or apple, peeled and chopped
- 1 tbsp good quality olive oil (optional)
- In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil over medium heat.
- Place the broccoli and potato (or apple) into a steamer basket and place over boiling water, cover and steam for 10-12 minutes or until the broccoli and potato are tender. Reserve water from the steamer. Let cool slightly.
- Add the broccoli, potato and olive oil into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth, adding water from steamer in 1/4 cup increments if needed.
- Let cool and serve to baby or freeze for another meal.