This Carrot Baby Food Puree is a great starter puree for baby! Filled with nutritious steamed carrots and a pinch of nutmeg, this easy-to-make, rich, and fresh-tasting recipe is a great starter puree for babies age 4 months and up (Stage 1 baby food).
Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
This baby food puree is sssoooooo fresh, colorful, and full of essential nutrients for your baby that it’s almost too intense to look at 🧡 seriously, #nofilter!
But believe me, this mouthwatering carrot puree is for real!
This fresh-tasting homemade puree is made with steamed carrots and a pinch of nutmeg that brings out the earthiness of the carrots. Honestly, they’re a flavorful combo made for each other. 😋
If you compare the color, taste, or texture of this homemade recipe to its store-bought counterpart, you would be shocked at the difference🙅♀️… and not in a good way.
The good thing about realizing the difference is that it will get you completely hooked on making your little one their own homemade baby food purees.
After all, we only want the best 🏆 for our babes!
Is it your first time making homemade baby food? Then, I suggest you start this journey by reading my in-depth Guide on how to Make Homemade Baby Food. The detailed guide 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 Carrot BABY FOOD RECIPE
- creamy and smooth
- nutrient-dense — good source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, high in vitamins A and K, and contains folate and vitamin B6
- baby food for 4-6 months and up — stage 1 baby food puree
- fast to make — done in less than 20 minutes
- great for baby’s first bite
- tastes yummy — your baby will love it
- Carrots: This star ingredient is easy to find and usually very inexpensive. I recommend going for the organic version as the cost per ounce is only pennies more than the conventional version.
- Nutmeg: We are going to add a pinch of nutmeg to this puree to tone down some of the carrot’s natural sweetness with earthy spice. You can always skip the nutmeg if you prefer.
Tips on Peeling Carrots: It’s totally up to you if you peel the carrots or not. Since we are pureeing the cooked carrots until smooth, there will not be any difference in the taste or texture. However, there will be a little more fiber in the baby food, so if it’s your baby’s first time eating carrot puree, you may peel the carrots just so you don’t overload your baby’s tummy with too much fiber.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CARROTS
- They contain a ton of beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A, which is necessary for protecting eye health and immune function.
- High source of antioxidants to help strengthen immunity
- Good source of fiber, which helps keep the digestive system working properly
- High in vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting
- Contains calcium to help strengthen bones
OTHER COOKING METHODS
While I love the crisp flavor you get when you steam the carrots, there are several ways you can cook carrots for baby food.
Peel and roughly chop 2 pounds of carrots before placing them onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with 1-2 teaspoons of high-quality olive oil and sprinkle with spice (if preferred). Roast in a preheated 425-degree F oven for 20 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork. Puree in a blender as directed below.
Place 2 pounds of peeled and roughly chopped carrots into a medium saucepan, fill with water until the carrots are covered, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork. Puree in a blender as directed below. Note that boiling tends to leave foods less nutritious since much of the nutrients leach into the water while cooking, and then that water is typically discarded. To preserve maximum nutrients, you may want to choose roasting or steaming. If you prefer boiling, save some of the water so you can use it as your liquid for thinning out the puree.
How to Make Carrot Baby Food
- Peel and Chop: Peel and roughly chop the carrots into pieces of the same size.
- Steam: Place the carrots inside a steamer basket and steam for 10-12 minutes or until tender.
- Transfer: Transfer cooked carrots into a blender, then add nutmeg if you prefer.
- Blend: Puree until smooth, adding water if needed to thin out the baby food puree.
- Serve: Serve or freeze for later.
ADDING NUTMEG AND ADDITIONAL SPICES
In this recipe, we are adding a pinch of nutmeg, but feel free to use the following spices instead: cumin, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, thyme, rosemary, or fresh ginger (see quantity recommendations in the recipe card).
Tip on Spices: I always add spices or herbs to my baby food purees, but you can choose to leave them out in all of your baby food. You do you! Either way, this puree will surely taste amazing.
HOW TO STORE CARROT BABY PUREE
You can store this puree 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 the date and recipe name.
- Place the tray into the freezer and let it freeze completely — preferably overnight.
- Pop-out the baby food cubes and place them in a ziplock baggie or stasher bag. Don’t forget to relabel 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; by the end of the week, you will completely forget what is in your freezer and how long it’s been there… because you know… mommy brain. 😉
WHEN CAN BABY EAT CARROTS?
Babies can have carrots 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 your baby on purees, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready.
GREAT CARROT COMBINATION PUREES
While Carrot Puree is great and satisfying by itself, it’s also super easy to mix and match with other nutrient-dense baby food purees. So give these fun flavor combos a try!
- Sweet Potato
- Multigrain Baby Cereal
- White Beans
- Soft Tofu
Carrot Puree Recipe for Baby (Stage 1)
- 2 lbs carrots trimmed, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)
- 1/2 – 1 cup water reserved water, breast milk, formula or stock
- In a medium saucepan, bring 2″ of water to a boil over medium heat. Place the carrots into a steamer basket, cover and cook for 9-11 minutes or until tender. Reserve steamer water. Let cool slightly.
- Place the carrots, nutmeg and 1/2 cup of liquid into a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes on high, adding 1/4 cup liquid at a time until you achieve desired consistency.
- Serve and enjoy, or freeze some for later.