This Sweet Potato with Curry Baby Food Puree is a fun and exciting first puree for baby! Creamy, smooth and filled with a ton of essential nutrients for growing baby. Great baby food for 4+ months (stage 1 baby food).
Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree
This deliciously creamy baby food puree will take your little one on a fun culinary adventure✈️ without ever leaving their highchair!
Sweet potatoes are one of my all-time favorite vegetables to puree for baby! Not only do I find that most babies love their naturally sweet taste and creamy texture, but sweet potatoes are loaded with essential nutrients for a growing baby.
It’s a winning combo in my book🏆!
In this recipe, we will roast the sweet potatoes to bring out their natural caramel-earthy goodness before we add in a pinch of mild curry powder and blend to a super light and creamy consistency.
Don’t be afraid to eat this delicious puree right alongside baby 👩👧- it’s that good!
Below you will find:
- Reasons to Love Sweet Potato Puree
- Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
- Cost Per Ounce
- How to Make Sweet Potato Puree
- Other Cooking Methods
- When Can Baby Have Sweet Potatoes
- Adding Spices
- How to Store Sweet Potato Baby Food
- Great Sweet Potato Combination Purees
- Tools Needed
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!
Want more Sweet Potato Recipes for Baby? The head over to Sweet Potato for Baby – 6 Delicious Ways, which includes more purees recipes as well as starter finger foods that are great for baby-led weaning.
Reasons to Love sweet potato puree
- creamy and smooth
- great for 4+ months
- stage one baby food
- healthy – full of essential nutrients for baby
- easy to make – 5 minutes of hands-on time
- baby loves the sweet and earthy taste
- budget-friendly – $0.08 per ounce
- Sweet Potatoes: are at the top of the list when it comes to first foods to introduce to your baby. The nutritional value of sweet potatoes is outstanding! And the sweet taste of the sweet potato makes it super easy to introduce to your baby from their very first bite. Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene as well as the ultra-important electrolyte mineral potassium! Sweet potatoes also contain Vitamin E, calcium and folate, and plenty of other vitamins and minerals. Due to their high fiber content, sweet potatoes help support a healthy digestive tract and promote regular bowel movements for your baby. This recipe calls for 2 sweet potatoes, but you can easily use more or less depending on how much you want to make.
- Mild Curry Powder: we are kicking up the flavor profile with a fun mild curry powder to bring out the sweet potatos’ earthiness. This is the curry powder I use in all of my baby food purees. You can skip the curry powder if you prefer or add another spice like cinnamon, nutmeg, basil, or rosemary.
Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
- A great source of fiber and can prevent and resolve constipation.
- They contain a lot of beta-carotene, which converts into vitamin A for eye health.
- Contains vitamin C and E to help strengthen immunity.
- A high source of potassium to help maintain a healthy heart and blood pressure, fluid balance and muscle function.
COST PER OUNCE
Sweet potatoes are an easy vegetable to find in grocery stores year-round. The average price for 2 medium sweet potatoes that weigh roughly 12 ounces combined is $.82 for conventional or $1.66 for organic.
Based on this recipe making a total of 24 ounces, this puree ranges in price from $0.03 – $0.13 per ounce.
Sweet Potato Baby Puree Costs (on average) – $0.08 per ounce
Shopping & Storing Tip: when purchasing sweet potatoes, look for small to medium sweet potatoes (the larger ones tend to be starchier) that are firm, smooth, even in skin tone, and don’t have any cracks or cuts. Sweet potatoes stay fresh longest in a cool or room-temperature location, away from moisture, heat, and light
how to make sweet potato puree
- Wash the sweet potatoes while ignoring the fact that you probably need a manicure.
- Dry and prick sweet potatoes before popping them onto a baking sheet and into the oven to bake for 50-60 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork.
- Let cool.
- Peel away the sweet potato skin and discard.
- Place the sweet potato and curry into a blender or food processor and add liquid of your choice.
- Puree for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth.
- Serve or freeze for a later meal.
Other Cooking Methods
While I love the deep flavor of roasted sweet potatoes, there are several different ways you can cook sweet potatoes for baby food.
Peel and roughly chop 2 sweet potatoes before placing them into a steamer basket over 2 inches of boiling water for 10-15, or tender when pricked with a fork. Puree in a blender as directed below.
Place 2 peeled and roughly chopped sweet potatoes into a medium saucepan, add enough water to cover the sweet potatoes, and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for 15 minutes or when tender with pricked with a fork. Puree in a blender as directed below.
You can easily cook the sweet potato in an instant pot as well. Add one cup of water to the bottom of your instant pot, and add in the trivet. Prick the sweet potatoes a few times with a fork and place them on the trivet. Close the lid and set the valve to “sealing.” Turn on the instant pot, select “high pressure,” and set the timer for 30 minutes (if using medium sweet potatoes – it will 60 minutes if you are using large sweet potatoes). When the timer goes off, allow pressure to do a “natural release” before you manually release the rest of the pressure. Let the sweet potatoes cool and then peel and puree in a blender as directed below.
When Can Baby Have Sweet Potatoes?
Baby can eat sweet potatoes 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 baby has solid control of their head and neck, if baby has doubled in weight, and if 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 for purees.
In this recipe, we are adding in a pinch of mild curry powder, but feel free to use the following spices instead – cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, thyme, mint, basil or fresh ginger (see quantity recommendations in the recipe card).
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.
How to Store Sweet Potato Baby Food
You can store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 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 stager 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!
Great Sweet Potato Combination Purees
While Sweet Potato Puree 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!
- Beets (golden or red)
- Quinoa Baby Cereal
- White Beans
- Soften Tofu
- Canned Coconut Milk
- Sweet Potatoes: look for medium sweet potatoes that are even in color with no scratches. Large sweet potatoes are starchier and might make the puree too thick.
- Pureeing: root vegetables absorb a lot of liquid while pureeing, so don’t be shy about adding in the extra liquid while blending. I had to add a full cup of liquid to the sweet potatoes in order to get them smooth. Start by adding 1/4 cup of liquid and slowly go up from there.
Here are the tools you will need to make this puree. Here is a post of my favorite kitchen tools to make baby food – TOP TOOLS FOR MAKING BABY PUREES.
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The Best Sweet Potato Baby Food
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1/4 tsp mild curry powder (optional)
- 1/4-1 cup liquid or pureeing, (water, fresh breast milk, formula, or sodium-free chicken stock)
- Prep: Heat oven to 400°. Line baking sheet with tin foil, parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Bake: Wash and dry the sweet potatoes. Prick with a fork in several places and then place the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour or until a fork can easily prick the sweet potato. Let sit until cool to touch.
- Peel: Cut into the skin of the potato lengthwise and peel away the skin of the potato. Scoop out the sweet potato meat and place it into a blender or food processor, adding in the mild curry powder and liquid.
- Blend: Puree on high for 1-2 minutes or until smooth, adding in additional liquid in 1/4 cup increments if needed. I had to add in 1 cup of water to the puree pictured.
- Eat: Serve to baby or freeze for a later meal.