This spinach baby food recipe blends spinach, sweet potatoes, yogurt and peanut butter for a balanced and nutritious introduction for homemade baby food or baby led weaning. They can even be frozen as baby teething popsicles.
I know what you’re thinking…a spinach baby food recipe? It doesn’t sound too appetizing. And if you’re buying a spinach sweet potato baby food from the store, I imagine it wouldn’t taste too good.
But, this spinach sweet potato baby food recipe DOES taste good because we have some other secret ingredients in there as well.
Spinach for babies is probably not the first thing you think of when introducing solids. But, the fact of the matter is that spinach is very nutritious.
Spinach is high in:
- Vitamin C – Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps promote skin health and immune function
- Vitamin A – Spinach is full of carotenoids, which the body converts to Vitamin A
- Iron – Iron-rich foods are great for early introduction, as breastmilk iron stores begin to decrease around 6 months.
- Vitamin K– Essential for blood clotting.
- Carbohydrates and protein
- Fiber – This can help with baby bowel movements and regularity.
This is a spinach and sweet potato baby food recipe and both together are a nutritious combination. I prefer to mix spinach with another fruit or vegetable when making a spinach puree of baby food.
Some other baby food combinations with spinach include:
- peas and spinach
- pears and spinach
- apple and spinach
- banana and spinach
Sweet Potatoes and Spinach is Probably My Favorite Combination
Making your own sweet potato baby food is very easy if you have a blender, nutribullet or other baby food maker.
Baby led weaning sweet potato recipes are so easy because no matter how you serve them, they are pretty much safe for baby and very nutritious. And even as babies become toddlers, sweet potato recipes for toddlers are just as easy and fun!
Just think about all of the sweet potato baby food combinations you can make. Sweet potatoes mix well with many thing because they have a natural sweetness and caramelized taste.
Baby led weaning with sweet potato is one of our favorite introductions to solids. I talk more about our 6 month baby led weaning foods here.
Honestly, there are so many sweet potato recipes for baby. Sweet potato puree baby food is so versatile!
How to Make Sweet Potato for Baby – Sweet potato is a great first food for babies because it’s soft.
It can be mashed, or served in “fry” shape. You can also puree it, use it in meatballs or burgers and more.
Some of my favorite ways to include sweet potatoes in baby led weaning are:
- sweet potato pasta
- sweet potato smoothie with beet
- sweet potato zucchini muffins
- baked sweet potato oatmeal
- sweet potato veggie breakfast casserole
- spinach sweet potato tater tots
What You Need For Homemade Sweet Potato Baby Food with Spinach
You probably have all or most of this stuff already!
- Sweet potato – slew of nutrients listed above, carbohydrates, and natural sweetness
- Spinach – iron source and a versatile green
- Peanut butter – healthy fats and a great way to introduce allergens. Fat is necessary for babies’ and growing kiddos’ brains!
- Full fat yogurt – healthy fats, protein, calcium, probiotics, great way to introduce allergens
- Salt – optional, for flavor
- Cinnamon – optional, for flavor
Optional Add In’s– You could also add in breastmilk or formula, or substitute that for the yogurt, although I like the consistency that full fat greek yogurt adds.
Do I Have to Add Peanut Butter?
I get it: baby food recipes with peanut butter can be scary. It can be scary to introduce nuts, especially if you have a family history of allergies.
I would definitely recommend consulting with your pediatrician before doing so! It is completely optional, so you can leave it out if you choose, or substitute it with another nut butter or seed butter.
While avocado and peanut butter baby food may be more common, I love the combination of spinach, sweet potatoes and peanut butter. I find it nutritious and delicious.
If you don’t want to use peanut butter, you can also use this baby friendly peanut powder. Or leave it out completely.
How to Make Sweet Potato Baby Food
I would recommend microwaving the sweet potato to cook it. It only takes 5-6 minutes and once you let it cool, it becomes easily mashable.
Then, you’ll just add it to the blender along with everything else and blend. It couldn’t be easier.
Making Spinach Sweet Potato Pops
If you wanted to serve these as frozen sweet potato spinach popsicles for baby, just add the pureed food (like a smoothie consistency) to popsicle molds.
These have worked really well for us as baby popsicles for teething.
Other Tips For Spinach Baby Food Recipe
A few other questions you may be wondering about for this easy recipe.
- Can You Make These Into Popsicles? Yes, they make great teething popsicles! Just add to a frozen popsicle mold or even add to an ice tray and freeze.
- Can You Serve This for Baby Led Weaning? Yes! Whether you’re spoon feeding, doing modified baby led weaning or full on blw, this can be an option. You can preload it onto a spoon for baby to feed himself, or you can spoon feed it to him.
- Use it as a Dip – Since this sweet potato spinach puree baby food is high in necessary fats and flavor, it also makes for a great dipping sauce for kids and babies. Use it any way you would a dipping sauce – for fries, veggies, fruits, oatmeal, bread and more!
- 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato, cooked and peeled
- ½ cup full fat Greek yogurt
- ½ cup spinach
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- breastmilk or formula, for blending (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender to get a smooth consistency. Add more milk if you want a more liquid consistency.
You can add a splash of milk, breastmilk or formula if necessary, for blending.
To make as teething popsicles, pour puree into popsicle molds and freeze.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 63mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g
Did you do baby led weaning? What were your babies’ favorite foods?