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.
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I know what you’re thinking…a baby food spinach recipe? If you’re buying spinach sweet potato baby food from the store, I imagine it wouldn’t taste too good.
But, this sweet potato food recipe incorporates spinach and DOES taste good because we have some other secret ingredients in there as well.
There are several sweet potato baby food combinations that work and spinach is one of them.
Spinach baby food is probably not the first thing you think of when introducing solids. But, the fact of the matter is that spinach is very nutritious and works well in a sweet potato spinach baby food mixture.
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.
Spinach is one of many sweet potato baby food combinations that are a nutritious combination. I prefer to mix spinach with another fruit or vegetable when making a baby food spinach recipe.
Some other baby food combinations with spinach include:
- peas and spinach
- pears and spinach
- apple and spinach
- banana and spinach
Homemade Sweet Potato Baby Food with Spinach
Baby led weaning sweet potato recipes are so easy because no matter how you serve them, they are very safe for baby and very nutritious. See this whole post about sweet potatoes for baby led weaning.
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 recipes you can make. Sweet potatoes mix well with many things because they have a natural sweetness and caramelized taste so the sweet potato puree combinations are nearly endless.
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 journey.
Honestly, sweet potato puree baby food is so versatile! Skip the storebought stuff and just make your own. Whether you’re spoon feeding, doing modified baby led weaning or full on blw, this can be an option.
You can preload it on a spoon for baby to feed himself, or you can spoon feed it to baby.
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
Ingredients For Sweet Potato Spinach Baby Food Recipe
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.
Is Peanut Butter Baby Food Safe?
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 serving a peanut butter baby food combination. It is completely optional, so you can leave it out if you choose, or substitute it with another nut butter or seed butter.
I talk more about introducing allergen foods to babies in my baby french toast recipe post.
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 Baby Sweet Potato Recipe
I would recommend microwaving the sweet potato to cook it. It cooks evenly all around, it cooks quickly, and there are no hard or crisp spots.
Plus, 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.
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.
To store this baby spinach food recipe, just keep in the fridge for 3-5 days. You can also store in freezer safe containers for up to 3 months.
Absolutely! Since this baby food is high in fats, it also makes for a great dipping sauce for babies and kids. 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?