Tasty Sweet Potato Baby Recipes

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The nutritional value of yams/sweet potatoes is amazing and their delicious taste makes them another wonderful choice for a first food for baby. Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A as well as potassium; sweet potatoes also contain a good amount of Vitamin E, calcium and folate.

 

When can I introduce Sweet Potatoes to my baby?

These wonderful vegetables are a great first baby foods,(even for the early solid food starter) for baby as they are packed full of nutrients, highly palatable and due to their fiber content, help digestive tract and bowel health.

How to select and store sweet potatoes for baby food

 

When selecting sweet potatoes for homemade baby food, make sure to select those that are unbruised and without brown or soft spots.

For proper storage, be sure to keep them in a cool, dark, dry area. Sweet Potatoes may be kept for up to two weeks. Do NOT refrigerate sweet potatoes.As with most cooked foods, they may be kept refrigerated for 2 to 3 days after being cooked. Sweet potatoes freeze well.

The best way to cook Sweet Potatoes for Baby Food

Baking sweet potatoes is the very best way to cook them. Baking sweet potatoes, especially for baby food, brings out their natural sweetness and good flavor while retaining the most nutrients. You may also peel and cube then steam or boil sweet potatoes if you prefer.

A Few Sweet Potato Baby Food Recipes

Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree Recipe 6 months +

Baking Sweet Potatoes for Baby Food:

Step 1: Wash and poke holes in sweet potato with fork then wrap sweet potatoes in tin foil – do not peel for baking/microwaving.

Step 2: Place in a 400 degree oven and bake for 30-60 minutes or until soft

Step 3: Remove skins by slitting the sweet potato lengthwise when cooled then scoop out the “meat”. Use a liquid from your preferred source to puree or thin the sweet potatoes.

Boiling/Steaming Sweet Potatoes for Baby Food:

Step 1: Peel sweet potatoes and cut into small chunks

Step 2: Place chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover potato

Step 3: “Steam” boil until tender, be sure to check on the water level.

Step 4: Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the sweet potatoes if desired.

Microwave Sweet Potatoes: (we prefer to not use a microwave for cooking)

Step 1: Wet and wrap sweet potatoes with microwave safe plastic wrap.

You can skip the plastic wrap and simply wet the sweet potatoes and move to #2!*

Step 2: Poke holes in the wrap with a fork and microwave for 10 minutes or until done.

Step 3: Remove skins by slitting the sweet potato lengthwise when cooled then scoop out the “meat”. Use a liquid from your preferred source to puree or thin the sweet potatoes.

Place cooked sweet potatoes into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.

Add the reserved water or other liquid as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency


Sweet Potato Apple Mash 4-6 months +

Step 1: Steam or bake apples and sweet potatoes together until tender.

Step 2: Puree as needed, adding water to thin if required.

Step 3: You may also chop or dice for a finger food salad.

 

 


Sweet Potato Pancakes (8 months)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup cooked sweet potatoes, mashed
  • 1 egg (or 2 egg yolks)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk (or more)

sweet potato pancakeDirections

Step 1: Mix sweet potatoes in a mixing bowl with egg. Stir in the flour and add the baking powder.

Step 2: Add up to 1/3 cup of milk while stirring. Stir in 1 tbsp butter.

Step 3: The mixture should have the consistency of thick, lumpy sauce like an “instant” pancake mix.

Step 4: Place a non-stick or heavy iron skillet over medium heat on top of the stove and add 1/2 tsp butter.

Step 5: Spoon batter into the skillet and cook until bubbles rise to the surface of the pancakes and break. Approx. 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 6: Using a spatula, flip the pancakes and cook another 2 minutes.

Step 7: Remove pancakes and keep warm on a covered plate

 



Tasty Combinations and Foods Good to Mix With Sweet Potatoes

  • Baby Cereal – oatmeal, rice
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Carrots
  • Green Beans
  • Peas
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Yogurt

***Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.***


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