Homemade baby food: Sweet potatoes, brown rice, chicken, pears and banana

Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 50 minutes


  • 2 to 3 sweet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 to 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 pears
  • 1 ripe banana


For the sweet potatoes: Scrub the potatoes well, poke them with a fork a couple of times and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake the sweet potatoes at 400 for at least an hour, until tender. Once they are cool enough to handle, open the skins up, scoop out the potato and blend it with a splash or two of water — or breastmilk or formula — using an immersion blender or regular blender. Or for older babies, just mash it really well with a fork.

For the brown rice: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add rice, cover your pot and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes, then turn off heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Blend the rice with some extra water (or breast milk or formula) to get it pureed and smooth.

For the chicken: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add your chicken breasts and let them boil for about 25 minutes, until cooked through. Remove and use your immersion blender to puree them up, adding water (I use the cooking liquid) as needed.

For the pears: If you use fresh, ripe pears, just remove the skin and core and use your immersion blender to get them smooth and dreamy. Or, you can buy canned or jarred pears then just drain them and puree them.

For the bananas: Peel and mash the banana really well to get all the little chunks out. Then mash it some more to make it smooth for young babies or leave it a little chunkier for older babies.

Recipe Notes

I have always used and highly recommend a hand-held immersion blender for making homemade baby food.

Homemade baby food can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or packed up in the freezer (I use ice cube trays and small containers like these and these) for 3-5 months.

Mashed banana doesn't keep well for very long so I recommend making that just before you plan to serve it.

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