First Foods: Sweet Potato Purée Recipe

This Sweet Potato Purée is the perfect source of sweetness and beta carotene for your little ones.

From “Bébé Gourmet”
September 2014

  • Colorful and loaded with nutrients, this Sweet Potato Purée recipe is a perfect first food for children 6 months and older.
    Photo by Frédéric Lucano
  • Create healthy, nutritious and adventurous foods for your baby with “Bébé Gourmet” by Jenny Carenco.
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Total Hands-On Time: 20 minutes

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Makes five 3 1/2 ounce (100 g) servings

It’s time to put the “food” back in baby food. Jenny Carenco delivers more than 100 enticing recipes that will introduce baby to new flavors, ingredients and textures in Bébé Gourmet (The Experiment, 2012). Encourage healthy eating habits while offering satisfying, homemade meals that are easy for today’s busy parents to make. The following excerpt for homemade baby food, from “First Purées,” is for a Sweet Potato Purée recipe.

First Foods: Sweet Potato Purée Recipe

Suitable for 6+ months


• 2-1/2 sweet potatoes, about 1-1/3 pounds (600 g)
• 1 scant tablespoon (10 g) butter


1. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes, then cut them into cubes.

2. Put the cubes into a saucepan, cover them with water, bring to a boil, and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. Drain

3. Blend with the butter until you have a smooth purée.

Can be stored in the refrigerator for 24 hours
Must be frozen at 0 degrees F

Yummy Tips

Sweet potatoes are a favorite with kids. For older babies I often cut the sweet potatoes into batons (fries) and roast them in the oven for about 20 minutes. The flavor becomes even more pronounced, and kids love to eat with their fingers

Find more baby food recipes in A Mother’s Advice: Making Homemade Baby Food.

From Bébé Gourmet: 100 French-Inspired Baby Food Recipes for Raising an Adventurous Eater, copyright © Jenny Carenco, 2012. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.