A lovely and popular first food for little ones: sweet potatoes! Today combined in a simple and nutritious way with pears and hemp seeds. The final creamy texture and the delicately sweet flavor are a baby crowd pleaser 🙂
Why Sweet Potatoes are Great for Babies?
The creamy sweet taste makes sweet potatoes a great baby food ingredient, babies simply like them. Their great nutritional value makes sweet potatoes loved by parents too 🙂
Sweet potatoes provide carbohydrates, beta-carotene and also calcium, potassium and vitamins (A, C and B). Vitamin A is needed for eye development and sweet potatoes have a very high amount of it. Sweet potatoes also provide fibers, good for the digestive system.
Sweet potatoes can be introduced in your baby’s diet starting from 6 months of age.
Why we add hemp seeds?
Hemp seeds are a great source of omegas 3 and 6, important nutrients for your baby’s brain development. They can be introduced starting from 6 months of age as they are not known to cause allergies. They have protein, good fats and antioxidants. They have a very milk to no flavor and I love to add them here and there in tons of my recipes, from meatballs to smoothies.
Can we freeze?
Yes, in an air tight container for up to 3 months.
How long to store?
In the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 3/4 days.
Can I substitute the pear with another fruit?
Of course! Follow what’s available and in season. Peaches, apricots, berries, mango are all good substitutions.
And now…let’s cook together 🙂
Wash the sweet potato under running water and place it on a baking sheet lined with some parchment paper. Bake in preheated oven for 1hr to 400F.
Let it cool down completely (10min). Remove the peel with your hands.
Place the pulp in a tall container and add the pear peeled, cored and chopped in pieces.
Add also the cinnamon and the hemp seeds.
Thin with breastmilk up until desired consistency. I added 3 Tbsp. If you want to use another thinning liquid, baby formula, coconut milk or water are an alternative.
Blend all the ingredients into a puree with an immersion blender. Serve warm or at room temperature.
You can easily bake the sweet potatoes in advance. Peel them and store the pulp either in the fridge for 2 days or freeze it in an air tight container for up to three months.
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1 smal pear
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 4 Tbsp breastmilk or baby formula
- 1 tsp hemp seeds
Wash the sweet potato and bake for 1hr to 400F. Let it cool down.
Remove the peel and place the pulp in a tall container.
Add the pear, peeled and cored and chopped.
Add cinnamon and hemp seeds.
Thin with breastmilk up until desired consistency.
Blend into a puree with an immersion blender. Serve warm or at room temperature.