The Best Broccoli Puree Baby Food

By Penelope Henderson, MSc, RNutr/ 04/24/2024
a small pot of broccoli puree

If you are starting on your weaning journey then this homemade broccoli puree baby food is a great first choice. It is packed with essential nutrients and versatile enough to be mixed with other ingredients.

In this blog, we will explore the benefits of broccoli puree as a baby food and provide an easy recipe on how to prepare it for your little one.

Reasons to love this broccoli baby food

  • Quick to make in less than 10 minutes
  • Nutritious as it contains fibre, iron, calcium, antioxidants, folate, potassium, vitamins A, C and K.
  • Suitable from 6 months or ready to start weaning
  • Stage 1 baby food
  • Batch cook
  • Freezer friendly

Health benefits of broccoli

Broccoli is a powerhouse of nutrition including:

  • It is high in fibre which is important for digestive health
  • Broccoli is high in vitamin C, which is important for the immune system.
  • Broccoli is a surprising source of calcium, which is great if your baby is going to be weaned vegan or dairy free. 
  • Broccoli contains vitamin K which helps blood to clot.

When can babies eat broccoli puree?

Broccoli is perfect as a first food for babies. Babies typically start on solids around 6 months but some a little earlier. They need to be ready to start solids and the three signs you need to look for include; holding their head steady with good control, being able to swallow food and your baby is showing interest in food such as being able to start putting food to their mouths. 

If you are just getting started with weaning and not sure what equipment you need, check out the complete weaning equipment checklist.

How to make broccoli puree for baby

Step by step instructions

  1. Wash and break the broccoli into florets
  2. Place the broccoli in a saucepan and cover with 300ml water and bring to the boil. 
  3. Cook for about 8 – 10 minutes, until tender
  4. Drain a little water away and puree the broccoli and water with either a hand blender or food processor. 
  5. Spoon the pureed broccoli into about 8 portions. Use small pots or a freezer tray. Leave to cool and place in the fridge or freezer.

How to serve broccoli for baby led weaning

If you are doing baby led weaning then using broccoli as a finger food is perfect. 

How to cook broccoli for baby

Follow the steps above until the broccoli is cooked and use the florets rather than pureeing them.

A good way to check they are soft enough is to use the squish test, whereby it should easily break up when squished between the fingers. This is particularly important for first stage weaning so they break up more easily in the mouth to begin with and your baby can easily swallow it.

Different ways to serve broccoli

6mths – large florets (cooked and soft) so they are easy to hold

7- 9 mths – smaller but still long finger sized pieces they can hold. Ensure they are cooked and soft. 

9mths + small diced pieces that they can pick up with their fingers once they have mastered the pincer grip. 

how to serve broccoli for baby led weaning in 3 ways - large florets (6mths), smaller strips (7-9mths) & chopped pieces (9mths +)

Another way to serve it is to spread some of the pureed broccoli on to some lightly toasted bread strips. 

Variations

  • You can mix a little of the water you cook it in if you want it even thinner or you can add a little of their usual milk to make it creamer. 
  • Adding some more flavour, nothing too spicy but some milder ones like lemon, chives or mint will add another flavour.
  • The addition of pureed peas for sweetness or avocado for healthy fats and creaminess. 

Broccoli Puree FAQs

Is broccoli too gassy for babies?

Broccoli is certainly one of the foods that can cause more gas than others but it doesn’t mean you need to avoid it. The stems can produce more gas so if you are worried about too much gas you could focus on using the tops of the florets. 

How to Store Broccoli Baby Food

Once it is cool you need to store it in the fridge. It will keep in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Alternatively you can freeze in a freezer tray or pots for up to 3 months. 

How do I reheat it?

If you want to warm it up a little then remove the portion you need from the fridge and heat in the microwave for around 30 seconds. Always check the temperature on your wrist before giving to your baby.

If you are reheating from frozen, then defrost in the microwave until liquid. Ensure you stir to make sure it has defrosted and warmed evenly. 

a small pot of broccoli puree

Broccoli puree baby food

first food for baby. Simple broccoli puree
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 8 babies

Ingredients
  

  • 200 grams broccoli
  • 300 ml water

Instructions
 

  • Wash and break the broccoli into florets
  • Place the broccoli in a saucepan and cover with 300ml water and bring to the boil.
  • Cook for about 8 – 10 minutes, until tender
  • Drain a little water away and puree the broccoli and water with either a hand blender or food processor. 
  • Spoon the pureed broccoli into about 8 portions. Use small pots or a freezer tray
  • Leave to cool and place in the fridge or freezer.

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If you would like to know more about the best first weaning foods then you might like to check out this blog which gives more details on the first 100 foods and when it’s best to start weaning.

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Author Penelope Henderson

Hi I’m Penelope Henderson RNutr Registered Nutritionist specialising in children’s nutrition and responsive feeding therapy.

I am a mum of 2, with over 15 years of experience in nutrition. I support parents to feel confident in how and what to feed their child. I hope you find my recipes and nutrition posts useful, so you can enjoy stress free cooking and mealtimes.

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