7 Ways to Use Purées in Baby Led Weaning


I’ve gotten this question a handful of times: Basically, you have some baby food that was given to you or maybe sent as a sample (or maybe you bought some, expecting to use it but decided to do BLW instead). The point is, you’ve got a few jars of baby food for one reason or another, and you don’t want to waste them.

Have no fear! I’ve got a few ideas for you! 

1. Flourless Pancakes

I came up with these banana oat pancakes. You can use any fruit purée that you might have! Click HERE for that recipe, or click the picture below. banana pancakes

2. Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I looove these muffins. I used applesauce in this, but you could switch that out for any other fruit purée! Click HERE for the recipe, or click the picture below.

3. Fruit and Veggie Ice Pops

I make lots of ice pops. You can use any purée you have, add a little water, then freeze the mixture. This one includes fresh sweet potato, but you can use any sort of fruit or veggie purée. Ice pops are almost always a hit around here. You don’t really need a recipe, but if you want to pin/save this “recipe”, click HERE or click the picture below!

ice pops

4. Smoothies

I would mix a fruit purée with a vegetable purée and a little water or whole milk. Then add some ice cubes and blend that up! You can use a reusable food pouch (like those from Squooshi), a straw, or make it a bit runnier and let your baby just drink it.

5. Fritters

One of my favorite side dishes is my sweet potato and apple fritters. I used fresh apples and sweet potatoes, but you can definitely use the purée that you have! It doesn’t have to be sweet potato and apple. That combination works really well, but if you’ve got others, just take a stab at it. Sometimes, even if you don’t like it, your baby will totally dig it. Click HERE for the fritter recipe or click the picture below!

6. Pasta Sauce

I don’t have a recipe anywhere, but I just made this tonight (with meatballs), and it was great! I simply blended 3 tomatoes, 2 carrots, a handful of olives (about 10), and a handful of kale. Then I heated that up on low heat. Once it was bubbly, I swirled in some water and Worcestershire sauce (about 1 teaspoon). You can use any vegetable purées you have on hand.

7. Oatmeal Mix-in

I make oatmeal 3-4 times a week, and I share it with my baby. If you’ve got some fruit purée, make a bowl of oatmeal (I heat 1/2 cup of milk, pour in 1/2 cup of quick oats, cover it for 5 minutes, then stir!), and stir in some fruit purée.

Do you have any other ideas? I would love to hear your feedback! Leave me a comment below, or write to me at blwideas@gmail.com. You can also comment on Facebook or Instagram.

  • Kat Barnett

    any ideas for using the baby meats

    • blwideas

      Can you give me an example of one? I didnt realize there was much more than fruits and veggies in jars!