Homemade Kale & Sweet Potato Baby Food

This homemade kale and sweet potato baby food is perfect for toddlers on the go! It’s full of veggies but tastes so delicious it’s gone in a flash.

Kale & Sweet Potato Baby Food | Homemade baby food

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are our own. 

Now that we have a toddler on our hands (Larson!) and we’re on the go a lot (zoo, splash park, book tour!), Alex and I have realized a few things. First, convenience foods for toddlers are almost never vegetables. There are lots of granola bars and cereal and fruit, but not a lot of veggie options. Second, putting veggies into tasty purees are a sure way that Larson will love to eat them.

So, we’ve been using purchased baby food pouches with fruit or yogurt purees, which are perfect when you’re out on the go. But in true A Couple Cooks fashion, we wanted to figure out a way to make a homemade baby food pouch recipe for Larson’s everyday eats. It’s cheaper, you can control what’s in them, and it’s better for the environment with less packaging. Keep reading for our kale & sweet potato baby food recipe!

Kale & Sweet Potato Baby Food | Homemade baby food

If you’re short on time–Stonyfield has yogurt pouches that are fantastic for on the go! Check out these flavors:

Kale & Sweet Potato Baby Food | Homemade baby food

What is baby food?

Ever since we had a baby (Larson!), people have been asking: Are you going to post baby food recipes on your website? When he first started eating solid food, it was extremely boring: oatmeal, banana, peanut butter swirled into organic YoBaby yogurt. People don’t need recipes for that! Then, he started eating what we eat: adult food. And that’s mainly what he eats today. He eats what we eat. So really, all of the recipes on A Couple Cooks are kid-friendly because our recipes are family-friendly: they’re intended for the whole family to eat them! EXCEPT for this kale & sweet potato baby food. (Actually, I would eat it because it’s so tasty…but I digress!).

Kale & Sweet Potato Baby Food | Homemade baby food

How to make kale & sweet potato baby food

So, here’s our first baby food on A Couple Cooks: a homemade kale & sweet potato baby food recipe! And in honor of Father’s Day coming up, this recipe is themed around Larson and daddy. It was actually Alex who created this sweet potato baby food for his Daddy and Me dates with Larson. Daddy takes Larson on the most fun adventures: to the art museum, to the zoo, to the store, to IKEA. As a mama I prefer to stay around home or walk to the park, but when Alex is watching Larson, there’s always an adventure in store!

What’s in our homemade baby food? Alex noticed that Larson loves the purchased pouches and wanted to find a way to infuse veggies and good-for-you real food into what he takes for snacks. So, our kale & sweet potato baby food recipe is almost entirely veggie based. You could also use spinach or steamed green beans or brocolli as a stand in for the green veggie component. To make them creamy and add some probiotics, we added organic yogurt! Either 1 cup of Stonyfield organic plain yogurt, or two packs of Stonyfield YoBaby work here.

You may remember us talking about Yo Baby in past posts: it’s organic yogurt for kids 6 months to 2 years with added probiotics for gut health. Larson LOVES it, and here we’re using it as a component to help veggies go down easily. Top it all off with a banana, and the pouch recipe is sweet enough to go down easy without any added sweeteners. Then you can pour the puree into reusable pouches: ours are freezer safe and PVC and BPA free (link to ours is in the recipe below).

Kale & sweet potato baby food | Homemade baby food

Tip: You also can put your favorite smoothie into baby food pouches: just make sure it’s thick enough so that it doesn’t spill! Adding some organic YoBaby or Stonyfield plain yogurt can help to make it thicker.

And that’s it! Here’s Larson enjoying this exact homemade baby food pouch recipe with Alex. They’re the coolest dudes I know. :)

Kale & sweet potato baby food | Homemade baby food

Let us know if you have any questions, or if you try any variations on this recipe too! As always, we’re over on Instagram: tag us @acouplecooks and @stonyfield too!

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Sweet Potato Kale Homemade Baby Food Pouch Recipe | A Couple Cooks

Homemade Kale & Sweet Potato Baby Food


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 pouches 1x

Description

This homemade kale and sweet potato baby food is perfect for toddlers on the go! It’s full of veggies but tastes so delicious it’s gone in a flash.


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Wash the sweet potato, then cook it using one of the following methods:
    • Bake the sweet potato: Preheat oven to 450°F. Prick the potato with a fork several times. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then place the potato on top and bake until tender, around 45 minutes depending on the size of the potato (check whether it’s tender using a fork).
    • Microwave: Microwave 1 sweet potato on high for 8-10 minutes until tender, turning halfway through.
    • Instant Pot: Method coming soon!
  2. Cut the sweet potato into rough chunks. Roughly chop the kale.
  3. In a large blender, place the yogurt in the bottom of the blender, then the sweet potato, kale, banana, and salt. Blend until smooth, stopping and scraping down the blender as necessary with a spatula.
  4. Using a spatula, scrape the mixture into 4 reusable pouches. Refrigerate until using.

Notes

*Other green veggies you could use as a stand in: baby spinach, steamed green beans, or steamed broccoli.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Baby Food, Homemade, Pouch, Pouches, Healthy, Lunch

Kale & sweet potato baby food | Homemade baby food
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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

2 Comments

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    Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite
    June 13, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I don’t have kids yet, but I already know I will be making my own baby food! Love the idea of making these pouches…I’ve never thought of making your own before!

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    Julie A Malone
    June 13, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    lol ok. so we are only 8 weeks in and the ONLY THING i have done hours of research on are baby food makers and room decor. thank you for the tip on reusable pouches!

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