Baby finger food sweet potato

Favorite Sweet Potato Baby Food (BLW & Pureed)

With one super simple cooking method, you can roast sweet potato wedges to serve one of three yummy ways—BLW style, mashed, or pureed into classic sweet potato puree. It’s the easiest way to make sweet potato baby food. (And the rest of the family can enjoy it, too!)

Sweet Potato Baby Food

Sweet potato is a perfect baby food. It’s nutritious, naturally flavorful, and cooks up nicely and softly. And no matter whether you’re starting your baby with the Baby Led Weaning style of feeding or more traditional purees, this one cooking method will work beautifully. And you can serve it to everyone at the table—big kids and grown-ups alike!

This recipe makes roasted sweet potato wedges, which you can serve as is or mash or puree them smoother with a fork. So easy.

This recipe has vitamins A and C, as well as fiber and healthy fats from the olive oil. It’s a perfect food to serve to a 6-month baby or older who’s starting on solids—or who is well-accustomed to eating.

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Ingredients You Need

To make this roasted sweet potato baby food, you just need the following ingredients.

  • Sweet potato: Look for a medium to large sweet potato with orange flesh for the best flavor. These are sometimes called “garnet yams.”
  • Olive oil: I use extra virgin olive oil, such as this one from California Olive Ranch. You could also use avocado oil if that’s what you have.
  • You can add salt to taste to your portion, though you’ll want to set aside a serving for your baby before adding salt.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at how to make this simple recipe. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information.

  1. Choose a medium to large sweet potato with orange flesh. They are sometimes called “garnet yams” at the store.
  2. Slice in half. Cut each half in half.
  3. Cut each piece in half again to make wedges that are about ½ inch thick. You can cut them horizontally, too, if you’re working with a very large sweet potato.
  4. Toss with olive oil in a bowl.
  5. Spread on a foil-lined sheet pan.
  6. Roast until soft.

TIP: You want the wedges to be about the size of one or two of your fingers, which is a good shape for BLW food for baby to self-feed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is sweet potato good for babies?

It’s such a great baby food because it’s rich in nutrients and fiber, has a naturally sweet flavor, and is very soft. It’s also an affordable veggie and stores well in the kitchen in a cool, dark place around room temperature.

Can I add seasoning to this recipe?

You can add crushed rosemary or cinnamon to this recipe. If serving to adults or older kids, you can also sprinkle with salt after cooking and setting a few aside for baby. Babies under the age of 1 shouldn’t have added salt, but they can have herbs and spices (as long as they aren’t hot-spicy).

What pairs well with sweet potatoes for babies?

You can combine this puree with apple puree, pea puree, avocado puree, banana puree, bean puree, or anything that sounds appealing to you.

Can I feed my 5 month old sweet potatoes?

Babies can have sweet potatoes after they start solids, which typically happens around 6 months old.

How to Make Sweet Potato Wedges (BLW)

Once you’ve followed the recipe instructions, you’ll have roasted sweet potato wedges that are ready to serve. You can let them cool slightly and offer to your baby to hold and gnaw on. They also store well in an airtight container in the fridge to serve at future meals.

TIP: I like to leave the skin on my sweet potato wedges since it helps them hold together a little better when a baby eats them baby-led weaning style.

How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

To serve the sweet potato as a thick mash, simply mash it with a fork. You can discard the skin and any pieces that don’t mash easily. If you want to make a larger batch, simply remove the skin from as many wedges as you want and mash in a bowl with a potato masher or in a food processor.

This stays on a spoon nicely, so you can preload it and hand it to baby to feed themselves.

How to Serve Mashed Sweet Potatoes (Stage 2)

When serving this sweet potato puree to a baby, you can preload the spoon, hand it to them, and let them feed themselves. If the baby is used to eating solids, they will also likely be able to pick it up with their fingers, as it’s pretty thick.

How to Make Homemade Sweet Potato Puree (Stage 1)

To turn the roasted wedges into sweet potato puree, simply mash with a fork until very smooth, adding a 1 tablespoon of water at a time to reach the desired thin consistency. It purees SO easily this way!

TIP: I love this cooking method because I can serve the roasted sweet potato wedges to my whole family, and either a wedge or some puree for the baby without much extra work.

How to Store

Store any leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge. You can also freeze baby food in an ice cube tray, then transfer the frozen cubes to a freezer bag for longer-term storage.

Best Tips for Success.

  • You can sprinkle with salt for babies over 1 and any adults.
  • Add crushed dried rosemary OR cinnamon for additional flavor.
  • Spread the wedges out on the baking sheet so they aren’t overlapping. This will ensure even cooking.
  • Poke a wedge with a fork or small knife at the lower end of the baking time to see if it’s very soft.
  • Learn more about the basics of baby-led weaning if you are going with that style of feeding.
  • You can combine this puree with Apple Puree, Pear Puree, Avocado Puree, Banana Puree, Bean Puree, or anything that sounds appealing to you.

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Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 22 minutes

Total Time 27 minutes

Author Amy Palanjian

Cuisine American

Course side

Calories 80kcal

Servings 4

  • ▢ 1 large orange-fleshed sweet potato (or garnet yam)
  • ▢ 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Coat with nonstick spray.

  • Wash and dry the sweet potato.

  • Cut in half, then cut lengthwise into strips. Cut each strip in half again until each is about ½ inch thick. Slice in half horizontally if the sweet potato is very long. (Each strip should be about the size of your finger.)

  • Place into a bowl and toss with the olive oil.

  • Spread onto prepared baking sheet and roast for 22-25 minutes or until soft.

  • Let cool slightly and serve as is for a BLW-style finger food.

  • To serve as a thick mash, remove skin and mash with a fork one at a time or in a larger portion in a food processor or blender.

  • To serve as a thinner sweet potato puree, mash with a fork and add 1 tablespoon warm water at a time to reach desired consistency.

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge.
  • You can sprinkle with salt for babies over 1 and any adults.
  • Add crushed dried rosemary OR cinnamon for additional flavor.
  • Spread the wedges out on the baking sheet so they aren’t overlapping. This will ensure even cooking.
  • Poke a wedge with a fork or small knife at the lower end of the baking time to see if it’s very soft.
  • Learn more about the basics of baby-led weaning here.

Calories: 80kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 31mg, Potassium: 190mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 8016IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1mg

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This post was first published August 2019.

Sweet Potato for Baby - 6 Delicious Ways (4+ months)

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Sweet Potato for Baby – 6 Delicious (and easy) Ways! Sweet potatoes are a superfood and a great first food for babies 4 months and up. Serve them pureed, smashed, or as a finger food for baby-led weaning.

Sweet Potato for Baby

Sweet potatoes are one of the best foods 🏆 for baby!

You can serve sweet potatoes to baby as a smooth puree, a chunky stage three puree, smeared on toast as a finger food or made into wedges or pancakes for an amazing baby-led weaning meal. These recipes are super quick ⏱ and easy to prepare and can be made ahead of time.

Besides being relatively cheap and easy to find, sweet potatoes 🍠 are one of the, if not the top, healthiest foods for baby 👶.

Sweet Potato for Baby Video

Watch this video to see how you can serve sweet potatoes to baby 6 different ways!

Reasons to love sweet potato
  1. Sweet potatoes are beyond healthy for baby – high in fiber, antioxidants as well as vitamins A and C.
  2. They are so easy to prepare and cook, you don’t need hours in the kitchen and you can easily make these recipes ahead of time.
  3. Works for all types of feeding styles – puree, chunky puree, finer food or baby-led weaning!

Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
  • A good source of fiber and can prevent and resolve constipation.
  • They contain a lot of beta-carotene which converts into vitamin A.
  • Contains vitamin C and E to help strengthen immunity.
  • A good source of calcium to help strengthen bones.

WHEN TO INTRODUCE sweet potato to baby

Whether you start baby on purees or are doing baby-led weaning, sweet potatoes are an amazing first food for baby! You can serve sweet potatoes to babies 4 months and up.

  • Smooth Baby Puree
  • Chunky Baby Puree
  • Sweet Potato Wedges
  • Mashed with White Beans
  • Smeared on Toast
  • Easy Sweet Potato Pancakes

Smooth Puree

This simple puree is roasted sweet potatoes blended into a smooth and creamy baby food puree. This is a great option for babies that are on Stage One baby purees.

✔ Get the full recipe for The Best Sweet Potato Puree here!

Chunky Baby Puree

This chunky puree is a great option for babies in stage 2 or 3 of their puree journey.

To make this baby food you will simply follow this recipe, but instead of pureeing the roasted sweet potatoes in a blender, you can just smash the soft sweet potatoes with the back of a fork until you have a chunky style puree.

Sweet Potato Wedges

These wedges are great for baby-led weaning as they are soft enough for baby to be able to eat by themselves.

Toss the wedges in your babies favorite spice (I like to use paprika) with a little oil and then bake them on a sheet pan. They will keep well for up to 5 days.

✔ Get the full recipe for Sweet Potato Wedges for Baby-Led Weaning here!

Mashed with White Beans

This chunky mashed sweet potato with white beans is such a great way to make a meal out of simple puree. You take roasted sweet potatoes and then mash them with a few white beans, cooked shredded chicken, white fish or soft tofu. I love loading a GOOtensils with a chunky puree and handing it over to baby to help them learn to self-feed themselves.

Smeared on Toast

Another easy way to serve baby sweet potatoes is to simply smear some cooked and smashed puree onto a piece of whole-grain toast. This lets baby explore the taste of sweet potato along on an easy to hold handle.

Easy Sweet Potato Pancakes

A great baby-led weaning meal, that’s also great for toddlers as well as Mom and Dad😉!

Simply mix together the wet and dry ingredients and cook in a skillet. They keep in the fridge for 5 days and can be frozen for up to 2 months. High in protein and so delicious, light and fluffy!

✔ Get the full recipe for Easy Sweet Potato Pancakes here!

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Or watch a shortened version of this video here.

Smooth Baby Puree
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 tsp spice such as – mild curry powder, cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/4 cup liquid for blending – water, breast milk, formula or sodium-free chicken stock
Chunky Baby Puree
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
Smeared on Toast
  • 1 piece whole-grain bread, toasted
  • 2 tbsp chunky sweet potato puree
Mashed with White Beans
  • 2 tbsp white beans
  • 1/4 cup cooked chunky sweet potato puree
Sweet potato wedges
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (you can also add a pinch of cinnamon, garlic, nutmeg, cloves, mild chili powder or another spice)
Sweet potato pancakes
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup sweet potato puree
  • 1/4 cup small curd cottage cheese (or full-fat Greek yogurt)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • cooking spray or oil
Smooth Baby Puree
  • Heat oven to 400°. Line baking sheet with tin foil, parchment paper or a silicone mat. Wash and dry the sweet potatoes. Prick with a fork in several places and then place the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour or until a fork can easily prick the sweet potato. Let sit until cool to touch.

  • Make a cut into the skin of the potato lengthwise and peel away the skin of the potato. Scoop out the sweet potato meat and place into a blender or food processor, adding in the mild curry powder and water.

  • Puree on high for 1-2 minutes or until smooth, adding in additional liquid in 1/4 cup increments if needed. I had to add in 1 cup of water to the puree pictured. Serve or freeze for a later meal.

Chunky Baby Puree
  • Heat oven to 400°. Line baking sheet with tin foil, parchment paper or a silicone mat. Wash and dry the sweet potatoes. Prick with a fork in several places and then place the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour or until a fork can easily prick the sweet potato. Let sit until cool to touch.

  • Make a cut into the skin of the potato lengthwise and peel away the skin of the potato. Scoop out the sweet potato meat and place onto a cutting board. Take the back of a fork and mash the sweet potato until chunky but combined. Serve or freeze for a later meal.

Smeared on Toast
  • Use the Chunky Baby Puree recipe (above) to make the puree. Cut the piece of toast into 2-3 inch strips, and smear 1 tablespoon of chunky puree onto half of the piece of toast. Serve to baby.

Mashed with White Beans
  • Use the Chunky Baby Puree recipe (above) to make the puree. On a cutting board, add 1/4 cooked sweet potato and 2 tablespoons of white beans. Using the back of a fork, smash the beans and sweet potatoes together until you have a chunky puree consistency.

Sweet potato wedges
  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, then into 4 wedges lengthwise. Depending on how big your sweet potato is, you may need to cut the wedges in half.

  • Place wedges into a mixing bowl, and drizzle in oil and sprinkle with paprika. Toss with your hands until all of the sweet potatoes are covered. Place the wedges on a baking sheet.

  • Bake for 12 minutes, flip the wedges and then bake for another 12-15 minutes or until they are tender and golden brown.Let cool and serve.

Sweet potato pancakes
  • In a medium bowl, add in all of the ingredients and stir until combined. If using cottage cheese, the batter will have chunks in it.

  • Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium heat. Spray or oil skillet. For small pancakes add 1 tablespoon of batter to the skillet at a time and let cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden on the bottom and bubbles appear along the edges. Flip and let cook for another 2-3 minutes. Repeat with all of the batter.

Age: 4+ months

Storage: the Smooth Baby Puree, Chunky Baby Puree, Mashed Sweet Potatoes with White Beans and Sweet Potato Pancakes can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. The Sweet Potato Wedges can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. The Sweet Potato on Toast is best eaten right away. 


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Sweet potatoes (yam) - calories, useful properties, benefits and harms, description

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Sweet potato is a tuber plant of the family Bindweed whose edible tubers are also known as sweet potatoes. It has nothing to do with potatoes. And the Colorado potato beetle doesn't eat it.

Colombia and Peru are considered the birthplace of sweet potato, where the plant began to be used more than 800 thousand years ago. Sweet potatoes have elongated cylindrical tubers, the weight of which varies from 200 grams to 3 kg. Sweet potato pulp is dense, juicy and elastic, cream, pink, yellow, orange or red. The taste of the pulp is slightly sweet, reminiscent of carrots, pumpkins or frozen potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are divided into three types: dessert, fodder, vegetable.

Calorie sweet potatoes (yam)

Calorie content of sweet potato (sweet potato) is 61 kcal per 100 grams of product.

Composition and beneficial properties of sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes contain dietary fiber that is not digested in the stomach and is excreted from the body along with toxins. Sweet potato contains: beta-carotene, vitamins A, C - a natural antioxidant necessary to give elasticity to collagen, as well as minerals calcium, iron, phosphorus, which strengthen the body's defenses. nine0003

Sweet potatoes contain a lot of starch, so it is recommended to use it as an enveloping agent for various diseases of the digestive tract. Also, sweet potato can be consumed by people who have diabetes, as it blocks the rapid entry of glucose into the blood.

People who go in for sports should add root vegetables to their diet, as this product contains complex carbohydrates. Studies show that sweet potato helps bodybuilders reduce pain and muscle spasms. nine0003

Harm of sweet potatoes

The consumption of sweet potatoes should be limited in the presence of peptic ulcer, especially in the acute stage. In rare cases, individual intolerance to sweet potato is possible.

Selecting and storing sweet potatoes

When selecting sweet potatoes, visually assess the condition of the tuber, which should be dry, heavy and firm, without dark spots and signs of damage. Sweet potato tubers lack eyes, so any growths or growths on the surface of the sweet potato should be a reason not to buy. nine0003

Dry sweet potatoes are stored in a cool place without light for several months.

Cooking sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes differ from potatoes in many ways. Sweet potatoes are much healthier than regular potatoes, containing more carbohydrates, iron, and potassium than a regular potato (calorizator). Also, due to the presence of protein in the root crop, it can stay fresh for a long time.

Sweet potatoes are best consumed fresh, finely chopped or grated and added to a vegetable salad. Sweet potatoes are boiled, steamed, baked and fried, soups, mashed potatoes, soufflés are prepared from it. It turns out very tasty soup-puree. nine0003

If you are going to bake a sweet potato, the white tuber is the best. Dark-colored tubers are best suited for frying and boiling.

Sweet potatoes can be replaced with several products in a recipe. It is also recommended to replace sweet potatoes with carrots in raw or boiled form. In vegetable salads, second courses, the best substitute for a sweet root crop is ordinary boiled potatoes.

Sweet potatoes (yam) in cosmetology

The use of sweet potato improves skin condition. In home cosmetology, sweet potato is used to prepare therapeutic masks for facial skin against acne, age spots and acne.

Recommended for use by women over 50, as it contains phytoestrogens that normalize hormonal balance.

Sweet potatoes for weight loss

Sweet potato is recommended for dieting because it contains starch, which is characterized by low GI, which contributes to fast and long-term satiety, appetite reduction. And the indigestible fiber contained in sweet potato helps cleanse the intestines of toxins and toxins, as mentioned above. nine0003

Several diets have been developed by nutritionists that include sweet potatoes, and all of them are designed for a different number of days.

For more information about sweet potato, see the video “Sweet Potato Sweet Potato” of the TV program “Live Healthy!”.

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15 recipes with sweet potatoes from Yulia Vysotskaya. Cooking articles and life hacks

“The sweet potato, or, as it is also called, the sweet potato, is a wonderful thing. If you like mashed soups, be sure to try making sweet potato soup, it is sometimes even tastier than pumpkin mashed soup. The difference is that sweet potatoes are really sweet, but you can miss pumpkin, you never know what kind it is and whether it will be so sugary. If you don’t like soups, make a thick sweet potato puree, this is a very good substitute for ordinary potatoes, it turns out a wonderful side dish for chicken or meat cutlets, ”Julia Vysotskaya shares her advice. nine0003

If you haven't tried sweet potatoes yet, be sure to cook something from our selection. Let's discover new flavors together!

Winter tart

You can use any vegetables for the filling. Yulia Vysotskaya chose sweet potato, zucchini, sweet pepper and eggplant. Also, the dish is well complemented by pumpkin or celery root. And if you have a fresh bay leaf, then the tart will turn out even more fragrant!

Detailed recipe.

Rice with sweet potato, cranberry and pomegranate

Sweet potato cooks twice as fast as potatoes. Slices need 15-20 minutes in the oven to brown and become soft. Ordinary tubers would have to bake for at least 30 minutes. To make the sweet potato even more interesting in the dish, you can pour it with balsamic vinegar or liquid honey. nine0003

Detailed recipe.

Fish casserole

Catfish, cod, walleye pollock or sea bass can be used as a base. The fish must be divided into large pieces. A sauce based on butter, flour, vegetable broth, milk and lemon juice is a good addition to small shrimps. For a vegetable pillow, you can use not only sweet potato, zucchini and potatoes, but also cauliflower, pumpkin or carrots.

Detailed recipe.

Sweet potato soup

First, the onion and garlic are fried in a mixture of olive oil and butter. Then sweet potato is introduced into the pan, everything is poured with broth and boiled for 15 minutes. It remains to add curry, half a can of beans and turn the mixture into a smooth puree. The remaining beans will dilute the silky texture of the dish a little. To serve, the soup is garnished with yogurt and cilantro.

Detailed recipe.

Sweet potato and quinoa meatballs

It is important here to take equal portions of sweet potato and quinoa. The cereal can be slightly calcined before cooking, then the product will acquire subtle nutty notes in taste. Instead of thyme, a mixture of Provence herbs is suitable. These meatballs go well with sour cream. nine0003

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Baked vegetables with walnut pesto

Pesto is a sauce with many faces. Based on the basic recipe, you can come up with your own unique variations. For example, Julia Vysotskaya recommends replacing pine nuts with walnuts, and adding parsley to basil. Any other hard cheese will work in place of Parmesan.

Detailed recipe.

Caramelized Sweet Potato

If sweet potato is cut into strips, covered with cold water, and after 5 minutes fry in a wok in vegetable oil, you will get an original snack. It remains only to pour the slices with honey glaze and sprinkle with sesame seeds. In the same way, you can cook pumpkin and carrots. nine0003

Detailed recipe.

Parmesan, Sweet Potato, and Red Onion Frittata

Caramelized Onions, Boiled Sweet Potato, Feta, Greens and Parmesan Egg Filling make this hearty treat perfect for a hearty breakfast or protein dinner. Don't be afraid to experiment! Replace feta with brynza or white cheese, add some bacon or hunting sausages, and, of course, try different vegetable combinations.

Detailed recipe.

Sea bass with fennel and baked sweet potatoes

Agree, the garnish is as important as the main product. Batat is perfect here too. He will delicately complement the fish, but will not distract from the main character. For a more intense flavor, you can add orange or lemon zest to the herbs. If you don't have fresh thyme on hand, use dried thyme.

Detailed recipe.

Gratin of two types of potatoes

And this dish will turn out tasty and spectacular. The main thing is to follow the sequence so as not to break the "zebra" of slices of different colors. Bake the gratin for 30-35 minutes under foil. Then the leaf is removed and the treat is simmered for another 10 minutes until a golden crust forms. nine0003

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Chicken wings baked in a spicy sweet potato sauce

Sweet potatoes go well with poultry. Especially if you first fry the chicken, then add vegetables and seasonings, lightly stew and bake with pieces of sweet potato. Remember, the finer the ginger is chopped, the brighter it will feel. Nam Pla sauce can be substituted with extra soy sauce.

Detailed recipe.

Carrot and sweet potato pancakes with feta

Spinach can be added to the mixture for a more interesting texture. The flour will also slightly compact the mass. If you like a treat with a crispy crust, then instead of a whole egg, it is better to take one protein. While the potato pancakes are cooling, you can prepare a sauce based on sour cream, mint, maple syrup and lemon juice.

Detailed recipe.

Fried eggs with sausage, sweet potato and hot peppers

Fans of original dishes will appreciate this fried egg. Any pepper will do: hot will add piquancy, sweet will emphasize the vegetable component. The choice of sausage is also unlimited: smoked sausage will add “smoke”, boiled sausage will add the usual meaty notes. After 5 minutes of baking in the oven, it remains to decorate the scrambled eggs with herbs and serve.

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