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Strawberry Puree For Baby + Combination Ideas

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Wondering how to make strawberry puree for baby? It’s simpler than you might think! Strawberry puree is a healthy and delicious first baby food that babies 6 months and up can enjoy. In this blog post, we will discuss how to make strawberry puree for baby, whether its cooked or raw, as well as some of the best strawberry puree combination ideas.

Related: Strawberries For Baby Led Weaning (How To Cut/Serve)

Benefits of Strawberry Puree For Your Baby

Strawberry puree is a good source of Vitamin C, which is important for babies because it helps their bodies absorb iron. Strawberries are also a good source of fiber, which can help with baby’s digestion. Additionally, strawberries are relatively low in sugar compared to other fruits, making it a great option for baby’s first foods.

Preparing strawberry puree at home is easy and can be a great way to introduce your baby to new flavors. Store-bought strawberry puree can also be a convenient option. Just be sure to check the ingredients list to make sure there are no added sugars or other ingredients you don’t want to give to your baby.

How to Make Strawberry Puree for Baby (Stage 1)

Here is how to make homemade strawberry puree for a 6 month old baby:

  1. Wash the strawberries thoroughly under running water. Pat dry.
  2. Cut off the stem and leaves of the strawberry.
  3. Blend: Puree the strawberries in a blender or food processor to the desired consistency. There is no need to add liquid for blending, strawberries are naturally full of juice. But you can add breast milk or formula to the puree if you like.
Place strawberries in a blender and blend, simple as that!

Strawberry Puree Combination Ideas (Stage 2 & 3)

Here are some delicious strawberry baby food combinations to try:

  • Strawberry and Peach Puree: This classic combo is sure to be a hit with your little one. Simply add a ripe peach to strawberry puree and blend until smooth.
  • Apple and Strawberry Puree: For a slightly tart flavor, add an apple to your diced strawberries and blend.
  • Strawberry and Mango Puree : For a tropical twist, add mango to strawberry puree. You can also mix in a little bit of pineapple for an extra delicious flavor!
  • Banana, Strawberry and Avocado Puree: For a nutrient-rich baby food with monounsaturated fat, combine strawberries, banana and avocado.
  • Strawberry, Carrot and Pear Puree: Simply add cooked carrots and pear to your strawberry puree and blend until smooth.
  • Strawberry and Yogurt (or a dairy free yogurt) Puree: for a creamy strawberry baby food recipe.
  • Oatmeal (Or Other Cereal) And Strawberry Puree: For a heartier baby food, add cooked oatmeal to your strawberries and blend into puree.
  • Add leafy greens (or other green veggies like broccoli and zucchini) for making a more nutritious strawberry puree mixture.
  • An easier, shorter prep time: serve freshly mashed strawberries for more experienced eaters.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to strawberry puree combinations. Get creative and see what your little one enjoys the most!

Fresh Or Frozen Strawberries + Essential Tips

  • If using fresh strawberries, make sure they are ripe. Ripe strawberries will be red all over and smell sweet. You don’t need to strain of your blender is powerful enough, it will dissolves the seeds as well.
  • If using frozen strawberries, let them thaw completely before pureeing. You can do this by leaving them out on the counter for a few hours or overnight in the fridge. If you want to use frozen strawberries right away, you’ll need liquid for blending.
  • Use organic strawberries for babies: In a recent study evaluating the allergenicity of strawberries related to the farming practices, it was concluded that the strawberries from the organic farms were the safest because they contained the lowest levels of compounds responsible for causing allergic reactions) in comparison with the fruits from the conventional systems. Moreover, organically produced strawberries contain more bioactive compounds and antioxidants compared to conventional strawberries from grocery stores. Also is important to note that organic strawberries are produced with very strict rules regarding the use of artificial, harmful substances or genetic modification.
Fresh organic strawberries I got from farmer’s market.

Cooked Strawberry Puree Or Raw/Fresh, Which is More Nutritious?

You can cook strawberry puree before giving it to your baby or leave it raw. From nutritional point of view, raw fresh strawberry puree is much more superior that cooked strawberry puree. The high temperature will considerably reduce the strawberry’s nutrient content.

Water soluble vitamins like Vitamin C and anthocyanin pigments (antioxidant) will dramatically degrade during thermal processing of strawberries. When you see the strawberry loosing its bright red color, that’s the sign that it has lost most of it’s nutritional properties.

That’s why some kids that can’t tolerate raw strawberries usually will have no reaction when served cooked strawberries, because the ascorbic acid content was considerably reduced after cooking.

Cooked strawberries.

If you’re going to cook strawberries, lightly steam them until they are soft but with a deep red color. Less contact with water (steamed) equals more nutrients preserved. Simmering is the least beneficial method of cooking the strawberry puree.

Storing And Serving The Puree

  • When strawberry season is in full swing, take advantage of the abundance of fresh berries and make a big batch of strawberry puree to store in your freezer. That way you’ll have it on hand for those times when you need a quick and healthy baby food option.
  • The strawberry puree can be stored in the fridge for up to 48 hours.
  • Freeze for longer storage in a portioned freezer tray (just like an ice cube) for up to 3 months.
  • When you’re ready to serve, simply thaw the strawberry puree in the fridge overnight. For faster thawing, place it in a bowl of warm water for about 15 minutes.
  • To avoid waste, only make strawberry puree as much as you need. If your baby doesn’t eat it all, don’t re-freeze it, just add it to other foods.
Frozen strawberry puree.

As stage 1 baby food, strawberry puree is best served straight up with a spoon. When your baby moves into stage 2 and 3 foods you can make puree mixtures with other foods (see combinations above).

FAQs Strawberry Puree For Baby

When can I give strawberry puree to my baby?

Strawberry puree is a great first food for babies who are at least six months old and are developmentally ready for solid foods.

Can I give my baby store-bought strawberry puree?

Yes, you can give your baby store-bought strawberry puree as long as it doesn’t have any added sugars or other ingredients you don’t want to give to your baby. Be sure to check the label before purchasing.

Should strawberries be cooked for babies?

You can cook strawberry puree before giving it to your baby or leave it raw. From a nutritional standpoint, raw strawberry puree is more nutritious than cooked strawberry puree. The high temperature will reduce the strawberry’s nutrient content. If you do cook the strawberry puree, lightly steam the strawberries until they are soft but with a deep red color.

How do you mash strawberries for babies?

You can use a fork to mash strawberries for babies. First, cut the strawberry in half and remove the stem. Then, use a fork to mash the strawberry until it reaches the desired consistency. If you want a smoother puree, you can use a food processor or blender.

Can I give my 6 month old mashed strawberries?

Yes, you can give your baby mashed strawberries as long as they are developmentally ready for solid foods, can move food around in their moth easily and have no allergies to strawberry.

When can I start giving my baby strawberry puree with other foods?

You can start giving your baby strawberry puree with other foods when they are ready for stage two foods, which is typically around seven to eight months old.

Can strawberries cause constipation in babies?

Usually strawberries do not cause constipation in babies. In fact, strawberries have high water content can help soften baby’s stools. Strawberries may cause gut discomfort and constipation only if the baby is having an intolerance or allergic reaction to strawberries.

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Strawberry Puree For Baby + Combination Ideas


Strawberry puree is a healthy and delicious first baby food that babies 6 months and up can enjoy. You can either make strawberry puree from cooked strawberries or use fresh / frozen strawberries if you want to preserve more nutrients. Serve small portions by itself or mix the strawberry puree with other foods to make delicious puree combinations.

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Prep Time 3 mins

Total Time 3 mins

Course Main Course

Cuisine Baby Food

Servings 16 tablespoons

Calories 6.12 kcal

  • 1 cup halved strawberries (fresh or frozen)
Strawberry Puree (Stage 1)
  • Wash the strawberries thoroughly under running water. Pat dry.

  • Cut off the stem and leaves of the strawberry.

  • Blend: Puree the strawberries in a blender or food processor to the desired consistency. There is no need to add liquid for blending, strawberries are naturally full of juice. But you can add breast milk or formula to the puree if you like.

Strawberry Puree Combinations  (Stage 2 & 3)
  • Strawberry + Peach Puree

  • Apple + Strawberry Puree

  • Strawberry + Mango Puree

  • Banana + Strawberry + Avocado Puree

  • Strawberry + Carrot + Pear Puree

  • Strawberry + Yogurt (or a dairy free yogurt) Puree

  • Oatmeal (Or Other Cereal) + Strawberry Puree

  • Strawberry puree + leafy greens (or other green veggies like broccoli and zucchini)

  • An easier, shorter prep time: serve freshly mashed strawberries for more experienced eaters (7 months+)

  • The strawberry puree can be stored in the fridge for up to 48 hours.
  • Freeze for longer storage in a portioned freezer tray (just like an ice cube) for up to 3 months.
  • When you’re ready to serve, simply thaw the strawberry puree in the fridge overnight. For faster thawing, place it in a bowl of warm water for about 15 minutes.

Serving: 2tbspCalories: 6.12kcalCarbohydrates: 1.45gSugar: 0.92gVitamin C: 11.17mg

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How to Serve Strawberries to Baby

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Learn how to prepare strawberries for baby in 10 delicious and easy ways! As yummy superfoods, strawberries are a great first food for babies 4-6 months and up. Serve them as a baby food puree, as a solid for the finger food stage or for baby-led weaning.

Medically reviewed and co-written by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).

Strawberry Baby Food

Who doesn’t love a fresh ripe strawberry? 🍓

And by no means, do we want baby to miss out on tasting and (hopefully) enjoying such a scrumptious fruit!

Below you will find all the information you need to know about when you can introduce strawberries to your baby as well as how to serve them to your baby regardless if you are making purees, doing baby-led weaning, a combo of both, or are in the finger food stage! Because no matter where you are in your feeding journey, your baby definitely needs to experience the magic of fresh strawberries.

First time making homemade baby food? Then, I would suggest that you start by reading my very in-depth Guide on how to Make Homemade Baby Food – which goes over all the important information such as the best cooking tools to have on hand, safe storage, how to know when baby is ready for solids, how to introduce purees, the best first foods for baby, and more! If you are doing Baby-Led Weaning, then be sure to check out my Complete Guide to Baby-Led Weaning – which covers what exactly is baby-led weaning, to every parent’s concern of baby-led weaning and choking, this guide goes over it all. I will also share how to know when baby is ready for BLW, the top 10 best first foods, a helpful sample blw feeding schedule, helpful tools to have on hand, and much much more!

Want more information? Then make sure to check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes!

Strawberries for Baby Video

Watch this video to see all the ways you can serve strawberries to your baby!

Reasons to Love these Strawberry Recipes
  • delicious baby food purees – 4-6+ months
  • great for baby-led weaning – 6+ months 
  • also great for the finger food stage – 9+ months
  • full of essential nutrients for baby
  • different ways for baby to eat – spoon-fed or self-feed 
  • easy to make
  • purees are freezer-friendly
  • can use fresh or frozen strawberries

Benefits of Strawberries for Baby

Strawberries are super healthy for a number of reasons:

  • Nutritious: Strawberries are full of important vitamins and minerals that benefit our health. They are high in vitamin C; in fact, one cup contains about 180% of the recommended Daily Value for kids, making it an excellent source of this vitamin. They’re also a good source of fiber and contain potassium, folate, and numerous antioxidants.  A majority of strawberries are made up of water, so they are a great food to keep your baby hydrated. 
  • Health Benefits: Due to the many nutrients in strawberries, they have been linked to heart health, cancer prevention, digestive health, immune health, blood sugar stability, and reduced inflammation. 

Frozen vs. Fresh Strawberries: if fresh strawberries are not in season or in your budget, frozen strawberries would be a great option for you. They are nutritionally similar and easy to find in most grocery stores.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can you introduce strawberries to baby?

Whether you’re starting your baby on purees or are doing baby-led weaning, strawberries are a wholesome and enjoyable first food for your baby! When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes between 4-6 months of age for purees and or after 6 months for baby-led weaning. Some of the developmental milestones your baby needs to reach in order to start on solids include: if your baby has solid control of their head and neck, if your baby has doubled in weight, and if your baby is reaching for or opening their mouth when you eat (see my guide here). Before you start your baby’s feeding journey, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready.

Are strawberries a choking hazard to baby?

Yes, strawberries can be a choking hazard, depending on how they are served and the developmental readiness of your baby. To minimize the risk of choking, serve soft and ripe strawberries in age-appropriate forms. For babies under 6 months, serve mashed or as a puree.  For ages 6-9 months, you can serve them whole (stems removed), larger than a golf ball size. 9 months and older can have quartered or thinly sliced strawberries, and if the pincer grasp has developed, you can serve them diced. Never leave your baby unattended while eating.

Are strawberries a common allergen?

Strawberries are not one of the top eight food allergens, so it’s not a very common allergy; however, a small percentage of children do develop an allergy due to a protein in the anthocyanins (what gives them their red color) in strawberries, making white strawberries more tolerable, but many do outgrow it. Cooking strawberries will denature this protein, so people with allergies may still be able to enjoy strawberries in a jam, sauces, and baked goods.

How to Serve Strawberries to Baby

There are several different ways to prepare strawberries for your baby! You can make them into a smooth puree, a combination puree, a chunky puree for stage three, mashed and spread on toast or whole for baby-led weaning or a finger food. Here are 10 of my favorite ways to serve them:

Stage One Purees
  • Roasted Strawberry Puree
  • Simmered Strawberry Puree
  • Beaba Babycook Blueberry Puree
  • 2-Minute Strawberry Puree
Stage Two Purees
  • 6 Delicious Combination Purees
Stage Three Purees
  • Mashed Strawberries with Carrots & Beans
  • Chunky Strawberry Puree with Yogurt
Baby-Led Weaning or Finger Foods
  • Strawberries for Baby-Led Weaning or Finger Foods: whole, quartered, sliced or chopped
  • Mashed Strawberries with Carrots & Beans
  • Chunky Strawberry Puree with Yogurt

Tools Needed

These tools will make it a lot easier for you to serve strawberries to your baby. For more of my favorite kitchen tools make sure to check out my shop.

  • Baby Bowls
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  • Beaba Babycook
  • Freezer Storage Tray
  • Gootensil
  • Saucepan
  • Baking Sheet

Roasted Strawberry Puree

This has to be one of my favorite ways to make a smooth strawberry puree for your baby as the high heat of the oven condenses the natural sugars in the strawberries, which brings out the deep rich sweetness from the strawberries. This simple cooking technique is a simple way to make a puree that is truly swoon-worthy! Of course, if you want to take a serving of your baby’s puree and use it on top of ice cream, I, for one, will not stop you;).

How to Serve: you can serve this puree as-is, mixed with an apple, pear, or sweet potato puree, swirled into oatmeal, yogurt, or ricotta.

Instructions (see below for the full recipe): chop strawberries and place them on a baking sheet. Roast in an oven for 20 minutes until the strawberries are bursting with juices. Place the roasted strawberries in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Simmered Strawberry Puree

This simmered puree is a simple and easy way to make a yummy strawberry puree for your baby. While simmering, some of the strawberry’s natural water content evaporates, leaving a thicker and sweeter puree. This is helpful because if you blend strawberries into a puree, the puree will be thinner.

How to Serve: you can serve this puree as-is, mixed with an apple, pear, or carrot puree, swirled into oatmeal, yogurt, or ricotta.

Instructions (see below for the full recipe): chop strawberries and place them in a small saucepan. Heat for 10 minutes until the strawberries are super soft and falling apart. Place the simmered strawberries into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Strawberry Tip: this is a great recipe for using frozen strawberries. You can add frozen strawberries straight to the saucepan and simmer for 12-14 minutes or until soft and thawed through.

Beaba Babycook Strawberry Puree

Who doesn’t love an easy, delicious, and homemade puree that you can make your baby with the push of a button? Using the BEABA Babycook, you can make a simple puree for your baby, highlighting the season’s flavors with minimal effort.

How to Serve: you can make this puree with just strawberries, or you can add in a handful of chopped apples, sweet potatoes, pear, or carrots into the stainless steel basket before steaming.

Instructions (see below for the full recipe): chop strawberries and place them into the steamer basket. Fill the water tank to level 1. Place the steamer basket inside the glass jar, close the lid and push the steam button. Once done, pour out any excess water, transfer the cooked strawberries into the glass jar, close the lid and push the blend button until smooth.

Full Review: read my full, in-depth and honest review of the BEABA Babycook Neo here! Make sure to grab 15% off your Babycook with code (BabyFoode15)!

2-Minute Strawberry Puree

Want to make a delicious strawberry puree for baby but are short on time? Then this puree recipe is for you! We are simply going to blend up some fresh strawberries and call it a day! Yes, it can be that easy.

Instructions (see below for the full recipe): cut off the strawberry greens, and place the strawberries into a blender (chopped or whole). Blend for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. If the seeds are too much for your baby, you can strain them in a fine mesh colander. This puree will start on the thinner side but will thicken in the fridge as it cools.

Strawberries for Self-Feeding

Strawberries are a great food for your baby to self-feed, whether for baby-led weaning, which happens around 6 months of age, or during the finger foods stage at 9 months.

Whole: great for babies 6+ months or just starting on solid foods. It’s best to start your baby with a bigger piece of strawberry so your baby can chew, gnaw and take bites without them being a choking hazard.

Quartered: you can serve baby quartered or thinly sliced strawberries at 9 months and older.

Chopped: if your baby’s pincer grasp has been developed, you can serve them diced strawberries around 9-10 months.

6 Strawberry Combination Purees

You can mix and match strawberries with many other great fruits and veggies to make a fun combination puree. Here are my 6 favorites.

  • Banana Strawberry Puree: place 2 ripe bananas and 1 cup of chopped strawberries in a blender and puree until smooth. Freeze immediately to preserve the color.
  • Avocado Strawberry Puree: on a cutting board, mash 1/2 a ripe avocado with 2 chopped strawberries until super smooth. Freeze immediately to preserve the color.
  • Sweet Potato Strawberry Puree: follow this sweet potato recipe but add chopped strawberries to the backing sheet when you have 20 minutes left on your cooking time. Puree as instructed in the recipe.
  • Apple Strawberry Puree: follow this apple puree recipe, but add 1-2 cups of chopped strawberries when you add in the apples. Puree as instructed in the recipe.
  • Carrot Strawberry Puree: follow this carrot puree recipe, but add 1-2 cups of chopped strawberries while blending.
  • Pear Strawberry Puree: follow this pear puree recipe, but add 1-2 cups of chopped strawberries when you add the pears to the saucepan. Cook and puree as instructed in the recipe.

Mashed Strawberries, Carrots & Beans

This mashed strawberries, carrots, and beans for your baby is a great way to serve your baby a full meal in one tasty bite. You can serve this chunky puree on a piece of toast, spoon-feed it to baby, toss it with some pasta and let baby self-feed it to themselves, swirl it into some yogurt or ricotta or load a self-feeding spoon with a bite and hand the spoon to your baby.

Instructions (see below for the full recipe): place a strawberry, steamed carrots, and a few beans on a cutting board and, using the back of a fork, mash until chunky and incorporated with each other.

More Flavors: you can also use steamed or roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, banana, soft tofu, cooked and shredded chicken, cooked and shredded salmon, and more!

Looking for more easy baby-led weaning and puree recipes? Then check out my favorite ways to serve apples, avocados and bananas to babies!

Chunky Strawberry Puree with Yogurt

Finely chopped strawberries paired with a thick plain yogurt – yes, please! This is a protein-packed food for your baby! Of course, you can also use cottage cheese or ricotta if you want to get all fancy.

How to Serve: you can serve this to your baby on a spoon, a self-feeding spoon, or on a piece of toast, pancake, or waffle.

Instructions (see below for the full recipe): finely chop strawberries and add yogurt, mix well. Serve to baby on a piece of toast or load onto a self-feeding spoon.

Strawberry Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of my favorite things to serve baby because you can make it into a smooth puree for stage one, thicker chunky oatmeal for stage three, or you can spoon some dollops of oatmeal onto a plate and let it completely cool before serving it for baby-led weaning or the finger food stage. It really does grow with your baby. In this recipe, we will cook the strawberries with oats so that the two turn into beautiful pink porridge. And don’t worry if you want to save yourself a portion of this oatmeal for yourself! You can top your portion with a drizzle of honey, slices of banana and strawberries, and a sprinkle of chopped nuts.

Instructions (see below for the full recipe): bring water to a boil and add in oats, strawberries and a pinch of cinnamon. Let cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes, let cool slightly. Serve as is, or transfer to a blender and puree until you have your desired consistency.

More Oatmeal Inspiration: love oatmeal and need more ideas on how to serve it to your baby? Then check out my complete Oatmeal for Babies guide.

Storage Instructions

You can freeze any of the purees listed above. For finger foods, you can store any leftovers in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.


You can store the strawberry puree in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days. 


This strawberry puree can be frozen for up to 3 months.

  • Spoon pureed strawberry into a freezer storage container (this is my favorite freezer storage container) – do not overfill.  
  • Place the lid on the storage container or cover with a piece of saran wrap and label with date and recipe name. 
  • Place the tray into the freezer and let freeze completely – preferably overnight. 
  • Pop-out the baby food cubes and place in a zip-lock baggie or stasher bag – don’t forget to re-label the baggie or stasher bag for future reference. 

Recipe Tips

  • Picking Strawberries: you will want to get a package of strawberries that are bright red, medium in size, and with vivid greens. Make sure to avoid any moldy or overly soft strawberries.
  • Organic Strawberries: Since strawberries are on the EOG Dirty Dozen list, I recommend purchasing organic strawberries if possible. In some areas and with some budgets, this is not possible. Do your best! I don’t always buy organic strawberries since they can run upwards of $9 a pint in the winter months where I live, which is too much for my budget. Buying organic is easier during the summer months, and frozen organic strawberries are always a great option.
  • Fresh or Frozen: You can use either fresh or frozen strawberries for any of the puree, mashed or chunky recipes below, you will need to thaw and drain the strawberries first. It is best to use fresh strawberries if serving as a solid as they will easier for your baby to pick up and hold.
  • Blender: Because strawberries condense down to such a small amount of puree, I use a small blender when pureeing any of these recipes. You can also use a handheld emersion blender or food processor. You can also double the recipe if you still want to use your regular-sized blender.

Or watch a shortened version of this video here.

Roasted Strawberry Puree
  • 2 cups strawberries, stems removed and chopped
  • 1 pinch cinnamon (optional)
Simmered Strawberry Puree
  • 2 cups strawberries, stems removed, chopped (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice (optional)
Beaba Babycook Strawberry Puree
  • 2 cups strawberries, stems removed, chopped (fresh or frozen)
  • water
2-Minute Strawberry Puree
  • 2 cups strawberries, stems removed, chopped (fresh or frozen)
Baby-Led Weaning/Finger Food Stage
  • 1-2 strawberries, stems removed
Strawberry Oatmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup strawberries, stems removed, chopped (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • pinch cinnamon
Mashed Strawberry, Carrots & Beans
  • 1 strawberry, stems removed, chopped (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp white beans, canned or pre-cooked
  • 1 tbsp steamed carrots, roughly chopped
Strawberry & Yogurt
  • 1 strawberry, stem removed and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp plain whole milk yogurt
Roasted Strawberry Puree
  • Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the strawberries on the baking sheet and sprinkle on cinnamon. Bake for 20 minutes or until soft and bursting with juices.

  • Let cool slightly and then transfer the strawberries to a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes until smooth.

Simmered Strawberry Puree
  • Place the strawberries, water, and lemon juice into a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat for 10-12 minutes or until soft and broken down.

  • Let cool slightly and then transfer the strawberries to a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes until smooth.

Beaba Babycook Strawberry Puree
  • Fill the tank reservoir to level 1 with water. Add the strawberries to the stainless steel basket and place the basket into the glass jar. Place the lid on top and close. Push the steam button.

  • Once complete, remove the lid and let cool slightly. Take the stainless steel basket out of it and then pour any excess water into a measuring cup; reserve. Next, pour the strawberries into the glass jar, close the lid, and push and hold the blend button until the strawberries are smooth, adding in any reserved strawberry water if needed.

2-Minute Strawberry Puree
  • Place the chopped strawberries into a blender and puree for 1-2 minutes or until smooth.

  • If there are too many seeds, pour the puree through a fine mesh colander into another bowl. The puree will thicken as it cools in the fridge or freezer.

Baby-Led Weaning/Finger Food Stage
  • Serve to baby whole, sliced, quartered or chopped depending on your baby's age (see graph)

Strawberry Oatmeal
  • In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add in oats, strawberries, and cinnamon. Cook for 10 minutes or until the oats are cooked, and most of the water is gone. Using a hand mixer or blender, puree the oats to your desired consistency – smooth, slightly chunky, or chunky. If serving for baby-led weaning, dollop a few 2-inch circles of oatmeal on a plate and place it in the fridge. Once cooled, the oatmeal will be easier for your baby to pick up and self-feed.

Mashed Strawberry, Carrots & Beans
  • Place the strawberry, carrots, and beans onto a cutting board. Using the back of a fork, mash the ingredients together into a chunky puree.

  • Spread the chunky puree onto a 1-3 inch piece of toast, load it onto a gootensil, place on a plate for your baby to eat with their hands, or spoon feed it to your baby.

Strawberry & Yogurt
  • Place the strawberry on a cutting board or in a small bowl. Add in the yogurt and stir until incorporated. Serve to your baby with a gootensil, place on a plate for baby to eat with their own hands, or spoon feed it to your baby.

Age: 4-6+ months for puree, 6+ months for baby-led weaning.  

Storage: you can store the purees in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for 4 months. You can store the finger foods in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Yield: the purees will yield you roughly 6-8 ounces of puree, while the finger foods will give you 1-2 servings. 

Notes on Frozen Strawberries: if you are using frozen strawberries, make sure you thaw and drain any excess liquid before using them. 


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The benefits and harms of strawberries | Roskachestvo

The expert talks about the properties of the vitamin berry and whether everyone can eat it.

Useful properties of strawberries

Marina Bessonova

nutritionist, specialist in nutrition and healthy lifestyle, member of the Union of Nutritionists, Nutritionists and Food Industry Specialists of Russia

- Strawberries are rightfully considered the queen of berries. Delicious, juicy, sweet berry, the aroma of which leaves neither children nor adults indifferent. The strawberry season starts at the end of May and lasts until July. However, it has gained such massive popularity also due to its beneficial properties. Strawberries are a valuable storehouse of vitamins and beneficial micro and macro elements, a real natural medicine. nine0003

The berry contains folic acid, fiber, carotene, pectin, iron, iodine, calcium, phosphorus and manganese, fruit acids and vitamins C, beta-carotene, E, B9, PP. It contains a large amount of phytochemicals, due to which the berry has a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. These include ellagic acid and various flavonoids such as anthocyanins, quercetin, kaempferol, and catechins.

Their main function is to protect our cells from damage and prevent premature aging. Scientists found that women who ate more than three servings of strawberries a week had a 34% lower risk of heart attack than those who ate less. Anthocyanins, along with potassium and magnesium, make blood vessels more elastic and help lower blood pressure. They give the berries bright red and purple hues. nine0003

First of all, the berry is recommended to eat for the prevention of cancer of the gastrointestinal tract and breast.

In addition to the standard set of vitamins A, B and E, the berry is distinguished by a high content of vitamin C (it contains more ascorbic acid than lemon). And he, in turn, is involved in the work of all systems and vital processes in the body. And most importantly, it supports our immunity, helping to cope with many diseases. nine0003

The expert tells about the intricacies of choosing ripe sweet strawberries.

Benefits of frozen strawberries

Strawberries are a seasonal fruit. Therefore, if you want to enjoy it in the cold season, it is better to give preference to freezing. Priority is dry shock freezing. Beforehand, the berries should be washed and dried. So it will retain more nutrients. If you buy frozen strawberries from the store, be sure to check the date on the packaging. You can store fresh-frozen berries no more than 9-12 months.

Benefits of strawberries for women

One glass of fresh strawberries contains about 9% of the daily value of folic acid, which is very important during pregnancy. Sufficient folic acid helps prevent congenital malformations of the fetus. It reduces the risk of breast cancer, improves the condition of the skin and hair, improves mood and speeds up metabolic processes.

Benefits of strawberries for men's health

If we are talking about men, then they are somewhat more likely to suffer from gastrointestinal problems, liver diseases. Strawberries improve intestinal motility and generally have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, men are more likely to experience cardiovascular diseases, and we have already talked about the positive effect of the berry on the heart and its unique ability to lower blood pressure.


Can Diabetics Eat Strawberries?

Strawberries are a tasty and sweet berry rich in carbohydrates. Diabetics are reasonably interested in the question, is it possible to eat strawberries with diabetes and how safe is it?

With diabetes, metabolism is disturbed, so it is very important to follow a certain type of diet. Numerous studies have shown that, when used wisely, strawberries have a positive effect on the body of type 2 diabetics, helping to stabilize blood sugar levels due to their dietary fiber content. Thanks to it, anti-inflammatory and protective functions are activated in the body. Therefore, in moderation, the berry is even recommended for diabetes. nine0003

How many strawberries can you eat per day without harm to health?

If the berry is so useful, is it possible to eat it every day? The rule “everything is good, but in moderation” works here. Therefore, in order not to harm your health and not to earn an allergy, it is important to observe daily consumption rates. A healthy adult without any food allergy and in the absence of medical contraindications can safely eat 200-300 g per day.

The optimal daily dose for patients with diabetes should not exceed 60 g of fresh berries.

Contraindications: allergy to strawberries

  • The berry is included in the list of products to which allergic reactions most often occur. At the same time, an allergy to strawberries in its pure form is not so common. In most cases, it is accompanied by an allergic reaction to some other berries and fruits of the Rosaceae family: cherries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, apples. In addition, people allergic to strawberries also react to latex, birch pollen, apricots, melons, and less often bananas. nine0003

  • An allergy to this berry usually causes a mild to moderate reaction. The most common symptoms are: itchy and sore throat, redness on the skin, coughing and hoarseness, dizziness, vomiting and diarrhea. Mild to moderate allergic reactions can be treated at home with antihistamines.

  • Rarely, strawberries can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. When the first signs of acute anaphylaxis appear (rapid pulse, swelling of the tongue and airways, low blood pressure, dizziness and fainting), first aid should be provided immediately. nine0003

  • The risk group includes people suffering from asthma, eczema and allergies to birch pollen. Often there are cases with a family allergic predisposition. The best treatment in this case is to avoid contact with the allergen. Therefore, I always recommend reading food labels to make sure they are allergen-free.

At what age can you give strawberries to children? nine0003

Young children are most prone to allergic reactions to certain foods. Therefore, berries such as strawberries, blackberries, raspberries should be introduced into the child's diet with extreme caution, observing the body's response. If, at the first acquaintance with the berry, the child did not have allergy symptoms (itching, redness, disorders of the digestive system), you can try to gradually increase the dosage to two or three berries. However, pediatricians still do not recommend introducing berries into the diet before 1.5 years. nine0003

Diet on strawberries

Strawberries, like most berries, are low in calories. It can easily help replace purchased sweets, improve mood and at the same time saturate the body with useful micro- and macronutrients. Therefore, it is quite often included in the list of products allowed for weight loss. Strawberries are often found in various detox drinks and smoothies. Its fruits contain few calories and a lot of dietary fiber, and, of course, losing weight with it will be much more effective. However, any mono-diets are much less preferable, because even dietary nutrition should be as diverse as possible. nine0003

A good idea for those who follow the figure is strawberry smoothies as a snack. They will help preserve all the beneficial properties of fresh berries, fully reveal its bright rich taste. If you add a banana to strawberries, then the smoothie will also turn out to be very nutritious. To make the drink more refreshing and unusual, you can add a few mint leaves and a few tablespoons of natural yogurt without additives.

Another good option is a strawberry and spinach smoothie topped with pumpkin seeds. Such a smoothie will not only allow you to always stay in good shape, but also give you a boost of energy for the whole day. nine0003

Healthy strawberry desserts

Strawberries are great for fruit salads, yoghurts and various desserts. A simple combination of strawberries and spinach, crumbled goat cheese and toasted almonds with raspberry sauce. The taste of this unusual salad is amazing.

A very simple and healthy dessert - strawberries with melted chocolate. Chocolate contains beneficial plant compounds, polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants. nine0003

Melt a bar of dark chocolate in a water bath, adding a small amount of cream, vegetable milk or hot water. Pour the resulting mass into a deep bowl. When serving, dip strawberries in chocolate and enjoy a wonderful combination of flavors.

How are strawberries used for cosmetic purposes?

Strawberries are often used as cosmetics when caring for the skin of the face and body at home. Due to the rich content of salicylic acid, this berry serves as an excellent whitening and anti-inflammatory agent for acne, freckles, age spots. A strawberry mask can be used in cosmetology as an acid peel for aging skin. nine0003

Three healthy and tasty recipes with strawberries

Strawberry Lemonade

Light refreshing lemonade will perfectly quench your thirst and will be the perfect drink on a hot summer day.

Ingredients : 1 cup ripe strawberries, 2 handfuls fresh green basil leaves, juice of ½ lemon, 1 liter sugar-free sparkling water, 100 ml still water, 4 tbsp. spoons of sugar (optional) nine0003


The day before, grind the basil leaves in a blender with 100 ml of cold water; if you want the drink to be sweet, add 2 tbsp. spoons of sugar. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze. Basil ice can be prepared for several servings of lemonade at once.

In a blender, beat strawberries, lemon juice, remaining sugar. Add cold sparkling water.

Pour the drink into glasses, add basil ice cubes, garnish with fresh basil leaves before serving. nine0003

Cheesecake with cottage cheese and strawberries

Even those who follow their figure can afford this light dessert, because it contains a lot of protein and fiber, and very little sugar. A piece of cottage cheese cheesecake will be an excellent snack between breakfast and lunch, and the feeling of satiety after it will remain for a long time.

Ingredients : 200 g strawberries, 300 g cottage cheese (18% fat), 50 g sour cream (minimum 20% fat), 2 eggs, 2 tbsp. tablespoons of semolina, 50 g of sugar + 1 tbsp. spoon, 2 tbsp. tablespoons of butter + a little more for greasing the mold, ground cardamom to taste. nine0003

You will need two forms - a larger and a smaller one - for baking in a water bath.


Beat cottage cheese, semolina, sour cream, sugar, eggs, cardamom with an immersion blender until a homogeneous mass is formed. Grease a small baking dish with butter and put the curd mass into it. Set the mold in a larger container and pour in a large amount of water for baking in a water bath. Bake for 40 minutes at 180 degrees. Let the cheesecake cool slightly. nine0003

While the cheesecake is baking, melt the butter with 1 tbsp. a spoonful of sugar, add strawberries (if the berries are large, they can be cut), sweat over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Remove and serve with warm cheesecake.

Green salad with strawberries and tomatoes

Ingredients : 200 g strawberries, 300 g lettuce or mixed lettuce, 1 avocado, 10 cherry tomatoes, 1 tbsp. spoon of lemon juice, 2 tbsp. spoons of olive oil, 1 tbsp. a spoonful of balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper to taste. nine0003


Rinse the green salad, dry it on a towel, tear it with your hands. You can use any kind of salad or salad mix you like for this recipe.

Wash all ingredients. Cut strawberries into slices, avocado into small slices, cherry tomatoes into halves. Stir.

Make a flavorful dressing: mix olive oil with lemon juice and balsamic vinegar, season with salt and pepper. Dress up the salad. nine0003

So tastier

You can add cheese to this salad (mozzarella or not too salty feta, fried halloumi cheese will do) or pieces of chicken (turkey).

At what age can strawberries be given to a child?

In our article we will talk about the benefits of strawberries, about the age at which you can give strawberries to a child, and also share recipes for simple children's strawberry dishes. We also recall that it is convenient to follow the timing of the introduction of complementary foods and a particular product using our complementary foods table. nine0003

Read also: How to choose strawberries? (video)

Vitamins, micro and macro elements in strawberries

100 grams of strawberries contain 41 kcal




Vitamin PP - 0.3 mg

Beta-carotene - 0.03 mg

Vitamin A (RE) - 5 mcg

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.03 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - 0.05 mg

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic) - 0.3 mg

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) - 0.06 mg

Vitamin B9 (folic) - 20 mcg

Vitamin C - 60 mg

Vitamin E (TE) - 0. 5mg

Vitamin H (biotin) - 4 mcg

Vitamin PP (niacin equivalent) - 0.4 mg

Calcium - 40 mg

Magnesium - 18 mg

Sodium - 18 mg

Potassium - 161 mg

Chlorine - 16 mg

Sulfur - 12 mg

Iron - 1.2 mg

Zinc - 0.097 mg

Iodine - 1 mcg

Copper - 125 mcg

Manganese - 0.2 mg

Chromium - 2 mcg

Fluorine - 18 mcg

Molybdenum - 10 mcg

Boron - 185 mcg

Vanadium - 9 mcg

Cobalt - 4 mcg

Nickel - 2 mcg

Composition and nutritional properties of strawberries

100 g strawberries contain:

  • Proteins - 0.8 g
  • Fat - 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates - 7.5 g
  • Dietary fiber - 2.2 g
  • Organic acids - 1.3 g
  • Water - 87.4 g
  • Mono- and disaccharides - 7. 4 g
  • Starch - 0.1 g
  • Ash - 0.4 g

Benefits of strawberries for children

Strawberries contain many biologically active substances: sugar, organic acids, calcium, iodine, phosphorus, iron, potassium, pectins. It also contains a large amount of vitamin C, folic acid. Strawberries strengthen the walls of blood vessels, the immune system. The benefits of strawberries for children also lie in the ability to resist viral bacteria and relieve inflammation. Freshly squeezed juice can be used in the treatment of stomatitis in children, as well as antibacterial and analgesic for sore throats in children. nine0003

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strawberries for children: at what age

at what age can strawberries

as we were already convinced, strawberries, strawberries, strawberries. very useful, especially for a growing and developing organism, so parents are in a hurry to introduce it into their children's diet. But the main danger that can lurk in ripe fruits is the high risk of allergies. Therefore, the answer to the question: “At what age can strawberries be given to a child?” - will depend on how prone the baby is to allergic reactions. nine0003

When can I give strawberries to my child? Pediatricians recommend introducing these berries into the children's diet no earlier than a year, when the baby's digestive system is normal, and the immune system will not react so strongly to all red foods.

When introducing strawberries into the diet, like any other new product, the following rules should be followed:

  • start with a small amount;
  • give an unfamiliar product in the morning; nine0069
  • not compatible with other new products;
  • Watch for possible skin reactions and stool changes.

Whether children under one year old can have strawberries and how this will affect the health of the baby, no one can predict, even a family doctor, so all responsibility lies with the conscience of the parents. Is the benefit of strawberries worth the risk? You decide.

Is it possible to give a one-year-old child strawberries? If the child is not prone to diathesis and other manifestations of allergies, no negative reactions were noticed during the introduction of complementary foods, and the berry season is in full swing, it is worth trying to give the baby one berry in combination with a dairy product that neutralizes the effect of the allergen. nine0003

Pediatricians advise: before offering the fruit itself to a child, first pour boiling water over strawberries, let it brew and let the child taste the juice. Then you can give a little with some water and pulp. If there is no allergic reaction, you can give the child a fresh berry.

Even if the child is not allergic to strawberries, do not give more than two or three berries a day.

Read also: I have an idea! How to freeze strawberries

Contraindications for use

Despite the fact that strawberries contain many useful substances and vitamins, this is a strong allergen. Based on this, it is not recommended to use it for allergy sufferers, pregnant, lactating, children under two years of age, as well as people suffering from frequent hepatic colic, high acidity of gastric juice, gastritis.

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Strawberry recipes for children

Strawberries can be consumed fresh (with yogurt or cream). You can also cook mousse, jelly, compote, fruit salad, jelly, pancakes, cheesecakes, dumplings. nine0003

Strawberry soufflé (from two years old)


  • Strawberries - 250 g;
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp. spoon;
  • Gelatin - 1 tbsp. spoon.


First you need to wash the strawberries and add sugar to them, grind them in a blender. Then bring the puree to a boil on the stove and cool. Add gelatin to it while stirring. Then pour the soufflé into molds, cool and refrigerate. nine0003

Read also: Recipe of the week. Strawberry ice cream cake

Strawberry marshmallow (from 3 years old)


  • g Strawberries;
  • Sugar - 200 g;
  • Proteins (quail) - 6 pcs;
  • Gelatine - 10g


First you need to puree strawberries and sugar with a blender, bring it to a boil, and then cook for 15 minutes over low heat. Then you need to beat the egg whites until foamy and add them to the puree. Pour the mixture into molds and chill in the refrigerator.

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