Black beans baby food recipe

Black Beans for Baby (Puree and BLW)

Learn how to serve black beans for baby—whether from a can or cooked from dry—with these easy ideas for finger foods and bean puree.

Black Beans for Baby

Beans are one of the most affordable, nutritious plant-based proteins around, and they are—fortunately for us!—so easy to prepare for kids of all ages. My girls are a little obsessed with black beans, so we use them weekly. I’m going to share my favorite easy methods for serving beans to babies and toddlers, including as a puree, finger food, and baby-led-weaning style.

And at the end of the post, be sure to check out my favorite recipes featuring beans.

Bean Puree

You can transform any cooked bean, including black beans, pinto beans, and garbanzo beans, into a puree. All you need to do is blend the beans very smooth in a blender with as much liquid as it takes to move the mixture easily.

Then, you can serve it as a Stage 1 baby food or use it together with other purees as a Stage 2 or 3 baby food. It’s particularly great mixed with Sweet Potato Baby Food and Avocado Puree.

Beans for Baby-Led Weaning

You can mash any fully cooked beans onto a spoon or a stick of lightly toasted bread so baby can self-feed BLW style. This is an easy way to let them feed themselves.

And once they are able to pick up smaller pieces of food, they can pick up the beans with their finger.

Ingredients You Need

To make black beans for baby, you can start with purchased cooked beans in a BPA-free can (if possible) or carton. Or you can cook them from dry at home. I love to make them in my Instant Pot or slow cooker, since all you need is water, and the machine does the rest.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s the basic info on how to prepare beans at home for baby:

  1. If starting with cooked beans in a carton or can, drain them in a colander. Rinse them to remove the liquid that was in the can. This helps to freshen them and also remove excess salt. Warm slightly and add seasoning as desired.
  2. To cook from dry, add beans to a slow cooker or pressure cooker with some garlic and water. Cook according to this easy black bean recipe. Drain.
  3. To serve as a finger food, mash just slightly.
  4. To puree, add beans to a blender and blend until smooth, adding a little liquid at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

How to Add Flavor to Black Beans

You can add a range of seasonings and other foods to black beans to make them more flavorful. Here are some favorites:

  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Oregano
  • Sweet Potato Baby Food, Avocado Puree, quinoa, mild salsa, mild guacamole, sour cream

How to Store

You can store beans for baby in an airtight storage container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can babies eat black beans?

Yes, babies can eat well-cooked black beans as a puree, mashed onto toast or a spoon as a BLW food, or as a finger food.

How do I introduce black beans to my baby?

You can start with a small amount of pureed black beans or for an older baby, offer slightly mashed beans as a finger food.

Are black beans hard for babies to digest?

When cooked until soft, they should be easy for babies to digest. You may have some gas, which could simply be a reaction to a new-to-baby food.

Best Tips for Success

  • Start with cooked beans from a can, carton, or that you’ve cooked from dry. If using canned or beans from a carton, drain and rinse them before using to freshen and remove salt.
  • To puree, blend with water or no-salt-added chicken or vegetable stock.
  • To serve as a BLW-food, mash beans onto a lightly toasted stick of toast or spoon so they can self-feed.
  • To serve as a finger food, mash slightly and let baby self-feed.
  • Add flavor from seasonings as you like.

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Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 0 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes

Cuisine American

Course Baby Food

Calories 57kcal

Servings 4

  • ▢ 1 cup black beans (fully cooked)
  • ▢ 2-4 tablespoons water or no-salt-added chicken or vegetable stock (optional)
  • ▢ ⅛ teaspoon cumin, oregano, or chili powder (optional)
To make black bean puree:
  • Add the beans to a blender. Blend, adding 1 tablespoon water (or no-salt-added chicken or vegetable stock) at a time to reach the desired consistency. I usually add ¼ cup.

To serve black beans BLW Style:
  • Add optional seasoning as desired. Mash beans onto a lightly toasted stick of toast or spoon so they can self-feed.

To serve black beans as finger food:
  • Vitamix Blender

  • Storage Containers

  • You can store beans for baby in an airtight storage container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • Start with cooked beans from a can, carton, or that you’ve cooked from dry. If using canned or beans from a carton, drain and rinse them before using to freshen and remove salt.
  • Try this easy Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Black Bean recipe to start with dry beans.
  • To puree, blend with water or no-salt-added chicken or vegetable stock. Then, you can serve it as a Stage 1 baby food, or use it together with other purees as a Stage 2 or 3 baby food. It’s particularly great mixed with Sweet Potato Baby Food and Avocado Puree.
  • To serve as a BLW food, mash beans onto a lightly toasted stick of toast or spoon so they can self-feed.
  • To serve as a finger food, mash slightly and let baby self-feed.
  • Add flavor from seasonings as you like.

Serving: 0.25cup, Calories: 57kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 153mg, Fiber: 4g, Vitamin A: 3IU, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 1mg

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Black Bean Baby Puree With Avocado and Lime

by Amber

Make this Mexican-inspired black bean puree for your baby anytime you are cooking up or using black beans such as vegetarian black bean tacos for dinner or making a black bean salsa. The black bean baby puree is super nutritious and made with four ingredients only: black beans, avocado, nutritional yeast, and lime juice.

My girl loved this avocado baby puree with cannellini beans, so when I made black bean tacos for dinner, I made a black bean puree for her with avocado and lime as I had extra ingredients. Nutritional yeast is added for flavor and vitamin B12 which can be challenging to obtain on a vegetarian diet.

It only takes five minutes to whip up these pureed black beans for babies when you have a high-speed blender that does all the hard work for you. Place the black beans, avocado, and lime in a blender with some water, then blend into a smooth baby puree.

Benefits of this black bean puree for babies

Black beans are an excellent source of fiber for gut health and plant-based protein. Eating a wide variety of plant-based fiber is essential for building a diverse and robust microbiome that is crucial for optimal immune and gut health.

They are also an excellent source of the essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids necessary for brain health and building healthy cell membranes.

Black beans are high in vitamin B1, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, and manganese.

Iron is a crucial nutrient for babies six months and older as their reserves from the womb often become depleted after six months; thus, giving your baby iron-rich foods is essential.

Vitamin B1 is a crucial nutrient for energy production and the nervous system. B1 plays a role in developing the myelin sheath that protects nerves. A deficiency in vitamin B1 can lead to beriberi.

Magnesium is a common nutritional deficiency essential for heart health, muscle relaxation, and preventing type 2 diabetes.

Zinc is an essential mineral for the immune system and is required for histamine metabolism. High histamine levels are associated with allergies, itchy skin, and hives.

Manganese is a vital mineral for the superoxide dismutase enzyme, which is the body’s potent antioxidant to fight free radicals and reduce inflammation in the body.

Potassium is an electrolyte required for optimal hydration

There are so many benefits of this black bean puree for babies with avocado. Both avocado and black beans score a 5/5 nutritional rating for babies from solid starts. These two foods are packed full of vitamins and minerals for your baby’s growth and development.  

Black Bean Baby Puree with Avocado and Lime

This black bean baby puree is blended with avocado and lime for a nutritious and yummy baby puree. I added a tsp of nutritional yeast for extra flavor and nutrition. The best bit is it only takes 5 minutes to combine and blend this baby puree. Nothing is better than easy and healthy for a busy mom!

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Prep Time 5 mins

Course baby puree

Cuisine Mexican

Servings 1 cup

  • High speed blender

  • ½ cup cooked black beans
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

I added a tiny touch of salt to this recipe as my baby was 9 months old when she tried this puree for the first time and I felt like a tiny bit of salt was ok since she doesn’t get any other salt in her diet. This is also a thick black bean baby puree so you can always add some water if you desire a thinner consistency.

Keyword baby puree, black bean baby puree, black bean puree

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For more bean puree recipes try this avocado cannellini bean puree and chickpea baby puree!

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in demand in cooking anywhere in the world. More than 200 types of beans have been registered, in Russia the most common are white, purple, yellow and red. Today we will talk about black - the basis of traditional Brazilian feijoada and many other dishes in Latin America, Africa and Asia. We chose 8 interesting recipes for black bean dishes.

1. Brazilian beans

We start our list with the most famous Brazilian dish - feijoada. According to one version, it was invented by slaves brought to Brazil from Africa. This temperamental dish has many variations. We opted for the smoked chicken version. This recipe uses red beans, but you can substitute black beans for a more traditional feijoada.

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There are several diseases in which you can not eat dishes with beans: gout, gastritis with high acidity and ulcers, colitis, nephritis, pancreatitis, cholecystitis. Also, it should not be used by nursing mothers or introduced into the first complementary foods for children, it causes increased gas formation and bloating.

5. Beans with herbs

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6. Pork with beans

Spectacular Spanish dish. Juicy pork loin is rubbed with oil and herbs, fried and poured with apple cider. Sausages, onions and peppers are mixed with Worcestershire sauce, apple juice and beans. Everything is combined and baked in the oven. It's very appetizing!

7. Seafood with beans

A light but nutritious dish that perfectly combines king prawns, black beans, lime, cilantro and bell peppers. You can order the necessary ingredients through our website on the page of any recipe.

8. Hearty side dish with beans

Another Mexican dish in our selection. A side dish of ingredients, without which it is difficult to imagine Mexico: rice, beans, chili peppers and tomato paste. In the recipe, the beans are red, but they are easy to replace with black.

How to properly cook beans

  1. It is necessary to sort the beans, wash them well and soak in cold water for 6-10 hours. You can add lime juice to the water to keep the color. If possible, change the water every three hours.

  2. Drain the water in which the beans were soaked and fill with clean water.

  3. Place the saucepan over low heat and bring to a boil.

  4. Drain the pot, add clean water and bring to a boil again.

  5. Drain the water for the last time, add clean water and bring to a boil. It turns out three times and then cook over low heat.

  6. Cooking time h. 10 minutes before cooking, you need to add a spoonful of salt.

What can be done?

Grow your own black beans. She has very elegant purple pods. You can properly care for her, even without experience, she will become an ornament to the garden.

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