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The Best Sweet Potato Baby Puree (Stage One)

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This Sweet Potato Baby Puree is a smooth puree with a pinch of mild curry powder that makes for a fun and tasty first food for your baby! Great Stage 1 baby food for babies 4-6+ months.

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

Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree

This deliciously rich baby food puree will take your little one on a fun culinary adventure ✈️ without ever leaving their high chair!

Sweet potatoes are one of my all-time favorite vegetables to puree for my baby. Not only do I find that most babies love their naturally sweet taste and creamy texture, but sweet potatoes are also loaded with essential nutrients for a growing baby. That’s a winning combo in my book! 🏆

In this recipe, we will roast the sweet potatoes to bring out their natural caramel-like, earthy goodness before adding a pinch of mild curry powder and blending to a light and smooth consistency. The result? A sweet yet slightly herbal puree with a silky texture that leaves a fine and captivating sleek feel in your baby’s mouth.

Don’t be afraid to eat this flavorsome puree right alongside your baby 👩‍👧- it’s that good!

Is it your first time making homemade baby food? If you answered yes, then I suggest you start this journey by reading my in-depth Guide on How to Make Homemade Baby Food. The detailed article goes over all the essential information such as the best cooking tools to have on hand, safe storage, knowing when your baby is ready for solids, introducing purees, making the best first foods for baby, and more! You can also check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes.

Sweet Potato Video

Watch this video to see how easy this Sweet Potato Puree recipe actually is!

Reasons to Love Sweet Potato Puree

  • smooth and creamy
  • great for babies 4-6+ months
  • stage one baby food
  • packed with essential nutrients for baby
  • easy to make — requires only 5 minutes of hands-on time
  • babies love the sweet and earthy taste
  • homemade
  • freezer-friendly


Make sure to read the recipe card below for full ingredients and instructions!

  • Sweet Potatoes: These are at the top of the list when it comes to the first foods to introduce to your baby. The nutritional value of sweet potatoes is outstanding, and the sweet taste makes it easy to introduce to your baby. Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene as well as the ultra-important electrolyte mineral, Potassium. They also contain Vitamin E, calcium, folate, and plenty of other vitamins and minerals. Thanks to their high fiber content, sweet potatoes help support a healthy digestive tract and promote regular bowel movements for your baby. This recipe calls for 2 sweet potatoes, but you can use more or less depending on how much you want to make.
  • Mild Curry Powder: We are kicking up the flavor profile with mild curry powder to bring out the sweet potatoes’ earthiness, making the puree’s flavor a bit more robust. You can skip the curry powder if you prefer or add another spice like cinnamon, nutmeg, basil, or rosemary.

Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
  • A great source of fiber that can prevent and resolve constipation.
  • Contains a lot of beta-carotene, which converts into vitamin A for eye health.
  • Contain vitamins C and E to help strengthen immunity.
  • A high source of potassium to help maintain a healthy heart and blood pressure, fluid balance, and muscle function.

Shopping & Storing Tip: When purchasing sweet potatoes, look for small to medium sweet potatoes that are firm, smooth, even in skin tone, and without cracks or cuts. Why small to medium? Because the larger ones tend to be starchier. Sweet potatoes stay fresh longest in a cool or room-temperature location, away from moisture, heat, and light.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Prep: Wash the sweet potatoes while ignoring the fact that you probably need a manicure.
  2. Roast: Dry and prick sweet potatoes before popping them onto a baking sheet and into the oven to bake for 50-60 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork. Let cool to touch.
  3. Discard Skin: Peel away the sweet potato skin and discard.
  4. Place in Blender: Place the sweet potato and curry into a blender or food processor and add liquid of your choice.
  5. Blend: Puree for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth, adding more
  6. Eat: Serve or freeze for a later meal.

Tools Needed

These tools will make it a lot easier for you to make this healthy Sweet Potato puree. For more of my favorite kitchen tools make sure to check out my shop.

  • Baking Sheet
  • Blender or Food Processor
  • Freezer Tray
  • Storage Containers for Fridge
  • Stasher Bag
  • BEABA Babycook
  • bib with catch pocket

Other Cooking Methods

While I love the rich flavor of roasted sweet potatoes, there are several ways you can cook them to make into a baby food puree.

BEABA Babycook

With a touch of a button, the BEABA Babycook will cook the sweet potatoes for you! Place 1 peeled and chopped sweet potato into the stainless steel steamer basket, and place the basket into the glass container, closing the lid. Fill the reservoir tank to a level 3, close and lock the lid. Hit the steam button and let the machine do its magic. Once steamed, transfer the sweet potatoes into the glass container, leaving the water, close the lid, and hit the blend button for 1 minute or until the puree is smooth. You may need to add more water to the puree if needed in 2 tablespoon increments.

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Peel and roughly chop 2 sweet potatoes. Place them into a steamer basket over 2 inches of boiling water for 10-15, or until tender when pricked with a fork. Puree in a blender as directed below.


Place 2 peeled and roughly chopped sweet potatoes into a medium saucepan, add enough water to cover the sweet potatoes, and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork. Puree in a blender as directed below.

Instant Pot

You can cook the sweet potato in an instant pot as well. Add one cup of water to the bottom of your instant pot, and add the trivet. Prick the sweet potatoes a few times with a fork and place them on the trivet. Close the lid and set the valve to “sealing.” Turn on the instant pot, select “high pressure,” and set the timer for 30 minutes if you’re using medium sweet potatoes and 60 minutes if you’re using large ones. When the timer goes off, allow the pressure to do a “natural release” before you manually release the rest of the pressure. Let the sweet potatoes cool, and then peel and puree in a blender as directed below.

BEABA Babycook Neo

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Puree Feeding Tips

  • Follow your baby’s lead – when feeding purees from a spoon, sometimes there’s a tendency to keep offering bites past the point of your baby being full. Always follow baby’s cues for when they are done eating. Turning away from the spoon, closing her mouth, or pushing food away are all signs that baby is finished with the meal.
  • Try adding a little seasoning or spice to purees – babies like flavor! Or consider changing the temperature of purees from time to time, to slightly warmed or slightly chilled. Varying these aspects adds to the sensory experience!
  • Throwing spoons is a common phase that all babies go through at one point or another. One of the best ways to handle spoon throwing is to ignore it and keep feeding baby as usual (with an extra spoon you already have at the table). If baby ends up also throwing back up spoons #2 AND #3, simply encourage your baby to eat with their hands until they appear to be finished with the meal. ***Give baby plenty of opportunities to practice putting items in and taking items out of containers outside of meal times.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can baby have sweet potatoes?

Baby can eat sweet potatoes as one of their first foods. When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes between 4-6 months of age. Some of the developmental milestones babies need to reach in order to start 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 on purees, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready for purees.

Can sweet potato be baby’s first food?

Sweet potato can 100% be baby’s first food if you want it to be. It is recommended to wait to introduce the top eight allergen foods to your baby once a few other well-tolerated foods have been introduced, but otherwise, foods can be introduced in any order so choose whatever you are most excited for your baby to have. 

Is sweet potato a common allergen for baby?

No, sweet potato is not a common allergen, however, as with any food, start with a small portion and be aware of any signs that might be an allergic reaction after introducing it.

Does sweet potato cause constipation for babies?

Too much sweet potato may cause constipation in some babies but they are high in fiber so can also help alleviate constipation in others. If your baby is constipated and eating a lot of sweet potatoes, cut back and see if that helps. 

Can I add spice to this sweet potato puree?

For this recipe, we are adding a pinch of mild curry powder, but feel free to use the following spices instead: cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, thyme, mint, basil, or fresh ginger (see quantity recommendations in the recipe card).
Tip on Spices: I always add spices or herbs to my baby food purees, but you can choose to leave them out. You do you! Either way, this puree will surely turn out scrumptious. 

How to Store Sweet Potato Baby Food

You can store this puree in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 


This puree can be frozen for up to 4 months.

  • Spoon the puree 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 — label with the date and recipe name. 
  • Place the tray into the freezer and let it freeze completely — preferably overnight. 
  • Pop-out the baby food cubes and place them in a zip-lock baggie or stasher bag. Don’t forget to relabel the baggie or stager bag for future reference.

Need more information on how to store your baby foods? Head over to my Best Baby Food Storage Containers – Plus 6 Tips on Freezing and Thawing post!

Sweet Potato Combination Purees

While this Sweet Potato Puree tastes satisfying to the tummy by itself, it’s also easy to mix and match with other nutrient-dense baby food purees. Give these fun flavor combos a try!

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Pears
  • Parsnips
  • Beets (golden or red)
  • Quinoa Baby Cereal
  • Chicken
  • White Beans
  • Soft Tofu
  • Pumpkin
  • Mango
  • Cauliflower
  • Yogurt
  • Beef
  • Canned Coconut Milk
  • Salmon

Recipe Tips

  • Sweet Potatoes: Look for medium sweet potatoes that are even in color with no scratches. Large sweet potatoes are starchier and might make the puree too thick.
  • Pureeing: Root vegetables absorb a lot of liquid while pureeing, so don’t be shy about adding extra liquid while blending. I had to add a full cup of liquid to the sweet potatoes to get them smooth. Start by adding 1/4 cup of liquid and slowly go up from there as needed.

Or watch a shortened version of this video here.

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 tsp mild curry powder (optional)
  • 1/4-1 cup liquid or pureeing, (water, fresh breast milk, formula, or sodium-free chicken stock)
  • Prep: Heat oven to 400°. Line baking sheet with tin foil, parchment paper or a silicone mat.

  • Bake: 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.

  • Peel: Cut into the skin of the potato lengthwise and peel away the skin of the potato. Scoop out the sweet potato meat and place it into a blender or food processor, adding in the mild curry powder and liquid.

  • Blend: 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.

  • Eat: Serve to baby or freeze for a later meal.

Age: 4-6+ months and up

Yield: 24 ounces

Additional Spices: Feel free to use the following spices instead of the curry – 1/2 tsp of cumin, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, 1/4 tsp of cloves, 1 fresh garlic clove, 1/2 tsp of chopped fresh thyme, 3-4 basil leaves, 1/2 tsp chopped rosemary or even a big pinch of fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp ginger powder. Or you can leave out the spices altogether.

Storage: Fridge – store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Freezer – can be frozen for up to 4 months.



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Sweet Potato Puree is a great first food for babies. However, this delicious puree shouldn’t be limited to babies. Store some in your freezer to add extra nutrition, flavour and texture to oatmeal, sauces or baked goods.  


Making homemade sweet potato puree is easy and you only need one ingredient – sweet potato! There are several ways to cook a sweet potato and all methods will work for pureeing but, in my opinion, roasting provides the best-tasting puree. 

Cooking Sweet Potato
  • RoastingRoasting sweet potatoes produces a delicious caramelised flavour, making the puree extra delicious. Preheat oven to 200C / 400F.  Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork and place on a baking tray. Bake for 45 minutes or until tender, and the skin is wrinkled. Allow to cool before peeling
  • Boiling – Peel sweet potato and cut into 1.5 cm (half-inch) cubes. In a pan, bring water to a boil and add sweet potato chunks. Reduce to a simmer and cook until tender, around 15 minutes.
  • Steaming – Peel and cut sweet potatoes into 1. 5 cm (half-inch) cubes and steam, using a steamer, until soft.
Pureeing the Sweet Potato
  • Food Processor – This is what I always use.
  • Blender – A high-speed blender works great.
  • Stick Blender – Place the cooked potato into a large jug/pan and blend until smooth
  • Masher – Provides a chunkier puree
Thinning the Puree
  • Is your puree too thick?  You can thin with a splash of milk (you can use breast or baby milk for babies)


The sweet potato is a healthy pantry staple, containing a good mix of nutrients and vitamins. Sweet potatoes are:

  • High in dietary fibre – Helps keep the digestive system healthy
  • An excellent source of vitamin A – Essential for growth, healthy skin and for good vision.
  • A good source of Vitamin C – Needed for growth and healing of wounds. It also helps in the absorption on iron.
  • Vitamin B6 – Helps protein metabolism 
  • PotassiumHelps the heart and muscles work better


Sweet Potato Puree can be enjoyed as it is or mixed with a range of other pureed or mashed foods. Some suggestions include….

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Carrots
  • Parsnip
  • Peas
  • Pumpkin
  • Brown Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Lentils
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Yoghurt


If you want to add more texture to your puree, simply mash using a masher or blend for a shorter time

  • Add to Oatmeal – For a warm and comforting start to the morning! Why not try these Sweet Potato Pie Oats.  
  • Use in baking – Great for adding sweetness, using as a binding agent and for adding moisture to baked goods. Use in muffins, brownies and cakes.
  • Add to risotto – Adds a different, yet tasty, touch to a risotto. This sweet potato and mushroom risotto looks amazing!
  • Use it to make pancakes and trufflesfor those kids that can’t get enough sweet potato!
  • Stir into SaucesAdd some creaminess and sweetness to a range of different sauces.
  • Mix into smoothies – Sweet Potato goes well with a range of smoothie ingredients and will make a smoothie ultra creamy.
  • Extra Smooth Pie Topping – Great for kids with textural issues. Use it to top this Lentil and Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie
  • Use as an Egg Replacement in BakingLearn more in this egg substitution guide.  


  • Place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days.
  • Spoon the puree into ice-cube trays and freeze until solid.  (Freezing in ice cube trays allows you to defrost the small amounts when you need it.)
  • Flexible ice cube trays work best as it is easier to pop out the frozen cubes.
  • Once they’re fully frozen, quickly pop them all out and place the frozen cubes into a freezer bag or container and return to the freezer.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator.
  • Do not refreeze if puree has previously been frozen.


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Sweet Potato Puree

Sweet Potato Puree is a great first food for when you start weaning your baby. However, this delicious puree shouldn't be limited just to babies. Stock some in your freezer to add extra nutrition, flavour and texture to oatmeal, sauces or baked goods.  

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  • ▢ 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes
  • Preheat oven to 200C / 400F and line a baking tray with baking paper/foil. 

  • Wash and dry the potatoes. Using a fork, pierce the potatoes several times, on both sides.   

  • Place in the oven and roast for around 50 mins (checking after 45 mins), or until the potato is wrinkled and tender.  

  • Allow the sweet potatoes to cool for around 10 minutes, peel the potato and place the flesh in a food processor. Blend until smooth.

  1. If using large sweet potatoes, cut in half, lengthways, before roasting.
  2. The length of time needed will depend on the size and thickness of the potato. 

Nutritional information is a ROUGH guide only, calculated using an online nutrition calculator.  

Nutrition Facts

Sweet Potato Puree

Amount Per Serving

Calories 64

% Daily Value*

Sodium 41mg2%

Potassium 253mg7%

Carbohydrates 15g5%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 3g3%

Protein 1g2%

Vitamin A 10690IU214%

Vitamin C 1.8mg2%

Calcium 23mg2%

Iron 0.5mg3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Course:Baby Food, Ingredient


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Jamie Oliver themed sweet potato puree for kids and adults

An alternative to mashed potatoes is a healthy, tasty, slightly sweet sweet potato puree. Sweet potatoes are highly respected by popular British chef Jamie Oliver. He often prepares a variety of sweet potato dishes: baked sweet potato and quinoa salad, cream soup, stuffed potatoes, or served as a side dish.

What is sweet potato and what does sweet potato taste like? Sweet potato has a pronounced sweet taste. Therefore, the vegetable is often called the sweet potato. The taste of sweet potato is similar to potatoes with sugar and pumpkin, or with carrots. nine0003

Sweet potatoes for children: the first complementary food for a child

Unlike potato tubers familiar to us since childhood, sweet potato does not belong to the nightshade family. Solanaceae, in recent times, it is customary to blame for all sins, or rather, inflammatory diseases. In fact, tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, and other vegetables of the same genus contain a pro-inflammatory “component” called histamine. Therefore, it is not recommended to use nightshade often. There is no such problem with sweet potatoes, histamine in sweet potatoes is 100% absent. nine0003

But it is also not recommended to go over the amount of carbohydrates, so sweet potato puree is better to alternate with other side dishes, for example: zucchini and potato puree, cauliflower puree, chickpeas and so on. Ideal combination for an adult: mashed sweet potatoes with protein and fiber, for example, with tofu, legumes, mushrooms + cabbage, spinach, kale, broccoli, chard, parsley.

Sweet potato puree is perfect for a baby from the moment the first weaning starts. First you need to give the child a little try, look at the reaction. Track not only the reaction to taste, but also a possible allergy. nine0003

Response to new complementary foods may be within 3 days. Therefore, the next product should be administered after three days.


  • 1 kg sweet potato,
  • Water,
  • 250 ml coconut milk (or cow),
  • 25 g butter or margarine (vegan option),
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh parsley,
  • Salt.

If you are making sweet potato puree for a baby, then use a dairy product that is guaranteed to be free of allergies or intolerances. Usually, coconut milk, as well as goat milk, is perfectly tolerated by babies. But cow, not everyone is digested. The same problem occurs with soy milk. nine0003

Jamie Oliver Step by Step Recipe

  1. Peel the sweet potato and cut off the black spots on the root. Slice the way you would normally cut a mashed potato. Fill immediately with cold water. Sweet potatoes should not have time to darken.

    To keep your hands from sticking to the knife, grease your fingers and knife handle with vegetable oil.

  2. Pour the sweet potato with water so that the liquid covers 2 fingers from the top.
  3. Boil until the sweet potato is completely softened. Check readiness with a fork or knife: if it goes in easily, then it's ready. nine0026
  4. Drain the water. Mash the sweet potato with a potato masher until pureed. And then add the butter and pour in the milk. Knead again, breaking up any lumps. Salt.
  5. Finely chop the parsley. Sprinkle the sweet potato puree.
  6. Serve immediately. Puree loses its flavor when cold. Actually, like mashed potatoes.

Sweet potato puree with carrots and garlic. Step-by-step recipe with photo — Botanichka

Sweet potato puree with carrots and garlic can be served as a side dish to any meat or fish dish. Puree is also suitable for baby food, because kids love sweets, and sweet potato, although a vegetable, tastes sweet. For children, I advise you to replace the cream with less fat. Sweet potato puree is fluffy, creamy, bright orange, very tasty and looks appetizing! nine0003 Carrot and garlic sweet potato puree

Cooking time : 25 minutes
Number of servings : 4

Ingredients for carrot and garlic sweet potato puree

• 300 g sweet potatoes;
• 150 g carrots;
• 3 garlic cloves;
• 40 g butter;
• 35 ml heavy cream;
• salt, parsley.

How to make sweet potato puree with carrots and garlic

Sweet potatoes, washed thoroughly, peeled

Sweet potatoes, thoroughly washed and peeled.

Peeled sweet potatoes cut into slices about half a centimeter thick. Place the chopped potatoes in a small bowl.

Put the chopped potatoes in a small saucepan Scrape the carrots, cut into thin circles Peel the garlic, cut into slices and add to the rest of the vegetables

Scrape the carrots, cut into thin circles. Carrots take longer to cook than potatoes, so the slices must be thinner so that the vegetables are cooked at the same time. Add the chopped carrots to the sweet potato. nine0003

Peel the garlic, cut into slices and add to the rest of the vegetables. Young garlic cloves are juicy and uniform, and from last year's garlic, I usually take out the middle if a seedling appears in it.

Pour boiling water over vegetables, heat until boiling. Cook over low heat for about 15 minutes until the vegetables are soft. Cooking time depends on the thickness of the cut. You do not need to salt the vegetables at this stage.

Rub well boiled vegetables with a tablespoon through a sieve

Drain the water, put boiled vegetables on a sieve. By the way, do not pour out the vegetable broth (broth). Vegetable broth can be used to make many delicious soups and sauces. In the refrigerator in a jar, it will be stored for a couple of days, and if you freeze it, then you will have a useful blank at hand at any time. nine0003

Rub well-boiled vegetables with a tablespoon through a sieve. You can use a blender, however, in my opinion, a too creamy consistency for vegetable puree is not suitable. This consistency is appropriate for puree soup.

Add butter to mashed vegetablesPour hot cream into a saucepan to mashed vegetablesBeat mashed potatoes at high speed for several minutes

Add 82% or more butter to mashed vegetables. The tastier the butter, the creamier the puree will be. nine0003

Heat the heavy cream to a boil, pour the hot cream into the saucepan with the mashed vegetables, salt to taste.

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