How to make strawberry puree baby food

How To Make The Most Delicious Strawberry Baby Puree

Strawberries are one of our favorite spring fruits. But since they are often considered an allergen, this single-food Strawberry Baby Puree is perfect for introducing them to your baby's diet.

Strawberries are my favorite spring fruit. I tend to avoid frozen stuff as much as I can and focus on fresh, local and seasonal produce. So when springtime comes, and fresh sweet strawberries come back, I start mixing and matching different ingredients in my head to make the most delicious strawberry meals.

Since fresh, local ones are available only for a limited amount of time I try to use them as much as possible. They end up being one of the only fruits I eat in April and May! And with good reason (and we make a ton of these Strawberry Oatmeal Bars).

But since they are considered an allergen, if you have a baby prone to food allergies or have a family history of allergies, I recommend caution when introducing them.

And a single-food Strawberry Baby Puree might just be the way to go. Keep on reading to find out how you can make the perfect creamy Strawberry Baby Puree.

Strawberry Baby Puree Ingredients

Strawberries (obviously): make sure fresh strawberries haven't been lying on your kitchen counter or in the fridge for days because they are quite perishable.

You should buy them a day or two prior to using to ensure they have maintained the most nutrients.

Ripe and ready-to-use strawberries are firm, bright red, mold-free, and still have the green tops.

You don't want them to be extra-large either. Plain medium-sized ones are the best as these tend to contain the most flavor.

Strawberry Baby Puree Nutritional Benefits

Strawberries: they're one of the best vitamin C sources which also makes them a great source of antioxidants. Berries in general provide an excellent amount of antioxidants with blueberries often the highest on the list, but strawberries are always right below them.

Apart from containing antioxidant compounds, they are also a source of anti-inflammatories which can have a positive effect on heart health.

Due to the sugar profile and content of strawberries, they don't spike up the blood sugar rapidly so they've actually been found to act beneficially on insulin and blood glucose levels.

Strawberries are also a good source of dietary fiber and certain minerals such as manganese and copper.

How To Make Strawberry Baby Puree

What I love about preparing strawberries is that I don't have to peel them. Ok, you do have to remove the green tops but that's about as far as it goes in the food prep.

Wash. Whether you have organic strawberries or not, I would say washing is required either way.

Remove the green tops. When preparing your strawberries for your perfect Strawberry Baby Puree, you'd want to remove the green tops.

The easiest way to do so is to grab the top right by it's root (the part where it blends with the strawberry flesh) with your fingers and pull.

You should have the green bit along with the full root left in your hand. Another option is to also cut the green top of but that way you'll also be cutting some of the strawberry.

Cut. For a Strawberry Baby Puree, it really doesn't matter how you cut them. If they are small enough, you might not even need to at all. I usually cut them in halves or quarters. And that is only if I am using them raw. If I am cooking/steaming I don't cut them if they fit in the steamer/pot.

Cook. Strawberries can be served both cooked/steamed or raw. If serving for a baby younger than 8 months I recommend cooking/steaming because their digestive systems might not be able to process the fiber just yet.

And my choice is always steaming in a steamer/baby cooker because it maintains the most nutrients. I have this one but really any that steams and blends (2 in 1) is perfect.

You can also boil in water.

Cool. If steaming/cooking beforehand, I prefer to let them sit and cool for about 10 minutes before blending. But if you’re in a hurry you can blend immediately.

Process. Whether you've cooked/steamed your strawberries or decided to use them raw, the next step is to process them in a blender. You'd really want a blender to create the perfect smooth consistency of your Strawberry Baby Puree. Especially if you're using raw ones. If using cooked/steamed ones you can probably just mash them with a fork into a smooth baby puree but the texture might not be the same.

For cooked/steamed strawberries you will almost never need to add additional water.

If using raw ones you'll almost always need to add a bit. Go teaspoon by teaspoon to avoid your puree becoming too runny.

Possible Strawberry Puree Variations

Mashed. If you’re over the puree stage, transitioning from purees to finger food or simply want to serve your baby more textured food then this recipe is great if you modify the “how-to” part. You’d still want to follow all the how-to instructions until you reach the “blend”. Instead of blending simply mash. And you can do both cooked/steamed or raw – depending on your baby's age.


Lumps. If you’re just a step away from finger food, you can also blend or mash one half of the cooked/steamed/raw strawberries and leave the rest in pieces before mixing together. That way your child will get used to new textures.

Finger food. You can also serve strawberries as finger foods. I'd recommend doing this with raw ones because cooked/steamed strawberries are mushy and not great for finger food. When cutting them choose longer and thinner sticks if your baby is still on the palmar grasp or cut into cubes if they’ve mastered the pincer grasp.

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  • Strawberry Oatmeal
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How to Make Strawberry Baby Puree

Strawberries are one of our favorite spring fruits. But since they are often considered an allergen, this single-food Strawberry Baby Puree is perfect for introducing them to your baby's diet.

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Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Total Time 15 mins

Servings 1

Fridge Life? 3 days

Freezable? 3 months

  • ▢ 1 cup strawberries
  • Wash the strawberries and remove the green tops.

  • If cooking or steaming place them in the pot.

  • Strawberries can be served both cooked/steamed or raw. If serving for a baby younger than 8 months I recommend cooking/steaming because their digestive systems might not be able to process the fiber just yet.

  • Steam or cook for about 10 minutes or until they are soft.

  • If you have time, allow to cool before blending.

  • Place in a blender and blend.

Calories: 46kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 220mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 17IUVitamin C: 85mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg

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This simple strawberry puree recipe is great for introducing your baby to a favorite summer fruit. In oatmeal, on yogurt, in smoothies, in cakes and even cocktails, this puree is going to be one of your favorites to make.  In less than 10 minutes you can go from whole fruit to a beautiful puree!

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What’s so great about making homemade purees?

The best part about making homemade strawberry baby food is that it’s super quick and you know exactly what ingredients are in it!  This recipe, is so simple and the only ingredient are strawberries.  No added sugars or thickeners, just whole fruit, pureed to the perfect consistency.

Because this puree is so simple, it’s one of my favorites to make when putting together homemade baby food. You can easily roast the strawberries or add mint to the puree, but my favorite way to make it is the simplest way.   Pureeing frozen strawberries and then storing for later usage.  

You can also use this strawberry puree for drinks of all sorts. Think mocktails for kiddos or in champagne for the adults. The frozen puree is great added to your favorite smoothie as well.


A few notes on the ingredients:

  • If you use fresh strawberries, use them at the peak of their freshness. Look for berries that are bright to dark red and firm to the touch. Additionally, make sure wash fresh strawberries well before pureeing.

How to make strawberry puree

(simple step by step instructions)

To make things even simpler, here are step-by-step photos to help you every step of the way.

If using fresh strawberries:

  1. Wash strawberries
  2. Hull strawberries (cut off the stems and a bit into the center of the strawberry)
  3. Pop into the blender and puree to desired consistency
  4. Optional - if you want to strain the seeds out now’s the time to do it.   I would use a mesh sieve and really press the puree through to get as much of the good stuff as you can.

If using frozen strawberries:

  1. Put them into a blender (I use the Vitamix) and puree to desired consistency
  2. Optional - if you want to strain the seeds out now’s the time to do it.  I don't do this, because the seeds are mostly pulverized in the blender. I would use a mesh sieve and really press the puree through to get as much of the good stuff as you can.
  3. Refrigerate for up to a week, or freeze in cubes for up to 2 months.

For all measurements and a more detailed guide, check out the recipe card at the bottom of this page.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Are fresh or frozen strawberries better for making strawberry baby food?

Either one works great, although I prefer using frozen berries for two reasons.  First it’s more economical and second I can get them all year long.  
If using fresh strawberries, look for dark berries that are still firm.  You want the freshest berries you can find!

Other than baby food, what are good uses for strawberry puree?

This puree is great over yogurt and drizzled over pancakes or waffles. It's fun as a sundae topping or mixed into ice cream. You can also easily add the frozen cubes to any fruit smoothie you make.

What’s the best way to freeze this puree?

Once the strawberry puree is at the desired consistency, pour it into a silicone ice cube tray and cover with a piece of plastic wrap. Freeze until the cubes are solid and then transfer to a zip top bag. The cubes are good for up to 2 months in the freezer.

When you want to serve the strawberry baby food to your little one, either defrost in the fridge overnight, on the counter for about 30 minutes or put into a microwave safe dish and microwave in 10 second intervals until the it reaches the desired consistency.

What pairs well with strawberry baby food?

This strawberry puree is great to serve with other purees and pairs well with the following:

  • Cooked oatmeal: Either use fresh puree or a frozen cube mixed in
  • Spinach: Pair with a spinach cube (same flavors a Strawberry-Spinach Salad)
  • Goat Cheese: Mix the strawberry puree into the goat cheese and pair with spinach
  • Apple: Pair with homemade applesauce for a yummy pink puree
  • Banana:  Use either freshly mashed banana and fresh strawberry puree or defrost both from frozen cubes, mix together and serve.
  • Greek Yogurt: Mix the fresh puree into yogurt and then serve immediately or freeze as an already mixed cube for later. This combination is also delicious as a popsicle for bigger kids.

For more info on baby food pairings, check out the Ultimate Guide to Homemade Baby Food.

One more simple tip

This puree is great in lots of other recipes besides homemade baby food.   You can mix it into no churn ice cream.  Add it to homemade buttercream, add frozen puree to smoothies, pour it over pancakes instead of syrup or mix it into yogurt.  You can even add the strawberry puree into drinks if you are feeling fancy.  Think strawberry lemonade cocktails for the adults or strawberry milk for the kiddos.

Looking for more homemade baby food recipes?  Try these:

  • Cherry Puree
  • Sweet Potato Puree
  • Broccoli Puree

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Strawberry Puree (Homemade Baby Food)

Marni Katz

Simple and delicious strawberry puree is great for babies.  Quick and simple to make, you'll find your self making it over and over again.

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Cook Time 5 mins

Total Time 5 mins

Course Baby Food

Cuisine American

Servings 8 servings

Calories 12 kcal

  • Vitamix or other high speed blender

  • 2 cups strawberries frozen or fresh
For Fresh Strawberries
For Fresh or Frozen Berries
  • Put them into a high speed blender and puree to desired consistency.

  • Refrigerate for up to a week, or freeze in cubes for up to 2 months.

If you use fresh strawberries, use them at the peak of their freshness. Look for berries that are bright to dark red and firm to the touch. Additionally, make sure wash fresh strawberries well before pureeing.

This puree can be used immediately, stored in the fridge for up to 5 days or frozen up to 3 months.  

If you are freezing, use a silicone ice cube tray to freeze into easy to use cubes.

Calories: 12kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 55mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg

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Strawberry puree- Encyclopedia Baby food

Recipes 12-18 months Gluten-free Milk-free Flour-free Meat-free Sugar-free Egg-free Boil Second breakfast Low-calorie Lunch First food Snack Cooked Puree Raw Fruits and berries

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End of spring and the beginning of summer is a great time to introduce your baby to strawberry puree. Bright red color of baby puree, fragrant smell, sweet taste, baby will like it all. And parents will be delighted with the nutritional properties of the fruit, especially the large amount of vitamin C, which is so important in the child's diet. nine0003

Strawberry puree can be given to a small child after 12 months, due to the possible reaction of his body to the product. If the baby had cases of allergic reactions, then it is best for him to get acquainted with strawberries after 2 years of age.

For the first acquaintance with the fruit, it is best to carefully select fresh berries, ideally grown by a caring grandmother, or organic. How to check strawberries for pesticides we wrote in the article. We introduce strawberry puree according to the rule of waiting for 4-7 days, so that the product is introduced calmly and without negative reactions from the baby's body. nine0003

Once the product has been safely introduced into the baby's diet, strawberries can be combined with cereals and other fruits, and frozen strawberries can also be used.

It is important to take fresh ripe fruit, if the strawberries are a little unripe, it is best to hold them in a double boiler for three minutes.

Strawberry puree requires very little effort to make and can be done in a variety of ways. Fruit puree can be added to smoothies, pastries, porridge, yogurt and used as a sauce for pancakes, and if mixed with cottage cheese or cookies you get a delicious dessert for your baby. nine0003

Strawberries can be prepared in different ways, if the baby is too small, then boiled strawberries can be offered. It doesn't take long to make these strawberries. But I prefer to give my child raw strawberries, they are more healthy and fragrant.

Do not add sugar to strawberry puree, especially for children, strawberries themselves are a sweet product.

Strawberry seeds are not removed, but if necessary, a fine sieve is used through which the strawberry puree is passed. nine0003

Strawberry puree can be frozen. The ideal solution for hot porridge, add flavor and cool quickly. And it can also be mixed with other fruits:

  • strawberries and peach,
  • strawberries and pears,
  • strawberries and yogurt
  • strawberries and oatmeal
  • strawberries and avocado
  • strawberries and banana

Strawberry Puree

  • Mix with a blender until smooth.

  • If the seeds interfere, you can pass the strawberry puree through a fine sieve to remove them.

  • Add some breast milk if needed.

  • Serve immediately.

  • Boiled strawberry baby puree

    1. Wash strawberries.

    2. Add half or a quarter of the strawberries to the pot and simmer for 5 minutes. (if you want a thicker strawberry puree, then cook for much longer, about 15 minutes). nine0003

    3. Place the strawberries in a food processor or blender and process until smooth (or desired consistency).


    1. Put the strawberry puree into an ice mold and put it in the freezer to freeze. Store no more than 3 months.


    1. Fresh strawberry puree can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, but it is better not to resort to this method, especially in summer. Strawberry puree in the refrigerator may change consistency and become thicker, more like jelly. nine0003

    Recipe notes

    Baby food is served at room temperature. Checking food temperature is easy, just place a drop on the inside of your wrist. Too hot or too cold should not be given to the child to eat.

    Strawberry puree: how to make strawberry puree for the winter at home

    AnyutaN - Feb 14th, 2017

    Categories: Puree

    Tags: Frozen strawberries, Strawberry puree

    Strawberry… At any time of the year, even from the mere name of this berry, memories of hot summer days are born in my head. If you managed to harvest a large crop of strawberries or buy this “miracle” on the market, then you should definitely try to save it for the winter so as not to lose vitamins and nutrients. My solution to the problem is mashed potatoes. This preparation is done very quickly, and the result exceeds all expectations.

    Ingredients: strawberries, sugar
    Time for bookmark: Summer


    • 1 Preparation of berries
    • 2 Recipes
      • 2. 1 Strawberry puree in banks
      • 2.2 FREED SHARIC
      • 2.4 Seedless strawberry puree for children
    • 3 Freezer containers
    • 4 Puree shelf life

    Preparation of berries

    In any case, strawberries should be washed and sorted. nine0003

    Strawberries must be washed very carefully. To do this, put the unpeeled berry in a large container with cool water. Then we mix the mass so that the sand and dust can completely separate from the berries. Rubbing strawberries with your hands, and even more so with a sponge, is not necessary.

    When sorting, from the total mass, without a twinge of conscience, we remove damaged and wrinkled specimens. Strawberry puree should be made only from selected berries. This is all the more important if the dish is prepared for young children.

    We take out clean fruits on a sieve with a slotted spoon or hands, trying not to damage the product. Then we clean and sort the strawberries.


    Strawberry puree for the winter in jars

    An excellent preparation that preserves the natural taste and color of the product. All you need to make it is strawberries and sugar. The ratio of products is taken 1:1.

    We cover the berries with sugar and give time for a rather large amount of juice to stand out. 3-4 hours is enough for this procedure. nine0003

    Strawberries are crushed with a blender or passed through a meat grinder. The blender, in the first case, allows you to achieve a more homogeneous mass.

    We put the container with strawberry puree on the stove and heat until the sugar grains are completely dissolved. If the shelf life of the puree is planned to be up to 3 months, then the mass can not be boiled. If the plans are for longer storage, then the puree should be kept on fire after boiling for a couple of minutes.

    Put the finished strawberry puree into sterile jars and tightly tighten the lids. nine0003

    Frozen Strawberry Puree with Sugar

    The technology for preparing puree for freezing is extremely simple. Ingredients - sugar, strawberries. Additional equipment - blender, combine or meat grinder.

    Put the prepared strawberries into the chopper bowl and sprinkle with sugar. The amount of sand is not specifically specified, since everyone has different taste preferences. We note only one thing: the less sugar, the more useful the workpiece.

    We lay out the crushed puree in forms for freezing (we will talk about them in more detail below) and send it to the freezer.

    See also: how to freeze strawberries for the winter at home

    Video from the AssistanceTV channel will tell you in detail about the preparation of strawberry puree with sugar

    Natural sugar-free puree for babies

    This recipe differs from the previous one only in that that there is no sugar at all. This dish is great for baby food, so you need to be very careful about the choice of raw materials. The ideal option is a harvest from your own summer cottage, an extreme case - from the local market for natural products. nine0003

    This puree is not stored for a long time, so it should be packaged in clean containers and put away in the cold.

    Pitted Strawberry Puree for Babies

    Homogenized puree suitable for very young children. To rid the berry mass of seeds, grind it through a fine metal sieve. Assistants in this process can be a wooden or silicone spatula.

    An excellent option for preparing chopped strawberries with a banana is presented by a video from the Sasha`s_Life channel

    Freezer containers

    Freezer containers are a separate issue. Usable: