Mashed veg is one of the go to foods for babies who are weaning, but for Mums who are new to cooking from scratch, you may feel bewildered when it comes to making it. Fear not, I’m here with a simple step-by-step guide to making homemade sweet potato mash for babies. Read on to discover the recipe and reasons why sweet potato is such a great food to offer to your weaning baby.
Sweet Potato Mash for Babies
This sweet potato mash recipe is incredibly easy to make and can be eaten as a standalone introduction to sweet potato or as part of a larger meal such as a roast dinner.
This recipe can also be enjoyed by adults as well as babies! Simply add any extra seasonings such as salt after serving up baby’s portion.
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What are the health benefits of sweet potatoes?
Sweet potatoes are jam packed with a whole host of nutrients that will help your body to be healthier including:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin A – a whopping 400% of your daily requirement
- Potassium and magnesium
These nutrients are amazing for your health which means sweet potatoes are:
- Great for heart and brain health
- An amazing fuel source for energy
- Perfect for helping eye health
- Known for reducing the risk of cancer
- Helpful in digestive health
How do you serve this sweet potato mash for babies?
If you’re following the traditional method of weaning, or using a combi approach, you can spoon feed this mash to your baby using a soft tipped spoon.
For those who are following a baby-led weaning approach, pre-loaded spoons are a fun (and messy!) way for baby to enjoy this sweet potato mash.
Simply add a little mash to a spoon, place on baby’s high chair and let them practise grabbing the spoon and bringing it to their mouth.
Make sure the sweet potato mash for babies is fully cooled before offering to your baby!
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How do you make sweet potato mash for babies?
This sweet potato mash recipe is incredibly simple to make:
- Peel and chop sweet potatoes into small chunks
- Cover with boiling water in a saucepan and boil until tender (around 15 minutes)
- Add seasoning and butter and mash using a masher or hand blender
- Once fully cooled, serve to baby!
What hand blender do you use?
I use a Russell Hobbs hand blender which is only £12 on Amazon and has been with us now for a good few years. It’s fab for making soups, purees, mashed vegetables or mixing cake batter.
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 20 grams butter
- garlic powder
- Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into small chunks.
- Boil your kettle and pop the sweet potato into a large saucepan. Cover with boiling water and boil with the lid on for 15-20 minutes until completely soft.
- Drain the water and add garlic to taste. Stir in the knob of butter and then either mash with a masher or blend with a handheld blender to create a thick puree.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g
Author: Nicola Hughes
Nicola has weaned both of her boys using the baby led weaning method. She loves nothing better than creating simple recipes that anyone can recreate, using as few ingredients as possible. All of her recipes have been tried and tested by both Dexter and Felix and have their seal of approval!