Learn how to make quick and flavorful Green Bean Baby Food as a baby-led weaning food or as a Stage 1 or 2 puree. Plus, find tips on how to store and combine the puree with other flavors to make yummy baby food combinations.
Green Bean Baby Food
Green beans are such a common veggie and one that can be flavored in so many ways that it’s a wonderful option for baby. I love making the puree and offering a whole bean as different texture experiences, so you can choose the one that works best for where you are in your baby-feeding journey.
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Ingredients You Need
- Green beans: I am showing this recipe using fresh green beans, but you can use yellow beans, French beans, or frozen green beans.
- Olive oil: Olive oil adds some flavor and fat and makes the food taste better.
See the Notes at the end of the recipe for options to turn the puree into a baby food combination by pairing it with other purees.
Below is an overview of how to make this baby food recipe. Scroll to the end of the post for the full amounts and timing info.
- Add the green beans to a steamer basket set in a pot with water. Set pot over medium heat, and when the water starts to steam, cover pot.
- Cook until the green beans are tender when poked with a fork. Let cool slightly.
- Serve one at a time, baby-led weaning style.
- Or, to make a puree, transfer to a blender with olive oil. Blend until smooth.
Green Beans for Baby-Led Weaning
You can serve cooked green beans to a baby feeding themselves in the baby-led weaning style of eating. As long as the green beans are soft and tender, they are a great food for babies to eat starting around 6 months, or whenever they start solids.
Green Bean Puree
Green Bean Baby Food Combinations
There’s no one right serving size for every child, so start with a smaller amount and offer more as indicated by baby. When they turn their head or close their mouth, end the meal—it’s usually pretty obvious when they want to be done!
Use ripe pears—they should give just a little to the touch and smell like a pear—for the best flavor in this puree. Some babies may want a few spoonful, some a bowlful. Follow baby’s cues to determine the right amount for them.
Perfectly creamy Sweet Potato Puree is a very favorite easy side dish (and baby food!). This is delicious in fall, takes less than 30 minutes, and can be flavored in all sorts of ways.
This chicken puree is a nutrient-rich baby food that’s easy to make and packed with flavor. It’s a quick blend of chicken and sweet potato that’s versatile, so you can make it as a Stage 1 or 2 baby food.
This easy baby food is rich in healthy fats, super smooth, and has a mellow flavor. This is a great puree to make when you’re eating something like tacos…so you can have some too!
You can make this puree to feed to a baby or toddler, or as a simple side dish for the whole family to share.
How to Store
Store the puree in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 5 days. Or freeze in an ice cube tray overnight, transfer to a freezer bag, remove as much air as you can and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw 1-2 cubes overnight in the fridge in a container or at room temperature for about an hour.
Best Tips for Success
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Add the green beans to a steamer basket set in a pot with 4 inches of water. Set pot over medium heat and when the water starts to steam, cover pot.
Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the green beans are tender when poked with a fork. Let cool slightly.
Serve one at a time, baby-led weaning style. (Optionally, toss in a little olive oil before serving.)
Or, to make a puree, transfer to a blender with the olive oil. Blend smooth, adding ½-¾ cup water or no-salt-added broth at a time to make a smooth puree.
- Store the puree in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 5 days. Or freeze in an ice cube tray overnight, transfer to a freezer bag, remove as much air as you can, and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw 1-2 cubes overnight in the fridge in a container or at room temperature for about an hour.
- Green Bean Baby Food Combination: Mix with equal parts Apple Puree, Sweet Potato Puree, Pear Puree, Avocado Puree, Chicken Puree, or another favorite puree.
- Use frozen green beans in place of fresh and reduce the cooking time by 2 minutes or so.
- Use water, no-salt-added broth of any type, breastmilk, or formula as the liquid when blending the puree.
Serving: 0.25cup, Calories: 44kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0.4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 5mg, Potassium: 160mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 522IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 1mg