So I’ve been slacking on sharing baby food recipes. Baby E has been enjoying the baby led weaning journey. He likes small bites of food so I really haven’t made too many purees lately however I have a few recipes I really want to share with you mamas. Today I am sharing Baby E’s absolute favorite puree of them all. Sweet Potato and White Bean Puree. It also has cinnamon in it which is one of our favorite spices.
A few weeks ago, he went through a few days of not wanting much to eat. You know how it is… teething, growth spurt, just because he is a baby and that’s how they roll. Basically, insert any reason why. After trying a few of his favorite finger food options with no success, I decided to bring this recipe out of hiding and just like I thought, it worked. He was more than happy to eat the sweet potato and white bean puree. So much so it’s all he ate for 2 days besides nursing. I’ll have to update you guys on our nursing journey at another time.
What I love about this recipe are the flavors. Sweet potatoes back a big punch when it comes to flavor as does cinnamon. Two things, if possible, bake or roast your sweet potatoes. Using this method, you retain all the nutrients in the sweet potatoes. And definitely invest in fresh cinnamon sticks. You can throw them in a pot with whatever you are preparing for amazing and well-rounded flavor and you can also use a small grater to grate some right into your recipe. For this recipe, I did a combo of boiling with the white beans and I also grated some on top of the recipe mix just before pureeing.
You can use any variety of white beans. When Zoe was a baby, I would buy navy beans and soak them overnight. Let me be all the way real right now: I use organic canned white beans this time around! The soaking or forever boiling is just not how I do these days. Do what works best for you. Definitely zero judgment here.
Sweet Potato and White Bean Puree
- 2 medium to large sweet potatoes
- 1 can drained and wash organic white beans
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Wash and wrap sweet potatoes in foil then bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until done.
- Put sweet white beans and cinnamon stick in a small sauce pot then cover with water.
- Bring white beans to boil and then let simmer on low heat for 5 minutes.
- Remove cinnamon stick and set aside.
- Drain white beans reserving the water in a seperate bowl.
- When potatoes are done, allow to cool then cut length wise and scoop out the content into a blending cup. Add white beans and then grate some of the cinnamon stick on top of the mixture.
- Add 3 tbsp of reserved water. Puree adding additional water as needed until puree is smooth.
- You can opt to use half the ingredients and reserve the rest to freeze or use as finger foods for baby led weaning.
Do you enjoy making homemade baby food? Share your baby’s favorite recipe with me in the comments. I would love to give it a try.