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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Ann Arbor, MI!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Avocado Puree

About 2 months ago, we gave Layla her first solid food: Avocado! Since then she has had a variety of fruits and veggies: Sweet potato, Butternut squash, Zucchini, Carrot, Fuji Apples, Plums, Pears, Bananas, Green Beans, Peas, Spinach, Broccoli, Pumpkin, Apricot… and we’ve also given her Oatmeal and Organic Whole Milk Plain Yogurt. She has turned into a wonderful eater! Gobbles up almost everything we give her (peas and green beans have to be disguised in yogurt with a little bit of pear, but then she downs them like you wouldn’t believe).

And since I’ve been making all of her food at home from scratch, I thought I’d start a Baby Food Recipes section on my blog!

I’ll be adding the baby food recipes in the order that we introduced them to Layla – to the extent that I can remember 🙂 Avocado was definitely first – because it was the easiest, and because it’s so nutritious for your little ones.

1/5th of an avocado has only 50 calories but 20 vitamins and minerals! Talk about nutrient dense. Avocados also contain:

  • Folate
  • Fiber
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin E
  • Iron
  • Healthy fats that help with brain and nervous system development

I mashed up the avocado raw, and fed it directly to her mixed with a little bit of breast milk (you can also mix it with formula or water to thin it out at first). Here’s how she reacted 🙂

Layla Solids

The first time she was like “what are you giving me??” but soon she couldn’t get enough avocado. It’s definitely one of her favorites. And since avocado gets oxidized so easily, I actually tried freezing it and it worked great!

I used these Mumi & Bubi ice cube trays. I love them because they come with a cover, a recipe book, and the cubes are super easy to get out. One ice cube = 1oz of food.

Also, if you can afford it, I’d recommend using 100% organic ingredients for your baby’s food. That way you can leave the peels on various fruits and veggies (e.g. you won’t have to peel apples and pears before pureeing them), and it’s much more nutritious for your baby!

Here is my recipe for super simple avocado: a perfect first food for babies!

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Baby's First Food: Avocado Puree


  • 1 organic avocado, mashed


    If Serving Fresh / Immediately
  1. Mash the avocado with a fork or blend it in a food processor.
  2. Mix with breastmilk, formula or water to reach desired consistency.
    If Freezing
  1. Mash the avocado with a fork or blend it in a food processor.
  2. Divide into ice cube trays, wrap/cover, and freeze.
  3. Thaw in the fridge the night before use, or thaw by putting the ice cube in a bowl over a bowl of hot water on the counter to defrost.
  4. Once defrosted, mix with breastmilk, formula or water to reach desired consistency


Each ice cube = 1oz of food. Also, as your baby gets used to solids, you don't have to thin out the avocado at all.


36 responses to “Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Avocado Puree”

  1. Great!! I will be following all the recipes! 🙂 My little one is 26 weeks and also starting on solids! Can’t wait for more and more baby food recipes!

    • Oh yay!! So exciting – starting solids was super fun 🙂 I’ll be posting sweet potato and butternut squash next – stay tuned!

  2. aww she makes such cute faces….you should be really proud of your little for eating healthy foods already :-))..i will be following all your baby recipes soon

    • Hi Katie! If you use it right after it thaws, it won’t turn brown. It will only turn brown if you leave it out, completely thawed, for a few hours. Hope that helps!

  3. Thank you for the recipes! I just started my son on quinoa cereal and moving to avocado in the next day!! I will definitely be looking forward to your other recipes for starting off with solids! Do you suggest adding the breast milk to thin the consistency once thawed (since I’ll have to freeze, daycare!) or add it while I blend and mash up the avocado and freeze that way? Thank you!!

    • Hi Lauren! No problem at all! So glad these recipes are helpful! Regarding the breastmilk – I’d add it after thawing. The reason is — the purees always turn out a little thinner after you thaw them (because of the accumulated moisture after being in the freezer). So if you add it before thawing it might end up being too runny post thawing! Hope that helps, and I hope your son enjoys all of these recipes!

  4. […] This buttery treat is a wonderful “good fats” food for baby’s brain and physical development. Plus, the creamy texture of perfectly ripe avocado is one that babies seem to love. To help prevent browning, put the avocado pit in the puree when refrigerating. See More Details […]

  5. Interesting trick – thinning out with breast milk! Do you think this would work with other foods like carrots?

  6. Hi Anjali, my little one is also Layla! What happens if you mix the breast milk with the avocado and then freeze it? Or should it be done after you unfreeze the avocado?

    • Hi Sejal! Ha that’s awesome! So I’d recommend mixing the breastmilk with the avocado after you defrost it — mainly because you can’t heat breastmilk directly, but you can heat up the purees to defrost them (e.g. in the microwave). Hope that helps! And I hope your Layla loves this puree!

  7. Thank you so much. I’m 5 month old baby Kalia s Great Gramma, and are for her while my Granddaughter is working.. I love to keep it natural, and this is the second d week of her first foods!!! Soooooooohhhh sweet. Mahalo for taking the time to share your experience.. Much Aloha

  8. Thank you for your post! A couple questions- I’m a first time mom. 🙂

    Do you serve the food warmed, cold, or room temp?
    When you started, how much and how often did you feed your baby?

    Thank you!!

    • Hi Megan! I serve the food at room temp, slightly warm (basically the temp breastmilk is when you pump). And when babies are first starting on solids they eat very little – like 1 tbsp per day (one meal per day). Once your baby tries a bunch of different purees you can start doing 2 meals a day, about 2 tbsp per meal. Eventually you work up to 3 meals a day, about 5-8oz of food per meal (see this schedule for details) – but that’s only once your baby is fully transitioned to solids! Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  9. Hi anjali…I am new to your blog and love it now..i have a 6 month old girl and started on solids 1 week ago..we started with some homemade banana powder..she hated it.. den i gave banana puree..she is not fond of it also..I didnt expect her to eat at the first go..but it is going to be a week…and im getting frustrated..any tips for me a first time mom

    • Hi Shadia! Thanks so much for reaching out – I’m so glad you like my blog! Regarding your daughter — if she has only been on solids for 1 week it’s pretty common for her to reject foods at first. Often babies might need at least 40 tries of a food before developing a taste for it! If she doesn’t like banana you can always try other first foods like avocado, sweet potato, pear, green beans, etc. What I would do is puree the fruit or veggie until it’s super super smooth (no clumps) – initially it should be pretty runny so that it’s easy for her to swallow. Once she gets used to solid foods you can offer thicker purees. She may not have liked the banana powder because of the consistency (and depending on how thin your banana puree was that might have been an issue too). So those would be my suggestions: 1) Offer super smooth/runny purees in small bites 2) Keep offering the food even if she seems to not like it 3) Try other foods to see if she takes to any of those! Hope that helps, keep me posted on how it goes and let me know if I can help with anything else!

    • Hi! You can definitely start solids at 4 months – pediatricians say anywhere from 4-6 months is ok to start solids. I’d recommend waiting until your baby shows signs of being interested in solids (e.g. watching you eat, opening his/her mouth, drooling, sitting relatively unassisted, etc.) – and once that happens you can start anytime after 4 months of age! I’d recommend starting with either avocado or sweet potato – since both are mild, non-allergenic, and not too sweet. Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

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