Making broccoli puree for baby is the best way to transition to healthy baby food starting at 6 months as stage 1 baby food or stage 2. Also try different broccoli puree combinations for diversity or to hide the taste if your baby is not really fond of it.
4-6tbsp liquid (water, stock, milk or breast milk)
To Improve The Taste, Add (1 or 2):
1/2 tsp butter(or ghee)
1 tspsour cream
1tspcoconut milk or oil(as dairy free version of fat)
1/2tsplemon juice(to brighten up the flavor)
pinch ofpink or sea salt(for older babies)
Prepare the broccoli:
Remove the leaves and washthe broccoli head. Cut the florets. For 1 cup of broccoli puree you will need approximately 8-10 broccoli florets (the size may vary).
Cook the broccoli (by steaming):
Bring 1 inch of water to boil in a saucepan fitted with a steamer basket and cover with a lid.
Add the broccoli to steamer basket when the water is hot in order to avoid overcooking.
Steam on medium-low heat for approximately 5-7 minutes (it depends on the size of broccoli florets) or until they are soft when pierced with a fork. We want the broccoli to keep it’s beautiful vibrant green. When the broccoli turns olive green it means it’s overcooked and that’s a sign that vitamins like C and B have leached into the water and the broccoli lost most if it’s nutrition.
Puree the broccoli:
Transfer the cooked broccoli into a food processor or baby blender and puree to desired consistency, adding as much liquid as necessary (start with 4 tablespoons and add more for the desired consistency).
For example for a smooth broccoli puree with soup like consistency (best for younger babies 6 months and up), usually the ratio of 50% broccoli and 50% liquid works the best. If you want your broccoli baby food thicker, use less liquid.
Tip: Use the water you used for steaming the broccoli as the blending liquid. It has it's nutrients leached in there.
The recipe makes approximately 1 cup of broccoli puree. 1 serving = 2 tablespoons.
Broccoli baby food combinations (combine 2 or 3 ingredients):