Better Than Gerber Banana, Carrot, & Mango Baby Food Recipe

This homemade banana, carrot, and mango baby food recipe is better than the store bought Gerber baby food version in every way. It’s so good I use this same recipe for breakfast as a smoothie bowl, lunch as a gazpacho (cold soup), or as a sweet treat smoothie or popsicle so it definitely a recipe the entire family can enjoy. This recipe is incredibly refreshing, absolutely delicious, easy to prepare and store. Make it in bulk or prepare it same day.

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I’ve said it before, a homemade baby food recipe is extremely easy to prepare, make, and store. Parents know healthy, quick, and easy options to feed our babies are in high demand and often times when our babies are well, babies, we turn to store-bought brands like Gerber baby food for a quick way to feed our baby. If you use my meal preparation tips, you’ll find maximum easy. It will save you a lot of time you will be grateful to have back.

DOES THIS BABY FOOD RECIPE REALLY JUST HAVE BANANA, CARROTS, AND MANGO?

Yes! None of those things you have to look up. It’s alllll natural!

I add a little water, or when my children was first entering the sitter stage (6-8 months), I used breastmilk (or formula) instead of water for the liquid.

Banana, Carrot, Mango Homemade Baby Food Recipe on a white background. Overhead view of portion in small ramekin. Orange color.

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WHY MAKE YOUR OWN BABY FOOD?

Whole foods are key for nutritious eating, and a great choice to feeding babies. I love making baby food. It’s just as easy as making a soup or smoothie.

  • It’s EASY!!!!
  • Inexpensive and easy to find ingredients.
  • You know exactly what ingredients are going into your baby.
  • This homemade baby food recipe is one the entire family can enjoy breakfast, lunch, snack-time, or dessert.

The Basics of Feeding An Infant

Before we start making recipes for baby, let’s go over the basics of feeding our babies. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies can start eating solid foods at 6 months. Your doctor may allow as early as 4 months old, so make sure to ask your pediatrician.

How much do babies eat?

Babies normally only eat a teaspoon or two at first if any at all. Other times they only chew at first. It is wise to store in ice cube size portions to avoid waste.

  • Sitting unassisted is usually a good indication they are ready to eat a little larger portion, usually increasing from 1-2 bites to 2 ounces, and mixing foods.
  • At at around 10 months old, they are eating 3-4 ounces per sitting and eating more finger foods.
  • When your baby turns 1 they will get a majority of their nutrients from table food.

Organic vs. Non-organic produce

Please refer to the EWG “dirty dozen” and “clean 15” to see if organic is best.

Carrots, green beans. bananas, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and sweet peas on gray marble kitchen counter with some vegetables on a white cutting board. Also pictured is a vegetable peeler with orange handle and a knife. Silver storage containers in background.
This is an example of a typical homemade baby food meal preparation session. The green beans pictured were actually used to make my Indian Style Fresh Green Bean Recipe for the rest of the family during this meal prep session. I just love all the colors. Natural foods are so vibrant.

RECIPE NOTES + TIPS TO MAKE THIS EVEN EASIER

TOOLS YOU NEED TO PREPARE A HOMEMADE BABY FOOD RECIPE

  • Something to cook the food in. A pot or crockpot are my preference. I’ve linked the pots I use.
  • Pureeing tools. Immersion blender, blender, or food processor.
  • Storage containers (fridge and freezer storage). I use reusable ziplocked bags and ice trays.
  • Having a really good knife set is really helpful. Be careful because they will be sharp! I’ve linked the knives I use.

STORAGE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BABY FOOD

  • Store in 1 ounce portions and increase as baby gets older.
  • Reusable pouches are environmentally friendly and still less expensive that buying baby food.
  • If freezing, store and use over 1-2 months.
  • If storing in fridge, it lasts two or three days.

Other helpful notes + tips for making this baby food recipe (Meal Preparation)

  • How to thaw frozen baby food? Thaw an individual portion it in the microwave on defrost or place an individual portion in the fridge and let it unthaw overnight or in a cup of water.
  • Banana, carrots, and mangos puree really easily and are all great stage 1 foods to introduce to babies between ages 4-6 months.
  • Bananas need no preparation. I prefer really ripe bananas for the natural sweetness but using bananas at any stage work well.
  • Frozen mangos work just as well as fresh. I almost always make this recipe with frozen mango chunks.
  • This recipe uses equal weights of carrots and mango and makes 10 ounces. Sometimes on meal preparation day, I triple the recipe and make in bulk so I can use it for the entire family. And of course, popsicles!

HOW IS THIS HOMEMADE BABY FOOD RECIPE BETTER THAN GERBER?

Without any change to the recipe, this recipe grows with your family by simply changing the serving container and other minimal changes. What remains the same is the refreshing flavor of the carrot, banana, and mango combination.

To turn this homemade baby food recipe into a smoothie, serve it in a cup.

For a breakfast smoothie bowl, I follow the same instructions, and have fun playing with toppings. One of my favorite topping combinations for this as a smoothie bowl is coconut flakes, crushed walnuts or pistachios, and a drizzle of coconut cream.

For a summertime lunch, this is an easy gazpacho (cold soup) option as is without toppings or by adding a dusting of crushed pistachios. Sometimes I add a drizzle of a high quality balsamic vinegar when I’m feeling really fancy.

Want a popsicle? Prepare as instructions call and place into your popsicle mold, freeze, and enjoy.

Finally, consider adding plain protein powder to any of these if using for the family and not as a baby food recipe. I’m a big fan of the Nutrilite All Plant Protein Powder. Make sure to add it when you are pureeing. Two scoops adds an additional 10 grams of protein to the recipe.

Better than Gerber baby food hands down with all the options you have to use this recipe for the entire family.

Black stovetop with baby carrots submerged in water
Preparing carrots is the only ingredient that takes time as the bananas are ready in whatever stage of ripening and I use frozen mango chunks for this homemade baby food recipe.

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

Boil carrots for 30 minutes. The time remains the same even if you are preparing a larger portion that the recipe calls. Place in blender or food processor with one ripe banana and the frozen mango chunks. Add the water. Puree until smooth. It’s that easy every time.

Because the mango is frozen, I don’t cool the carrots before blending.

Banana, mango, and carrot homemade baby food in a small glass mason jar on a white background with a small red baby spoon nearby

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Better Than Gerber Banana, Carrot, and Mango Homemade Baby Food Recipe

thenaturalfoodie
This homemade banana, carrot, and mango baby food recipe is better than the store bought Gerber baby food version in every way. It's so good I use this same recipe for breakfast as a smoothie bowl, lunch as a gazpacho (cold soup), or as a sweet treat smoothie or popsicle so it definitely a recipe the entire family can enjoy. This recipe is incredibly refreshing, absolutely delicious, easy to prepare and store. Make it in bulk or prepare it same day.
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 32 mins
Course baby food, Breakfast, Dessert, lunch, Snack
Cuisine American, baby food, Caribbean
Servings 10 ounces

Equipment

  • pot
  • knife
  • Food processor or blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 medium banana
  • 4 ounces baby carrots (or carrots of choice)
  • 4 ounces frozen mango chunks (fresh works also)
  • ½ cup water (if for infant use breast milk or formula for liquid also)

Instructions
 

  • Cover raw carrots with water and boil for 30 minutes.
  • Strain water.
  • In a blender or food processor, add softened carrots, banana, frozen mango chunks and ½ cup of cold water.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Serve immediately, or store in refrigerator 2-3 days, or in freezer up to two months.
  • For storage in freezer, it is best to place in small ice cube portions. Defrost in microwave at time of use, or place desired amount in refrigerator to thaw day before use.
  • For smoothie bowl-place in a bowl and add desired toppings.
    For smoothie, serve in a glass.
    For gazpacho, place in bowl and add desired toppings.
    For popsicle, place in popsicle maker and freeze.
Keyword gazpacho, gerber copycat baby food recipe, homemade baby food recipe, popsicle recipe, smoothie, smoothie bowl

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Salei, The Natural Foodie
Salei, The Natural Foodie

Hey foodies! I’m Salei. I am a mom, partner of a law firm, and the cook in my home. Enjoy my tasty, low sugar, low carb, and high-protein recipes, easy recipes, as well as healthier Caribbean recipes and other international recipes. Learn more about me at my FAQ page.

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