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 in bowl and green beans on side.

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.

Read on to learn how to make a basic Green Bean Puree, how to serve Green Beans as a BLW food, options for easy baby food combinations with green beans, and tips for green bean finger foods.

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Ingredients You Need

Here’s a look at the ingredients you need to make this baby food recipe, whether as a puree or a baby-led weaning food.

green beans in glass bowl.
  • 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.

Step-by-Step Instructions

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.

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  • 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 on pink kids plate.

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

You can serve green bean puree on a baby spoon or in a reusable pouch, depending on how you prefer or where you’ll be. It stores well and is easy to vary the flavor as you like.

Baby food pouch with green bean baby food inside.

Green Bean Baby Food Combinations

To vary the flavor and nutrients in this as a Stage 2 baby food, you can combine Green Bean Baby Food with any of the following purees:

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Easy Avocado Puree
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Green bean baby food in two glass jars with lids.

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.

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Green bean baby food in bowl and green beans on side.

Easy Green Bean Baby Food

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 mix the puree with other flavors to make yummy baby food combinations.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Baby Food
Calories 44kcal
Servings 6 8

Ingredients

  • 1 pound green beans (stems trimmed)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

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
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