With one super simple cooking method, you can roast sweet potato wedges to serve one of three yummy ways—BLW style, mashed, or pureed into classic sweet potato puree. It’s the easiest way to make sweet potato baby food. (And the rest of the family can enjoy it, too!)

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Sweet Potato Baby Food

Sweet potato is a perfect baby food. It’s nutritious, naturally flavorful, and cooks up nicely and softly. And no matter whether you’re starting your baby with the Baby Led Weaning style of feeding or more traditional purees, this one cooking method will work beautifully. And you can serve it to everyone at the table—big kids and grown-ups alike!

This recipe makes roasted sweet potato wedges, which you can serve as is or mash or puree them smoother with a fork. So easy.

This recipe has vitamins A and C, as well as fiber and healthy fats from the olive oil. It’s a perfect food to serve to a 6-month baby or older who’s starting on solids—or who is well-accustomed to eating.

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Ingredients You Need

To make this roasted sweet potato baby food, you just need the following ingredients.

sweet potato on cutting board.
  • Sweet potato: Look for a medium to large sweet potato with orange flesh for the best flavor. These are sometimes called “garnet yams.”
  • Olive oil: I use extra virgin olive oil, such as this one from California Olive Ranch. You could also use avocado oil if that’s what you have.
  • You can add salt to taste to your portion, though you’ll want to set aside a serving for your baby before adding salt.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at how to make this simple recipe. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information.

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  1. Choose a medium to large sweet potato with orange flesh. They are sometimes called “garnet yams” at the store.
  2. Slice in half. Cut each half in half.
  3. Cut each piece in half again to make wedges that are about ½ inch thick. You can cut them horizontally, too, if you’re working with a very large sweet potato.
  4. Toss with olive oil in a bowl.
  5. Spread on a foil-lined sheet pan.
  6. Roast until soft.

TIP: You want the wedges to be about the size of one or two of your fingers, which is a good shape for BLW food for baby to self-feed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is sweet potato good for babies?

It’s such a great baby food because it’s rich in nutrients and fiber, has a naturally sweet flavor, and is very soft. It’s also an affordable veggie and stores well in the kitchen in a cool, dark place around room temperature.

Can I add seasoning to this recipe?

You can add crushed rosemary or cinnamon to this recipe. If serving to adults or older kids, you can also sprinkle with salt after cooking and setting a few aside for baby. Babies under the age of 1 shouldn’t have added salt, but they can have herbs and spices (as long as they aren’t hot-spicy).

What pairs well with sweet potatoes for babies?

You can combine this puree with apple puree, pea puree, avocado puree, banana puree, bean puree, or anything that sounds appealing to you.

Can I feed my 5 month old sweet potatoes?

Babies can have sweet potatoes after they start solids, which typically happens around 6 months old.

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How to Make Sweet Potato Wedges (BLW)

Once you’ve followed the recipe instructions, you’ll have roasted sweet potato wedges that are ready to serve. You can let them cool slightly and offer to your baby to hold and gnaw on. They also store well in an airtight container in the fridge to serve at future meals.

TIP: I like to leave the skin on my sweet potato wedges since it helps them hold together a little better when a baby eats them baby-led weaning style.

mashing sweet potato with a fork

How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

To serve the sweet potato as a thick mash, simply mash it with a fork. You can discard the skin and any pieces that don’t mash easily. If you want to make a larger batch, simply remove the skin from as many wedges as you want and mash in a bowl with a potato masher or in a food processor.

This stays on a spoon nicely, so you can preload it and hand it to baby to feed themselves.

mashed roasted sweet potato on white kids plate

How to Serve Mashed Sweet Potatoes (Stage 2)

When serving this sweet potato puree to a baby, you can preload the spoon, hand it to them, and let them feed themselves. If the baby is used to eating solids, they will also likely be able to pick it up with their fingers, as it’s pretty thick.

sweet potato puree for baby on white plate

How to Make Homemade Sweet Potato Puree (Stage 1)

To turn the roasted wedges into sweet potato puree, simply mash with a fork until very smooth, adding a 1 tablespoon of water at a time to reach the desired thin consistency. It purees SO easily this way!

TIP: I love this cooking method because I can serve the roasted sweet potato wedges to my whole family, and either a wedge or some puree for the baby without much extra work.

How to Store

Store any leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge. You can also freeze baby food in an ice cube tray, then transfer the frozen cubes to a freezer bag for longer-term storage.

Best Tips for Success.

  • You can sprinkle with salt for babies over 1 and any adults.
  • Add crushed dried rosemary OR cinnamon for additional flavor.
  • Spread the wedges out on the baking sheet so they aren’t overlapping. This will ensure even cooking.
  • Poke a wedge with a fork or small knife at the lower end of the baking time to see if it’s very soft.
  • Learn more about the basics of baby-led weaning if you are going with that style of feeding.
  • You can combine this puree with Apple Puree, Pear Puree, Avocado Puree, Banana Puree, Bean Puree, or anything that sounds appealing to you.

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Favorite Sweet Potato Baby Food

You can serve this as wedges, a thick mash, or a thinner puree to your baby or toddler. (Adults will love the wedges, too!)
4.89 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Cuisine American
Course side
Calories 80kcal
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large orange-fleshed sweet potato (or garnet yam)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Coat with nonstick spray.
  • Wash and dry the sweet potato.
  • Cut in half, then cut lengthwise into strips. Cut each strip in half again until each is about ½ inch thick. Slice in half horizontally if the sweet potato is very long. (Each strip should be about the size of your finger.)
  • Place into a bowl and toss with the olive oil.
  • Spread onto prepared baking sheet and roast for 22-25 minutes or until soft.
  • Let cool slightly and serve as is for a BLW-style finger food.
  • To serve as a thick mash, remove skin and mash with a fork one at a time or in a larger portion in a food processor or blender.
  • To serve as a thinner sweet potato puree, mash with a fork and add 1 tablespoon warm water at a time to reach desired consistency.

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Notes

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge.
  • You can sprinkle with salt for babies over 1 and any adults.
  • Add crushed dried rosemary OR cinnamon for additional flavor.
  • Spread the wedges out on the baking sheet so they aren’t overlapping. This will ensure even cooking.
  • Poke a wedge with a fork or small knife at the lower end of the baking time to see if it’s very soft.
  • Learn more about the basics of baby-led weaning here.

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 31mg, Potassium: 190mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 8016IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1mg
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This post was first published August 2019.

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  1. Can the mashed purée version be frozen? If so, for how long and what would the best way to do this be? Thanks!

    1. I usually fill an ice cube tray with the puree, freeze, then transfer to a freezer bag to freeze for up to 6 months. Then you can thaw a cube or two at a time overnight in the fridge or at room temp. I hope that helps!

    1. You can serve cold, leave out at room temp for a bit, or warm in a heat-safe bowl for about 10 seconds in the microwave.

  2. How often should you be flipping them? Mine always seem to cook too much on the outside before they’ get soft enough.

    1. Maybe try cutting them a smidge thinner? They should cook pretty much at the same speed throughout.

  3. Hi! Can you make these in bulk and freeze them? I do that with blanched carrots, but wondering if you can do something similar here? Thanks so much, I love your recipes!!