An easy 4-Ingredient Blueberry puree, perfect to flavor drinks or to offer as a baby-led weaning blueberry food for babies. Bonus, this fruit puree recipe can be frozen, and it’s perfect to reserve your fresh garden blueberries!
My kids love fruit puree to flavor drinks, yogurt and grown-ups love it for cocktails! But, the blueberry puree is also a great way to offer blueberries to babies as a first food.
So here I am sharing with you two options to make a blueberry puree, one sweetened and one plain perfect for babies from 6 months.
How To Make Blueberry Puree
It’s very easy to make a blueberry puree using your fresh blueberries from the garden or frozen blueberries.
Let me show you how to make this easy fruit puree based on how you want to use it.
Blueberry puree for baby
Babies can eat blueberries from 6 months of age, and the best way to offer blueberries is in a puree form because fresh berries are a choking hazard on their own.
So to make your homemade baby food with blueberries, you need:
- Fresh Blueberries
- Cold Water
- A Squeeze of Lemon Juice – you will be surprised how much babies love the sour flavor and could suck a lemon wedge! But here lemon is mainly use to preserve the puree more than flavor. You can skip it of course.
Blueberry puree for drinks
Now, if you want to use the blueberry puree for drinks, it’s much tastier if you add a touch of sweetness. The best way to sweeten fruit puree is liquid sweeteners, mainly because this berry fruit puree is uncooked, and liquid sweeteners dissolve better than crystals.
So the ingredients for this recipe option are:
- Fresh Blueberries
- Cold Water
- Fresh Lemon Juice
- Maple Syrup
Make the puree
Most fruit purees are raw. They don’t require cooking like my strawberry puree or mango puree.
Add the blueberry to a high-speed blender along with the remaining ingredients.
Blend on high speed until the puree is smooth. You can also use a food processor as long as the amount of blueberries cover the blade of the food processor.
If you don’t add enough blueberries, it won’t blend into a smooth puree. That’s why I prefer a blender for small batches.
I recommend starting with the lowest amount of sweetener, tasting, and adjusting it. Depending on how ripe your berries are, you may want to add more or less sweetener.
Blueberry purees are very liquid just after making and need to spend about 1 hour in the fridge to thicken and get all their texture.
Store the blueberry puree in a sealed glass mason jar in the fridge. You can also use a glass bottle and use this puree as a blueberry syrup for drinks.
Using frozen berries
Of course, you don’t have to wait for the blueberry season to make a blueberry puree, and you can use frozen blueberries instead.
First, thaw the blueberries at room temperature overnight or for at least 3 hours.
Then, add the thawed blueberries in the blender and no water, just the lemon juice and sweetener, if used.
In fact, frozen blueberries release more juice, and often, when making puree, you won’t need the extra water to turn them smooth.
Only add some water if it gets difficult to blend.
Serving blueberry puree for babies
You can offer this puree with a baby spoon to eat plain or on top of:
- Baby French Toasts
- Baby Banana Oat Pancakes or waffles.
- Plain yogurt – it’s a great way to flavor baby yogurt without adding sugar.
Or you can also combine this puree with others fruit puree to fill into baby pouches and offer as a quick snack.
We love to use this recipe as a fruit cordial, more like a blueberry cordial for kids.
- Bubbly Water
- Milk – like in our strawberry milk recipe, swap the strawberries for this blueberry puree instead and make blueberry milk.
- Kids Slushies – to replace the drink mix powder and for a healthier twist!
Add 2-3 tablespoons of this blueberry puree per cup of liquid for a flavorsome blueberry drink!
This blueberry puree can be frozen only if you didn’t use frozen blueberries in the recipe. It’s not safe to freeze a product that has been thawed, especially if no heat has been involved between both steps.
So for blueberry puree with frozen blueberries, store in the fridge only in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
For fresh blueberries, add the puree to an ice cube tray and freeze it. Thaw in the fridge the day before using. You can also use the frozen puree in a blender along with water, milk, or juice to flavor drinks and create cold drinks.
More fruit puree recipes
Below I listed some more fruit puree recipes for you to try
Have you made this blueberry puree? Comment or review below to tell me how you use yours and if you enjoy it!
- 3 cups Fresh Blueberries hulled, washed
- 3 tablespoons Maple Syrup skip if making blueberry puree for babies
- 3 tablespoons Water
- 1-2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
- ¼ teaspoon Vanilla Bean Pod Seeds
- Wash fresh blueberries and place in the bowl of a food processor or high-speed blender.
- Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice, water, and 1 tablespoon maple syrup - skip the sweetener for kids under 1 year old.
- Blend/process at high speed until all the fruits are pulsed into a puree.
- Taste the puree and adjust lemon and sweetener if needed. You can also add fresh vanilla seeds from a vanilla bean pod to boost the flavor. Blend 20 seconds after each addition you make.
- Store 1 hour in the fridge to enhance flavors and thicken, or serve immediately for a quick snack.
- Store the blueberry puree for up to 3 days in the fridge in sealed glass mason jars or freeze in an ice cube tray for later.
- Thaw the day before in the fridge or use in smoothie recipes to thickened drinks.