Baby’s Barley and Broccoli Puree


Trying to think of ways to incorporate nutritious barley in your little one’s menu?

Then we recommend this simple but yummy recipe, which can easily double up as a tasty soup by increasing the quantity of milk you use!

This dish is absolutely full of flavour and the unusual blend of ingredients makes for a unique and gourmet treat for your tot (6 months+)!

Here’s what you’ll need…

2 heaped tbsp cooked pearl barley
4 oz (1/2 cup) cooked broccoli
milk (use whole milk, breast milk or formula)
small handful grated cheese (we used a colourful Red Leicester cheese)
pinch ground nutmeg
pinch freshly ground black pepper (optional)

How to make it…

Combine the cooked barley, broccoli, cheese, nutmeg and black pepper (if using) in a small saucepan and add a little milk.

Warm gently over a very low heat, stirring constantly, until all the cheese has melted, adding a little more milk if necessary.

*Transfer to a food processor and blend, slowly adding enough warm milk to achieve a suitable texture for your baby (we used under 1/4 cup, which gives quite a runny puree). If you want a chunkier result, just pulse instead – barley has a great texture for getting baby used to ‘lumps’.

*Please note – you should omit this step if you wish to make a soup – instead, pour about 8 fl oz (1 cup) of milk into the saucepan and, stirring constantly, warm gently throughout.

Learn more about introducing barley

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