Baby’s Barley and Broccoli Puree

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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

Which are the best cheeses for baby?

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