Fava Bean Puree

Fava Bean Puree

I knew that spring had finally sprung when I started seeing fava beans
(or broad beans as they're also known at the farmers market. They've been a culinary staple for countries all over the world for centuries, but now more and more Americans use them in cooking. They're packed with iron, fiber and protein, so they make a really well rounded dish for babies.
Although it can be time consuming to shell them, I believe it's worth the effort. If you're really lucky, you can find them shelled at most farmers markets for a small extra charge For some parents it’s well worth the extra fee.
When I first made this recipe, it was strictly a puree. You can serve it to baby that way and then spread what's left on a piece of baguette or toast for yourself.
I had some gorgeous yellow squash and decided to add it to the puree which made it even creamier and lighter. Mix it with quinoa, rice or another grain and you have a complete protein for your baby. Kenya gobbled this one up.

We used these to make this recipe_


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Fava Bean Puree (makes 1 cup )

Prep Time: 1 mins Cook Time: 4 mins

egg free

nut free

gluten free


  • 1/2 cup shelled fava beans
  • 1 Cup chopped yellow squash
  • 1/2 Clove Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp yogurt
  • 1/2 Tsp lemon juice


1. Cook the fava beans in a pot of boiling water for 1 1/2 minutes.
2. While the beans are cooling, place the squash and garlic in a steamer
pot over boiling water and cook for 4 minutes.
3. When the beans are cool, peel the outer layer off.
4. After the beans and squash have cooled, place all the ingredients in
a food processor and puree until smooth.
5. Serve.
*Place in Baby Cubes and freeze.

*I added quinoa to the picture attached to this recipe.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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  • Stephanie

    Be careful with fava beans!
    From LiveStrong.com: \"Hemolytic Anemia - People with a rare genetic condition called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency may experience ill health effects after eating fava beans. If you have this condition, eating fava beans may induce hemolytic anemia, a steep reduction in iron in the bloodstream due to bursting red blood cells. When hemolytic anemia is induced by eating fava beans, the condition is called favism, the Genetics Home Reference explains.\"
    The Genetics Home Reference continues: - \"This condition occurs most frequently in certain parts of Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean. It affects about 1 in 10 African-American males in the United States.\"

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  • Sierra

    I agree that it would be great to bake wonderful gf bread from sractch, but I have never found a recipe that equals this mix. What I tried to do was demystify baking a yeast bread, which many oeople find daunting. You can use your own mx if flours if you like.

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