Sweet potato mash

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This recipe for sweet potato mash is the perfect sweet treat for babies aged 6-12 months of age, but your older children are bound to love it too.

Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Difficulty rating: Easy

Age recommendation: With cream cheese and garlic, sweet potato mash is perfect for babies aged 9-12 months. For younger babies (aged 6-8 months) omit the cream cheese and garlic.


Makes 12 serves

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 kg sweet potatoes
  • 1 L water
  • 2 tbs cream cheese
  • 1 tsp oil


  1. Peel and mince garlic.
  2. In a large pot, sautee garlic in a little butter or oil for 30 seconds – do not let it brown.
  3. Wash, peel and dice sweet potatoes.
  4. Boil water in a kettle.
  5. Add potatoes and water to pot and cover with a lid.
  6. Cook for 30 minutes on medium heat or until potatoes are tender.
  7. Using a wand or masher, mash potatoes until smooth.
  8. While the mixture is hot, stir in the cream cheese and it will melt through.


  • Omit the garlic if you are trying your baby on solid foods for the first few times.
  • Babies aged 9-12 months are old enough to start eating dairy products like cream cheese included in this recipe.
  • Omit the cream cheese for a dairy free option.
  • This is a healthy, naturally sweet meal babies will love any time of the day.
  • Serve to toddlers and bigger kids as a side veggie dish.
  • If making this dish for adults, use 1 L of stock rather than plain water and season with salt and pepper.

Nutritional content

Nutritional analysis per 90 gram serve:

Energy 315.85 kJ
75.49 cal
Protein 1.98 g
Total fat 1.85 g
Saturated fat 0.91 g
Carbohydrates 11.94 g
Total sugars 11.94 g
Fibre 1.64 g
Sodium 22.40 mg
Cholesterol 3.88 mg
Potassium 216.75 mg
Calcium 26.17 mg
Iron 0.44 mg
Zinc 0.45 mg



  1. AusNut. Nutrient Database. 2007. [cited 27 April 2012]. Available from: URL Link
  2. Queensland Health. Introduction to Solids. 2008. [cited 1 October 2012]. Available from: URL Link
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Date Created: June 22, 2012 Date Modified: March 8, 2013