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Broccoli White Bean Pesto

This nut-free broccoli white bean pesto packs in so many nutrients with minimal effort! It’s a great way to incorporate veggies and important nutrients, like iron, into your baby and toddler’s diet.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 94kcal


  • 2 cups steamed broccoli florets
  • 1 small garlic clove , can use ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup packed basil leaves
  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (can use other white beans)
  • 1 cup packed spinach
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan can add less, leave out all together, or add nutritional yeast
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  • In food processor or blender, process all the ingredients, scraping the sides periodically, until blended and smooth
  • Can add more oil/water if thinner consistency desired.


  • If you are feeling a bit nervous that garlic might be too spicy for your baby, you can add less or leave out entirely, if you wish. But I highly encourage you to add a little bit! It's a great flavor exposure ;)
  • If you can't get your hands on fresh basil, then you can use ½ cup spinach instead. But if you are able to, I highly encourage you to try it in this recipe! Adds a delightful dimension to the dish


Calories: 94kcal | Protein: 3g | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g