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Also known as blenderized diets, blended diets, or pureed foods - homemade tube feedings are one way of providing all or some of an individual's nutrition through a feeding tube.

Homemade tube feedings can be made exclusively from real food ingredients, or a commercial formula can be used as a base to which other food ingredients are added. For some complex medical conditions, a homemade tube feeding may not be advised.



  • Use safe food handling practices.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and running water before and after handling food.
  • Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, equipment, and counter tops with hot, soapy water before starting and after preparing each food item and before going on to the next item.
  • Avoid cross contaminating foods. Use a separate cutting board and knives for fresh produce and another cutting board and knives for raw meat, poultry or seafood. Use separate plates and utensils for raw and cooked foods. Wash all product with cool running water before food preparation begins


  • A high-speed blender is recommended to help make sure all food is blended smooth.
  • Fresh herbs can be used to add flavour and aroma; their use is optional. Chop herbs finely before blending so they do not clog the feeding tube. If you find herbs are getting stuck in the tube, omit them from the recipes.
  • To help make preparation quick and easy, cut fruits and vegetables in advance and freeze in small containers or storage bags. Do not freeze COMPLEAT® tube feeding formula.
  • Water may need to be added in order to blend each recipe to a smooth consistency (see Preparation Instructions for suggested amounts).
  • Blend until mixture is completely smooth and liquefied to make sure it flows through the tube. Chunks or pieces of food should not be present.


  • Administer the homemade tube feeding at room temperature.
  • Typically, homemade tube feeding formulas are held for up to 2 hours at room temperature. Discard unused feeding after 2 hours.
  • To help reduce chance of clogging and to make feeding easier, a 14-French feeding tube is recommended; smaller tubes are more likely to clog.
  • Homemade tube feeding formulas may be thicker and may run through the feeding tube more slowly than commercial enteral formulas. Feeding with a syringe may work best as you can provide gentle pressure on the syringe when needed to help improve formula flow through the feeding tube.
  • Remember to flush the feeding tube with water before and after the administration of each tube feeding to help keep the feeding tube working well. Water is essential for hydration, and many other functions in the body.


  • Keep foods at proper temperatures: 4°C for refrigerator and -15°C or below for freezer.
  • Store unopened cartons of COMPLEAT® tube feeding formula at room temperature. Do not store near a heat source and do not freeze.
  • Cover and store opened cartons of COMPLEAT® tube feeding formula in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Do not freeze.
  • If making multiple servings at once, divide the batch of homemade tube feeding into individual servings. Store in tightly covered containers in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  • To warm a formula that has been refrigerated, run the container under warm water. Avoid using a microwave, as microwaves may heat unevenly and overheating may destroy some of the nutrient content.


Nutrition information for all recipes was generated using the Food Processor Nutrition Analysis Software, Ver. 10.12.0 which references the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Nutrient Data Laboratory. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28. Version Current: September 2015.

Websites www.mytubefeeding.caJournal Articles O’Flaherty T, et al. ICAN:Infant Child Adolescent Nutrition. 2011;3:361-364. Pentiuk S, et al. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2011;35:375-379. Walia C, et al. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016. ( Books Dunn Klein M, Evans Morris S. Homemade Blended Formula Handbook.


The recipes below use COMPLEAT® as a nutrient-rich base for homemade tube feeding that may be used for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. They incorporate real food ingredients for a nutritionally balanced homemade tube feeding.

Click here for a printable version of the recipe booklet.

The recipes on this website are not intended to be used as a daily or weekly meal plan. They are examples of recipes using COMPLEAT® tube feeding formulas as a base for homemade tube feeding formulas. Recipes may be adjusted if they do not contain the appropriate amount of calories, protein, fat or any other nutrients to meet a specific need. Please note that if the volume of COMPLEAT® tube feeding formula or other ingredients is changed, the Nutrition Information provided with the recipe will also change.


  • 1. Before preparing a recipe, review the ingredient list and take into consideration any special dietary needs or restrictions.
  • 2. Place all ingredients in the blender.
  • 3. Blend until mixture is completely smooth and liquefied (no chunks or pieces of food should be present).
  • 4. Water may need to be added to the mixture to achieve proper consistency for tube feeding:
    • About ½ to 1 cup (125 to 250 mL) of water may be added to recipes that use a half carton of COMPLEAT® tube feeding formula
    • About ¼ to ½ cup (60 to 125 mL) may be added to recipes that use one carton of COMPLEAT® tube feeding formula, however you may find that no additional water is needed when using one whole carton of COMPLEAT® tube feeding formula
  • 5. The nutrient content of COMPLEAT® tube feeding formula is included in the Nutrition Information for each recipe. See chart below for nutrient content of one 250 mL carton.

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