Pumpkin is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Did you know that it contains more Vitamin A than any other vegetable? Did you know that it can be used to cure stomach problems and constipation? Did you know that pumpkin is also good for pregnant moms, heart health, and it’s great for eye care, too? If you said yes to any of these questions then you will want to take a look at this review!
Baby Food With Pumpkin
Fall and winter are a great time of year to make fresh baby food—and pumpkin is a nutrient-dense option to have in the mix. If you are out and about at farm stands or your local pumpkin patch, look for a pie pumpkin and plan to make some puree! You can serve it plain, with healthy fats added, or with other baby foods to make flavorful combinations.
Ingredients in Pumpkin Baby Food
To make this puree, you just need a pumpkin. Specifically, you need a pie or sugar pumpkin—not the kind you buy to carve into a jack-o-lantern for the best flavor. I made this recipe with a Winter Density Squash, which is an heirloom variety that one of our local farmers grows.
How to Make Pumpkin Baby Food Step-by-Step
Here’s a look at how to make this recipe. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information.
- Wash and dry your pumpkin.
- Cut off the stem and the base. Cut into wedges. Remove the seeds and the stringy stuff. (That’s the technical term, promise, ha!)
- Cut into wedges and brush with neutral oil or melted butter. Place on a foil lined baking sheet.
- Roast until soft.
- Scoop off the skin and place into a blender.
- Blend, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed to make a smooth puree.
TIP: The amount of puree you wind up with will depend on the size of your pumpkin.
Baby Food Combinations with Pumpkin Puree
You can combine this simple puree with:
- Apple Puree
- Banana Puree
- Pear Puree
- Avocado Puree
- Plain whole milk yogurt
- Full fat coconut milk
- Baby Oatmeal
TIP: You can also get creative and add it to any other baby foods that sound good!
Tips for Making the Best Pumpkin Baby Food
Stir in a little olive oil, butter, or avocado oil to add flavor and healthy fats to the puree before serving.
Serve plain or combine with another baby food.
Serve the puree on a spoon or add to a Homemade Baby Food Pouch.
To freeze: Add the cooled puree to a silicone ice cube tray and freeze until firm, then transfer to a zip top freezer bag and store for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge. (Find more about freezing baby food here.)
You can also use this puree in other baked goods including Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins, Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes, Pumpkin Smoothies, and Pumpkin Oatmeal for older kiddos (and parents)