Transform fresh pumpkin into a perfectly smooth pumpkin baby food. Serve it as is, combine with other flavors and nutrients, and learn tips for freezing it too!

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Pumpkin Baby Food

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.

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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. 

  1. Wash and dry your pumpkin.
  2. Cut off the stem and the base. Cut into wedges. Remove the seeds and the stringy stuff. (That’s the technical term, promise, ha!)
  3. Cut into wedges and brush with neutral oil or melted butter. Place on a foil lined baking sheet.
  4. Roast until soft.
  5. Scoop off the skin and place into a blender.
  6. 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. 

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Baby Food Combinations with Pumpkin Puree

You can combine this simple puree with:

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

I’d love to hear your feedback on this baby food recipe if you try it—I love hearing from you all!

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Best Pumpkin Baby Food (with Easy Flavor Combos!)

The amount of puree you wind up with will vary according to the size of the pumpkin you start with.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Baby Food
Calories 75kcal
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 pie or sugar pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or avocado oil or melted unsalted butter)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Wash and dry your pumpkin.
  • Cut off the stem and the base. Cut into quarters.
  • Remove the seeds and the stringy stuff with a spoon and/or a knife.
  • Cut into 2-3 inch wedges and brush with oil. 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.
  • Serve, once cooled at least slightly, or combine with another favorite baby food for flavorful combinations.

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 75kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 578mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 14472IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 1mg
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