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 (such as avocado, coconut, or yogurt, or with other baby foods to make flavorful combinations.

It’s a mellow-tasting baby food to make and enjoy during the fall. And you can easily freeze it for future easy baby meals.

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Ingredients You Need

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.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at how to make this recipe. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information. 

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  1. 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!)
  2. Cut into wedges and brush with neutral oil or melted butter. Place on a foil lined baking sheet. Roast until soft.
  3. Scoop off the skin and place into a blender.
  4. 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 an equal amount of the following purees:

TIP: You can also get creative and add it to any other baby foods that sound good!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can babies eat pumpkins?

Yes, babies can eat pumpkin soon after starting solids, which typically happens around six months.

Does pumpkin help babies poop?

Freshly made pumpkin puree is a great source of fiber, which may help a baby poop.

What type of pumpkin is best for pumpkin puree?

You need a pie pumpkin or sugar pumpkin, which is not the kind you buy to carve into a jack-o-lantern. These sweeter pumpkins will have the best flavor when roasted.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 Store

Store in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 5 days. 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 since this is a great way to keep the batch fresh.

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Best Pumpkin Baby Food

This fresh pumpkin puree is mellow and flavorful, and can be combined with other purees to make delicious baby food combinations. (See the Notes for flavor options.) 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

  • Store in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 5 days. 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.)
  • Stir in a little extra olive oil, butter, or avocado oil to add flavor and healthy fats to the puree before serving.
  • Serve the puree on a spoon or add to a Homemade Baby Food Pouch.
  • Serve plain or combine in equal amounts with another baby food such as:
Apple-Pumpkin Puree: Stir together equal amounts pumpkin puree and Apple Puree.
Banana-Pumpkin Puree: Stir together equal amounts pumpkin puree and
Banana Puree.
Avocado-Pumpkin Puree: Stir together equal amounts pumpkin puree and Avocado Puree.
Pumpkin Yogurt: Stir together equal amounts pumpkin puree and plain whole milk. yogurt.
Pumpkin Quinoa Cereal: Stir together equal amounts pumpkin puree and Quinoa Baby Cereal.
Pumpkin Baby Oatmeal: Stir together equal amounts pumpkin puree and Baby Oatmeal.
 

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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This post was first published October 2020.

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