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!
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.
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 an equal amount of the following purees:
- 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!
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.
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.
Best Tips for Success
- 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.
- 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).