Think of cooking or baking in the fall and more than likely your mind goes to yummy pumpkin comfort foods. The wonderful thing about pumpkin is that even your baby can enjoy this nutritious fall fruit. Pumpkin, packed with protein, potassium, and iron, blends up nicely in this baby food recipe. It is sure to have your baby licking it off the spoon.
Age to introduce: 6-8 months
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
- 1 sugar or pie pumpkin, halved and de-seeded
- 1 inch water in baking pan
- cinnamon (optional)
- Select a small sugar pumpkin (also known as baking or pie pumpkin) that is about 6 to 8 inches in diameter.
- With a sharp butcher knife, cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds.
- Place cut-side down in a baking dish and fill with water 1 inch deep.
- Bake between 40 minutes to 1 hour. The skin should appear wrinkly and will be soft when pierced with a fork.
- Scrape the pumpkin flesh from the skin.
- For babies' starting solids, mash with a fork or puree with a food processor or mixer. For older babies, cube into chunks appropriate for finger feeding.
- If a smoother texture is desired, add water from the baking pan. This will add more nutrients and flavor.
- If desired, introduce your baby to spice by adding a small dash of cinnamon.
Pumpkin is a great food for your baby. It cooks up nicely and has wonderful flavor. You can fend off any problems or frustrations by following these tips for using pumpkin in homemade baby food.
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