When many people think of pumpkins, they think of jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin pie, and fall. Pumpkin is so much more! I hope these pumpkin recipes for babies and toddlers help you embrace this amazingly nutritious fruit!
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Puree
The health benefits of pumpkin puree are simply amazing! This orange fruit is packed full of nutrition and is amazingly versatile. This post focuses on pumpkin recipes for toddlers and babies, but if you are looking for recipes for yourself and older kids, check out “14 Fun Recipes for Kids”.
Here are the health stats for 1 cup of cooked pumpkin.
- Vitamin A – 12230 IU
- Vitamin C – 11.5 mg
- Vitamin K – 2.0
- Folate (important during pregnancy) – 22 mcg
- Niacin – 1.01 mg
- Potassium – 364 mg
- Phosphorus – 74 mg
- Magnesium – 22 mg
- Calcium – 37 mg
- Sodium – 2 mg
- Iron – 1.40 mg
- Also, contains trace amounts of zinc, manganese, and copper.
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Pumpkin Purees for Babies
Babies can begin eating pumpkin puree when they are ready for solids (around 6 months).
Each of these recipes includes methods for cooking the pumpkin. You can steam, simmer, or bake pumpkin. I always bake mine.
I also found organic chopped butternut squash frozen at my local grocery store. I cook it until soft and puree it in the blender. For older kids, you can just mash it with a fork. This is easier and saves time. It is delicious on its own or with a touch of real maple syrup or honey.
I wish I had looked up recipes like this when my older kids were young. They missed out on some delicious pumpkin puree baby food combinations!
Pumpkin and apple puree
Pumpkin spice puree. This one has a lot more flavor and will have your house smelling wonderful! If you are looking for good cinnamon, try this one. It is organic, healthier because it is ceylon, and has a wonderful strong flavor.
Baby puree with pumpkin, potato, and carrot
This pumpkin pie baby food puree looks like something my older kids would love also 🙂
Pumpkin Recipes for Toddlers
These pumpkin recipes for toddlers are perfect for the age that is always on the go. They are easy to make and will travel well for nutritious snacks when you are out and about.
What toddler (or grown up!) doesn’t love pancakes? This recipe is sweetened by banana and pumpkin so no need for any sweetener.
This pumpkin spinach muffin recipe is packed full of veggies and nutrition. It is sweetened with pure maple syrup.
Healthy mini oatmeal pumpkin muffins
Toddler sized pumpkin waffles
Pumpkin Recipes for Babies and Toddlers
Which of the pumpkin recipes for babies and toddlers are you going to try first? Don’t they all look awesome?
I realize that not every mom has time to make their own baby food or regularly bake for their toddlers. No pressure! These are just helpful ideas. When I had three kids, four and under, I was one exhausted mama and I often turned to Earth’s Best Organic Baby Food. There are so many organic brands out now that have become more reasonably priced.
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