October is one of my favorite months. I love the cooler weather, the colors and comfort food! Of course, I can’t miss adding that it is also pumpkin season. For me, pumpkins are very versatile fruits (yes, it turns out that pumpkins are fruits!). This time last year, we were pureeing pumpkins and making them into different meal options. This time, it’s no different – except that now Simona can enjoy them in pieces. Below I’m sharing a few ideas on how to incorporate pumpkins into your baby and toddler meals. Enjoy!
If you will be using the pumpkin as a puree for babies, I found the easiest way is to steam/boil and then mash. You can make it as sweet or savory version by either adding coconut oil and a dash of cinnamon or olive oil/ghee. In addition, since the mash is thicker, you can add runnier vegetables to pumpkins (such as broccoli or cauliflower) and make it a more complex meal.
When transitioning to meals for toddlers, you can use pumpkin as dessert (that is also perfect for parents or older children). Boil the pumpkin first, then place on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with a cup of coconut sugar (1 cup for all pieces). Bake at 400F for about 30 minutes or until brown around the edges. If you are limiting the amount of sugar for your toddler, you can add honey or agave syrup after you take it out of the oven. If you prefer a bit sweeter, you can add more sugar 5 minutes before taking it out the oven. This way the pumpkin caramelizes. Keep in mind that pumpkins absorb a lot of sugar when baking. You may not think that it is sweet enough, so you always have the option of adding sweetener after you take it out.