I have a picky toddler and she loves this puree, so trust me – your baby is going to love this Butternut Squash Baby Food Recipe made with fruits and vegetables! And even better, it’s easy to make! This is a nutritious Stage 2 and Stage 3 puree for baby, or to serve to toddlers in pouches.
Homemade Baby Food Recipe
I love making homemade baby food for my daughter. In the beginning our favorite was Apple and Banana Baby Food Recipe Then she loved these Sweet Potato Baby Cookies. Now it’s her new favorite snack – Butternut Squash puree mixed with lots of fruits and vegetables!
Butternut Squash Baby Food
So there I was in the kitchen, eyeing up a beautiful butternut squash that a friend gave me. Sure, I could make butternut squash casserole, or roasted butternut squash soup, but instead I decided I was going to chop it up and make baby food with it. How’s that for a Mama loving their baby first?
Not only does this baby puree have butternut squash in it, but it also has a bunch of other vegetables and fruit! This is a perfect baby food if you’re starting to introduce a combination of fruits and vegetables. It’s also a great food if you want your toddler to eat more fruits and vegetables as I sneak some good veggies in it (see below!).
How to make butternut squash baby food
First, you’ll want to peel and chop your butternut squash. This recipe calls for 2 cups of butternut squash. You are going to add this to a pot of boiling water to soften it up.
Alongside the butternut squash, you will also add an apple and… are you ready for this? CELERY! Yes, I’m so sneaky! You can’t taste the celery at all when you’re adding the other veggies and fruits in this, so it’s the perfect way to get celery into your little one’s diet!
Once the butternut squash, apple and celery are soft (about 20 minutes on a low boil), add everything to a food processor (or blender!). This recipe is the perfect size so you only need to fill your food processor with one batch.
Now let’s talk about the fruits. Who doesn’t love the taste of fruit? That’s why your kid is going to love this puree – no matter if they’re 8 months or 2 years old. We are going to add 1 banana, 1/2 cup blueberries and 1/2 cup raspberries to this baby food.
You can use fresh raspberries and blueberries, or use frozen. I will generally use whatever is left in my fridge, or on sale at the grocery store. For the picture below, I have fresh raspberries and frozen blueberries – but honestly, it doesn’t matter. If are you using frozen fruit, just defrost them beforehand.
Now add your banana, raspberries and blueberries to the food processor.
And now the fun part… pulse! You aren’t going to need to pulse for long, mine only usually takes a few second to get the consistency I want. I will often give this food in reusable pouches to my daughter, so I try to get it smooth enough that it can go through the pouch opening easily.
You can serve this immediately (first, let it cool down!), place in refrigerator to use within 2 days or freeze for later usage. I will usually do a combination of these – some in the fridge and some in the freezer.
For freezer storage I use glass jars to divide them up into individual servings. I love these jars because they’re freezer safe and cleaning them is a breeze!
When my daughter was younger and had smaller servings I would often use silicone freezer storage cubes. I put the puree in the cubes, and freeze. Once frozen, I pop them out and put them in freezer bags. When it was time for a meal or snack, I would pop out 2, defrost and then spoon them into my little one’s cute little mouth!
Now that my daughter is 17 months and oh so independent (and has so many opinions – help!), she either eats them with a spoon herself or those reusable pouches I was talking about above. I just gave her this recipe yesterday after lunch (hence why she’s so messy!) and she ate the entire thing!
I hope your little one likes this Butternut Squash and Fruit Baby Food! And you should take a little nibble too because it’s that good!
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- 2 cups butternut squash peeled and chopped
- 1 gala apple chopped
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 banana chopped
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add butternut squash, apple and celery and cook on a low boil for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes your fork should be able to easily go through the vegetables. If it doesn't, cook for 5 more minutes or until your fork can easily go into them. Drain the vegetables.
- Add butternut squash, apple and celery into food processor (or blender). Add banana, raspberries and blueberries and pulse until baby food consistency. For the food processor, this only takes a few seconds.
- Serve immediately (after cooling down), place in refrigerator to eat within 2 days, or freeze for later usage. I also love putting this food in reusable pouches for my toddler to snack on!