I love using seasonal ingredients for my recipes and when I see pomegranates at the farmers’ market it can only mean that summer is over and fall is starting.
Pomegranate is such a beautiful fruit, the red shiny pearls are almost fascinating and I have to confess that removing the pearls from the skin has an extremely calming effect for me 🙂
When I used to prepare homemade baby food for my kids I really liked to use any fresh and seasonal ingredient I could find locally…and pomegranate was one of them!
yes, pomegranate is a lovely baby food ingredient 🙂
Pomegranates are a lovely and baby friendly fall fruit, loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C and K. In addition they have quite an unique taste.
This puree is on the sweet side, appropriate starting from 6M and I really like it because it has all the flavors of fall, spices included!!
I paired the pomegranate with some pumpkin (we are in Fall, aren’t we???) to add some sweetness and creaminess and a pear for that unique grainy texture. Also, I added some spices: cinnamon and nutmeg to complete the Fall flavor. The final result was so good that the whole family enjoyed it as a special dessert :-0
Preparing the baby puree is super simple:
Start with cleaning the pumpkin (peel + remove seeds + chop in small pieces). Yes, you can buy organic fresh precut pumpkin at the store, it’s fine!
Core and chop the pear in small pieces too. I didn’t peel the pear, we are going to make a puree and most of the nutrients are in the skin 😉
Steam the pumpkin cubes by themselves for 10 min and than add the pear too for additional 2 min.
Meanwhile peel the pomegranate and separate the seeds…and relax 😉
In a food processor or in a tall container if you use and immersion blender add all the ingredients: steamed pumpkin + pear + pomegranate + a pinch of cinnamon + a pinch of nutmeg and blend up until smooth. If you are preparing this puree for a little baby (+6M) be light with the spices…a tiny pinch, nothing more. Their spices sensitivity is way higher than ours!!!
The pomegranate seeds might not dissolve, it depends from the food processor speed and blades, that’s why you will need to use a sieve to completely remove the seeds from the puree.
P.S. The recipe can be frozen for up to 4 months
- 3/4 cup pomegranate pearls
- 1 pear
- 1 cup pumpkin cubes
- 1 pinch cinnamon
- 1 pinch nutmeg
Chop the pumpkin pulp in cubes
Do not peel the pear, core it and chop in cubes
Steam the pumpkin cubes for 10 min and than add the pear for additional 2 min
Peel the pomegranate and separate the pearls
In a food processor add all the ingredients and blend up until smooth
Use a sieve to completely remove the seeds from the puree.