How to Make Butternut Squash Baby Food

Butternut squash is a winter squash that was one of my son’s favorite purees! It has a mildly sweet and nutty flavor that mixes very well with acorn squash, pumpkin, carrots and sweet potatoes. My favorite cooking method is roasting, but yours might be steaming! Find the method that works best for you as they both offer the same vitamins, minerals and health benefits! One butternut squash can easily make 64 cubes of baby food using the ice cube trays under Rachel’s Essentials. One butternut squash goes a long way! 

How to Select Butternut Squash

Butternut squash isolated on white background

  • Heavy – Indicates that there are less seeds.
  • It should have a brown stem.
  • Rich tan/orange color
  • Should appear dull and not shiny – Shiny butternut squash indicates that it was harvested too early.
  • Skin should have minimal scrapes – Finding one without any scrapes is rare due to the transportation process.
  • Butternut squash should be firm and not have any soft spots.
  • Skin should not have dents, bruises or insect damage.


Health Benefits for Butternut Squash


  • Contains omega-3 fats, which are good for the heart
  • High in dietary fiber
  • Helps prevent or relieve constipation
  • Fiber reduces blood pressure
  • Fiber lowers cholesterol
  • Contains antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Can help prevent breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer


Vitamins and Minerals in Butternut Squash

  • Vitamins: A, B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), C, E, folic acid and K
  • Minerals: Copper, magnesium, manganese and potassium


Butternut Squash Puree Recipes Baby Will Love

Roasted Butternut Squash Puree

Steamed Butternut Squash Puree


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