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Butternut Squash and Date Puree

Butternut Squash and Date Puree

I find it funny that everyone says Kenya looks tan. Both my husband and I are pale as ghosts so there had to be some long lost relative with a dark skinned gene. Nice try! He just eats so many orange vegetables, that his skin has taken on an orange hue. He does look handsome with his auburn glow, though.
There's at least one deep orange vegetable for Kenya to snack on in the fridge everyday. They're incredibly easy to make, nutritious, a beautiful color and super sweet. Yesterday, I baked his 'once a week' butternut squash. As it came out of the oven, I scooped out a bite to make sure it's something I would eat. Not so sweet?! I was perplexed and didn't want to throw away a perfectly good squash. I looked around the kitchen and found the gorgeous California Medjool dates I had bought at the market to snack on. Sweet as candy and rich in Magnesium and Potassium, I soaked a few and threw them in the food processor with the squash. Heaven. Kenya thought so too.

We used these to make this recipe_


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Butternut Squash and Date Puree (10 Baby Servings)

Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 45 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 1 half butternut squash, seeds removed
  • 4 dates


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
2. Place one half of squash face down on a cookie sheet or in a pyrex dish.
3. Bake for 45 minutes or until tender.
4. Pour hot water over dates in a bowl and soak for 15 minutes.
5. Scoop cooked squash out of the shell and into a food processor.
6. Remove the pits from the dates and put them in the processor.
7. Puree until creamy.
8. Cool and serve
To Freeze: Place in Baby Cubes and freeze for up to 3 months.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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  • Jennifer

    This was a hit with baby!

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  • Heidi

    Mmm We love squash & Dates, sounds like a good combo! Why do you soak your dates? I soak raisins if they are on the dry side if I'm going to bake with them so that they are soft when they come out of the oven.

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    • Catherine McCord

      They blend up smoother if they've been soaked!

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  • Samana

    I already have butternut squash pureed and frozen, can i use that and add dates do you think?

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    • McCord

      That should work just fine!

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  • Karina

    How soon can I start giving my baby these delicious super foods? His 6 months old.

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    • McCord

      Definitely talk to your doctor about whether or not your baby is ready!

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