Easy Pumpkin Recipe for Toddlers
Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait
This week’s recipe is inspired by my toddler’s love for pumpkin pie! On more than one occasion, he has woken up in the middle of the night screaming, “pumpkin pie!”. He just loves it so much. So while we intermittently make a pumpkin pie to satisfy his cravings, I wanted to find an alternative pumpkin recipe for toddlers.
So we have now introduced this easy to make and healthy pumpkin yogurt parfait into our meal and snack repertoire! Delicious for toddlers and adults alike!
Ingredients for Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup whole plain yogurt
- Small handful of granola
- Drizzle of maple syrup
- Sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
- A small handful of dried fruit
Taste of Home explains that canned pumpkin has been steamed and is safe to eat without further prep. Additionally, it can be kept in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days after you have opened a can.
Whole Plain Yogurt
Or any ‘plain’ yogurt will do! Plain greek yogurt, low fat plain yogurt etc.
Watch out for granola mixes that have large chunks of nuts as they are choking hazards for young toddlers. Just be sure to chop the granola and any nuts up finely if this is the case and also be aware of any potential allergies. Also note, babies under 12 months aren’t supposed to eat honey, which is often an ingredient in granola mixes.
Optional – my toddler will eat this parfait just as well with or without maple syrup. If I’m eating it too though, I like to add a bit of maple syrup for extra sweetness!
Dried Fruit & Cinnamon or Pumpkin Pie Spice
My toddler loves sprinkling some cinnamon onto his parfait along with some raisins, dried cranberries or dried apricots.
Add equal parts pumpkin and yogurt (about 1/4 cup of yogurt and 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree) to a bowl and mix it all up.
Next, add a thin layer of granola over the top, sprinkle on some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice and throw on some raisins. And a drizzle of maple syrup if you want to sweeten it. My toddler will eat this with or without the maple syrup.
I often end up making my toddler a second bowl after he finishes the first, because he loves it so much!
Pumpkin: Nutrition & Benefits
Pumpkin is a nutritious fruit (yes, it’s technically a fruit not a vegetable!) and offers some great health benefits.
Nutrients in O Organics Pure Pumpkin puree (1/2 cup serving size);
- Fiber: 3 grams
- Vitamin A: 930 mcg
- Iron 1.7 mg
- Vitamin C: 5mg
- Potassium: 250 mg
- Protein: 1 g
- Total Sugars: 4g
- Sodium: 5mg
- Low in sugar and sodium
Preformed Vitamin A Vs Pro-Vitamin A
There is pre-formed vitamin A and then there is pro-vitamin A.
- Preformed vitamin A is found in animal products like meats and dairy products. It is also often the type found in supplements.
- Pro-vitamin A on the other hand is found in fruits and vegetables.
Pumpkins have pro-vitamin A. That is they have carotenoids (antioxidants like beta-carotene) that the body converts into vitamin A. It is also why they are orange!
This can be a bit confusing when it comes to nutrition labels though, because preformed vitamin A and pro-vitamin A are lumped together on nutrition labels, as explained by Natural Grocers.
Understanding the difference between preformed vitamin A and pro-vitamin A is important though, because preformed vitamin A can cause vitamin A toxicity (hypervitaminosis A), which Medical News Today explains manifests as symptoms of skin problems, organ problems, high cholesterol and nervous system issues. This is usually from eating a lot of animal based foods in addition to taking vitamin A supplements.
In good news though, scientific journal Cureus explains that the body regulates how much pro-vitamin A is converted from carotenoids, so toxicity is highly unlikely. If someone consumes a lot of carotenoids, they may just turn orange! So, Harvard T.H. Chan states that there is no need to worry about consuming too much beta-carotene (the pro-vitamin A precursor).
Does your toddler love this pumpkin yogurt parfait? Do you have another favorite pumpkin recipe for toddlers? Say hi and let me know in the comments!