It’s finally feeling like fall not like August in Texas, and it inspired me to whip up some fall-inspired purees. I call this one Pumpkin-Apple-Smash. I’m super creative like that.

We use purees around here for a few things. Leyna still eats them (she actually prefers them to solid food at this point) and I like to throw them into things like bread and pancakes. This puree is what I like to call semi-homemade babyfood (a nod to the drunk cook Sandra Lee there). It’s ridiculously easy to make, and there’s no cutting or steaming involved.

I start with:

1 can pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

(If you want to go the really homemade route, you can always make your own applesauce, and I like the Pioneer Woman’s method for pureeing your own pumpkin.)

Combine them all and you’ll get a fragrant, lightly sweet, perfectly fall-ish puree. Leyna gobbles this stuff up.

I’ve teamed it up here with some Greek yogurt, mixed with baby oatmeal in her Dandelion natural tablewareΒ (stay tuned for a giveaway for these dishes made of corn at the bottom of this post).

While Leyna eats mostly purees at this point, she is slowly transitioning to table food, and the rest of the family loves pancakes, so we all get to enjoy this next part.

Turn your Pumpkin-Apple-Smash into Pumpkin-Apple-Pancakes by mixing together the following:

2 cups of your favorite pancake mix
1 cup of Pumpkin-Apple-Smash
1/2 cup of milk
2 eggs

Cook them as you usually would your pancakes. I like to make them small and refrigerate them for snacks (though they rarely last longer than a day).

There you have it! A handful of super-simple ingredients makes every member of our family something delicious to get into the fall spirit. (The house smells amazing right now, by the way.)

As I mentioned earlier, Leyna’s food is in her Dandelion natural tableware. It’s an awesome alternative to traditional plastic bowls, plates, and utensils for babies and toddlers because it’s all made from corn (meaning it’s BPA, phthalate and PVC free). We’ve been using these for a couple months now, and have enjoyed them. I don’t ever put them in the microwave, but I have put them in the dishwasher a few times (though Dandelion advises you not to). The dishwasher warped one plate just a little bit, but it’s not a big isssue. I hand wash them most of the time now.

Dandelion wants to give the winner of this giveaway their choice of 3 natural tableware products.Β The winner needs to have a US mailing address. All you have to do to enter is:

1. Comment below telling me what your favorite “fall” food is.

For extra entries, you can do any or all of the following:

2. Follow @DandelionEFGoods on Twitter
3. Follow @BabyRabies on Twitter

Please leave a separate comment for each thing you do, and allow time for moderation. I’ll use Random.org to draw a winner Friday, October 7th.

Entries are closed. Congrats to Jennifer @ Also Known As The Wife, commenter #39, as chosen by Random.org.

82 thoughts on “Pumpkin-Apple-Smash Purees & Pancakes: Recipes & Giveaway”

  1. so hard to choose… it’s never really “fall” in miami, so i cram a lot of baking into just a couple weeks πŸ˜› pumpkin anything is probably my favorite. or anything with cinnamon/nutmeg. and ham. or sweet potatoes. okay, i can’t choose.

  2. Hmmmm…my favorite fall food would be chili or this squash stuffed chicken breast my husband makes. However, we live in South Florida, so we never really get a “fall”.

  3. I”m just coming around to pumpkin flavored things. I’m sill not a huge pumpkin pie fan but I do love this layered pumpkin cheesecake. My favorite Fall foods are apple cider and pecan pie. and turkey.

  4. Hot apple cider always smells like fall, to me! Or some kind of spiced apple pie . . . with ice cream . . . (uhoh, my diet is in danger from all the imagining you’re making me do! Oh no!) πŸ™‚

  5. I heart anything pumpkin flavored! But my all time fav fall food is butternut squash soup. Yum yum! I’ll be trying this one out very soon!

  6. Add me to team Anything Pumpkin. Pumpkin muffins, bread, soup, lattes, cocoa, cider (yes, PUMPKIN cider. Apple cider + Pumpkin puree = i died. so good.)

    I also love chili. Or is that considered a winter food?

  7. Definitely pumpkin. Or cranberries. Pumpkin AND cranberries. I know it’s cheating to name two foods, but I can’t help it. It would be like choosing between my children.

  8. Hi Jill!
    My fav fall food is apples. Though technically they are around all year it is fall when there are the fun, festive apple harvests around here. Love it!

  9. my favorite fall (or anytime!) food is anything pumpkin- yummmm!!! thanks for the recipe, I’m going to try it now!

  10. My favorite fall food is definitely Pumpkin Praline Pie! We make it at home with pecans we got from my DH’s grandfather’s farm in Georgia. They are the best, and it combines two of my favorite pies (pumpkin and pecan) into one groundbreaking pie!

  11. My favorite fall food is definitely Pumpkin Praline Pie! We make it at home with pecans we got from my DH’s grandfather’s farm in Georgia. They are the best, and it combines two of my favorite pies (pumpkin and pecan) into one mindmelting pie!

  12. So sorry for the two comments about the same thing! I follow both you and DandelionEFGoods on twitter.

  13. I’m in the uk and my favourite autumn (fall) food has to be toffee apples. Bonfire night wouldn’t be the same without them.

  14. Fresh squeezed apple cider! We squeeze about 50 gallons in the fall and it always makes fall so much more fun!
    Maybe if I win this bowl set it will help my 8 month old think eating is a fun!
    Cute bowl= good food, right?!

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