Pear Baby Puree
This Pear Baby Puree is so creamy and delicious that you will want to eat it as well! A healthy and homemade puree filled with wholesome pears, this recipe is a wonderful first puree for your baby. It’s a great Stage One Baby Food for 4-6+ month olds.
Medically reviewed and co-written by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).
Pear Baby Food Puree
Level up the yumminess of your baby’s purees with pears! 👊
This is a simple recipe filled with simmered pears paired with a pinch of warming spices. It delivers an irresistible, delicious combo that easily hits the one-for-one status — one bite for your baby 👶, one bite for you 👩!
Is it your first time making homemade baby food? Then I suggest you start this journey by reading my in-depth Guide on how to Make Homemade Baby Food. The detailed guide goes over all the important information such as the best cooking tools to have on hand, safe storage, how to know when baby is ready for solids, how to introduce purees, the best first foods for baby, and more! You can also check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes!
Pear Baby Food Video
Watch this video to see how easy this Pear Puree is to make!
Reasons to Love this Pear Baby Puree
- great baby food for 4-6+ months
- 1-ingredient recipe
- super smooth and creamy
- great for digestion
- simple and easy to make — less than 20 minutes
- organic – you can use organic pears in this recipe
Health Benefits of Pears
- Good source of immune-boosting vitamin C
- Great source of fiber that helps with digestion and improves constipation
- Protects your baby’s heart by providing antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber
- Provides vitamin K to help strengthen bones
Make sure to read the recipe card below for full ingredients and instructions!
- Pears: Pears are inexpensive fruits that you can easily find at almost any grocery store year-round. You can use any pear variety you prefer for this recipe. Since organic pears are just a fraction more than conventional ones, I recommend going with an organic variety as they have more polyphenols and antioxidants, but that is completely up to you.
- Warming Spice: We are kicking up the flavor profile of the pears by pairing them with a warming spice such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, or cardamom. To be clear, you don’t add them all; just pick one and add a pinch. Trust me, they all taste amazing with pears, and I will not be surprised at all if I find you in your kitchen eating a bowl of this puree. 😉 But you can always skip adding the spices to your baby food if you prefer (see more below).
Type of Pears to Use: While my favorite pear to use for this recipe is Bartlett pear, you can use any type of pear you prefer — whether it’s Bosc Pear, Taylor’s Gold Pear, Anjou Pear, Asian Pear, or Comice.
- Prep: Peel and roughly chop the pears.
- Mix: Place the pear chunks, spices (if preferred), and water into a medium saucepan.
- Cook: Cover and heat for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
- Blend: Let it cool slightly and then transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.
- Eat: Serve or freeze for another meal.
Other Cooking Methods
While I love the crisp and slightly sweet flavor of simmered pears, there are several ways you can cook pears for baby food.
Peel and roughly chop 6 pears. Place the cubes into a steamer basket over 2 inches of boiling water for 8-10 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork. Puree in a blender as directed below.
Cut 6 pears in half. Place them into a medium roasting tray with the cut side down. Add enough water to cover the very bottom of the tray. Cook at 400 degrees F for 30-40 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork. Puree in a blender as directed below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Babies can have pears as one of their first foods. When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes between 4-6 months of age. Some of the developmental milestones babies need to reach in order to start solids include: if your baby has solid control of their head and neck, if your baby has doubled in weight, and if your baby is reaching for or opening their mouth when you eat (see my guide here). Before you start your baby on purees, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready.
Pears can 100% be your baby’s first food if you want it to be. It is recommended to wait to introduce the top eight allergen foods to your baby once a few other well-tolerated foods have been introduced, but otherwise, foods can be introduced in any order so choose whatever you are most excited for your baby to have.
No, pears are not a common allergen, however, as with any food, start with a small portion and be aware of any signs that might be an allergic reaction after introducing it.
Pears are not known to cause constipation in babies, but are actually one of the “P” fruits known to help alleviate constipation.
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- Steamer insert with lid
- Blender or Food Processor
- Freezer Tray
- Storage Containers for Fridge
- Stasher Bag
- Bib with catch pocket
- Reusable pouches
While the most popular option is adding cinnamon to pear baby food, you can also add in cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, fresh mint, fresh basil, freshly grated ginger, or even allspice (see quantity recommendations in the recipe card).
Tip on Spices: I always add spices or herbs to my baby food purees, but you can choose to leave them out in all of your baby food. You do you! Either way, this puree will surely taste amazing.
How to Store Pear Puree
You can store this puree in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
This puree can be frozen for up to 4 months.
- Spoon puree into a freezer storage container. Do not overfill.
- Place the lid on the storage container or cover it with a piece of saran wrap, and label it with the date and recipe name.
- Place the tray into the freezer and let it freeze completely — preferably overnight.
- Pop-out the baby food cubes and place them in a ziplock baggie or stasher bag. Don’t forget to relabel the baggie or stager bag for future reference.
Need more information on how to store your baby foods? Head over to my Best Baby Food Storage Containers – Plus 6 Tips on Freezing and Thawing post!
Label Tip: Don’t forget to label your purees before you place them in the fridge or freezer with the name of the puree and the date you made it. Take it from me; by the end of the week, you will completely forget what is in your freezer and how long it’s been there… because you know… mommy brain. 😉
Great Pear Combination Purees
While this pear puree is flavorsome and great by itself, it’s also super easy to mix and match with other nutrient-dense baby food purees. So give these fun Stage 2 flavor combos a try!
- Quinoa Baby Cereal
- Sweet Potato
- Soft Tofu
PUREE FEEDING TIPS
- Try adding a little seasoning or spice to purees – babies like flavor! Or consider changing the temperature of purees from time to time, to slightly warmed or slightly chilled. Varying these aspects adds to the sensory experience!
- Place a small amount of puree on the tray during spoon-feeding, so that your baby can dip their fingers or hands in the puree. Allowing your baby to explore foods in this way helps them learn to self-feed and can help them be more willing to try new textures and foods in the future.
- Purees are great to keep in your baby’s regular rotation of foods – but if you start feeding with traditional weaning using purees, make sure to progress beyond eating ONLY purees. Once your baby can safely and comfortably swallow purees (usually by 7 or 8 months) it’s time to introduce other textures, such as teething biscuits and soft-cooked finger foods. Moving onto additional textures in a timely manner may help prevent feeding difficulties at a later age.
Or watch a shortened version of this video here.
Get the recipe: Pear Baby Puree (Stage One)
- 6 pears
- 1/8 tsp cardamom or other spice (see notes)
- 1/4 cup water
- Prep: peel and roughly chop the pears.
- Combine: place the pear chunks, spices (if using) and water into a medium saucepan, cover.
- Cook: heat on medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork
- Transfer: let cool slightly. Using a slotted spoon, scoop the pears out of the saucepan, leaving the excess water behind, and place in a blender or food processor.
- Blend: turn on the machine and blend for 1-2 minutes until you have your desired consistency. If your pear puree is too thick, add the leftover cooking water in 1/4 cup increments.
- Eat: serve to baby or freeze for another meal.
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36 Comments on “Pear Baby Puree”
How long will this recipe last in the fridge/ freezer?
4 days in the fridge, 3 months in the freezer.
Love all your recipes! When I puree pear it comes out all watery and chunky – despite straining all the water out after boiling them and blending it endlessly. How do you get the puree so smooth and creamy?
What are you using to blend it? Blender, food processor, hand blender?
I would guess that maybe you are not cooking them hot enough or long enough. I cook mine for 10-15 minutes at medium heat (simmering) and they are so tender that you can cut into them with a spoon no problem. Try that and let me know.
This was awesome! My baby loved it!
YAY!!!!! Love hearing this!!
Hi im seeing these recipes and you said not to stick to one item recipes at first.I’m wondering since its a first food if i should just give pear with out cardsmom. I plan on starting some food next week, my lo is 5 m1 week and is ready but still exclusively bf. Thanks I love your site btw xx
You said to stick to one item recipes *
So glad you are here!
I started both my girls with one produce item (pears) and a spice (cardamom) and they loved their purees from the very first bite. You can use less if you are afraid they won’t like a certain spice but there is no reason not to start their first purees without spice. Let me know how it goes.
I have a list of your recipes to try and am itching to hit the store. My baby girl is 4 months and a week. I am wondering is I should skip the spices at first or to go for it?
I would say go for it! There is no reason not to introduce spices at first bite and I introduced both of my girls to spices from the start. If you want to ease them into it, you can add just a pinch of a spice to a recipe and go up from there.
Let me know how it goes!
In your pear and dates recipe I notice you roast your pears. Which is better do you think, the steaming on the stove or roasting in the oven?
You can make it either way. I find that by roasting the pears, you get a nice deep pear flavor which is also more sweet and creamy. When you steam them it is a more light pear flavor. It really depends on what taste you are looking to achieve.
I appreciate this feedback Michelle. I followed your recipe but steamed instead of roasted (I tend to burn things since I don’t cook). But if roasting gives it more flavor, then I’ll try that next time! By the way, it the book you’re recommending yours? I’m making the effort to cook more for baby… and for myself I guess, lol, she watches and wants to eat everything I eat!
So glad you are trying to cook more! It takes time but well worth the effort. Yes, Little Foodies is my best-selling cookbook:)
Oh Yum!!! This recipe is delicious! The whole family is in love and pears are back on my grocery list for next week!
So glad you all love it!
Do you heat the pears when serving out of the fridge or freezer?
From the freezer, you would need to defrost the puree first. But you can serve it warm or cold, depending on what baby likes best.
Hi! For the spices, do you use fresh or dried? Rosemary etc. thanks!
For herbs (rosemary, basil, mint), I usually use fresh so they blend better into the puree. For spices (cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg) I use dried.
So easy and so good and healthy! Michele, your site has helped me a lot to give healthy and nutritious food to my baby. The recipes are always delicious, healthy, and very easy to make.
This might sound silly but how much water do I use to cook it with?
You add in 1/4 cup of water (the amount on the recipe card) to the pears to be cooked in. You may need a little more during the blending process but I didn’t add any more water to my pears during the blending. Hope that helps.
Thank you so much for the recipe! My LO loved it as his second taste! Any recommendations on what to do with the leftover fruit juice you don’t add back in? I’d hate to throw these excellent juices away!
So happy to hear your little one loved this puree! Using the pear juice is a great idea! You could use the pear juice to plain yogurt, cottage cheese or muffins to slightly sweeten them.
Can I use breast milk instead of water?
Yes, you can add fresh breast milk instead of water while blending. I would not add it while cooking as the heat will destroy the nutrients in the breast milk.
My pear got slightly browned, do we need to add lemon?
That’s interesting. You are my second comment saying you got brown pears. Which method did you cook the pears with? Were they brown right after cooking or after freezing? Trying to problem solve this one since I have never gotten brown pear puree before.
I made this recipe but the baby food turned brown!!!! Is this normal? Other than that, it was great and WORKED! Baby pooped next morning 🙂
So glad baby enjoyed this puree and she got to business the next day. I haven’t had this turn brown before? Did you add any spices or leave the peel on the pears?
Does it matter if the pears are not ripe yet?
Since we are cooking the pears, you can use any pears you have on hand. You may need to increase the cooking time a little to have them fork-tender and the puree may not be as sweet. Hope that helps!
When I steamed the pears the edges turned black, no idea what would cause that. I threw them out, hope to try again soon.
I haven’t had my pears turn black before. They may turn slightly brown as they oxidize with the air, but a little lemon juice will solve this problem. Hope this helps.