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 great for 4+ months – Stage One baby food.

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Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

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 handsafe storagehow to know when baby is ready for solidshow to introduce pureesthe best first foods for baby, and more! You can also check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes!

Reasons to Love this Pear Baby Puree

  • great baby food for 4+ months
  • 2-ingredient recipe
  • super smooth and creamy
  • delicious
  • great for digestion
  • simple and easy to make — less than 20 minutes
  • freezer-friendly
  • budget-friendly
  • homemade
  • healthy
  • organic – you can use organic pears in this recipe
Pears and spices sitting on a cutting board.

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

INGREDIENTS

  • 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.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Prep: Peel and roughly chop the pears.
  2. Mix: Place the pear chunks, spices (if preferred), and water into a medium saucepan.
  3. Cook: Cover and heat for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
  4. Blend: Let it cool slightly and then transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.
  5. 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. 

STEAMING

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. 

ROASTED 

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.

Hand reaching into stir homemade baby food puree.

ADDING SPICES

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

REFRIGERATOR

You can store this puree in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. 

FREEZER 

This puree can be frozen for up to 4 months.

  • Spoon puree into a freezer storage container (this is my favorite freezer storage container). Do not overfill. 
  • Place the lid on the storage container or cover with a piece of saran wrap, and label 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. 😉

When can baby eat pears?

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.

Spread of easy pear puree for baby.

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!

Bowl of homemade baby food with chunks of pear and cinnamon around it.

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Get the recipe: Pear Baby Puree (Stage One)

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This smooth and creamy homemade Pear Baby Puree is a wonderful first puree for baby – easy on the taste buds and great for their growing bodies!

Ingredients 

  • 6 pears
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom or other spice (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions 

  • Prep: peel and roughly chop the pears.
    Chopped pears on a cutting board with a spoonful of spices on top.
  • Combine: place the pear chunks, spices (if using) and water into a medium saucepan, cover.
    Saucepan with chopped pears and spices getting ready to book for a homemade baby food puree.
  • Cook: heat on medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork
    Cooked pears in a saucepan.
  • 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.
    Blender full of cooked pears.
  • 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.
    Blender full of homemade baby food pureed to a smooth texture.
  • Eat: serve to baby or freeze for another meal.
    Bowl of pear baby puree with white spoon ready to feed baby.

Notes

Age: 4 months and up
Yield: roughly 20 ounces
Additional Spices: You can also use 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp cloves, 1/8 tsp cardamom, 1/8 tsp allspice, 1/4 teaspoon freshly minced ginger, or a pinch of freshly chopped basil or mint. 
Note on Pears: while my favorite pear to use for this recipe are Bartlett pears, you can use any type of pear you prefer – Bosc Pear, Taylor’s Gold Pear, Anjous Pear, Asian Pear or Comice.
Storage: Fridge – store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Freezer – can be frozen for up to 4 months.
 

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