Halloween is all about costumes and chocolate, and when there's a cool breeze, nothing is better than a cozy sweater. But there's one main thing that many people enjoy about the fall season, and that's pumpkin.
It's the time for PSLs, warmer clothing, and putting this orange vegetable into everything and anything that you can. But while you love pumpkin, your little ones might not like it quite so much. They might say it's too orange, too mushy, or something else. Thankfully, there are many great ways to prepare this food so the whole family can enjoy it. Here are 10 pumpkin recipes that kids will actually eat.
10 Pumpkin Bread With Cream Cheese Filling
The Spruce Eats has a recipe for Pumpkin Bread With Cream Cheese Filling, and it's definitely a pumpkin recipe that children will love.
You can use pumpkin from a can or you can make your own puree, which could be a fun activity with your little ones. Everyone loves cream cheese on a bagel, and adding the ingredient to a delicious treat is a really good idea. You can also add walnuts or pecans if your family doesn't have a nut allergy.
9 Pumpkin Maple Granola
Granola is a delicious child-friendly breakfast whether served with Greek yogurt, coconut yogurt if dairy-free, and any kind of milk.
Monica Swanson's Pumpkin Maple Granola is the perfect first meal of the day for the fall season. With pumpkin puree, coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, rolled oats, and more, this is going to taste amazing... and also make your kitchen smell incredible.
8 Dairy Free Pumpkin Chia Pudding With Praline Topping
Chia pudding is a super healthy breakfast that can also be a snack or dessert. But tiny little chia seeds might not be super appealing to kids who can pick out anything from their plate or bowl and say that they don't want to eat it.
Anya's Eats is to the rescue with a recipe for Dairy Free Pumpkin Chia Pudding With Praline Topping. Doesn't this sound so incredible?! This recipe has canned pumpkin, maple syrup, chia seeds, coconut milk, plus a delicious nut topping. Your kids are definitely going to love eating this recipe and will ask for more.
7 Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Smoothies are a great way for children to get nutrients and ingredients that they might not want to eat... and since pumpkin is so healthy (it has Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Potassium), it's a good idea to put this food into a smoothie.
Everyone loves a nice, creamy smoothie, and this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from Saving Room For Dessert is perfect for the fall season. With vanilla almond milk, canned pumpkin puree, banana, Greek yogurt, and more, your children will be so happy.
6 Pumpkin Muffins
What's better than a muffin? Making a batch of muffins with your kids... and using the blender. These Pumpkin Muffins from Cooking Light are perfect for families since they're simple to make and won't take much time.
This recipe has ingredients like maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree, Greek yogurt, and rolled oats. These are things that you might have in your kitchen (and if you're out of a few, they can be found at any grocery store). These are great for snacks and breakfast.
5 Pumpkin Energy Bites
The sweet dates in this recipe for Pumpkin Energy Bites from Caroline's Cooking will definitely appeal to kids (and to adults, too... yum). These little treats are great for families to make every week and keep around. You can bring them with you anywhere and you'll always have something when your kids get hungry.
This recipe also has almond flour and quick oats, making it a healthy option. It's always nice to make homemade snacks and know what you're putting in them... and when you can make something with pumpkin, it's festive and delicious.
4 Sausage And Pumpkin Pasta
Why not add pumpkin to pasta? Pasta is such a good dinner, especially when the temperature starts dropping and comfort food is in order. It's a particularly smart way to introduce kids to new foods since they love it and will generally eat it.
Thanks to Taste Of Home, we know about this awesome recipe. It features turkey sausage and canned pumpkin and looks totally delicious.
3 Apple Bacon Pizza With Pumpkin Sauce
Just search "pumpkin pizza" and there are tons of recipes available that feature everyone's favorite food and everyone's favorite Autumn flavor.
Frugal Nutrition's Apple Bacon Pizza With Pumpkin Sauce has sweet and savory flavors that kids love (apple and bacon)... plus it's pizza, so it's family-friendly. You'll make the pumpkin sauce from milk, pumpkin puree, and other delicious ingredients. Your children will adore this so much and ask you to make it a lot, so it's definitely going to become a weekly tradition to make this pizza recipe.
2 Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes
Tessa The Domestic Diva has a great recipe for pumpkin pancakes that are also vegan and gluten-free. These are perfect if your little ones have food allergies or if you want a breakfast food that is a bit healthier than typical pancakes.
No kid is going to turn down pancakes, so you can serve these on a weekend morning and know that your little ones are eating something nutritious... but they just think that they won the breakfast lottery and get to eat pancakes. This recipe has great ingredients like teff or brown rice flour, non-dairy milk, and of course, the star of the show, pumpkin puree.
1 Quick Pumpkin Oatmeal
Sometimes you can encourage children to try a new food or ingredient by adding it to something that they already love. In this case, oatmeal could be the perfect way to introduce them to pumpkin.
Delicious As It Looks has this recipe for Quick Pumpkin Oatmeal that features coconut sugar, the milk of your choice, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and quick oats. It looks and sounds just like Autumn.