Healthy and yummy AND packed with delicious pumpkin flavor? Sign us up. These pumpkin recipes check all the boxes and are perfect to share with the kids. From smoothies and pancakes to pasta and cookies, there are so many options to try!
During the fall, I like many of you get so into the flavors of pumpkin. And since the veggie is full of Vitamin A and fiber, and pairs so well with warm spices like cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, it’s a fun ingredient to share with the kids. Sure, they
may not be quite ready for a PSL just yet, but these are great ways to serve up the flavor.
I love using pumpkin in all sorts of recipes since it’s loaded with Vitamin A and has that creamy consistency. It works well in baked goods, oatmeal, smoothies, and pasta, and many times, you can punch up or tone down the flavor according to how many spices and other flavors you add.
There’s a range of recipes here since I know not all of them will work for every family—scroll through and see what looks good to you!
1. Baked Pumpkin Donuts
We love these for Halloween or any time in the fall. They’re actually loaded with protein and are a great use for a donut pan.
2. Pumpkin Oatmeal
Put any kind of oats you have on hand to good use in this healthy oatmeal recipe that works for babies and toddlers on up.
3. Pumpkin Smoothie
A little pumpkin puree, a little chocolate, and plenty of filling fats and protein to keep everyone going, this is such a yummy combo of flavors.
4. Healthy Pumpkin Muffins
With plenty of protein and an easy method, these are a go-to fall recipe to share with the kids.
5. Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins
6. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
With oats, simple ingredients, and an easy method, these mini muffins are a delicious breakfast or snack
7. Pumpkin Bars
This is such an easy method that quickly bakes up in an 8×8-inch pan. Add fruit or chocolate according to your preferences.
8. Pumpkin Granola Bars
My favorite homemade granola bars can be made with a variety of purees, including pumpkin. Such a good option!
9. Healthy Pumpkin Cookies
Cookies that have all of the best fall flavors, are easy to make, and taste so light and airy? I’m in!
10. Pumpkin Cupcakes
There is nothing as good as a bite-size cupcake with cream cheese frosting and these little beauties prove it. Oh and they’re easy too!
11. Pumpkin Baby Food
Try this easy method to share fresh pumpkin with the littles.
12. Roasted Pumpkin Puree
If you come across a fresh pie pumpkin in the fall, here’s how to easily turn it into puree for baking.
13. Sheet Pan Quesadillas
A thin layer of pumpkin makes quesadillas flavorful and nutritious!
You May Also Like:
- Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Bread
- Healthy Pumpkin Bread
- Low Sugar Pumpkin Bread
- Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes: Just swap in pumpkin puree for the sweet potato!
- Pumpkin Applesauce Pancakes: Use ½ pumpkin puree and ½ applesauce)
- Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes
- Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal: This could easily double as a special weekend breakfast.
- Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oats: If you’re looking to try steel cut oats or already love them, this flavor combo sounds amazing.
- Pumpkin Mac and Cheese: With crunchy breadcrumbs on top even.
- Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce: Try it on your kid’s favorite pasta shape.
What’s your family’s favorite healthy pumpkin recipe? I’d love to know!
This post was first published September 2019.