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Like many of you, I get so into the flavors of pumpkin each fall. 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.
I love using pumpkin in all sorts of recipes with it’s creamy consistency and subtle flavor. It works well in baked goods, oatmeal, smoothies, and pasta, and many times, you can punch up or tone down the flavor depending on 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. These work for everyday and for holidays including Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas.
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.
Favorite Pumpkin Smoothie
This creamy Pumpkin Smoothie has delicious pumpkin-pie-like flavor and is a delicious meal component or snack. This makes two toddler-size servings, or a smoothie to share for a parent and toddler. You can freeze any leftovers into a freezer pop!
With plenty of protein and an easy method, these are a go-to fall recipe to share with the kids.
Healthy Pumpkin Mini Muffins
Use a gluten-free flour blend or whole wheat depending on what works best for your family. This recipe has very little flour—that is not a mistake. They bake up wonderfully, so have faith! Adapted from Against All Grain.
With or without chocolate chips, these are a nutritious take on a classic pumpkin muffin with oats for fiber and complex carbs. And there’s an easy blender method, too!
Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins
These store well in the fridge so you can make them a day or two ahead if you prefer—or bake and serve warm from the oven. These taste like a cross between baked oatmeal and a traditional pumpkin muffin (they don’t have any flour, so they’re a little denser than a traditional muffin, but still super moist!).
Try this easy method to share fresh pumpkin with the littles.
Best Pumpkin Baby Food
This fresh pumpkin puree is mellow and flavorful, and can be combined with other purees to make delicious baby food combinations. (See the Notes for flavor options.) The amount of puree you wind up with will vary according to the size of the pumpkin you start with.
If you come across a fresh pie pumpkin in the fall, here’s how to easily turn it into puree for baking.
How to Roast Pumpkin (to Make Puree)
Look for a pumpkin labeled “pie” or “sugar” for the best flavor. I used a Winter Density Squash, which is an heirloom variety. The amount of puree you’ll wind up with will depend on the size of your pumpkin.
A thin layer of pumpkin makes quesadillas flavorful and nutritious!
Sheet Pan Black Bean Quesadillas
These easy quesadillas can be made with pumpkin puree, sweet potato puree, or butternut squash puree. You can also skip it and just go with beans and cheese! I make these as half moon shapes since it helps contain the mess a little when feeding these to kids.