It's a fall tradition: You and the kids head to the pumpkin patch to pick your own gourds, then cart them home to carve them into jack-o'-lanterns that grin and grimace from your windows and porch steps. But what to do with all that leftover pumpkin?
Step into the kitchen with your little ones and whip up some delicious pumpkin-flavored treats! Check out the recipes below for several sweet breakfast ideas, a few savory dinners, and of course, some decadent desserts -- all pumpkin-inspired and perfectly delicious.
Pumpkin-Flavored Breakfast Bites
The not-so-secret ingredient in this bread is creamy tofu, which adds moisture without adding saturated fat. Add ginger and pumpkin pie spice and you've got a loaf that smells as good as it tastes.
Pair pumpkin with peanuts for a protein kick! These muffins have more than 6 grams per serving, making them a delicious and nutritious morning treat to kickstart your child's day.
Start Halloween morning off right with these devilishly delicious pumpkin pancakes stuffed with creamy chocolate filling. Don't worry, they're not as sinful as you think! The recipe comes from healthy mama Catherine McCord, blogger at Weelicious.com.
Whip up a cup of this festive brew after you've tramped through the pumpkin patch, while you sit watching the kids carve their jack-o'-lanterns, and enjoy the earthy flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
Savory Pumpkin-Inspired Dinners
This easy recipe for chicken breasts crusted in panko and whole pumpkin seeds makes a great family dinner in the fall. You can also try this recipe with your favorite fish filet in place of the chicken.
Along with pumpkin, butternut squash is a great gourd that's best enjoyed in the fall. Pair the nutrient-packed squash with toasted pumpkin seeds as well as kale, dried cranberries, and hints of nutmeg and clove.
Approved by a certified nutritionist and kids' cooking instructor, this recipe for pumpkin pie pasta is a simple and fun dinner idea that the whole family will love. Try it on a chilly fall night when the pumpkins are plump in the fields, or any night when you're craving something other than plain old pasta.
Decadent Pumpkin Desserts
This festive fall-inspired cake pairs fresh pumpkin with decadent chocolate. Add a simple cinnamon-infused glaze over top and you have a perfect dessert for your next holiday get-together.
Add a pinch of pumpkin pie spice to this basic donut recipe to make a fall-flavored treat. For some extra sweetness, top the mini donuts with maple, vanilla, or mocha glaze.
This recipe for baked apples features crunchy pumpkin seeds and warm notes of honey, cinnamon, and orange zest. It's an easy dessert for a crowd, as it can be served warm or cold.
Celebrity caterer Andrea Correale, owner and creator of Elegant Affairs, shares this frightfully delicious Halloween-inspired recipe for pumpkin pie milkshakes that calls for pureed pumpkin and vanilla ice cream.
Okay, so there's no actual pumpkin in these treats, but they're definitely pumpkin-inspired! Whip up a basic rice crispy treat, then decorate with a variety of food coloring and icings to make a miniature pumpkin patch for your fall guests.
Green pipe cleaners and orange sprinkles turn regular caramel apples into caramel apple "pumpkins."
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