Fall lovers rejoice, it's officially pumpkin-everything season! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cheesecake, and of course, the quintessential fall drink — the pumpkin spice latte. Squee!
And here's even more good news: Pumpkin is not only yummy, but it's also incredibly healthy for you. Pumpkin is high in fiber and packed with blood pressure-regulating minerals and immune-boosting antioxidants. Lower blood pressure and a stronger immune system ... I'd say those are two things we could all use right about now, am I right?!
Kids dig pumpkins, and with all of their amazing health benefits, it's time to get them just as excited about eating their pumpkins as they are about carving and decorating them. We've rounded up some of the yummiest, kid-approved pumpkin recipes around to get the whole family noshing together.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes
A healthy and delicious way to start out your kids' school day (with a little sinfulness thrown in), this recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction combines pumpkin, spice, and everything nice (i.e., chocolate and brown sugar) for a plate full of fall morning glory.
Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese
Smoky Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese (Photo Credit: Gimme Some Oven)
Falling into the category of "how to sneak something healthy into your kids fave foods," is this utterly craveable Smoky Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese recipe from Gimme Some Oven. A little smoky, a lot creamy, and a perfect "10" on the comfort food scale, the whole fam is going to love this one.
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This Pumpkin Hummus For Kids recipe from Super Healthy Kids is full of pumpkin and dressed up like one too. The traditional chickpeas and Tahini combine with canned pumpkin and spices for the perfect healthy fall snack.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Steamer
"Just like mommy!" That's the refrain you're sure to hear when you whip up this totally caffeine-free, kid-friendly version of this uber-popular fall drink. Chelsea's Messy Apron has the full recipe, as well as a pretty fantastic suggestion to make this into a float by adding caramel, vanilla, or coffee-flavored ice cream and topping with whipped cream...OMG.
Pumpkin Swirl Skillet Brownies
They had me at skillet + brownie. If you swirl some pumpkin in, that totally makes them healthy, right? Yea, we'll go with that. The Busy Baker has all of the deets on how to make these delicious brownies, which she suggests serving warm with a generous scoop of ice cream on top, natch.
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