15 Kid-Friendly Pumpkin Recipes For Your Picky Eater


It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

Christmas may get all the love, but we know that Fall ranks right at the top of the list of most-loved seasons. Yet, while many of us adults keep the advent of pumpkin-spice everything marked conspicuously on our calendars, we also know that the kiddos take a little more convincing when it comes to anything other than turning pumpkins into grinning jack-o-lanterns.

Even still, we're convinced that, with the right recipe, we can convert even the pickiest, pumpkin-shy eaters. We've rounded up our favorite kid-friendly recipes that will have your whole family pining for pumpkin-because who says pumpkin spice lattes should have all the fun?


Homemade Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream

This creamy, pumpkin-flavored frozen treat can be eaten alone, sandwiched between cookies or served with a warm slice of fall-inspired pie. No matter which way you decide to spin it, there are very few kids who will say no to any ice cream you put in front of them. (And you can even add a dash of bourbon to up the flavor and turn it into an adult dinner party favorite!)

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Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Black Bean Pumpkin Chili

Chili has always been a classic, cold-weather family favorite, and your kids are sure to love this even more seasonally-appropriate spin on one of their tried-and-trues!

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Cinnamon Sugar Spiced Pumpkin Donuts

You can never go wrong with donuts-especially when pumpkin is involved. Oh, and this recipe is completely vegan, too, which means these donuts are practically health food! (That's what we're telling ourselves, anyway.)

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Pumpkin Chips

Apple chips are everywhere now, but this delicious and super-easy recipe could totally replace them. Who cares about carving pumpkins when you can turn them into delicious chips?

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Turn every kid's favorite fluffy breakfast food into a pumpkin-spiced masterpiece topped with maple cream and candied vanilla pecans.

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

This fall spin on a lunchbox favorite is a no muss, no fuss recipe your kids can take with them anywhere. Portable pumpkin goodness? Sign us up.

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Pumpkin Pizza

This pizza-perfect way to include pumpkin at dinner (or lunch, or snack...) will earn you major parent points with the little ones and easily become a seasonal tabletop staple.

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins

Pumpkin combines with applesauce to make these easy breakfast mini-muffins super moist and flavorful. They'll kickstart any morning in the best of ways.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Why send your kids to school with store-bought bars full of chemicals you can't pronounce when you can pack these yummy bars made of pumpkin and oatmeal? And the addition of chocolate chips ensures your kids will reach for these for every after-school snack or on-the-go bite.

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Pumpkin Alfredo with Cheese Tortellini

Cheesy pasta? Check. Savory pumpkin alfredo sauce? Check. Big smiles and full stomachs? Double check.

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Cinnamon and Sugar Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Don't toss the seeds when you're done hollowing those pumpkins for carving. Wash them off, coat them with cinnamon and sugar and pop them in the oven. This snack will definitely give movie night's standard popcorn a run for its money.

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Pumpkin Quesadillas

Mark our words: Anything-including pumpkin-that comes folded in a tortilla and surrounded by melted cheese has the clear potential to win over any crowd, no matter how picky.

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Gimme Some Oven

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

If your kids were averse to pumpkin before, they'll never look back after sipping on this sweet and creamy milkshake that's made with Greek yogurt and frozen bananas instead of calorie- and sugar-rich ice cream. Top it off with some colorful sprinkles and try to keep your kids from getting brain freeze!

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Life, Love, & Sugar

No Bake Pumpkin Pie in a Jar

The only thing better than pumpkin pie is a pumpkin pie that you don't have to actually bake. Stacked deliciously in a decorative jar, this dessert is part pudding, part mousse-and completely delicious. After this, your kids may never go for pumpkin filling in a pie shell again.

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Hell Yeah It's Vegan

Pumpkin Bread

You can't have a pumpkin recipe roundup without pumpkin bread. And this nutrient-packed recipe (sans eggs and dairy) will make you feel good about indulging your kids. Meanwhile, they'll have no idea something that tastes so scrumptious could be so healthy.

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