Fall is the season for pumpkin-flavored treats. Here are 9 easy ways to use canned and fresh pumpkin in kid-friendly recipes.
1. Smoothie Operator
Stir 1 cup pumpkin puree into vanilla yogurt. Layer with granola for a parfait.
2. Sugar-and-Spice Pumpkin Seeds
Toss pumpkin seeds in melted butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Bake at 300°F until golden brown, about 30 minutes.
3. Pumped-Up Pancakes
Add 1/2 cup pumpkin puree and 1/2 tsp pumpkin-pie spice to your favorite pancake batter. Cook, then top with a dollop of pumpkin-flavored whipped topping (next).
4. Mousse Head
Fold 1 cup pumpkin puree and 1 Tbsp pumpkin-pie spice into 2 cups whipped topping. Use a dollop on top of hot chocolate.
5. Hummus Among Us
Combine 2 cups pumpkin puree, 2 Tbsp tahini, 1 garlic clove, 1 tsp olive oil and 1/2 tsp each ground cumin and salt in a food processor. Serve with toasted pita bread.
6. Pumpkin Snowballs
Combine 1 cup oatmeal, 1/2 tsp pumpkin-pie spice, 3 Tbsp pumpkin puree, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup raisins in a mixing bowl. Form into 1-inch balls and roll in powdered sugar.
7. Puddin' Pie
Combine 1 packet instant vanilla pudding, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup pumpkin puree and 1 tsp pumpkin-pie spice. Pour into a premade graham cracker crust. Chill two hours.
8. Oats and Honey
Stir 1/4 cup pumpkin puree into prepared oatmeal, and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey.
9. Quite a Spread
Stir pumpkin puree and pumpkin-pie spice into cream cheese. Spread on toast or bagels.
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