What To Do With All That Pumpkin?

I never know what to do with all the pumpkins after Halloween and Thanksgiving. I am one of those people that prefers to get rid of the pumpkins before I put up the Christmas decorations. One holiday at a time! As I am getting rid of the pumpkins I was thinking that I would rather use them for something than throw them away like I always do.

I thought it would be fun to make a few different pumpkin recipes and see if my daughter likes any of them. She also enjoyed seeing the pumpkin go from a decoration that she stopped to play with on the way into the house every day, to food that she is going to eat. I tried some of these recipes and she really enjoyed them.

Pancakes

Add a 1/2 a cup of pumpkin puree and 1 tsp cinnamon (or Pumpkin-pie spice) to your pancake batter. Cook as directed.

Pumpkin Parfait

Add 1 cup of pumpkin puree into vanilla flavored yogurt. Add granola for added crunch.

Pudding

Combine 1 pack of instant vanilla pudding, 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree and 1 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. Can eat plain or put in a graham cracker pie crust and let chill before serving.

Pumpkin Oatmeal

Prepare oatmeal and add 1/4 cup pumpkin puree. Cinnamon to taste and add honey if desired.

Pumpkin Spread

Mix pumpkin puree and cinnamon into cream cheese. Use on bagels or other bread.

Pumpkin Balls

Mix 1 cup oatmeal, 1/4 cup Pumpkin puree, 1/4 blended dates, and cinnamon. For into 1 inch balls. Chill and serve.

Pumpkin Butter

2 cups pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/3 cup honey, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Mix and spread.

Pumpkin Smoothy

1/2 cup plain, yogurt, 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 banana, dash of ginger (optional).

Pumpkin Cheesecake-this one was more for us than the baby! 🙂

1 cup pumpkin puree, 8 oz cream cheese (softened), 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 cup honey. Mix all ingredients together one at a time until smooth. Place in a 8″ round over safe dish and put in a preheated 400-degree oven for 25-30 minutes.

 

As always, involve your baby in the process from start to finish. Show them the pumpkin before you cut it, let them feel the seeds and help you hollow out the pumpkins. Show your child how the pumpkin is different once it is cooked, peel the pumpkin, and mash the pumpkin. Your child will love being part of the process and love spending time with you. Being part of the process will also excite your child about eating their tasty treat…enjoy!

 

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