Since today is OFFICIALLY the first day of Fall (insert squeal of excitement), I thought it’s time to share some fun fall nursing snacks and baby treats. I mean, PSL can only get us so far (and it DOES get us far), but they do nothing for our babies. So, I wanted to find fall-themed baby foods & snacks that can make our (most of us) favorite season, fun for mama AND baby. If you’re anything like me, as the leaves change, the temps drop, and pumpkin patches open, I can’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Lets just be honest, I LIVE FOR FALL—A LOT of us LIVE FOR FALL.
First things first, I was out on Pinterest and came across these delicious Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls for nursing mamas. Umm, yes please! I will be whipping up a batch of these from my new friend, Modern Homestead Mama. These balls of deliciousness include brewer’s yeast which is GREAT for nursing mamas. They also include pumpkin puree and peanut butter, along with some other great things. I’ll include a recipe for homemade pumpkin puree in this post also. Simply because sometimes all the pumpkin excitement just makes us want to whip up something from scratch AND if your grocery store is anything like ours, they run out of canned pumpkin FAST in the fall. For the entire recipe, click here.
Pureed Pumpkin (for baby food and anything else that calls for pumpkin puree)
There’s 2 ways to do it. I prefer the Instant Pot simply because it cuts everything in half and I love using it. The other way is in the oven. Both included below:
½ cup of water at the bottom of the bowl
2 lb (sugar or cooking) pumpkin placed on the rack
Set to 14 minutes. Once finished, turn valve to quick release. Remove and let cool. The pumpkin “shell” should easily peel off. Scrape the insides out and blend in any blender or immersion blender.
Set to 350 degrees.
Cut pumpkin into quarters and place in a baking dish. Roast 45-50 minutes, or until tender. When finished and cooled, scrape the pumpkin and blend with any blender or immersion blender. All pumpkin puree can be stored in refrigerator for 3-4 days or frozen.
Pumpkin Pie Baby Food Puree’
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Blend and store in air tight container.
Fall Trail Mix
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Fall Colored M&Ms OR Candy Corn OR Candy Corn Pumpkins
Optional (Goldfish, popcorn, etc.)
Mix together. Awesome for favors for Fall Parties, etc.
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
2 frozen bananas
1 cup of almond milk
½ cup of oatmeal OR 2 tbsp of Chia Seeds
¼ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 ½ TBSP of honey or maple syrup to sweeten
Optional * Add scoop of vanilla protein powder or collagen
Blend and enjoy
Perfectly Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Clean out 1-2 pumpkins by scraping all the insides out and removing the seeds.
Clean the seeds well by placing them in your colander. Your goal is no slime.
Soak your seeds in a bowl of cold water for at least a half hour. Once drained, boil water and boil your pumpkin seeds for 10 minutes. This ensures that they’re cooked on the inside so you’ll have yummy, crisp, pumpkin seeds.
Toss with olive oil, Seasoned salt, regular salt and a dash of paprika *Optional*
Spread out on a cookie sheet and bake, checking every 10 minutes and flipping. Seeds should be done no longer than 40 minutes.
Caramel Apple Slices
Core 3-4 red apples of your choice, leave skin on.
Slice in circles from the top to the bottom so they’re in a O shape.
Use premade caramel or your favorite caramel recipe and put caramel on top of the apple slices.
Let sit so caramel won’t be as drippy.
Add sprinkles or nuts.
These are easier for kiddos to enjoy after school.
What are your favorite Fall, family friendly snacks?