Fall is an exciting time of the year, bringing with it a lot of fresh produce to use in a variety of recipes. The season is also marked by Halloween, which is a favorite kids’ holiday filled with a plethora of treats. Here, you can look at five fun snacks and recipes you can make using fresh pumpkins and apples that this season provides in abundance!
Candied apples are practically a Halloween staple and can also often be found at different types of fairs. The hard, caramel coating hides a healthy apple snack and kids absolutely love it. Choose a few of the best-looking apples you have and wash them well. Remove the stems and replace them with lollypop sticks or chopsticks. Make the caramel coating by melting white or brown sugar, a bit of golden syrup, a touch of lemon juice, and a couple of drops of red food coloring, if you want your candied apples to be red. Coat the apples in the caramel and let them harden.
Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
Many people have been waiting patiently for the fall to enjoy the iconic flavors of pumpkin pie. A crunchy graham cracker crust pairs seamlessly with the creamy and delicious pumpkin filling. Start by melting together gelatin, nutmeg, cinnamon, half a cup of sugar, and half a teaspoon of salt in a small saucepan. Whisk milk and egg yolks in a bowl and combine them with the sugar mixture. When it starts to thicken, mix in pumpkin purée. Fold in some whipped egg whites and fill the graham cracker crust. Bake and enjoy!
Apple Pop Treats
If you want simple and easy-to-make fall treats for your kids to enjoy, why not make a few delicious apple cinnamon cake pops? Mix together all-purpose flour, some sugar, baking powder, softened butter, eggs, cinnamon, a bit of milk, and two peeled and finely chopped apples. Once that’s baked, crumble the cake into a bowl and combine it with a butter mixture made of brown sugar, double cream, butter, and icing sugar. Form little balls and place them on lollypop sticks. Dip them in toffee syrup and coconut shavings.
When it comes to decadent and filling treats, it’s hard to beat a well-made cupcake. To make these cupcakes seasonal, add finely diced apples and a bit of apple juice to a basic cupcake dough recipe. Line the cupcake tins with red cupcake liners and fill them in. While those are baking, make the icing using butter, powdered sugar, soy milk, and some maple apple simple syrup. Spread the icing on cooled cupcakes to form a round apple-like shape. Dip the cupcake in red sugar sprinkles and use pretzel snack bits and small basil leaves to decorate!
Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cookies are among the preferred treats for kids and adults alike. This fall, infuse them with delicious pumpkins and omit the flour and refined sugars for a much healthier snack! Mix all the ingredients in one big bowl, including canned pumpkin, almond butter, maple syrup, an egg yolk, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, oat flour, baking soda, a pinch of salt, and dark chocolate chip cookies.