Fall Squash Pumpkins

If you have picky eaters and need to disguise your vegetables or if you just want a fun fall idea, these little squash pumpkins are perfect.

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All you need is Butternut Squash, nutmeg, cinnamon (or whatever spices you enjoy), raisins for the eyes and mouth and pieces of walnut for the stem.

DSC04335Cook the squash as directed (I usually slice mine in half and bake or microwave it until it is soft). Mash the squash up in a bowl and add nutmeg and cinnamon to taste.

Then just scoop about 2 tablespoons out and make a small ball with your hands. Poke raisins in as eyes and a mouth and a piece of walnut for the stem.

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This makes a great side dish with dinner or as a snack.

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The nutmeg and cinnamon give the squash a sweet taste so it actually also goes well in ice cream.

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Yum! Enjoy!

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Donut Hole Acorns (The Healthy Version)

I was at a work event recently and someone brought donut hole acorn balls that looked something like this.  (This image is credited to Evi-Enjoying-Life from Pinterest)Evi-enjoying-life Acorn Balls

I thought they were so cute! I had never seen them before. My coworker told me it was just a donut hole, Nutella spread over the top, nuts or sprinkles and then a pretzel stick for the stem.

Unfortunately for my family, whenever I find a yummy, fun recipe, I always find a way to suck the fun right out of it. I figure they will thank me some day (or not) when they learn for themselves that being healthy IS the fun part. But for now, they need to eat what I serve.

My version of the acorn is a pumpkin bread ball with almond butter and granola. A stick of apple will be the stem.

I just used a pumpkin bread mix.

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If you want to get crazy, you can add ground flax or chia seeds to your bread batter before baking.

Then I used almond butter and a pumpkin granola mix. I sliced an apple into sticks.

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If you have a cake pop pan, they are the best for making ball shapes.

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Once the bread is baked, let cool and then spread a layer of almond butter over the top.

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Then immediately dip the almond buttery side around in a small bowl of granola to coat the top.

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Poke the tip of a small, sharp knife into the top to make a small hole and insert an apple stick to make the stem.

Now you have a beautiful, healthy acorn treat!

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Enjoy!

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