Do you have an unpopular opinion about something the rest of the world seems to love? I have a little confession to make. Although I love fall, I hate pumpkin flavored food. There. I said it. Phew! That feels good to admit. I know that I am in the minority here when it comes to pumpkin-flavored foods. My guys at home are in the majority – they love all-things pumpkin. So even though it’s not my favorite flavor, I still make it often.
Now, what do I love about fall foods? Apples. They are by far my favorite fruit and I get giddy just thinking about going to get fresh apples from a local orchard. We’re lucky to have lots of options where we live. My favorite apples are honey crisps and pink ladys. Do you have a favorite apple type?
Since I am always looking to bring a little magic to my children’s lives, one way to make the fall a little more special is through baking. Some of my favorite moments together with my boys are mixing something up in the kitchen. There’s something so sweet about their little hands pouring ingredients into the bowl. And to be honest, they are cleaner in the kitchen than I am (sometimes it feels like I use every pan in the house just to make one meal – my husband can attest to that). Now, to add a little magic to your child’s life this fall, you don’t need to go all out. Sometimes it’s something as simple as baking some pumpkin spice cake together can get them in the mood for fall. Memory-making moments, no matter how simple, are always magical. So if you’re looking to bring a little fall spirit into your homes or kid’s lunchbox, check out this list of 20 kid-friendly fall recipes. I promise you’ll fall in the love with them.
20 Kid-Friendly Fall Recipes
Gluten-Free Banana Pumpkin Muffins from Kim’s Cravings
These muffins are a healthy choice to bring a little fall to your kid’s lunchboxes. They’re easy to throw into a lunchbox or to add to breakfast.
Caramel Apple Pie Bombs from Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts
Children love small little bites of food. These apple bites are child-size and are great for using up your apples from your trip to the orchid.
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Cups from Mama Knows Gluten Free
These gluten free apple cinnamon baked oatmeal cups not only look amazing – but they’re healthy, too. If you need to avoid dairy, no problem. You have the choice to use milk or a non-dairy replacement. If you aren’t cooking gluten free, you can use regular oatmeal instead. You can also use blueberries or chocolate chips instead. Audrey has totally convinced me that going gluten free doesn’t mean giving up delicious food. Check out her site for a lot more gluten free recipes.
Lil Luna’s Pumpkin French Toast Sticks
My boys love french toast sticks. If they could, they’d eat them at every meal. These are the perfect fall replacement. They’re easy to make, too!
Feasting on Fruit’s Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
Honestly, do I need to say more? What is more kid-friendly than ice cream? There’s another secret ingredient to making this ice cream. It’s also a healthier ice cream option (which is hard to do!)
Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bars from Oh My Veggies
Yep, you read that right. Pumpkin Pie Breakfast bars. Your kids can eat pumpkin pie for breakfast and you don’t even need to feel guilty for it.
No Bake Pumpkin Energy Bites from Bless This Mess
Want a quick and easy snack for your kids? These no bake pumpkin energy bite are so easy to make. You can skip the dark chocolate (or replace them) if your kid isn’t a fan.
Apple Chips from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen
These apple chips are so easy to make and a great healthy snacking option for kids in the fall.
Best Ever Toddler Muffins from Mom Envy
These muffins are my boys favorites. They have pumpkin, applesauce, bananas, and cinnamon making them the perfect fall treat.
Baking Ginger’s Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes
If my two-year-old could pick one food to eat for the rest of his life, he’d have a hard time deciding between pancakes and pizza. These pumpkin pancakes would definitely be a favorite in our house.
Glazed Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread from Lovely Little Kitchen
I love easy bread recipes that start with a batter (so much easier to use a mixer or a bowl and spoon). If you make homemade applesauce with the apples you picked, you can use it up in this recipe (or just get some from the store!)
The Best Blog Recipe’s Apple Fries with Caramel Cream Dip
I love apples and caramel together and so do my boys. I cannot wait to try these this year! They’d be a wonderful addition to any party or a special after school snack or dessert.
Ava’s Alphabet’s October Cookies
Cristina’s mom made these when she was a child. What’s better than a fall recipes? A nostalgic one. Food can bring back so many great memories. Maybe these will become your new fall family favorite.
Pumpkin Bread from Morning Motivated Mom
The last time I made pumpkin bread, it was from a box. I am excited to try a new pumpkin bread recipe from scratch. Pumpkin bread is a definite favorite for both my little boys and my husband.
15 Minute Blender Flourless Apple Peanut Butter Muffins
I had no idea you could make muffins in a blender. Peanut butter and apples are a staple snack in our house. I can’t wait to try this twist on a popular kid favorite.
Cinnamon Roll Granola from Simple Hacks Living
Are you in a snack rut? Then this cinnamon roll granola will help get you out. Best part is, it’s quick and easy to make.
Frosted Maple Cookie Bars from Balancing Motherhood
What a sweet dessert that kids are guaranteed to love. They’d be extra cute for a Halloween party or as part of your Thanksgiving dessert table.
Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Hand Pies from Acorns and Custard
Oh my goodness. These are simply adorable. What kid wouldn’t want to eat a Jack-o-Lantern? I am so impressed with her pumpkin carving abilities.
Caramel Apple Slices from Domestically Blissful
Anyone else look like a hot mess trying to eat a caramel apple? They are so delicious but so hard to figure out how to eat; kids have an especially difficult time. Their mouths are so tiny that they have trouble just getting one bite. These caramel apple slices are a fantastic solution to traditional caramel apples.
Apple Cider Doughnuts from Five Heart Home
Doughnuts are a tried and true kid favorite. I love that Samantha bakes these doughnuts instead of frying them. Our local farms sell apple cider doughnuts and I love the idea of being able to make our own at home.
Wednesday 29th of January 2020
Great blog, nice list kid friendly fall recipes.
Carrie | Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
Monday 4th of September 2017
There are so many recipes I can't wait to try on this list, I just love this time of year! Thank you so much for including my apple chips in your roundup.
Monday 4th of September 2017
It's a great recipe! Thanks so much for stopping by!! :)
Sunday 3rd of September 2017
Love these ideas! Always trying to get my boys to bake with me more.
Monday 4th of September 2017
Thanks so much for stopping by Julie! My boys love to bake with me but I think it's because they like sneaking tastes of what we're baking :)