I originally posted this snack last year, but it was such a cute idea I couldn’t resist posting it again. Last year M took her very first field trip with her preschool to a pumpkin patch. She was so excited. She got to ride in a school bus for the first time (which I was a nervous wreck about), but she had a blast. They were safely buckled in sang songs the entire ride over.
The first part of the field trip included an education section going over all the different types of pumpkins. The last pumpkin they talked about were the tiny little baby pumpkins. You know which ones I’m talking about. Those super cute tiny pumpkins they sell in all the grocery stores. We normally just buy them to decorate, but they said all you had to do is scoop out the insides, bake it, and you have a yummy snack.
First thing you do is take a paring knife and cut the top off.
Next you want to scoop all the seeds out. This was M’s favorite part!
One the seeds are completely removed you want to place a tiny pat of butter (about 1/2 tsp) in the bottom of the pumpkin. Followed by 1/2 tsp brown sugar and dusting of cinnamon. Next, fill the pumpkin about 3/4 full with all natural unsweetened applesauce and sprinkle with a final dusting of cinnamon.
Place the top back on and bake at 375 degrees for 45-60 minutes, or until the pumpkin flesh is tender.
This is the final product. The hardest part for M was waiting for it to cool. It was piping hot right out of the oven. I took the lid of let it cool for a good 30 minutes.
Once cooled, I showed M how to use her spoon to mix up the pumpkin “meat” with the applesauce.
This is such a fun cooking project! M’s already asking me when we can make those little pumpkin snacks again