Aug 17, 2022

Easy Healthy Pumpkin Cookies Your Family Will Love

6 easy healthier pumpkin cookie recipes everyone will love (and never guess that they are eating healthy cookies!!)

Pumpkin cookies are one of the best things about Fall. Who can resist a warm soft pumpkin spice cookie with their coffee on cool crisp Fall mornings??

Not me.

Happily, though, there are easy healthier pumpkin cookie recipes out there that switch out regular ingredients with healthier more natural ingredients.

So there is less guilt involved when eating a cookie or two (or 3 or 4. Just saying.)

Yummy healthier-for-you cookies that everyone in your family will love (because even though they may be eating healthy pumpkin cookies, they do not taste healthy. They simply taste delicious!!)

So if you are planning to bake up batches of warm fresh baked fall cookies soon, check out these delicious recipes for gluten-free pumpkin cookies, vegan pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin cookies with no sugar. 

These pumpkin cookie recipes all have yummy ingredients like applesauce, bananas, and gooey melted chocolate chips, (because...well, just because it is fall, after all, and time for our favorite fall desserts!!

Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chips Cookies

Photo: Chelsea's Messy Apron

Make these fantastic mouth-watering healthy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with no sugar and everyone in your family will be happy to gobble them up quicker than you can whip up a second batch!

These soft chewy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are made using healthier ingredients like oat flour (which is easy to make using old-fashioned oats you may have in your pantry already), natural maple syrup instead of refined white sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and dark chocolate chips.

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Applesauce Pumpkin Cookies

Photo: Photo: Kiipfit

I love applesauce. So when I find a cookie recipe with applesauce as an ingredient, I am all in. 

This gluten-free vegan cookie recipe will gift you with soft cake-style cookies that would make an awesome dessert (especially with a little vanilla ice cream!)

These cookies also make perfect Thanksgiving treats to have on hand for a large Thanksgiving gathering with families and friends.

You might even want to make a couple of extra batches of these apple pumpkin cookies and treat your guests with some to take home.

Healthy Pumpkin Cookies With Maple Glaze

Photo: Happy Kid's Kitchen

Okay, yes these cookies have a maple glaze on them. And yes, that maple glaze is made with powdered sugar. But, there are also other ways to make a glaze without sugar (you can find them posted in the recipe.)

You can always skip putting a glaze on the cookies because these warm soft chewy pumpkin cookies are delicious either way.

If you want to bake up a batch of gluten-free pumpkin cookies for the family, try using a flour blend like Bob's Red Mill. 

 And if you are looking for grain-free pumpkin cookies, substitute almond flour and cassava flour for wheat flour.

Pumpkin Cookie Bites 

Photo: Super Healthy Kids

These fun pumpkin bite cookies are for kids, but everyone in the family will want to try these yummy cookies.

Amy from SuperHealthyKids has tweaked this pumpkin cookie recipe with raisins or chocolate chips (your choice),  to come up with a healthier pumpkin cookie recipe that tastes as good, if not better, than the original recipe.

5-Minute Healthy Pumpkin Pie Cookies

Photo: One Ingredient Chef

This simple pumpkin cookie recipe uses all-natural healthy ingredients like bananas, rolled oats, pumpkin puree, raisins, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and date sugar.

Date sugar is a healthy natural sugar alternative made from dates. (I did not know what date sugar was before I found this recipe!) 

These all-natural healthy pumpkin pie cookies are ready to enjoy in about 15-20 minutes (well, a little longer than that because you want to let the cookies cool before munching away on them)

And you will not feel one bit guilty if you eat all of these awesome cookies by yourself because they are so healthy!! 

But to be nice, share some with your family. Or make a separate batch for them because they are so quick and easy to make!!

Go Grab The Recipe (you know you want to learn more about that date sugar, right?)

Pumpkin Almond Flour Cookies

Photo: HelloSpoonful

Soft almond flour pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are vegan, gluten-free, and full of antioxidants and Vitamin A.

And for a little more healthy touch, these scrumptious melty chocolate chip cookies are made with coconut sugar and brown sugar (no white refined sugar here!!)

If your family loves warm pumpkin fresh cookies that are soft and oozing with melted chocolate chips, they are going to love these cookies!! 

And they do not need to know that they are eating healthy cookies.

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Apr 14, 2022

Easy No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Recipes

5 no-bake strawberry cheesecake recipes that will turn you into a dessert hero at your next family get -together!

Strawberries in the summer are delicious on their own. But strawberries and cheesecake in the same dish? That is pure joy.

These creamy no-bake strawberry cheesecake dessert ideas are perfect for summer barbeques or a family dessert to enjoy on a warm summer evening.

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Strawberry cheesecake with lots of whipped cream and strawberries on top is one of my favorite summer desserts ever. 

And not just because I love heavenly creamy cheesecake with my coffee (believe me, it is a yummy combination!!)

My love for all things strawberries comes from a sweet memory I have of my youngest son eating strawberry pie as fast as he could back when he was a little guy. He was six and we were at a 4th of July celebration at the park.

He was so excited when he got to be in the pie-eating contest!! He didn't win, but he sure had a fun time trying to eat that strawberry cheesecake pie as fast as he could. I have the sweetest memories of that day and of my son's cute face covered in strawberries and tons of whipped cream, smiling from ear to ear.

So yea, ever since that summer I have had an extra love for strawberry cheesecake desserts (with whipped cream, of course!!). 

Baked and no bake cheesecakes both taste delicious. 

The main difference between the two is that baked cheesecake uses eggs in the recipe, while no bake cheesecake does not use eggs (because the eggs will not get cooked and would be raw.)

The eggs help give a baked cheesecake a firmer texture and a baked cheesecake will have a different taste than a no-bake cheesecake without eggs. Either way, you decide to make your cheesecake, they are both delicious, so no worries.

But cool creamy no-bake cheesecake desserts make perfect summer desserts that do not have to bake in a hot oven. And who really wants to turn on the oven on a warm summer day?

Homemade no bake cheesecake needs to be refrigerated for at least 6-8 hours to get firm. And it is best if you can keep your cheesecake in the fridge overnight for it to get firm. You want your no bake cheesecake to be firm and easy to slice. 

If your cheesecake is not coming out firm enough after being in the fridge overnight, you can put your cheesecake in the freezer to help it set.

Some recipes for no bake cheesecake use heavy whipped cream to get a firm texture, while other recipes for no bake cheesecake use Cool Whip or sweetened condensed milk to add firmness.

For me, I like to use cream cheese (not the low-fat kind though, you need full fat cream cheese to help your cheesecake have a creamy firm texture) and Cool Whip because it gives the cheesecake a smooth creamy filling that is firm so it slices cleanly when you serve it)

And many delicious no bake strawberry cheesecake recipes use Jello because the gelatin can help a runny cheesecake firm up quickly and can give extra flavor to your cheesecake.

These easy no bake strawberry cheesecake recipes make perfect no bake summer desserts that are made with a few simple ingredients. But you will find that some use different ingredients than others.

So go ahead and make all of them and decide for yourself which recipe your family loves the most!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

Meg's Everyday Indulgence

This yummy summer dessert is simple to make but looks like you spent hours on it!! This no-bake strawberry cream pie has a fluffy creamy filling made with cream cheese and cool whip, some powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. You also use strawberry jello in this recipe, and of course, fresh summer strawberries.

Once you have it all together, cover and refrigerate until set. 


Easy Strawberry Cheesecake

Life Love and Sugar

A drool-worthy no bake strawberry cheesecake made with Cool whip that is chock full of light creamy strawberry goodness from strawberries that are pureed and cooked on the stove, cream cheese, and cool whip.

You can use a vanilla wafer crust or a graham cracker crust - either way, this make-ahead cheesecake recipe is going to taste delicious!

No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Without Gelatin or Cool Whip)

Butter With A Side of Bread

If you are looking for a no bake cheesecake recipe that is made without gelatin or cool whip, you are going to love this simple recipe. 

You will only need strawberries, sugar, and water for the strawberry sauce, a graham cracker crust (homemade or store-bought). and cream cheese, salt, sugar, vanilla, and heavy cream for the filling.

It will need about 8 hours to set in the refrigerator, so make it a day or two before your special event 

 Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Everyone in your family will love this no bake strawberry cheesecake dessert idea. 

Best of all, you are going to love this easy no bake dessert recipe because there is no baking needed to make these frozen summer desserts (and on warm summer days, who wants to turn on their oven??)

These strawberry cheesecake bars are going to chill in the freezer for about 4 hours - or until they get nice and frozen. So you may want to let them thaw out a bit in the refrigerator before serving them.

Make these frozen strawberry cheesecake bars for summer barbecues and family get-togethers or as fun summer frozen treats for the kids to enjoy on a hot summer day.

No-Bake 3 Ingredient Cheesecake

The Busy Baker

This classic no bake cheesecake is made with 3 simple ingredients. And even though it is an easy dessert recipe, it tastes amazing.

It's a perfect no bake dessert to make for hot summer days and you can add any toppings you want like strawberries, berries, whipped cream, or even chocolate sauce.

Best of all,  everyone will think this delicious dessert took you hours to make (and they do not need to think otherwise!!)

Mar 18, 2022

Healthy Vegetarian Dinners Picky Kids Will Actually Try

Trying to figure out what to make for dinner that is kid-friendly and that a picky eater will eat is not an easy thing. 

And really, it seems like every family has at least one kid who is fussy about eating, right?

And then there are nights where you may want to make a quick meatless meal, for whatever reason. And yea, there is always spaghetti and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner on those nights, but it can be fun to switch dinner up with recipes your family may not have tried yet. (and maybe win over a picky eater!)

If that is the case for you, then you might love some or all of these 5 easy vegetarian dinners for kids that are so good even picky eaters will love them (and so will the rest of your family!) 

Super quick and easy cheesy casserole kids will love, the best ever veggie burger recipe for summer grilling, and more tasty vegetarian dinners picky eaters will be tempted to try, which is a good thing, right?

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Wings

Oh My Veggies

Tantalizing spicy vegetarian wings make a yummy tasty healthy meal for picky eaters (and of course, everyone else in the family will love them too)

First, though, let me say that cauliflower does not taste like chicken. Even if recipes tell you they do, they don't. Nope, cauliflower does not taste like chicken, not at all. 

But that is okay. Because vegan cauliflower wings are amazingly delicious and healthy and definitely worth trying.

And I really think you and your family (including picky eaters) will love this recipe for cauliflower wings 

I am pretty sure the whole family is going to love the amazing sauce in this recipe!!

And best of all, your heart will be happier and healthier because, unlike chicken wings, cauliflower is free of cholesterol and low in fat and saturated fat. It’s also packed with fiber and antioxidants, making it a powerful food for heart health.

Serve rice with cauliflower wings or even noodles - whichever side dish your kids love the most - and add a salad or veggie to make a healthy vegetarian dinner even fussy eaters will love.

Best Ever Veggie Burger For Summer Grilling

A Couple Cooks

One of the yummiest summer vegetarian meals to make is grilled veggie burgers. But, you have to have the right recipe with the right ingredients if you really want to know how to cook veggie burgers on the grill that everyone, even picky eaters, will love.

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 The right ingredients give veggie burgers the texture and mouth-watering flavors that summer barbeques are all about!!

So many veggie burgers fall apart on the grill or come out tasting too dry or too mushy.  Neither is a good thing. 

And if you have a picky eater, a mushy falling apart burger is not going to be a hit.

We have used frozen veggie burgers to cook on the grill before because we just could not find the right recipe for a homemade grillable veggie burger that wouldn't fall apart. 

But veggie burgers you buy at the store are processed burgers, even if they are meatless. And most are probably not as healthy as you might think.

The best veggie burgers for grilling are ones you make at home using healthy natural ingredients. This favorite grillable veggie burger recipe is perfect for summer barbeques. They are super delicious and do not fall apart on you when you are eating!

Serve it to kids with their favorite burger toppings and even picky kids might think they are eating the real thing. They don't need to know they are eating veggies and other healthy stuff (unless you want to tell them).

Pineapple Fried Rice

When my kids were younger, they were pretty picky about what they would eat. But they all loved rice, thank goodness. So as long as I served rice in some form at dinner, everyone was happy. Especially me.

So I love, love, love this Thai Pineapple Rice recipe. It is a quick easy dinner to make for kids on busy weeknights that grown-ups will love too!

Best of all, you can easily switch out ingredients in this super tasty recipe to adapt it to what your kids like to eat or do not like to eat. 

Greek Pasta With Yogurt and Garlic Sauce

What a Girl

Usually, even the pickiest of picky kids will eat pasta, and this creamy greek pasta will tempt a fussy eater for sure.

Spoiler alert: the pasta sauce is made with yogurt. 

This is one of those easy family dinner recipes you want to keep in your pocket for crazy busy nights. You know, those days when you are so tired but your kids insist on eating anyway😋

And, maybe best of all, this recipe is very budget-friendly!!

It's a protein-packed quick healthy dinner for kids that will fill them up and keep the whole family happy and full as well!

Cheesy Quinoa Casserole

Buns In My

This easy cheesy quinoa casserole is a healthy family dinner picky kids will even love (or at least be tempted enough to try it.)

And it is super easy to switch out ingredients in this recipe so you can customize this versatile recipe just the way your fussy eater likes it.😍.

And did I mention that this recipe is very budget-friendly??