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13 Clean-Eating Thanksgiving Treats to Make With Your Kids

Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

This collection of 13 clean-eating Thanksgiving treats to make with your kids is packed full of yummy, healthy treats that you and your kids will enjoy creating together.

This collection of 13 clean-eating Thanksgiving treats to make with your kids is packed full of yummy, healthy treats that you and your kids will enjoy creating together.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to really get into the holiday spirit. The fall season is a time for family togetherness and great food, as well as tons of changes in weather, colors, and the amount of daylight outside. It's the time of year that everyone starts thinking about what they have to be thankful for, and it leads right into the biggest season for giving and being a blessing to others.

I really believe that this time of year is for changes and new beginnings. So many wonderful things happen over the fall and winter holiday season. The holidays are a popular time to get engaged and get married, most babies are conceived and born during this time of year, and the holidays are a time to see family that you probably haven't seen all year long. It's the end of the year, so people are thinking about all of the goals they set for the last year, and what they want to accomplish in the new year.

What better time to decorate, make fun crafts, put together creative treats, read books on being thankful, and even consider all that you're thankful for. So I compiled a bunch of great treats that we've been working on at our house to celebrate Thanksgiving together. If I'm lucky, we'll still have some to take with us on Thanksgiving Day and share with family. I really hope you find some you like—or at least get some inspiration.

Here's a sneak peek of the recipes you'll find in this article:

  1. Apple cinnamon chips
  2. Pumpkin hummus
  3. Maple pumpkin fall harvest trail mix
  4. Candy corn fruit parfaits
  5. Turkey sandwich
  6. Tangerine pumpkins
  7. Mini pumpkin pies
  8. Turkey vegetable tray
  9. Turkey fruit tray
  10. Mayflower mashed potato boats
  11. Sweet potato fries
  12. Thanksgiving paper-bag popcorn turkey
  13. Mini Thanksgiving apple tarts
Apple Cinnamon Chips

Apple Cinnamon Chips

1. Apple Cinnamon Chips

These are a great, really simple treat to make with your kids that will likely disappear soon after they are officially done. During the fall season, these are one of those snacks that we make over and over again and are enjoyed by everyone in our family.

Ingredients:

  • apples
  • cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Start by cutting each apple in half. If using a butter knife, even this part can be done by your child.
  2. Use a melon baller to remove the core from each half.
  3. Cut into thin slices, either the long way to make circles or the short way into half circles.
  4. Lay them out in an even layer on your dehydrator trays and set your dehydrator to fruit. Expect them to take about 12 to 24 hours.
  5. If you don't have a dehydrator, you can lay them out on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and bake them on the lowest oven setting for 1 to 3 hours.
Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Hummus

2. Pumpkin Hummus

We eat tons of hummus over here throughout the year anyway. It's definitely one of our favorite snacks to make together. It only made sense to integrate some pumpkin for the fall. If you are making everything homemade, like your chickpeas, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, or even pumpkin pie spice, your kids are getting an even better lesson on cooking and using food!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chickpeas (drained and rinsed if canned - homemade is best)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (homemade preferred)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or raw honey)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (homemade preferred)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt (only if using homemade beans - omit for canned beans)

Instructions:

  1. For homemade chickpeas from dried beans (the best option), soak your beans in a large pot with lots of water overnight first. I recommend this Instant Pot recipe for quickly making chickpeas.
  2. Pour each of your ingredients into the food processor and process it down until smooth.
  3. Serve with crackers, veggies, or even on toast. Yum!
Maple Pumpkin Fall Harvest Trail Mix

Maple Pumpkin Fall Harvest Trail Mix

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3. Maple Pumpkin Fall Harvest Trail Mix

Yum! This mix is sweet, crunchy and delicious. With all of the classic fall flavors you'd expect, it's also super easy to make with your kids. If you'd rather your kids not work over the stove, you can even pop the cookie sheet into the oven and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees F. They can always help you load the oven before it gets too hot and mix everything when it cools.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or raw honey)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (homemade preferred)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 2/3 cup pecan halves
  • 1/3 cup pepitas (green pumpkin seed kernels)
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins

Instructions:

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pour your maple syrup into a large pot and melt over medium heat on the stove (until boiling).
  3. Turn the heat down a little and add all of your ingredients, except the fruit. Stir until everything is coated completely.
  4. When well mixed, remove your pot from the stove and pour it out onto your cookie sheet to cool. Everything will harden and dry as it cools.
  5. When cool, mix in all of your dried fruit. Enjoy!
Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits

Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits

4. Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits

We made these delicious creations for Halloween together and they were amazing. They were so fun and easy in fact, that we had to do them again for Thanksgiving. Mandarin oranges that my son loves to peel himself, freshly chopped pineapple (his favorite) and homemade whipped cream make this dish just perfect for making a healthy candy corn parfait. Yum!

Ingredients:

  • Easy-peel mandarin oranges
  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • Vanilla flavored yogurt

Instructions:

  1. Peel and separate your orange slices.
  2. Dice your fresh pineapple.
  3. Layer all of your items into cups and enjoy!
Turkey Sandwich

Turkey Sandwich

5. Turkey Sandwich

Make every meal a fun craft by getting creative with your meal items. Encourage your kids to make different shapes or pictures with their food. Ask questions like: How could we make a turkey? What would you need to make some legs for your turkey? And then accommodate them by helping them find the right ingredients and pull their pictures together.

This precious picture used a sandwich cut into shapes for the turkey's body, carrots for feathers, celery for the grass, a cashew for the waddle, and raisins for eyes. Your children will have a blast playing with their food and then eating it.

Tangerine Pumpkins

Tangerine Pumpkins

6. Tangerine Pumpkins

This another really cute snack that just encourages your children to think differently about their food and the shapes around them. Maybe they'll have ideas on other shapes/pictures you can put together with food for future crafts!

Ingredients:

  • Easy-peel tangerines
  • Celery

Instructions:

  1. Let your child peel the oranges.
  2. Cut small pieces of celery and the leaves off and stick them into the top to look like stems.
Mini Pumpkin Pies

Mini Pumpkin Pies

7. Mini Pumpkin Pies

My four-year-old son just loves baking with me. He's a whiz at mixing dough and making pie crusts. We've already made four pumpkin pies at our house. When I suggested some mini pumpkin pies shaped like pumpkins, he really lit up. This was fun to do with him and he had child-size pies when we were finished.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups milk

Crusts:

  • 2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or butter)
  • 1/2 cup milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and prep two mini muffin pans by greasing them with some coconut oil.
  2. Mix your crusts first by combining your flour and salt, and then mixing in your coconut oil with a fork until crumbly.
  3. Pour in your milk and mix until you have a dough-like consistency.
  4. Dump this out on a clean surface and cut into 3 portions or more, for easier rolling. Roll to about 1/4 inch thickness.
  5. You can either use a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter to cut out your pie doughs or use scissors to shape them just right.
  6. Press them into your mini muffin cups.
  7. Now let's mix your pie filling. Mix all ingredients together. Your mixture will be watery.
  8. Spoon it into your mini pie crusts, all the way to the top.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes.
Turkey Vegetable Tray

Turkey Vegetable Tray

8. Turkey Vegetable Tray

It looks like the theme this season is playing with your food. There's no specific formula for pulling together a dish like this, or even specific veggies to use. We like to buy all kinds of interesting vegetables at the grocery store when we visit. Why not pull them all out and allow your child(ren) to come up with a way to make a turkey with them?

This would be fantastic for everyday snacking through November, snacks for a group of kids, or even a great way to get your kids involved in pulling together a creative appetizer to serve family members on Thanksgiving.

Turkey Fruit Tray

Turkey Fruit Tray

9. Turkey Fruit Tray

Here's another fun project to do with your kids, allowing them to be creative with some food. It just so happens that a pear is just the perfect shape for a great turkey body, but the rest of the fruit used really doesn't matter. It can be laid out nicely on a platter, or the fruit pieces can be skewered onto wooden food skewers.

My son especially loves this craft because he's crazy about fruit, he can play with his food, and he can use his creativity to really come up with something fantastic. This would make a great appetizer tray for Thanksgiving Day, if only it lasts that long with your kids around.

Mayflower Mashed Potato Boats

Mayflower Mashed Potato Boats

10. Mayflower Mashed Potato Boats

My son just loves mashed potatoes, and he loves cooking. So this recipe is right up his alley. This adorable recipe by Hallmark is not only a fun way to talk about the story of what happened at the first Thanksgiving, but it's also a fun way to eat your mashed potatoes. If you'd like to use these as Thanksgiving Day appetizers, I'm sure you'll be the hit of the celebration.

Ingredients:

  • 12 large red potatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoon real butter
  • 2 stalks chives, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 zucchini, sliced and cut into 12 thin 1 1/2 inch strips
  • 3 large carrots, cut into 12 thin 1 1/2 inch strips
  • Poppy seeds for sprinkling

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place sliced potato halves in a bowl and toss with olive oil. Transfer potatoes to a baking sheet and turn them cut-side down. Bake until potatoes are fork-tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow potatoes to cool slightly.
  2. While potatoes are still warm, scoop out the center section using a melon baller or small spoon. Leave about ¼ to ⅛ inch around outside edge of potato. Place all potato centers in a medium mixing bowl with butter, and mash together until butter is completely melted. Mix in sour cream and herbs until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Scoop spoonfuls of potato mixture back into boat shells with a spoon.
  4. Use toothpicks to skewer through the top and bottom of the zucchini and carrot strips to form the sails. Insert a toothpick sail into each potato half. Sprinkle tops with poppy seeds.
Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries

11. Sweet Potato Fries

This great recipe, modified from Clean Eating Magazine, is one we use often. Sweet potatoes are one of those seasonal fall vegetables that you simply can't pass up. They are deliciously sweet naturally, and packed full of amazing nutrients.