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Family Meal Plan: Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Muffins + Max's Grape Compote + Wild Things Grape Soda

Family Meal Plan: Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Muffins + Max's Grape Compote + King of the Wild Things Grape Soda

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Muffins + Max's Grape Compote + Wild Things Grape Soda

by Erin Fletter
Photo by Elena Veselova/
prep time
30 minutes
cook time
30 minutes
4-6 servings

Fun Food Story

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Muffins

Breakfast anyone? We've made these muffins healthier and ready for fall by adding pumpkin. Pumpkins are high in fiber; they contain vitamin A, vitamin B, potassium, protein, iron, and other nutrients and are so good for your family to eat. We're also adding some grated carrots into our muffins. Orange we extra sneaky?

Our Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Muffins are unique because they include classic Snickerdoodle cookie ingredients. Did you know that Snickerdoodles are of German origin? Snickerdoodle means snail noodles... it is true... and "Snickerdoodles sind lecker!" (Snail noodles are delicious!)

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Shopping List

  • 1 small carrot
  • 2 C fresh grapes (or blueberries)
  • 4 lemons
  • 1 C milk **(see allergy subs below)**
  • 2 eggs **(see allergy subs below)**
  • 1 C canned pumpkin purée
  • 3/4 to 1 1/4 C sugar
  • 1 1/3 C all-purpose flour **(see allergy subs below)**
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 T + 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon + more to sprinkle
  • 1 pinch salt
  • dreamy muffin add-ins: chocolate chips, sliced banana, coconut flakes, dried fruit, orange zest
  • paper cupcake liners (optional)
  • 2 C cold water
  • ice

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • blend :

    to stir together two or more ingredients until just combined; blending is a gentler process than mixing.

  • chop :

    to cut something into small, rough pieces using a blade.

  • fold :

    to gently and slowly mix a light ingredient into a heavier ingredient so as not to lose air and to keep the mixture tender, such as incorporating whipped egg whites into a cake batter or folding blueberries into pancake batter; folding is a gentler action than mixing or whisking.

  • grate :

    to reduce food, like a carrot, to very small shreds or pieces of the same size by rubbing it on a tool with an outside surface that has holes with cutting edges (a grater).

  • knife skills :

    Bear Claw (growl), Pinch, Plank, and Bridge (look out for trolls)

  • measure :

    to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).

  • roll :

    to use a rolling pin to flatten dough; use your hands to form a roll or ball shape; or move a round food, like a grape or a meatball, through another food, like sugar or breadcrumbs, to coat it.

  • smash :

    to break up food into smaller pieces or squash food to flatten or soften it.

  • squeeze :

    to firmly press or twist a food with fingers, hands, or a device to remove its liquid, like shredded potatoes, frozen and thawed spinach, or tofu.

  • wet vs dry :

    to mix wet and dry ingredients separately before combining them: dry ingredients are flours, leavening agents, salt, and spices; wet ingredients are those that dissolve or can be dissolved (sugar, eggs, butter, oils, honey, vanilla, milk, and juices).

  • whisk :

    to beat or stir ingredients vigorously with a fork or whisk to mix, blend, or incorporate air.

Equipment Checklist

  • Blender
  • Citrus juicer (optional)
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Pitcher or large jar
  • Oven
  • Large mixing bowls (2)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Whisk
  • Grater
  • Muffin pan
  • Paper cupcake liners (optional)
  • Cutting board + kid-safe knife
  • Potato masher or glass measuring cup
  • Skillet
  • Spoon


Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Muffins

  • 1 C milk **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub dairy-free/nut-free milk)**
  • 2 eggs **(for EGG ALLERGY sub mashed ripe banana or applesauce—more info below)**
  • 1 C canned pumpkin purée
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 1/3 C all-purpose flour **(for GLUTEN ALLERGY sub gluten-free/nut-free all-purpose flour)**
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon + more to sprinkle
  • dreamy add-ins: chocolate chips, sliced banana, coconut flakes, dried fruit, orange zest

Max's Grape Compote

  • 1 C fresh grapes (or blueberries)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 pinch salt

Wild Things Grape Soda

  • 1/2 C lemon juice (from 3 to 4 lemons)
  • 2 C cold water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 C grapes (or blueberries)
  • 1 T baking soda
  • ice

Food Allergen Substitutions

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Muffins

  • Gluten/Wheat: Substitute gluten-free/nut-free all-purpose flour.
  • Dairy: Substitute dairy-free/nut-free milk.
  • Egg: For 2 eggs, substitute 1/2 C mashed ripe banana or applesauce.


Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Muffins

preheat + crack

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Have kids crack open 2 large eggs and add them to a large bowl.

measure + whisk + grate

Measure and add 1 cup milk, 1 cup pumpkin purée, and 2 tablespoons sugar to the bowl with the egg and whisk together until creamy and light yellow. Grate and add 1 carrot to the bowl. This is the wet mix.

measure + mix

Have kids measure and mix: 1 1/3 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon, and whisk together. This is the dry mix.

stir + fold

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Have kids fold in any combination of chocolate chips, flaked coconut, orange zest, sliced bananas, raisins, or dried cranberries to the muffin batter!

grease + bake

Spread 2 tablespoons of butter around the muffin pan wells (or use paper liners). Divide the pumpkin batter among the wells (fill 3/4 full) and sprinkle with more cinnamon. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown on top and cooked through the middle. Top with Max's Grape Compote (see recipe)!

Max's Grape Compote

chop + add + sprinkle

Have kids chop 1 cup grapes into little bits and add to a mixing bowl. Sprinkle 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar over the grapes.

add + squeeze + mash

Next add 1 pinch of salt and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Using a potato masher or the bottom of a glass measuring cup, smash the grapes in a glass mixing bowl until they’re broken up and juicy. Taste and adjust sweetness with more sugar if needed.

pour + reduce + spoon

To thicken the compote, pour the mixture into a skillet over low heat and cook until it is reduced by 2/3, stirring occasionally. Serve by itself, or spoon on top of ice cream, oatmeal, pancakes, or muffins, like our In and Out of Weeks Pumpkin Muffins (see recipe)!

Wild Things Grape Soda

squeeze + add + blend

Squeeze the juice from 3 to 4 lemons into a blender! Add 2 cups of cold water and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar. Blend until frothy.

roll + pour + drop + fizz

Roll 1 cup of fresh grapes, one by one, in 1 tablespoon of baking soda so that each of them is lightly coated. Pour the blended lemonade into a pitcher or large jar. Then drop the baking-soda-dusted grapes into the pitcher and watch them fizz and create soda! Pour over ice into cups, and Cheers!

Surprise Ingredient: Pumpkin!

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Photo by Irina Wilhauk/

Hi! I’m Pumpkin!

"I'm orange, round, like to sit on your porch making faces in the Fall, and I'm good to eat! I'm a pumpkin! Of course, not all pumpkins are orange. We can be white, red, yellow, tan, blue, dark green, and even black! We're not always round, either! We might be tall and oblong or short and squat. We love it when families come to the pumpkin patch to pick out their favorite pumpkin to take home!"


  • The pumpkin is a winter squash that is believed to have originated in Central America. Seeds from pumpkins were found in the highlands of Oaxaca, Mexico, dating back to 7000 to 5500 BCE, about 9,000 years ago! 
  • Now, pumpkins are grown on six continents. The only continent that can't grow pumpkins is Antarctica!
  • Native Americans were eating pumpkins for centuries before European colonists arrived. They ate pumpkin seeds, used them as medicine, and made mats from flattened and dried strips of pumpkins.
  • Archaeologists have found pumpkin residue among the 800-year-old ruins of the Ancestral Pueblo people. 
  • A pumpkin is not the same as a Jack-o-Lantern. A pumpkin is only a Jack-o-Lantern once it's carved! Carving pumpkins into Jack-o-Lanterns is a tradition that started hundreds of years ago in Ireland. The Irish used to carve turnips, but when Irish immigrants arrived in North America and found pumpkins aplenty, they began to use those instead. 
  • Pumpkins were once endorsed as a remedy for freckles and snake bites. As if we need a cure for freckles!
  • According to Guinness World Records, Stefano Cutrupi of Italy harvested the heaviest pumpkin on September 26, 2021. His humongous pumpkin weighed over 2,702 pounds.

Anatomy & Etymology

  • Why are pumpkins orange? Before a pumpkin matures, it's green in color due to the presence of chlorophyll, a green-pigmented nutrient required for the pumpkin to absorb and use sunlight for energy and food. However, as a pumpkin matures, it develops phytonutrients called "carotenoids," which give a pumpkin its bright orange color. 
  • The stem of a pumpkin is often referred to as its "handle."
  • Thin, hairlike "tendrils" are often attached to the pumpkin's stem. As it grows, the pumpkin's tendrils cling to the vine and are green in color. These tendrils attach to and wind themselves around fences, posts, other plants, and objects on the ground to anchor the vine and protect the plant from the wind. 
  • Leaves grow on the pumpkin's vine and absorb sunlight to provide energy for the plant and its fruit.
  • We collectively refer to the pumpkin's outer skin and inner fruit as the pumpkin's "shell." Ribs are the indentations around the outside of the pumpkin's shell. 
  • The meat of the pumpkin is called the "pulp," or sometimes affectionately referred to as "pumpkin brains!" Attached to the pulp are lots of pumpkin seeds that can be cleaned, dried, and roasted with salt (delicious!). The inner part of each pumpkin seed contains a nut (technically, the "germ" of the seed), and this is what eventually develops into a new pumpkin. 
  • The word "pumpkin" originated from the Greek word for "large melon," which is "pepon." The French called it "pompon." The English used "pumpion." And, American colonists changed "pumpion" into "pumpkin."  

How to Pick, Buy, & Eat

  • A pumpkin is used as a vegetable in cooking, but it's actually a fruit! It's a member of the Cucurbita family, which includes squash and cucumbers. 
  • Pumpkin flowers and seeds are edible.
  • Undoubtedly the most popular recipe that uses pumpkins is pumpkin pie. But pumpkin pulp can be used for everything from baked goods to soups to ice cream, pudding, and even beer!
  • You can store uncut pumpkins for up to 60 days in a cool, dark place!


  • Pumpkins contain potassium, vitamin C, soluble fiber, and beta carotene. 
  • Vitamin C and beta carotene are two powerful antioxidants that help protect cell membranes and the immune system. 
  • Potassium is good for circulation and healthy blood pressure, and it's great for bones. It also helps take blood pumped from hearts through arteries and veins to muscles and organs.
  • Beta carotene is great for the health of our eyes! The body takes beta carotene and converts it to vitamin A, which our eyes need to stay healthy. When this happens, it signals the immune system to create white blood cells, which help the body fight off infection. 
  • Soluble fiber is so good for our digestive systems! Fiber also helps slow the absorption of blood sugar into our tissues.


What are Snickerdoodles?

Photo by Linda Hughes Photography/
  • A Snickerdoodle is a delicious cookie made with butter or oil, eggs, sugar, salt, cream of tartar, baking soda, and flour, rolled in cinnamon sugar before baking. 
  • The signature flavor and the perfect chewiness of snickerdoodles are attributed to the cream of tartar. These characteristics are due to the chemical makeup of the cream of tartar, which prevents the cookies from developing a sugar-crystal-induced crunch that sugar cookies have, giving them a soft and pillowy texture.
  • The Joy of Cooking claims that the name "snickerdoodle" is probably German in origin, being a corruption of the German word "schneckennudeln," which is a German cinnamon roll (the word literally means snail noodles!). 
  • Some believe the name comes from a series of tall tales around a hero named Snickerdoodle from the early 1900s. However, it is also possible that it is simply a nonsense word with no particular meaning, originating from a New England tradition of whimsical cookie names!

Let's Learn About Germany!

Photo by Oksana Trautwein/
  • The central European country of Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is known as "Deutschland" (DOYCH-lunt) in the German language. It is a federal parliamentary republic with a president, a chancellor (the head of the government), and a legislature.
  • Germany has over 83 million people in an area of 137,847 square miles, a little smaller than the U.S. state of Montana.
  • The capital and largest city in Germany is Berlin, but only since 1990 when East and West Germany reunified. Before that, East and West Germany were divided by the Berlin Wall, built after World War II to keep Eastern citizens from fleeing to the West. The Berlin Wall kept the two sides of Germany separated for 28 years. The wall finally crumbled in November 1989, and you can see segments of the original wall in many places in Germany and other countries.
  • Germany was the first country in the world to adopt Daylight Savings Time. This was done in 1916 during World War I to conserve fuel.
  • Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Germany, and the German Football Association is the largest single-sport league worldwide. Motorsports are also big in Germany, with three well-known German carmakers heavily involved, BMW, Mercedes, and Porsche.
  • Hamburg, Germany, has the most bridges in the world. The city has more than 2,300 bridges!
  • In Germany, undergraduate university education is free, even to international students. Although a few programs are taught in both English and German, a student would need a firm knowledge of the German language to attend most universities. Germany also has a vocational education system that combines learning with company apprenticeships.
  • Germany is known for its sausages, and some, like "bratwursts" or "brats," are popular in the United States. Over 850 million "currywursts" (curry sausages sold on the street) are eaten in Germany per year! Bread, cheese, and beer are also significant parts of German cuisine.
  • During World War II, Coca-Cola syrup could not come into the country due to a US trade embargo with Nazi Germany. This resulted in the company's German division inventing Fanta soda, what we now know as an orange soda. However, the modern version was developed in Italy in the 1950s. They initially made the early German version with whey (the liquid left after making cheese), apple pomace (the pulp left from making apple juice), and beet sugar. 
  • The Autobahn is a famous access highway in Germany. It is over 8,000 miles long, and many parts have no enforceable speed limit. People travel from around the world to drive fast cars on the Autobahn. It's illegal to run out of gas on this highway!

What's It Like to Be a Kid in Germany?

  • In Germany, often both parents work, and every child under three can go to daycare. Kids can start kindergarten from 3 to 5 years old. 
  • On the first day of first grade, parents give their children a giant cone filled with toys, candy, and school supplies. The school cone is called a "schultüte," celebrating an important rite of passage in their young lives. 
  • Popular sports for youth include football (soccer), handball, and gymnastics. Kids primarily participate in a sport through a sports club, and there are thousands of sports clubs in Germany for almost every sport. 
  • German kids can visit one of the biggest zoos in the world, the Zoologischer Garten Berlin (Berlin Zoological Garden). Although its size isn't the largest, it houses the most animal species worldwide. The zoo opened in 1844 and its aquarium in 1913. 
  • There are several amusement and theme parks in Germany, and if kids are familiar with stories from the Brothers Grimm, families can drive the German Fairy Tale Route (Deutsche Märchenstraße) that runs 370 miles. The route passes through scenic nature parks and charming villages, and several places on the way relate to the fairy tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood's house, Sleeping Beauty's castle, and the Pied Piper's town of Hamelin. Speaking of castles, you can also visit the Neuschwanstein Castle in the Bavarian Alps, which may have inspired Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle.

That's Berry Funny

What did one grape say to the other grape? 

"If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be in this jam!"

THYME for a Laugh

Why aren't grapes ever lonely? 

Because they come in bunches!

The Yolk's On You

What is a pumpkin's favorite sport? 

Squash! (like racquetball)

That's Berry Funny

Who helps the little pumpkins cross the road to school?

The Crossing Gourd!

Lettuce Joke Around

What do you use to mend a jack-o-lantern?

A pumpkin patch!

That's Berry Funny

What did the green grape say to the purple grape? 

Breathe! Breathe!

That's Berry Funny

Why was Cinderella not very good at softball?

Because her coach was a pumpkin!

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