Carrot “Pumpkins” are adorable! They are so cute, kids go crazy over them, and they offer Moms a healthy alternative to all that Halloween candy! By far, they are my new favorite Halloween treat!
I’m so excited to share my Carrot “Pumpkin” post with you today. I have tons of carrots growing in my garden and I can’t think of a better way to use them.
My boys pick carrots, wash them in a hose, and eat them as an easy outdoor snack all the time! The other day I was cutting carrots into sticks and remembered heart shaped carrots on Pinterest. Immediately my wheels started turning and I knew I had to make Carrot “Pumpkins”.
They are so easy to make. I have some super fat carrots and they make the most awesome pumpkins! With a really sharp knife cut slits lengthwise down the carrot. The distance between your cuts will determine the width of your pumpkin stem. The depth of your cut will determine the height of your stem.
Carefully, make a perpendicular cut from the edge of the carrot until it just intersects the first cut you made. You should be able to remove a pie shaped section of the carrot. Repeat on the other side.
For rounded pumpkins, carve the angles at the top of the pumpkin with a pairing knife or peel them with a vegetable peeler. If found I needed to use both tools just a little bit!
Update October 2017: See the movie below for my new favorite way of smoothing and rounding the pumpkin. I use a knife and just gradually shave little pieces of the pumpkin until it’s smooth. It’s a little bit like whittling a piece of wood. You can entirely skip this step if you want more geometric pumpkins! You hold the Carrot “Pumpkin” future in your hands!
Slice the carrot into rounds.
Aren’t they the cutest thing ever? If you were super bored, a really fun mom, and extra patient you could carve eyes and a mouth into these pumpkins. I’m not bored, not patient, and I’m only a really fun mom once in a while. That’s why my kiddo’s get Carrot “Pumpkins” and not carrot jack-o-lanterns!
I love having a healthy alternative to all the Halloween candy my kids collect. They are make salads, relish trays, and even soups more festive and fun for fall celebrating!