12 healthy pumpkin recipes perfect for autumn
Fall is pretty much synonymous with pumpkin — luckily for us, it also has plenty of nutritional benefits, but we usually prefer the sugar-filled, processed pumpkin that looks spectacular on bakery windows and billboards. Here are the tastiest pumpkin recipes to feed you this fall and winter.
Bake up a batch of these gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins for the easiest breakfast ever. Perfect for on-the-go breakfasts when you want this muffin to be comfort food without the extra inches of love handle.
One of the best parts of September is all the fall drinks that are back in the rotation, especially at our PSL mainstay, Starbucks. Cut back on calories and refined sugar by making a DIY Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino instead.
They may taste decadent, but thanks to dairy-free cream cheese, yogurt, and bananas, you can have a moist and delicious pie that tastes like a coffee shop, but without all the effects of processing.
Throw out all your energy bars because these little energy balls are packed with pumpkin and muesli that are sure to get you through your worst Monday slump. You can add it to yogurt for breakfast, make a dessert with fried peaches and whipped cream, or serve as a snack during your lunch break.
No, pumpkin isn’t just for dessert—it’s an equal-opportunity seasonal ingredient that we’re obsessed with in this mild interpretation of Pumpkin Meatball Curry. That might sound like a lot of words that don’t go together, but just trust us on this one.
Nothing heralds the chilly weather better than a steaming pan of lasagna topped with gooey cheese. Thanks to the pumpkin and kale, this roulade version is guilt-free, but still tastes like mom’s classic recipe.
For those who are giddy at the thought of a PSL frappuccino, a pumpkin pie smoothie might seem quicker. It’s nutritious and still has that tropical cocktail essence thanks to the addition of coconut milk and banana. This is a fusion dessert or drink that is universal for everyone.
Butternut squash is so last year. This time, warm up with a strange but delicious mixture of pumpkin, carrot and coconut soup. In our opinion, it goes perfectly with a vegan grilled cheese! Before mixing, add a dollop of Greek yogurt for extra creaminess.
It’s not so much a complete recipe as an addition or the perfect finishing touch to the ultimate trail mix. With agave, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice, you can get the perfect shelled almond that usually costs a fortune at the grocery store.
We’ve all heard of poodles, but what about poodles? No, not a fluffy dog, but noodles made from peeled pumpkin. Raw pumpkin is packed with beta-carotene and has the perfect mild yet savory flavor that pairs well with creamy butternut squash, greens, butter and garlic.
What better way to recreate a curry than to make a chickpea squash? Topped with coconut brown rice, this dish is packed with flavor but more wholesome than any takeout you can order.
There is nothing more filling than Aunt Jemima’s fresh pancakes. Instant pot mix may be fluffy and satisfying in the moment, but is it worth the splurge later? Instead, try natural pumpkin pancakes that are gluten-free and lighter than air.