Not to be too basic, but it’s almost Fall and I’m ready to try out some new pumpkin recipes this season. Aren’t we over they synthetic pumpkin flavored lattes by now? If not, maybe learning some of the health benefits of pumpkin will inspire you to try something other than an artificial flavored coffee from your favorite chain coffee shop.
When we think of pumpkin a vision of perfectly crafted fall décor Pinterest boards and pumpkin spiced lattes are probably what comes to mind. Something you might not know? Pumpkin is actually a superfood- one that many overlook. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, beta carotene, vitamin c, and fiber. In fact Pumpkin contains 7 grams of fiber per cup and digestive enzymes making it an incredible food for gut health. In this post we’ll explore more than your average pumpkin pie or spiced latte- giving you options from breakfast through dinner.
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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
These four ingredient pumpkin oat cookies from Running on Real Food. make a great breakfast option for quick meal preps. They only take ten minutes to bake and less than twenty minutes to whip up a batch for the entire week. You can easily swap out the chocolate chips for nuts and dried berries like pecans and cranberries. To enjoy these cookies as a tasty pre-workout snack try adding chia or hemp seeds to the recipe.
Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
Starting a cool fall morning with a warm stack of pumpkin spiced pancakes sounds like a Sunday morning dream. These pumpkin pancakes from Dishing Out Health are high in fiber without using any protein powders, and did I mention they’re gluten free? The protein in these come naturally from ingredients like eggs, and cottage cheese. If you’ve been searching for a healthy fast breakfast option these can be made in bulk and frozen. Reheat them in the microwave or air fryer on busy mornings.
5 Minute Pumpkin Oatmeal
Another quick healthy breakfast option that’s perfect for those extra chilly winter mornings. If you’re sick of the same old maple apple oatmeal you have to spice it up this season with this recipe from Simply Quinoa. It’ll kick your pumpkin pie craving and keep you full all morning. You could easily make a big batch to portion out for meal preps throughout the week and swap out the toppings to change things up. Try adding some almond slices, and dried cherries with hemp seeds!
Healthy Pumpkin Spiced Latte
So, if you’re still craving that signature fall PSL this recipe from Eating Bird Food might just be your new favorite coffee recipe. A medium pumpkin spiced latte from your favorite coffee shop contains 50g of sugar. On special occasions it’s totally fine to give into that craving, but if you’re driving thru every morning during the fall months for a PSL fix all that sugar can create a toxic zone of inflammation. High inflammation in the body can weaken the immune system. Unlike other pumpkin spiced latte recipes this one contains actual pumpkin and fresh spices.
Pumpkin Chai Smoothie
If you’re not much of a breakfast person or like to liquid fast until the afternoon smoothies can be one of your best options. This smoothie recipe from Real + Vibrant can even kick that afternoon pumpkin frappe craving. You can easily make this pumpkin smoothie a meal replacement by adding some protein. My go to is Sprout Living’s vanilla plant protein that also contains extra herbs and superfoods for added health benefits.
Savory Sage Pumpkin Hummus
Hummus is one of my go to meal prep snacks for the week. It’s so inexpensive and easy to make a big batch for healthy mid-day snacks. This pumpkin version from Nourish and Fete would be a great fall inspired version for football tailgates or an app for holiday parties.
Pumpkin Energy Balls
If you tend to reach for a sweet treat to get you through the afternoon these pumpkin energy balls from The Conscious Plant Kitchen are a great alternative. They are packed with chia seeds, pecans, coconut, and pumpkin seeds to help give you some energy and tide over any hunger cravings until dinner. I also recommend trying them as a clean pre-workout snack. You can easily make a big batch for the month to freeze and thaw for busy schedules.
Honey Siracha Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
If you haven’t added seeds to your diet yet this is your sign to start! They are packed with higher nutrients than nuts and a great plant based source of protein. I’m loving the savory yet sweet flavor of these honey siracha pumpkin seeds from Soup Addict. They are so versatile making a great snack all on their own or tossing them on salads, avocado toast, and oatmeal.
Mini Pumpkin Pie Cups
Okay, so I couldn’t make a healthy pumpkin recipe list without adding something similar to pie. These mini pumpkin pie cups from Calla’s Clean Eats are the perfect gluten free option for a guilt free holiday dessert. They are super quick and easy to make for holiday parties and football season tailgates.
Pumpkin Whipped Feta Dip
If you’re a feta lover you’re about to fall hard for this deliciously rich dip from Walder Wellness. It’s another great holiday party app that’s super festive and so quick to whip up. It’s packed with pumpkin, Greek yogurt, and honey for an added touch of sweetness to this delicious savory snack. This dip is great served with raw veggies, pita, or a hearty artisan bread.
Roasted Stuffed Pumpkin
If you really want to wow your guests this holiday season look no further then these stuffed pumpkins from Yammie’s Noshery. Not only will they make your fall tablescape look beautiful, but they are a sure fire way to impress your dinner guests. They are packed with an ultra savory mix of Italian sausage, mushrooms, breadcrumbs, and herbs in a creamy sauce. I’m willing to bet this might even become a fall family tradition.
Spicy Sausage Pumpkin Pasta
We may be on to something with this sausage and pumpkin combo. If you don’t have the time or patience to create those stuffed pumpkins in the last recipe on our list you can just as easily wow your holiday guests with this one. This spicy sausage pumpkin pasta from Aberdeen’s Kitchen is a super convenient one pot recipe perfect for those busy holiday season nights. You can easily switch up the flavors of this dish by swapping out sausage for ground turkey, or ground chicken to enjoy all season long.
Brown Butter Pumpkin Galette
This recipe has me dreaming of the perfect fall brunch enjoyed outside on a cool Saturday morning. Galette’s are beautiful savory French pastries and Coley Cooks has mastered this pumpkin version. Topped with caramelized onions, goat cheese, and sage this recipe works perfect for any time of day. While I prefer galette’s for brunch, this dish would pair perfect with a cranberry pecan salad and champagne vinaigrette dressing for dinner. Honestly, my mouth is watering right now just typing that combo.
Easy Pumpkin Soup
Your first course has officially arrived! Simply Stacie has created a decadent yet easy fall starter to blow your family and friends away this fall. This healthy pumpkin dish tastes like the start of a fine dining experience but takes less than thirty minutes to make. Serve with a good hearty artisan bread from your local bakery and you won’t be disappointed.
Roasted Pumpkin with Maple Chili Glaze
Looking for a new side for this year’s holiday ham or turkey? Look no further than this roasted pumpkin with a maple chili glaze. Did I mention it’s topped with feta? This simple, yet elegant fall inspired side dish from Recipe Tin Eats is going to be the perfect addition to your traditional holiday dinner. Love this side so much you want to make it a meal? Add it to some spinach, quinoa, and roasted chicken for a fall inspired salad.
Baked Parmesan Pumpkin Fries
One of the best turkey burgers I ever had was accompanied with whiskey aged cheese and a blackberry compote. I still dream of it to this day, but why am I telling you this? Because when I first came across these parmesan pumpkin fries I couldn’t think of a more perfect meal than these two perfectly constructed on a plate. If you’re a fan of sweet potatoes for a healthier fry option you absolutely have to try these pumpkin fries from Wholefully.
Savory Pumpkin Muffins
Muffins might make you think of breakfast but these savory pumpkin muffins from The Candid Appetite are a tasty choice for any time of day. Another recipe that combines the perfect combination of sausage and pumpkin yet adds another element of richness with gruyère cheese. Could you ask for anything more decadent in a muffin form than this? I vote no. I can’t wait to make these for my family this fall.
Where I’m from in the South biscuits are acceptable to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (or breakfast, dinner, & supper- if you know, you know). We even find excuses to eat them as the main course when topped with milk gravy. So, to my southern delight I was pretty excited to find these pumpkin biscuits form Recipe Girl just in time for fall. These sweet biscuits would be perfect with honey or apple butter.