Holiday season is here, and it’s time to break out the pumpkins! If you are looking for something sweet or savory, I have a solution for you. Here are 12 tasty pumpkin recipes so you can get your Fall fix. Don’t forget to check out the festive BONUS recipe!
Fall has finally made its appearance, and we are welcoming it with open arms here at the Gavin House! It’s so easy to get creative in the kitchen because I’m finding inspiration with one of my favorite ingredients, pumpkin!
Those cute, plump orange vegetables are way too awesome just to use as decorations, it’s so versatile and can be used to add flavor, color and not to mention nutritional benefits to any savory or sweet dish. Here are some of my top reasons for why pumpkins are so amazing!
Top Reasons for Cooking with Pumpkin
- Nutritional Benefits – Pumpkin is nutrient dense, packed with vitamins, minerals and low in calories. It’s a rich source of vitamin and the antioxidant beta-carotene and contains vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, and iron just to mention a few. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains almost 2 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, 0.2 grams of fat, and only 49 calories!
- Versatility– No matter what eating occasion, there are always to incorporate pumpkin into your recipes. If cooking or baking with pumpkins, the best pumpkins to chose are sweet with a smooth flesh. At the market look for 4 to 8-pound pumpkin called sugar or pie pumpkins. Their particular variety could be Autumn Gold, Cinderella, Baby Pam or Ghost Rider are some examples. You can steam, roast or even cut up into cubes for soups and stews. It’s awesome how you can even roast and eat the seeds for virtually no waste!
- Convenience– No time? Canned pumpkin puree is a convenient and flavorful alternative. Make sure to purchase “pure” pumpkin puree like Libby’s. Avoid the canned pumpkin pie filling because it already contains sweeteners and spices, unless you want a quick pie filling.
Pumpkin slow cooker steel cut oatmeal is a healthy recipe perfect for fall mornings! Made with warm spices and soft pears for a naturally sweet taste. Cook overnight and wake up to a hot, nutritious breakfast waiting for you in the kitchen. Plus, your house will smell like fresh baked pastries!
Vegan pumpkin pear almond muffins are a fall treat! Tender moist pumpkin muffins packed with sauteed spiced pears, crunchy almonds, and wholesome oats. Enjoy for breakfast or snack, and the perfect shareable baked good.
Who doesn’t like the smell of hot waffles cooking on the griddle? Wake up to some delicious buttermilk pumpkin spice waffles with homemade pumpkin butter! Packed with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves in every bite.
Get your morning started right with little motivation to hop out of bed, for a slice of warm whole wheat pumpkin coffee cake. The enticing aromatic smells of warm spices will fill your home and get you ready for fall. Don’t forget to brew a fresh cup of coffee to go perfectly with each blissful bite.
You can’t go wrong with chocolate and pumpkin, especially when they’re baked into fresh scones. These tender scones are lightened up with whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and coconut sugar. A delicious way to start your day!
Ooey gooey cinnamon rolls are always a hit, especially when you’ve got homemade pumpkin butter in the middle! Don’t forget the maple drizzle for the ultimate cinnamon rolls experience. Plus learn an easy trick to make these soft rolls quicker!
Pumpkin can also shine in a classic Mexican casserole dish, with a twist! Pumpkin puree is the key ingredient in this savory and spicy enchilada sauce. Each tortilla is rolled with tender pieces of shredded chicken, green chiles, and corn. All of the flavors of Fall packed into this delicious cheesy dish!
Mini pumpkin hand pies are the perfect portion size. No sharing is required! These homemade pop tart relatives can be simply topped with a simple pie crust or sprinkled with a spiced pecan strudel for extra crust and flavor.
For the culinary gourmand who is a kid at heart! Who doesn’t love a stuffed chocolate cookie, especially when it has a pumpkin cream filling? These mega cookies will make your soul smile and tummy happy.
You don’t need to be an expert baker to make these beautiful pumpkin cheesecake cups! If you’ve got a whisk, you are set. This triple layered mini trifle has a crunchy graham cracker crust, spiced no bake pumpkin mousse and chantilly cream. Smooth, rich and decadent, a dessert everyone is going to enjoy!
#11) Classic Pumpkin Pie
Sometimes you can’t go wrong with the traditional pumpkin pie recipe. This spiced baked pumpkin custard in a tender, flaky crust will make you do your happy tummy dance!
Need a little crunch to make your breakfast or snacks a bit more exciting? Granola is a great way to incorporate healthy ingredients like oats, flaxseeds, almonds and pumpkin into a homemade treat. Splash with some milk for a hearty cereal, sprinkle over a smoothie or use as a topping for yogurt.
#13 – BONUS!) Halloween Graveyard Brownie Cupcakes
These cupcakes are yummy, festive and SPOOKY! Have some fun decorating these brownie cupcakes with your scariest messages. You won’t believe what I used for the tombstone’s to make it a super easy decoration. Are you ready for a howling good time?
What are your favorite ways to incorporate pumpkin into your meals? Are you a savory pumpkin enthusiast? Or is staying sweet your fortay? I would love to hear your must have pumpkin recipes in the comment section for the holidays! If you need help with a recipe, let me know. Let’s eat!