Fresh pumpkin is creamy perfection and made all the more fun when you get to prepare it from scratch. Canned and pureed pumpkin are great alternatives for those times when you crave creamy squash.
Pumpkin is rich in antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamin A and C, which play a key role in skin health, immunity and inflammation, which will help to build a healthy strong body. All the more reason to eat this bright orange fruit!
Check out these 37 pumpkin recipes that will have you drooling over every bite.
1. Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins
When making nutrition lifestyle changes, the occasional baked good can be just the thing to ease the transition or to win over reluctant kiddos. These Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins will do the trick!
2. Pumpkin Pie
The classic pie takes a healthy twist with a nutritious recipe that will certainly hit the spot for a holiday treat. Your family will love every bite!
Recipe: Healy Eats Real
3. No-Bake Pumpkin Tarts
Featuring a sweet pumpkin filling and a grain-free crust, these mini pumpkin pies are a quick and easy seasonal dessert that are lighter on your waistline. Naturally sweetened with fiber-rich dates, this simple pumpkin filling can be whipped up in a blender in minutes!
4. Pumpkin Cheesecake
Oh WOW! Just take a look at the pictures and you will be salivating over every bite. This recipe is gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free, making it an ideal choice for a decadent dessert on a special occasion.
Recipe: Unconventional Baker
5. Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding
Whether you’re trying chia pudding for the first time or are already addicted to it, add a few spoonfuls of canned pumpkin to your next batch for a great variation. Throw in a few spices, and it’s a perfect reminiscence of pumpkin pie!
6. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Enjoy the same flavors of the holiday dessert any time of year with this smoothie. The bonus: it is packed with vitamins to keep the body feeling healthy with every mouthful.
7. Honey-Nut Pumpkin Brittle
What to do with the seeds? Enjoy the crunchy creamy pumpkin seeds alongside sunflower seeds and almonds for a sweet nutty bite!
8. Pumpkin Butter
There are many ways to fill your meals with this treat. Try it for breakfast added to a smoothie, add it to baked goodies, or enjoy on a baked sweet potato. If you don’t want to use brown sugar, replace it with honey or maple syrup.
Recipe: Serious Eats
9. Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars
Get your dose of decadence with these chewy chocolate and pumpkin bars.
10. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
These seeds are a perfect addition to top on the Roasted Pumpkin Soup above. They are crunchy and flavorful. They’re perfect for tossing into salads or sprinkling over soups and savory bakes for added texture and seasoning.
Recipe: Jamie Oliver
11. Sweet & Spicy Pumpkin Fries
We’ve tried traditional fries, sweet potato fries and parsnip fries, so why not try pumpkin fries for a sweet and spicy kick to meals?
Recipe: Inspired RD
12. Paleo Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
A cute twist on the original pie. These Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes have no flour, and are refined sugar-free, dairy-free and egg-free. You can whip them up pretty fast!
Recipe: My Whole Food Life
13. Pumpkin Tartlets
With the silky texture of pumpkin pie in an all-natural, health-conscious, no-bake, easy-to-make, individually portioned format, these amazing tartlets are definitely something to make over the weekend.
Recipe: Being The Secret Ingredient
14. How to Make The Best Pumpkin Soup Ever
Learn handy tips to make delicious soups that will satisfy every time. PaleoHacks has you covered!
15. Starbucks Copycat Pumpkin Scones
Never feel that you are “missing out” on those sweet baked goodies at Starbucks when you can make your own which taste amazing and are much kinder to the body.
Recipe: Unconventional Baker
16. Pumpkin Creme Bars
For some sugar and spice and all things nice, give these Pumpkin Creme Bars a whirl. These are dairy-free, gluten-free, and topped with chocolate – are you convinced yet? Mouth-watering snacks that the kiddies will love!
Recipe: My Whole Food Life
17. Almond Pumpkin Choc Chip Cookies
These cookies taste like pumpkin and chocolate with a mild almond aftertaste. They are easy to make: all you need is one bowl and one spoon. Plus, there’s no melting, just a little mixing involved.
Recipe: The Iron You
18. Pumpkin Pie Milkshake with Cinnamon Maple Coconut Whipped Cream
For all the pie haters and baking haters… For all the pumpkin lovers… For the milkshake fanatics… This recipe is for you.
Recipe: Edible Perspective
19. Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte
Chai adds sweet and spicy flavors to a creamy pumpkin “latte”, making this drink a decadent treat, all whilst being dairy-free. Topped with whipped cream, and you won’t miss drinking a fancy coffee shop drink at all.
20. No-Bean Paleo Pumpkin Hummus
Zucchini is absolute magic for a no-bean hummus. In this recipe it pairs perfectly with pumpkin to create a creamy dip that will have you diving in with those celery sticks!
Recipe: The Paleo Mama
21. Raw Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Toss this pumpkin seed pesto with zucchini noodles, veggies or big fresh salads for an alternative to the traditional pesto.
Recipe: Oh My Veggies
22. Pumpkin Enchilada Sauce
Use this enchilada sauce mixed with vegetables in a saucepan, roasted with veggies in a bake, or in a homemade soup.
Recipe: She Likes Food
23. Spicy Honey Roasted Pumpkin
Forget the puree and go straight for sliced-up fresh pumpkin, especially when you try this roasted and spiced pumpkin recipe.
Recipe: Mom Foodie
24. Steamed Pumpkin and Bok Choy with Ginger Sesame Sauce
Red kuri squash (Hokkaido pumpkin) and baby bok choy are lightly steamed and served with a ginger sesame sauce in this easy side dish. Each slice comes out of the steamer completely fork-tender in less than 15 minutes, ready to soak up the spicy ginger and sesame-infused sauce.
Recipe: Gourmande in The Kitchen
25. Oven Baked Pumpkin Chipotle Fries
The key to these is tossing them with a good spice blend. The chipotle chili powder will give a fiery kick for a great healthy side dish at dinner.
Recipe: The View from Great Island
26. Quick Pumpkin Curry
A quick curry full of flavor! You’re in total control of the flavor and ingredients with this one. Grab any veggies you have on hand, even frozen veggies if you want to skip the chopping process!
27. Paleo Pumpkin Ice Cream
This ice cream recipe is a sweet reminder of pumpkin cheesecake and the dates give it an amazing warm, sweet finish.
Recipe: A Girl Worth Saving
28. Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
Here’s a nutritious, vitamin-rich breakfast for a lazy Sunday brunch. These pancakes are gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free, which is perfect to suit most dietary requirements for a tower of treats.
Recipe: Paleo Veganista
29. Easy Pumpkin Custard
If you’re a serious pumpkin lover who enjoys creating desserts, then you will love this custard recipe. Packed with healthy fats from coconut and vitamins from the pumpkin, this will be a healthy treat once in awhile.
Recipe: Whole New Mom
30. 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Fudge
This fudge has a pie-like smooth, dense, and oh-so-creamy consistency. The flavor is identical to pumpkin pie, with subtle sweetness and an abundance of warming spices that lure you in for piece after piece. (Just be careful not to eat it all in one sitting!)
Recipe: Blissful Basil
31. Spicy Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Dip
A quick and easy Paleo-friendly dip that requires no food processor! A combination of spices, sweet potato and pumpkin for a delicious sweet, salty and spicy side.
Recipe: The Big Man’s World
32. Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Subtly orange-hued, ultra-moist, and delicately sweet, these cookies are a treat begging to be made. A grain-free option for the family to enjoy!
Recipe: Tessa The Domestic Diva
33. Mashed Coconut Pumpkin
The rich creaminess of the coconut combines with the savory pumpkin flavor to make a very rich treat. Enjoy this with dinner for a yummy side!
Recipe: Urban Paleo Chef
34. Pumpkin Seed Energy Bars
These Paleo energy bars are naturally sweetened and pack hearty nuts and pumpkin seeds to keep you satisfied throughout the day.
35. Pumpkin and Spinach Salad
Pair this nutty salad with your main meal for a vibrantly colorful side dish. The creamy pumpkin works wonderfully with the fresh crisp spinach for a simple salad recipe.
36. Paleo Pumpkin Coconut Smoothie
This Paleo pumpkin coconut smoothie recipe is creamy, sweet and delicious without any dairy or added sugar. It’s a quick and healthy breakfast shake!
Recipe: Cook Eat Paleo
37. Pumpkin Coconut “Oatmeal”
For those of you who fancy something different for breakfast from the usual morning regime, give this recipe a try for faux oatmeal. It’s completely grain-free, using the pumpkin for a creamy sensation.
Recipe: Foodie Fiasco