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November 2, 2020

by Alyssa

50+ Outrageously Delicious & Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Craving pumpkin but not sure what to make? Check out this list of outrageously delicious and healthy pumpkin recipes! There's something for everyone here!

Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

My favorite time of year is here! Fall ❤️ It's the best and I look forward to it all year long!

I love the cool, crisp mornings. The sweater, jeans and booties outfits. The soups and stews simmering on the stoves. And of course, the pumpkin. All things pumpkin!

To celebrate this magical time of year, today we're rounding up 18 of the absolute best, most delicious and healthy pumpkin recipes! There's sweet, there's savory and there's something for everyone! We're talking everything from pumpkin muffins, pumpkin & chocolate and even pumpkin pasta. Even if there's a pumpkin-hater in your life, I bet they'll be able to find something on this list.

Not seeing one of your faves? Let us know in the comments section and we'll try to find you a recipe!

Honey Sage Pumpkin Hummus Recipe

Canned Pumpkin vs. Fresh Pumpkin

When it comes to using pumpkin in your recipes, you have two choices: canned or fresh. For me, the most convenient thing is canned, but I have found that the two are slightly different. So you might want to keep that in mind when you're cooking/baking!

  • Canned: richer in color/darker and thicker – it will
  • Fresh: you roast the pumpkin and then puree it, so it's typically a bit thinner and more watery. You might want to adjust your quantities of dry ingredients to compensate!

But for the most part, these two are interchangeable and can be used in any of the recipes you see here.

Types of Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

There are so many fun ways to use pumkpin – we have over 40 recipes here on the site alone – but I wanted to organize them into categories for you. So here are the types of recipes you'll find below:

  • Bread
  • Muffins
  • Oatmeal + granola
  • Additional Breakfast Recipes
  • Lattes + Smoothies
  • Bars
  • Cookies
  • Desserts
  • Soup
  • Pasta

So…you can see what I mean when I say there are a ton of ways to use pumpkin, right?!

Healthy Pumpkin Bread with Coconut Flour

Pumpin Bread Recipes

I've got to start this list of healthy pumpkin recipes with my favorite: pumpkin bread! I've shared a bunch of pumpkin bread recipes on my site, but I also pulled some from others that I found. In my mind, there's nothing better than a slice of warm pumpkin bread!

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Along the same line as pumpkin bread, I also love pumpkin muffins! Many times you can actually use the same batter for muffins and bread, but I've picked some healthy pumpkin muffin recipes that are unique and delicious!

Pouring Milk Over Pumpkin Granola

Pumpkin Oatmeal + Granola

Pumpkin is a great addition to oatmeal and granola and is probably the way I use it most frequently at home. I love a good bowl of pumpkin oatmeal! And pumpkin granola is in constant rotation in my house all year long.

More Healthy Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes

In addition to those three categories – which fall in the breakfast category to me – here are some more healthy pumpkin recipes that are geared towards breakfast!

Pumpkin Lattes + Smoothies

Anyone obsessed with a good PSL? (pumpkin spice latte if you're not sure the acronym 😉) While not all of these contain actual pumpkin, I've put them on the list because they're pumpkin-inspired and everyone loves a good pumpkin spiced drink!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Bars

Healthy Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin is amazing for baking and it can be used to not only impart amazing flavor, but also help lighten things up. We've got a range of bars here – everything from pumpkin pie bars to oatmeal breakfast bars!

Pumpkin Cookie Recipes

You can't go wrong with pumpkin cookies either! Whether you're craving something soft and pillowy, maybe something peanut butter-y, or even just an old fashioned oatmeal cookie, we've got some for you here!

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe

More Pumpkin Desserts

Pumpkin is most classically known for desserts, so for those recipes that don't fall in our bar/cookie categories, we've put them here. We've got vegan pumpkin pie, truffles, ice cream, and more!

Pumpkin Soup Recipes

Now we're onto the savory part of our healthy pumpkin recipes list and we're kicking things off with soup. Pumpkin is an amazing addition to the soup – it helps make soups thick and creamy, while also bringing a really lovely subtle flavor.

Easy Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta

Pumpkin Pasta Recipes

And lastly, we have pasta! Pumpkin can be used in pasta sauces and it's absolutely delicious. We've got a few fun ways to use pumpkin in pasta, including mac and cheese, alfredo, lasagna, and more!

What's Your Favorite Way to Use Pumpkin?

If you have a favorite pumpkin recipe that we haven't included here, let us know! We love sharing all things pumpkin – we've got 40+ pumpkin recipes on the site – and we're always looking for new inspiration!



Healthy Recipes using Pumpkin

Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

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About Alyssa

Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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