Is there anything better than a tasty pumpkin recipe?! Nope! Fall is here and it’s time to enjoy all things pumpkin.
Fall is in the air! Don’t get me wrong, I loooove summer, but there is something about fall #amiright? I love the cool mornings, the crisp air and all things pumpkin. Yup, I’m that girl. I honestly love pumpkin year round, but I am definitely drawn to it more in the fall. Bring on the big sweaters and pumpkin recipes!
If you’ve never used pumpkin for cooking or baking, I’ll give you the 4-1-1.
I typically buy canned pumpkin, which you can find in the baking aisle year round (pro tip). When it’s in season, I feel like they have it on every end cap of every grocery store. When buying, be sure to look at the ingredient list and make sure it’s just pureed pumpkin (no other additives).
Of course, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can also use a pie pumpkin to make your own pumpkin puree!
Health Benefits of Pumpkin
Pumpkin is a part of the squash family and is packed with great nutrition benefits. It’s low in calories, saturated fat and cholesterol. It is considered “nutrient-dense” because it has a ton of great vitamins and minerals but not a lot of calories. It’s super high in vitamin K which helps your blood clot and is great for bone health. It’s also high in beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant and important for eye and immune health.
What Can You Make with Pumpkin?
So many things! I love making everything from desserts and smoothies to soups and burgers (yes burgers!) with pumpkin. It’s such a diverse vegetable as it can be made sweet or savory. Let’s jump into some recipes!
These pumpkin spice cereal squares are a fall spin on my original recipe for superfood cereal squares. They’re loaded with healthy ingredients and full of pumpkin spice flavor. Gluten-free and dairy-free!
This pumpkin granola is super crunchy, easy to make and perfect for fall. It's made with real pumpkin and studded with nutty pecans and chocolate chips for the perfect hint of chocolatey goodness. Vegan + gluten-free.
This pumpkin gingerbread smoothie tastes like your favorite holiday dessert, but is loaded with health-boosting ingredients like fresh ginger, blackstrap molasses, and chia seeds. Vegan and gluten-free.
These pumpkin cornbread muffins are slightly sweet and moist from the pumpkin! They're the perfect side to a big bowl of cozy soup or chili. Dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar free and made with whole grains.
These pumpkin protein bars are vegan, gluten-free and oil-free. They make for a perfect pre or post-workout snack or grab-and-go breakfast. Each bar has less than 80 calories, 7 grams of protein and only 4 grams of sugar!