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13 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

13 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

We carved pumpkins on the kitchen island last night. I think my pumpkin is the best; my husband claims that his is the best. Perhaps we’ll poll you for a winner (vote for the toothy grin!). Regardless, the entrance to our home is as decorated as it’s going to get.

Today, I’m rounding up thirteen of my pumpkin recipes, from muffins and scones to soup and pasta. These recipes are made with whole grains when applicable, and naturally sweetened when possible. By labeling them “healthy,” I mean healthier than something you might find at Starbucks.

All but two of these recipes (the soup and pasta) make use of canned pumpkin. I’ve tried making my own pumpkin purée and you’re welcome to do so, but canned pumpkin generally offers more reliable texture and flavor. I only go to the trouble of roasting my own for savory recipes, like the soup shown above.

I have another pumpkin recipe coming to you soon. For more October recipe inspiration, check out my October produce guide.

1) Pumpkin Spice Blend

Gluten free and vegan

My go-to pumpkin spice blend is made with ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice or cloves. Mix some up and start baking!

2) Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Gluten free

These crispy spiced pumpkin waffles are made with oat flour, so they’re gluten free. If you haven’t worked with oat flour before, it’s very easy to make. Just blend up old-fashioned oats in your blender until they’re a fine flour.

3) Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Easily gluten free or vegan

These pumpkin muffins have been a mega hit with readers. Feel free to add chopped pecans or chocolate chips or anything else that strikes your fancy.

4) Homemade Pumpkin Chai Latte

Gluten free and vegan

Here’s a creamy chai latte made with real pumpkin purée, spices and almond milk. It’s a Starbucks-style treat that you can feel good about.

5) Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Gluten free and vegan

This ultra creamy pumpkin soup is made with real roasted pumpkin. It turns out well with canned pumpkin in a pinch (see recipe note).

6) Pumpkin Oat Pancakes

Gluten free

More pumpkin and oat goodness—these pancakes are hearty and fluffy at the same time.

7) Pumpkin Pecan Scones with Maple Glaze


Oh boy, these are my favorite. Using coconut oil in place of butter is a vegan option that turns out great.

8) Pumpkin Pecan Polvorones (Mexican Wedding Cookies)


These bite-sized pumpkin polvorones are the perfect treat to satisfy your pumpkin craving.

9) Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo


This lightened-up alfredo is made with creamy puréed pumpkin. I roasted my own pumpkin for this one, but you can use canned pumpkin instead, if you’d prefer.

10) Healthy Pumpkin Bread

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

Pumpkin bread made with honey or maple syrup, whole wheat flour and coconut oil. I can’t get enough.

11) Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

Easily gluten free or vegan

More pumpkin pancakes! These are super fluffy, to the point that they’re almost almost muffin-y. Delicious.

12) Creamy Pumpkin Marinara

Easily gluten free and vegan

This easy pumpkin pasta sauce was inspired by Trader Joe’s Autumnal Harvest Pasta Sauce.

13) Pumpkin Pineapple Cocktail

Vegan, if you use maple syrup

Sounds strange, doesn’t it? I based this one off a pumpkin pineapple cocktail I ordered at a restaurant and it is delicious, I promise!

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