With autumn in full swing, there’s little I crave more than some pumpkin goodness on my plate. So here’s a round up of some of my favorite healthy pumpkin recipes from my blog over the years – both sweet and savory.
Pumpkin baked goods are the perfect thing to cozy up with when the weather gets chilly. But pumpkin is also great in savory food!
Healthy Pumpkin Recipes
Pumpkin Muffins (or Bread)
These are my go-to simple, easy, and delicious pumpkin muffins. They’re healthier than your average pumpkin muffins (thanks to whole wheat pastry flour, protein-packed greek yogurt, and applesauce) yet they’re just as moist, flavorful, and cozy! If you’re not feeling muffins, you can easily bake this batter in a loaf pan and have delicious pumpkin bread instead. It makes a great gift!
Gluten Free Spiced Pumpkin Pancake
This recipe makes a single-serving pancake that is easy enough to throw together on a busy weekday morning. Plus, it’s gluten free, high protein, and fills all your pumpkin-spice cravings!
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
This oatmeal tastes just like pumpkin pie in a bowl – except there’s no sugar added! Just banana for sweetness and plenty of fall spices. If you use nondairy milk, this recipe can also easily be vegan (and just as delicious). Feel free to get creative with toppings, too! I like nuts to amp up the healthy fat, and fresh or dried fruit for flavor. Dried cranberries are especially yummy here!
Pumpkin Goji Biscotti
These healthy little cookies make great holiday gifts or accompaniments alongside a latte or hot tea. They’re made with whole wheat flour, less sugar than typical biscotti, and goji berries for an antioxidant punch! Since they’re super crunchy, they stay good for a few weeks without going stale. So you can bake a batch and have them on hand for snacking or impromptu guests.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup
This creamy pumpkin soup is made in the crockpot for an easy, cozy fall meal! It’s packed with veggies (like carrots!) and deliciously flavored with herbs and spices. It’s delicious on its own, or top with a dollop of Greek yogurt and/or crunchy pumpkin seeds!
Oatmeal Banana Pumpkin Cookies
These cookies are not only simple and quick to throw together, but they’re also vegan! They get most of their sweetness from ripe banana, so only a little maple syrup is needed to give them a decadent feel. And they’re healthy enough to eat for breakfast. They taste like soft, fluffy little pillows of fall studded with dried cranberries!
Comforting Pumpkin Quinoa
This quinoa dish is easy to throw together, yet so cozy and delicious! Feel free to swap out the asparagus and bok choy for any veggies you have on hand. It’s a flexible fall-themed side dish – or top with some beans or cooked chicken to make a balanced meal!
Pumpkin Bean Dip
This dip is delicious and really easy to make! Packed with protein from the beans and nutrients from the pumpkin, it’s a huge hit at parties. It’s nice to serve something a little more creative than standard hummus!
Black Bean and Pumpkin Veggie Burgers
These are the simplest vegan burgers you’ll ever make. Adding pumpkin to the mix gives them a fall flair, making your veggie burger dinner even more comforting and festive. Serve them on a bun, crumbled over a salad, in a pita, or alongside some grains and veggies. Try topping these burgers with cheddar cheese or a chipotle yogurt sauce (if you’re not vegan)!
Fresh Cranberry and Walnut Pumpkin Bread
This pumpkin bread is swoon-worthy with a crispy and lightly sweet crust, crunchy and buttery walnuts, and tart bursts of fresh cranberry. In addition, it’s made with 100% whole wheat flour. And it’s super fluffy, despite being made with no added butter or oil. Make this for breakfast on a chilly weekend morning, pack a slice for a healthy afternoon snack, or give a loaf as a holiday gift!
Microwave Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie for One
This healthy, soft, and chewy “cookie” is packed with fiber and healthy fat, making it a great breakfast or snack. It couldn’t be easier to make – all you need is the microwave! This recipe makes a single serving, too. Perfect when you just want a little something sweet without having leftover cookies on hand for weeks. 🙂
Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding
This chia pudding is the easiest breakfast, snack, or dessert you could put together. Just mix up chia seeds, pumpkin, spices, and almond milk and stick it in the fridge! If you let it sit overnight, you’ll wake up to a festive and delicious breakfast.
I hope you enjoy these healthy pumpkin recipes for fall! What’s your favorite way to use pumpkin?