24+ Healthy Pumpkin Recipes for Fall
Pumpkin is one of our favorite fall flavors! Here are over 20 healthy pumpkins recipe for you to enjoy all season long.
To celebrate the start of fall, we’ve rounded our favorite healthy pumpkin recipes including healthy breakfast options, snacks, hearty dinners, and desserts.
I am too excited for spooky movies, seasonal candles, Halloween decor, and pumpkin-flavored everything! This is my favorite time of the year and I love to take advantage by adding as many fall-inspired dishes to my recipe rotation as possible.
I love the warm flavors of pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, and maple and now’s the best time to enjoy them. PSLs are back at Starbucks, pumpkin everything is on menus and pumpkin patches are starting to spring up.
The Scoop on Pumpkin
Did you know that the pumpkins you buy for carving are not the same ones you’d buy for recipes? Recipes typically call for canned pumpkin puree as it’s more convenient, but you can hit up your local farmers market or grocery store and look for sugar pumpkins if you prefer fresh.
Get tips on how to pick, prep, & store sugar pumpkins.
Carving vs. Sugar Pumpkins
Sugar or pie pumpkins are smaller, rounder, sweeter, and packed with flesh as opposed to their Halloween counterpart, the carving pumpkin.
Carving pumpkins tend to be much larger in size, have a thinner shell, grainier texture, and less flesh making them easier to carve.
How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Making pumpkin puree at home is as easy as 1, 2, 3… Here’s how:
- Prep your sugar pumpkin: Remember, sugar pumpkins are not the same as the pumpkin you carve for Halloween. Grab a few of these smaller baking pumpkins for roasting. Make sure to wash them thoroughly before cutting in half and scooping out the seeds (save those for roasting!)
- Roast your pumpkin: Place pumpkin halves on baking sheet and roast at 350F for 45 minutes, or until tender. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cooled, you can easily remove the skin or scoop out the flesh with a spoon.
- Puree! Add pumpkin to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. You can also use a potato ricer and simply mash it up like you would mashed potatoes!
What to do with leftover canned pumpkin puree?
If you have leftover canned pumpkin puree, store it in a glass or plastic container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Besides finding other delicious ways to add pumpkin to your go-to recipes (see list below for tons of ideas!) your best bet is to freeze it for later.
Simply add leftovers to a freezer-safe container or bag to freeze. Thaw overnight or in cold water when you’re ready to use it again. Frozen pumpkin puree will keep for several months in the freezer.
Roasting Pumpkin Seeds
Did you save all those pumpkin seeds (either from the sugar pumpkins or those you carved for Halloween)? Time to roast them for a healthy snack!
- Separate seeds from the rest of the pulpy insides of the pumpkin and give them a good rinse.
- Spread seeds on a baking sheet, toss with a olive oil, season as desired and roast at 250F for 45 minutes. Stir the seeds occasionally throughout the cooking time to avoid burning.
- Let cool before eating. Store in airtight container.
Healthy Pumpkin Recipes
Here are over 20 pumpkin recipes for you to enjoy this fall. We have everything from breakfast to dessert covered in these healthy pumpkin recipes.
Easy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
The perfect fall breakfast! Easy to make and absolutely delicious, these pumpkin spice pancakes are a must this fall.
Apple Pumpkin Bread
Two of our favorite fall flavors baked into a healthy and delicious bread.
Pumpkin Overnight Oats
Breakfast is a breeze (and healthy!) when you make these Pumpkin Overnight Oats.
Kid-Friendly Pumpkin “Latte”
No caffeine required! These kid friendly pumpkin lattes are easy to make and yummy.
Pumpkin Hummus for Kids
Fun shapes are always a good idea when it comes to encouraging your kids to eat healthy. This pumpkin hummus is the perfect fall snack.
Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
Baked oatmeal is a great way to make mornings a bit easier, and this pumpkin baked oatmeal will make it extra delicious!
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili
This savory pumpkin chili cooks in the slow cooker all day for a healthy and flavorful meal that the whole family will love.
10-Minute Vegan Pumpkin Pasta
Did you know that you could turn pumpkin into pasta? Yes! And it's delicious!
Apple Pumpkin Muffins
Make a batch of these Apple Pumpkin muffins on Sunday and enjoy them all week long for an easy breakfast or snack!
Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Breakfast Cookies
Thanksgiving in a breakfast cookie! Pumpkin, cranberry and pecan make these a healthy yet tasty breakfast cookie.
Apple Pumpkin French Toast Muffins
Three of my favorite things baked into perfection! Apples, pumpkin and bread make these a yummy breakfast idea.
Spider Web Topped Easy Pumpkin Soup Recipe
Add a little spooky to dinner time with this Spider Web topped pumpkin soup.
Pumpkin Spice Granola
This easy to make pumpkin spice granola is delicious on top of yogurt or by itself!
Fruity Pumpkin Smoothie
Tropical fruits and pumpkin blend together perfectly in this pumpkin smoothie.
We love this fall-version of enchiladas! Easy to make and loaded with vitamins thanks to the pumpki, your family will love these pumpkin enchiladas.
Pumpkin cranberry energy balls
Need an afternoon snack to keep everyone fueled? Try these Pumpkin cranberry energy balls. No need to only make these in the fall, they are delicious all year round.
We love making empanadas! Especially these pumpkin empanadas!
Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins
Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins...need we say more? You have to try these!
Vegan Pumpkin Chickpea Curry
Vegan. Healthy. Tasty. This is one you have to try this fall.
Pumpkin Spice Scones
Scones are such a yummy way to start the day! Make a batch of these this weekend.
Black Bean Pumpkin Burgers
Pumpkin in a burger? Yes! And it's delicious. No one will miss the meat in these Black Bean Pumpkin Burgers.
Pumpkin Lentil Chili
Pumpkin and lentils give this chili an extra boost of vitamins and nutrients.
Pumpkin Fruit Leather
Fruit leather is one of our favorite snacks, and we especially love this Pumpkin Fruit Leather in the fall.
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Because everyone loves chocolate and pumpkin spice!
Roasted Pumpkin Salad
Step up your salad game with this fall-inspired salad topped with roasted pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate, and more.
I love pumpkin!! Thank you for this delicious recipes! 🙂 And I’m glad it’s Keto-okay. 🙂