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20 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Fall calls for the warmth and sweetness that comes with pumpkin, so here are 20 delicious, healthy pumpkin recipes.

Healthy pumpkin recipes: pumpkin spice latte.

I love all things pumpkin! Put it in a drink, dessert, breakfast, or dinner, I’ll eat it. Of course fall is the obvious time of year where everyone begins searching for pumpkin recipes, but I like to enjoy them all year long. Whether it’s in a latte or oatmeal, a soup or pie, these healthy pumpkin recipes will keep you coming back to the winter squash.

Why Eat Pumpkin?

On its own, pumpkin has a sweet, mellow, earthy flavor that is brighter when fresh, and more mild when canned. While commonly associated with pumpkin spice, pumpkin spice tastes nothing like actual pumpkin and instead refers to the spices commonly used when cooking with pumpkin.

Pumpkin is not only delicious, but healthy, too! Despite having a low sugar content, it’s still surprisingly pleasant and adds great natural sweetness and flavor to many dishes. It’s also a great source of fiber, and rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. And if that isn’t enough to sell you on pumpkin, its low calorie content makes it weight-loss friendly, so bring on the pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin purée for healthy pumpkin recipes.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I make my own pumpkin purée instead of using canned?

I love to use fresh pumpkin whenever I can, and it’s a great way to make your jack-o-lanterns and fall décor dual purposed. Here are some simple steps to follow:

1. Clean out your pumpkin and cut it in half. Brush the flesh with olive oil or vegetable oil. Keep the seeds if you plan on roasting them.
2. On a baking sheet lined with tin foil and cooking spray, put the pumpkin halves skin side up, flesh side down, and bake at 400 for 45-60 minutes. It will vary based on pumpkin size, but you’ll know it’s done when the skin is easily punctured with a fork.
3. Take your pumpkin out of the oven and let it cool. Once it’s cool enough to touch, use a large spoon to scrape the meat from the skin and put it in a food processor. Pulse into a purée and store in the fridge for up to a week, or freezer for 3 months. Use it to replace canned pumpkin in any recipe!

Are pumpkins available year round?

Unfortunately whole pumpkins are seasonal at most stores, and usually pop up sometime in August or September. Canned pumpkin can always be found on your grocery store’s baking aisle.

How else can I use pumpkin?

Pumpkin can replace other winter squash in any recipe. For instance, a recipe that uses butternut squash would also do well with pumpkin. Like this Honey Chipotle Glazed Butternut Squash would also taste great with pumpkin.

Do you have other posts that give lots of recipe ideas at once?

Yes! I have an entire category of Recipe Roundups, including these blueberry recipes and seafood recipes.

Healthy pumpkin recipes: pumpkin banana oatmeal.

20 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Yay or Nay?
25 minutes
Follow my easy, step-by-step guide to making your favorite gourmet coffee drink, the pumpkin spice latte, right in the comfort of your own home!
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Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

4.6 stars average
20 minutes
Light, fluffy, and packed with warm spices – these pumpkin pancakes with yogurt topping are delicious and 100% gluten free.
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Drizzling syrup over pumpkin pancakes

Healthy Baked Mac and Cheese with Pumpkin

4.56 stars average
45 minutes
A healthy twist on the comfort food classic, your entire family will love this baked mac and cheese with pumpkin.
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Serving baked mac and cheese

Pumpkin Banana Oatmeal

4 stars average
6 minutes
Warm, naturally sweet, and a filling breakfast, this Pumpkin Banana Oatmeal with walnuts tastes like pie in a bowl.
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Pumpkin banana oatmeal

Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt Parfaits

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10 minutes
These thick and creamy pumpkin pie parfaits are filled with vanilla Greek yogurt, crunchy granola and creamy pure pumpkin.
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Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt Parfait Recipe

Healthy Pumpkin Bread

4.12 stars average
1 hour 5 minutes
This moist and dense healthy pumpkin bread recipe is full of whole grains, cinnamon and other warm spices that reminds you of fall. Perfect for freezing!
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Healthy Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins

4.55 stars average
45 minutes
These pumpkin-packed muffins with apples and walnuts are so light and fluffy your family will have no idea they’re actually good for you!
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Thai Curry and Coconut Pumpkin Soup

3.86 stars average
20 minutes
This easy, five-ingredient Thai Curry Soup with Pumpkin is creamy, fragrant and comforting.
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Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

4.45 stars average
25 minutes
Kids and adults alike will devour these healthy, protein-packed pumpkin oatmeal breakfast cookies.
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Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies Recipe EasyHR

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

5 stars
27 minutes
These bite-sized pumpkin chocolate chip mini muffins are not only tasty but made with whole grains and warm fall spices. Perfect for snacks!
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pumpkin mini muffins

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

5 stars average
40 minutes
These pumpkin bars are made with pumpkin puree and fall spices, then topped with cream cheese frosting. Easy to make and the perfect dessert for fall!
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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars Recipe

Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes

5 stars average
25 minutes
The fluffiest pancakes you’ll ever make, these whole grain pumpkin pancakes are low sugar, made with real pumpkin and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger.
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12 Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes

Best Guide On How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

4.2 stars average
40 minutes
The best guide to oven roasting pumpkin seeds! Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder make these pumpkin seeds a crunchy, savory and addictive snack.
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The Best Guide to Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Chia Seed Pudding

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1 hour 5 minutes
The ideal make-ahead recipe, this vegan pumpkin pie chia seed pudding is perfect for breakfast, snack time or dessert!
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Pumpkin Pie Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

4.5 stars average
30 minutes
These light and fluffy pumpkin muffins are made with whole grains and warm fall spices like cinnamon and cloves.
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Easy Healthy Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

4.73 stars average
6 hours 10 minutes
Steel cut oats cook overnight with pumpkin, maple syrup and spices to create a healthy, make-ahead breakfast that will be waiting for you in the morning. 
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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Stovetop Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

5 stars average
20 minutes
This easy stovetop mac and cheese recipe is made with creamy pumpkin, sharp cheddar cheese and a pinch of nutmeg. This kid-friendly, vegetarian pasta recipe is delicious and wholesome!
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stovetop pumpkin mac and cheese

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

5 stars average
1 hour 15 minutes
This rich and creamy cheesecake combines the classic fall flavors of pumpkin and spice with an irresistible gingersnap crunch.
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Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Gingersnap Crust - The Lemon Bowl

Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt Dip

4.1 stars average
5 minutes
This pumpkin spice Greek yogurt dip is the ultimate healthy snack or dessert recipe. Ideal for dipping fruit or eating on it’s own!
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Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt Dip
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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.

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