Food & Recipes

Our 16 Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

There’s so much more to make with pumpkin than just pie! Whether you’re adventurous and use the actual pumpkin pulp or pick up some cans of Libby’s, check out these recipes to spruce up any kitchen or brunch. Besides, with pumpkins everywhere you turn these days, you have no excuse not to try at least one of the below!

1. Pumpkin Bread

Yes, you can just pick up a slice at Starbucks when you get your Pumpkin Spice Latte, but making the bread yourself is so much more rewarding. After all, when you have people over for brunch, would you rather serve some pre-made slices of pumpkin bread… or homemade ones? I thought so. Check out my fave recipe here.

pumpkin bread photo
Photo by grongar

2. Pumpkin Butter

No, this isn’t to go on top of your pumpkin bread. This is the delicious must-have spread for your toast or waffles. The scent of all the ingredients simmering—including the cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and apple juice—is sure to remind you of your grandma’s kitchen. To save time, you can even make it in your Crock-Pot!

pumpkin butter photo
Photo by kuljuls

3. Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie

Yes, it’s as delicious as it sounds and is like eating dessert for breakfast (and way less fattening than pumpkin pie). Plus, if you add some whey protein powder, you’ll be good to go until lunch. Get the recipe.

pumpkin smoothie photo
Photo by mallydally

4. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

When you try this, you will be turned for life, I swear. And, good news—there’s no added sugar (bananas sweeten it), so eat away! Get the recipe.

pumpkin oatmeal photo
Photo by thevelvetbird

5. Pumpkin Waffles

Another great breakfast option, pumpkin waffles are a-maz-ing, especially when you add some pecans or cranberries for enhanced flavor. Your breakfast will never be the same again!

pumpkin waffles photo
Photo by mealmakeovermoms

6. Pumpkin Seed Granola

You can add this to your Greek yogurt in the morning, add it to those waffles above, or bring it along as an on-the-go snack for your car. This recipe has dried cranberries in it, too, for an added touch of sweetness.

pumpkin granola photo
Photo by SweetOnVeg

7. Pumpkin Seed Candy

You read that right, pumpkin seed CANDY. With just four simple ingredients—pumpkin seeds, sugar, honey, and butter—soon, your kids will be chowing down on this instead of their Halloween candy loot. I recommend making a double batch so you and your family don’t have to fight over it.

My tip: I like to add other ingredients to the recipe, like almonds and chocolate chips. A friend of mine adds salt, to make the candy sweet and savory, but it’s your call.

pumpkin candy photo
Photo by Steenbergs

8. Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Since these have oatmeal in them, they can’t be that bad for us, right? If you want a unique, wonderful twist on your average oatmeal cookie, be sure to try these out! You can also throw in some chocolate or peanut butter chips! Get the recipe.

pumpkin oatmeal cookies photo
Photo by slgckgc

9. Pumpkin Donuts

Yes, Dunkin’ Donuts has them, but it’s much more satisfying to make them yourself! There are a lot of recipes out there, but this one is by far the easiest: Betty Crocker yellow cake mix, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin puree. So easy! (Plus, these are baked, not fried, so you’ll automatically save calories vs. your typical pumpkin donut.)

pumpkin donut photo
Photo by t-mizo

10. Pumpkin Dip

I could eat this all day, so please keep it away from me! With cream cheese as one of the primary ingredients, it tastes like cheesecake, but in a dip form. Each year, I bring it to parties (in a hollowed out pumpkin) and it disappears immediately (I’ve learned to make double and triple batches).

pumpkin dip photo
Photo by iriskh

11. Pumpkin Soup

I love this recipe by The Pioneer Woman, because she has step-by-step pictures, not to mention the soup is one-of-a-kind. Various-sized pumpkins can serve as your bowls, too, which you can garnish with a drizzle of cream and pumpkin seeds. Sure to woo all your guests.

pumpkin soup photo
Photo by Luca Nebuloni

12. Pumpkin Chili

Have you ever had pumpkin chili? Me neither, until I started researching this article. Especially in the cool weather, it’s hearty, healthy, and you’ll definitely want more than one serving.

pumpkin chili photo
Photo by Red Moon Sanctuary

13. Pumpkin Salsa

Need something to bring to that next football party? There’s nothing better than pumpkin salsa! This recipe calls for avocado, too, which complements the spicy-ness and pumpkin well. Make it and see for yourself!

My tip: Bring an extra batch to your party host in a cute Mason jar as a gift.

pumpkin salsa photo
Photo by Lablascovegmenu

14. Pumpkin Fries

Sweet potato fries are a thing, so why not pumpkin fries, too? Once you try them, you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried them before!


15. Maple Roasted Pumpkin Salad

When you need a day off from hearty chili, try making this salad. It’ll also help you feel better if you scarfed down too many pumpkin oatmeal cookies.

Martha Stewart | Kate Sears

16. Pumpkin Mousse Parfait

These will not only impress your guests—or family—but they are so delicious, too! And, more creative than making a pumpkin pie. Get the recipe.

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