Best Pumpkin Recipes | 10 Easy And Creative Ideas

Pumpkin is a versatile ingredient that is also SUPER amazing for your body. This post shares ten pumpkin recipes that are simple to make, taste great, and fully embrace autumn flavors. 

Best Pumpkin Recipes

I like to switch up my meals from time to time and cook with a variety of ingredients. It just makes clean-eating fun and gives your body an outstanding balance of nutrients.

But pumpkin is probably an outlier on my list. I have a huge thing for pumpkins (which is why it’s no surprise you’ll see a bunch of recipes throughout the blog). 

For example, here’s my Apple Pumpkin Bread. And then we have this Pumpkin Spice Muffin Recipe

You get the picture. I love pumpkins. 

They’re versatile, nutrient-dense, filling, and great for an abundance of drinks and dishes. 

Let me take you through my favorite pumpkin recipes, and share reasons they deserve a nutritional medal. 

Best Pumpkin Recipes

What Can I Make With Pumpkin? 

Pumpkins are one of the most versatile ingredients you can use. This is one of the reasons they’re so awesome! I’ll be sharing more ideas below, but you can make pumpkin cakes, salads, cookies, grits, hummus, dip, and even add them to mashed potatoes.

It would be a shame not to experiment with all the sweet and savory dishes you can make.

What Does Pumpkin Do For Your Skin? 

Pumpkin helps your skin produce more collagen! And collagen helps improve the elasticity of your skin, keeping it supple, youthful, and plump. Want to know more about the benefits of collagen? Check out this post!

As you might suspect, pumpkin is also a great source of beta-carotene (which helps protect you from UV damage and improves the texture of your skin). Did somebody say Vitamin C ? Pumpkin is not lacking here either.

Overhead view of the separated ingredients for the pumpkin pie from scratch filling.

What Happens If You Eat Too Much Pumpkin? 

If you eat a lot – and I mean a LOT – of pumpkin, your skin could start to turn slightly orange. This phenomenon is because of the antioxidant beta-carotene (found in other orange veggies like carrots).

Developing a mineral imbalance is another possible (albeit rare) side effect of eating too many pumpkins. As usual, remember the importance of moderation. Balance is vital, y’all!

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What Are The Benefits Of Pumpkin? 

When making tasty pumpkin recipes, you can enjoy these health benefits:

  • Reduced inflammation: Pumpkins contain high levels of antioxidants, which protect your body from cell damage and inflammatory diseases.
  • Better eye health: They are rich in Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Vitamin A, which all help with eye health. 
  • Good for weight loss: One of my favorite benefits -pumpkins are an excellent food for weight loss. It’s nutrient-dense and only has less than 50 calories per cup! It also helps suppress your appetite since it contains a good dose of fiber.
  • Lower blood sugar levels: Pumpkins can also help regulate your blood sugar levels due to their high fiber content.
     
  • Better liver health: A diet rich in antioxidant foods (such as pumpkin) can help support healthy liver function. 

Best Pumpkin Recipes (10 Easy And Creative Ideas)

It’s that time of the post! Here are my absolute favorite recipes to make with pumpkin.

Best Pumpkin Recipes

1. 15-Minute EASY Pumpkin Ice Cream

Of course, the best way to start the list is with ice cream. This 15-minute, vegan, no-churn, dairy, and gluten-free pumpkin ice cream is heavenly.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cool time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 158 kcal

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Best Pumpkin Recipes

2. Homemade Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

And now, we’re going with the inevitable pumpkin spice latte. I know you gotta have your Starbucks. But, you can make your own at home MINUS the extra calories, price tag, and fifty grams of sugar!

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 7 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 290 kcal

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Best Pumpkin Recipes

3. Perfect Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (Low Sugar)

A latte paired with these healthy, light, and insanely delicious muffins…can you imagine?! This recipe makes for an excellent snack or dessert. We’ve skipped the refined sugar and flour, too!

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 28 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 163 kcal

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Best Pumpkin Recipes

4. Pumpkin Puree

For all your bread, muffin, and latte needs, it’s always a good idea to have a batch of fresh pumpkin puree on hand.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 5 kcal per 0.5 cup

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Best Pumpkin Recipes

5. Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt with Candied Pecans

It’s clean, creamy, gluten-free, and topped off with candied pecans… SOLD. I used pure maple syrup to sweeten the full-fat Greek yogurt. You’re ultimately getting a great consistency with bursts of fall flavor.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 mins
  • Total Time: 4 hours and 15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 203 kcal per 0.5 cup

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Best Pumpkin Recipes

6. One Bowl Healthy Pumpkin Bread

Moist, dense, and full of pumpkin goodness, you’ll be amazed how easy this recipe is! Great as a snack, dessert or to be enjoyed with a scoop of clean vanilla ice cream

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 208 kcal per 1 slice

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Best Pumpkin Recipes

7. The Best Pumpkin Pie

This recipe is made from scratch. Yes, I know it can seem daunting but it’s easier than you think. We’ve ditched the refined sugar…and did I mention the whipped cream is keto? 

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 328 kcal per slice

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Best Pumpkin Recipes

8. Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

What’s just as good as banana pancakes? Healthy pumpkin pancakes. These fluffy, bouncy, and tasty treats will crank up the fall nostalgia any time of the year. 

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 215 kcal

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Best Pumpkin Recipes

9. 5-Minute Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

This is a delightful combination of pumpkin pie, spice, and oatmeal in an incredibly easy prep-ahead breakfast recipe. So, it’s perfect for busy days when you need something hearty and quick.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours and 5 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 335 kcal per cup

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Best Pumpkin Recipes

10. Pumpkin Cheesecake Protein Smoothie

Imagine pumpkin spice, cheesecake, and a protein smoothie all blended together. What’s the result? This too-good-to-be-true, energizing smoothie. Hurrah!

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 322 kcal

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

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