The BEST Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Is there anything better than a tasty pumpkin recipe?! Nope! Fall is here and it’s time to enjoy all things pumpkin.

Fall is in the air! Don’t get me wrong, I loooove summer, but there is something about fall #amiright? I love the cool mornings, the crisp air and all things pumpkin. Yup, I’m that girl. I honestly love pumpkin year round, but I am definitely drawn to it more in the fall. Bring on the big sweaters and pumpkin recipes!

If you’ve never used pumpkin for cooking or baking, I’ll give you the 4-1-1.

I typically buy canned pumpkin, which you can find in the baking aisle year round (pro tip). When it’s in season, I feel like they have it on every end cap of every grocery store. When buying, be sure to look at the ingredient list and make sure it’s just pureed pumpkin (no other additives).

Of course, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can also use a pie pumpkin to make your own pumpkin puree!

Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a part of the squash family, and is packed with great nutrition benefits. It’s low in calories, saturated fat and cholesterol. It is considered “nutrient dense” because it has a ton of great vitamins and minerals but not a lot of calories. It’s super high in vitamin K which helps your blood clot and is great for bone health. It’s also high in beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant and important for eye and immune health.

What Can You Make with Pumpkin?

So many things! I love making everything from desserts and smoothies to soups and burgers (yes burgers!) with pumpkin. It’s such a diverse vegetable as it can be made sweet or savory. Let’s jump into some recipes!

Two glasses of pumpkin gingerbread smoothies topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

How Do You Make a Pumpkin Smoothie?

Pumpkin smoothies are some of the best smoothies I’ve made. I have this pumpkin pie smoothie that legit tastes like a drinkable pumpkin pie. It’s SO good! An insider tip: add some cold brew coffee to this recipe for an extra energy boost and pumpkin spice latte vibes. It’s soo good!

Protein Pumpkin Oatmeal with Egg Whites in a bowl, topped with granola, almond butter and pecans. A mug of almond milk to the side.

Protein Pumpkin Oatmeal with Egg Whites – This oatmeal is so fluffy and creamy… thanks to the egg whites! I love the protein punch this pumpkin oatmeal recipe packs.

4 slices of pumpkin bread in focus with the remaining loaf in the background, resting on parchment paper on top of a cutting board.

Healthy Pumpkin Bread – Traditional pumpkin bread is loaded with fat and sugar, which basically negates all the health benefits you’re getting from the pumpkin! This recipe lowers the sugar down to 1/4 cup (most recipes call for regular sugar and quadrupole this amount) and uses whole wheat pastry flour for a boost of whole grains and it’s still 100% delicious!

Pumpkin Spice Cereal Squares stacked on parchment paper.

Pumpkin Spice Cereal Squares – These cereal squares are perfect for a filling on-the-go breakfast. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free and 100% delicious!

Stack of pumpkin pancakes, drizzled with peanut butter and maple syrup.

Pumpkin Apple Pancakes – Loaded with protein (without protein powder), these pumpkin apple pancakes make for a delicious and filling fall breakfast.

Jar of pumpkin pie overnight oats topped with pecans, whipped cream and cinnamon.

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats – Exactly like it sounds… pumpkin pie for breakfast! I loooove this overnight oat recipe and cannot wait to enjoy it all season long!

A small jar of pumpkin chia pudding.

Pumpkin Coconut Chia Pudding – This paleo-friendly breakfast is truly incredible. The toasted coconut flakes and almond butter drizzle really takes this breakfast over the top!

A stack of protein pumpkin bars on a white plate with chocolate chips sprinkled around.

Pumpkin Protein Bars – Craving a pumpkin snack for pre or post-workout? This is your bar! It’s also great for a grab-n-go breakfast.

Overhead shot of 5 muffins on a white circular plate.

Vegan Pumpkin Muffins – I’m obsessed with these muffins. They’re low calorie and delicious!

Overhead photo of two glass mugs of pumpkin spice lattes topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice.

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte – If you usually spend hundreds of dollars on pumpkin spice lattes in the fall, this is for you. A healthy, homemade PSL that is super simple to make – and easy on the wallet!

Two healthy pumpkin muffins stacked with a bite taken out of the top muffin.

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins – No flour, no oil, no dairy… but tons of flavor! They’re one of my favorite treats to make each fall.

A bowl of pumpkin granola served in a bowl with milk. A silver spoon rests aside the bowl.

Chocolate Pecan Pumpkin Granola – Mmm I love a good granola. Plus this recipe includes chocolate – it doesn’t get much better. Eat this pumpkin granola plain, on top of yogurt, or even as an oatmeal topper!

Protein Packed Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Bowl topped with pumpkin, granola, pumpkin seeds, and peanut butter. A mini pumpkin and spoon to the side.

Protein Packed Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Bowl – I love stepping up yogurt, and this recipe definitely takes yogurt up a notch! It combines pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and delicious, crunchy toppings!

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal in a bowl, topped with pecans. A spoon, napkin and mug of coffee to the side.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal – A “set it and forget it” recipe that you can prep the night before. Few things are better than waking up to a house smelling like a pumpkin treat and having breakfast ready!

A mason jar with cold brew coffee and pumpkin cream being poured in to the top. The cream is mixing in with the cold brew.

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew – Make a healthier vegan version of Starbucks pumpkin cream cold brew at home with this simple recipe! It combines cold brew coffee with a delicious pumpkin spice foam that’s made with oat milk and pumpkin puree.

Savory Pumpkin Recipes

Maple Balsamic Tempeh Bowls with Pumpkin Rice with broccoli. 2 forks are to the side.

Maple Balsamic Tempeh Bowls with Pumpkin Rice – Does the title of this meal alone make you drool? I love this combo of savory and sweet. This is a great recipe if you’ve been nervous about cooking tempeh at home because it’s such a crowd-pleaser.

Pumpkin Spice salmon topped with seeds, and next to a kale and pomegranate salad on a plate.

Pumpkin Spice Salmon – Don’t be weirded out by this combo… I promise it’s delicious! Impress guests with this unique fall-inspired creation. I bet they’ll leave asking for the recipe. 😉

Curried Pumpkin Black Bean Burger on a plate of greens with pumpkins in the background on the table.

Curried Pumpkin Black Bean Burgers – You know those veggie burgers that are completely flavorless and bland? This is not one of them! It packs a flavor punch with curry and pumpkin and is one of my go-to fall dinner recipes!

Snackable Dessert Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes in a bowl. White pumpkins and pine cones in the distance.

Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes – Yup, donut holes! If you make one thing on this roundup, make these! They’re no-bake and covered in a coconut maple glaze that is to.die.for.

Quinoa Flour Pumpkin Bread, sliced and topped with chocolate chips.

Quinoa Flour Pumpkin Bread – Okay, another “must make” from this list. (But really what isn’t?!) If you’re a banana bread or zucchini bread fan, you need to try this quinoa pumpkin bread… I promise it will blow you away.

Close up shot of pumpkin pie energy balls in a white bowl.

Homemade Pumpkin Energy Balls – You know me, always trying to recreate my favorite things – and I did it again with these date-based energy balls! The perfect snack to have on hand.

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Bar on a plate with a fork that has taken a bite out of it.

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars – You could honestly make these for Thanksgiving dessert. They’re such a crowd pleaser.

A close up of pumpkin oatmeal cookies, fresh from the oven. The cookies are resting on a sheet of parchment paper.

Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies – These oatmeal pumpkin cookies are studded with chocolate chips and both vegan and gluten-free. Perfect for satisfying your pumpkin cravings!

Pumpkin Spice Pepitas in a small ramekin on a cloth napkin.

Pumpkin Spice Pepitas – Essentially pumpkin on pumpkin! I love this crunchy, sweet and savory treat on it’s own or on yogurt or oatmeal.

A spoonful of pumpkin butter. A jar of pumpkin butter and a mini pumpkin to the side.

10 Minute Pumpkin Butter – Make this pumpkin butter in your microwave in less than 10 minutes. Spread this on toast or top oats, chia pudding or pancakes (!!!) to bring your snack or meal to the next level. I love having a batch of this on hand throughout the season!

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats on a wood table next to a mason jar filled with more bone-shaped dog treats.

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats – Had to include one for the pups! Pumpkin is great for dogs so naturally, I created a dog treat!

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    1. Punam Paul
      October 15, 2018 AT 7:41 am

      Very Good collection of pumpkin recipe. Liked your collection and bookmarking it. Will surely try some.

    2. Geri
      October 12, 2018 AT 12:03 pm

      I made the pumpkin smoothie. I altered the recipe slightly by adding 2 more incredients; 1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup, and 4 pecan halves. I love anything pumpkin, and enjoyed this smoothy! Thank you. Great recipes!!

    3. Joyce
      September 27, 2018 AT 2:47 pm

      Thank you very much for all the pumpkin recipes. I have been collecting pumpkin recipes for a long time but they were not the healthy kind. I am soo glad to have healthy pumpkin recipes. Thank you again.

    4. Marla Joy
      September 24, 2018 AT 8:49 pm

      Thank you so so much for these amazing pumpkin recipes! I am discovering you for the first time and I am very excited to explore your page. I am sensitive to eggs and almonds and so many of these recipes will work for me and my Type 1 diabetic and celiacs twins!

    5. Jessica Kaplan
      September 23, 2018 AT 4:08 pm

      Omg these are all amazing! Can’t wait to try them as I get ready for Fall! Thanks for all your hard work!

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.


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