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!

Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes

Protein Pumpkin Oatmeal

3.96 from 25 votes
This protein pumpkin oatmeal with egg whites is loaded with pumpkin flavor and protein. The secret is whipping egg whites into the oats while they cook!
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Protein egg white pumpkin oatmeal topped with peanut butter, granola, and pecans.

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.

Healthy Pumpkin Bread

4.55 from 104 votes
Sweetened only with maple syrup, this delicious healthy pumpkin bread is low in sugar, vegan and made with fiber-rich whole wheat flour!
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Overhead shot of four slices of pumpkin bread, resting on parchment paper on 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 Superfood Cereal Squares

5 from 1 vote
These pumpkin spice cereal squares are a fall spin on my original recipe for superfood cereal squares. They’re loaded with healthy ingredients and full of pumpkin spice flavor. Gluten-free and dairy-free!
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Stacked pumpkin spice cereal squares.

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!

Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

4.4 from 28 votes
Healthy pumpkin pancakes made with oats and cottage cheese. Full of pumpkin spice flavor and packed with protein and fiber, these pancakes are the perfect way to fuel a fall morning!
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Stack of pumpkin pancakes, drizzled with peanut butter and maple syrup, with a bite taken out of the stack.

Pumpkin Pancakes – Loaded with protein , these pumpkin apple pancakes make for a delicious and filling fall breakfast.

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

3.6 from 184 votes
Have pumpkin pie for breakfast with this healthy pumpkin pie overnight oats recipe. It's fast, easy, vegan, gluten-free and delicious! 
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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!

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

3.88 from 75 votes
This pumpkin chia pudding combines pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, chia seeds and almond butter for for a creamy and delicious fall breakfast or snack. 
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Pumpkin chia pudding in a tulip weck jar, topped with coconut whipped cream, granola and a cinnamon stick.

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

Pumpkin Protein Bars (Vegan + Gluten Free)

4.07 from 131 votes
These pumpkin protein bars are vegan, gluten-free and oil-free. They make for a perfect pre or post-workout snack or grab-and-go breakfast. Each bar has less than 80 calories, 7 grams of protein and only 4 grams of sugar!
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A stack of pumpkin protein 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.

Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

4.39 from 21 votes
Full of pumpkin flavor and fall spice, these healthy vegan pumpkin muffins are naturally sweetened and made with simple pantry staple ingredients. They're perfectly moist and fluffy!
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Two muffins stacked on top of each other.

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

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

3.97 from 65 votes
Skip Starbucks and make this healthy homemade pumpkin spice latte made with almond milk at home. It's easy to make, vegan and delicious!
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Photo of pumpkin spice latte in a glass mug 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!

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

3.71 from 37 votes
These healthy pumpkin muffins are naturally sweetened and made with whole wheat pastry flour, rolled oats, yogurt and fall spices. They're perfectly moist and fluffy and come together quickly.
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Two pumpkin muffins stacked on top of each other. They are balancing on top of a baking tin.

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

Pumpkin Granola

4.54 from 28 votes
This pumpkin granola is super crunchy, easy to make and perfect for fall. It's made with real pumpkin and studded with nutty pecans and chocolate chips for the perfect hint of chocolatey goodness. Vegan + gluten-free.
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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!

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt

3.96 from 25 votes
This pumpkin pie yogurt bowl is made with protein-packed yogurt, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup and all your favorite toppings for the perfect nutritious fall breakfast!
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Bowl filled with yogurt and pumpkin and topped with seeds, granola and almond butter. Spoon and pumpkin off 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

4.02 from 77 votes
Have pumpkin pie for breakfast with this healthy slow cooker pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe featuring steel-cut oats cooked overnight with pumpkin puree and spices. Hello fall!
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Overhead shot of Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal in a white bowl with milk and pecans in the bowl.

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!

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

4.2 from 56 votes
Make a 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.
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A jar of pumpkin cream cold brew with a second jar out of focus in the background.

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

4.46 from 33 votes
A comforting fall meal with maple balsamic tempeh, pumpkin coconut rice and steamed broccoli.
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Bowl of yellow rice with tempeh and broccoli.

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

4.67 from 3 votes
Add a hint of fall flavor to your next salmon dish with this baked pumpkin spice salmon! You'll love the unique combo of sweet and savoy with a hint of spice.
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A filet of pumpkin spice salmon on a white plate next to a kale salad with pomegranate arils.

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. 😉

Black Bean Pumpkin Burgers

4.1 from 11 votes
These black bean pumpkin burgers are made with quinoa, black beans, pureed pumpkin and pepitas. They're loaded with plant-based protein and full of flavor. Vegan and gluten-free.
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A vertical photo of a black bean pumpkin burger on a bun with lettuce, tomato and onion. The burger is on a plate with two small ramekins of mustard and ketchup.

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

3.72 from 7 votes
These no bake healthy pumpkin spice donut holes are packed full of pumpkin spice flavor and covered in a coconut maple glaze. Plus, they're vegan, gluten-free and absolutely delicious!
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Bowl of pumpkin spice donut holes.

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

3.84 from 6 votes
Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice this moist and tender quinoa flour pumpkin bread is everything a pumpkin quick bread should be but a tad healthier. Gluten-free + vegan.
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Sliced loaf of pumpkin quinoa bread.

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.

Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls

4.41 from 10 votes
Healthy pumpkin energy balls made with only 5 ingredients – dates, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin pie spice and salt. They’re perfect for on-the-go snacking!
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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 Bars

3.74 from 23 votes
These decadent no bake pumpkin pie bars pair a crunchy granola crust with a creamy, thick pumpkin filling with coconut oil and cashew butter. Vegan & gluten-free.
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Pumpkin pie bar with a bite taken out of it on a white plate.

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

Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies

4.38 from 67 votes
These delicious oatmeal pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips are healthy, vegan and can easily be made gluten-free. Perfect for satisfying your pumpkin cravings!
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A white bowl filled with pumpkin oatmeal cookies.

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

3.34 from 6 votes
Homemade pumpkin spice pepitas sweetened with maple syrup and a little sea salt for the ultimate sweet and savory treat.
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Pumpkin Spiced Roasted Pepitas in a small dish.

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

10 Minute Pumpkin Butter

4.67 from 15 votes
A quick pumpkin butter recipe made in the microwave or on the stove top. Only 8 ingredients and a perfect spread for fall! Vegan + Gluten-Free.
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Pumpkin butter in a glass cup with a pumpkin behind it.

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

4.44 from 118 votes
Use leftover canned pumpkin to make these 5-ingredient homemade peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats! They’re super easy to make and the perfect fall treat for your furry friend. 
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A pile of peanut butter pumpkin bone shaped dog treats on a wood surface, sitting in front of an open jar of the 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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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe + The Best Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

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Is there anything better than a pumpkin recipe?! Fall is here and it's time to enjoy all things pumpkin. I'm obsessed with these healthy pumpkin recipes!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • ½ cup canned coconut milk, regular or light work
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 Tablespoon hemp seeds, optional
  • 3-4 cubes of ice
  • Toppings: whipped cream and cinnamon, optional

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender. Process until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream and cinnamon, if using. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 Calories: 301kcal Carbohydrates: 50g Protein: 5g Fat: 7g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 36g
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin pie smoothie

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    7 comments
    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!

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