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Healthy Recipes

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11 Pumpkin Recipes You Don't Want to Miss

When individuals think of the fall season, one common food seems to come to mind... Pumpkin! Though pumpkin-everything has become more sought out recent years, its use has been incorporated into foods for centuries. Further the enjoyment of the fall superfood with these easy and healthy pumpkin recipes this fall and whenever else a pumpkin craving may arise!


11 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

1. Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Also popularized as "PSL", pumpkin spice lattes can be quite high in sugar from syrups. Take a nutritional spin on that beloved coffee drink by whisking a ½ cup of nonfat milk with one tablespoon of pumpkin puree over medium heat in a small pot. Continue to mix and add in a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Once the mixture becomes frothy, pour atop of your favorite coffee!

2. Pumpkin Oatmeal

Compliment that "PSL" and further spice up your morning with a warm bowl of pumpkin oatmeal! Start by preparing ½ cup oats either with water or milk. Stir in ¼ cup of canned pumpkin along with pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Prior to serving, drizzle honey or maple syrup atop. Add sliced banana, pecans, or pumpkin seeds as desired.

3. Pumpkin Pie Wontons

Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving and fall staple. However, classic recipes can be calorically dense and loaded with unwanted fat and sugar. Keep calories and portions in check with individual, mini pumpkin pies using wonton wrappers.

4. Pumpkin Pie Tartlets

If desiring the taste of pumpkin pie and feeling a little more adventurous to create your own crust, this bistroMD recipe is for you. The pumpkin pie tarts not only use minimal ingredients, but are heart healthy and gluten free!

5. Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

The flavors of pumpkin pie with 25 grams of protein? Now that sounds too good to be true! Luckily, bistroMD has made that health dream into a nutritious reality with this pumpkin pie protein shake.

6. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin, bread, and pudding? The trifecta more than likely has your taste buds salivating! This gluten-free pumpkin bread pudding combines all those delectable flavors into one nutritious and celiac disease-friendly dessert!

7. Quinoa and Pumpkin Seed Stuffed Acorn Squash

Straight from one of our very own chefs, this autumn dish brings together some of fall's favorites! Find the protein-packed, flavorful recipe here.

8. Pumpkin Chili

Fall lovers commonly appreciate a large, warm bowl of chili during a cool evening. And if cooked in a crockpot, coming home to prepared dinner increases its appeal. Fill the house with a pleasant aroma with this Turkey Pumpkin Chili.

9. Pumpkin Curry with Shrimp

For a unique twist on a Thanksgiving classic, try this pumpkin curry with shrimp, a bistroMD original recipe! And if shrimp is undesired, it can certainly be left out to best accommodate to your personal preference.

10. Pumpkin Soup

Most cream-based soups are high in fat. However, this pumpkin soup recipe will keep you warm during a cool fall day without packing on unwanted fat and calories!

11. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Last but not least, do not skip out on the pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds provide an ample supply of nutrients while adding a healthful crunch to meals and snacks, or also simply enjoyed on their own. Use this how-to guide with inspirational flavor variations!

Written By Sydney Lappe, MS, RDN. Published on October 15, 2016. Updated on May 10, 2019.


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