When fall comes around we can’t help but think, “Tis the season…for Pumpkin!”
Beyond your jack o'lanterns, pumpkin is a delicious seasonal fruit available in the fall and winter months. The edible portion is a vibrant yellow-orange colour loaded with fibre and antioxidants such as vitamin A, C, and E. There are many fun ways you can incorporate pumpkin into your meals! Here are our favourite healthy pumpkin recipes:
Pumpkin Pie Vegan Overnight Oats
Recipe Source: Oh She Glows!
Why We Love It: First off - Does anything sound better than pumpkin pie for breakfast? Besides being delicious, this recipe super simple to make and filled with whole food nutritious ingredients. This recipe is also easily customizable! You can adjust the toppings or type of sweetener based on what you have available and what your taste preference is!
Tip: The recipe calls for canned pumpkin, but you can use fresh pumpkin if you roast and purée it ahead of time. Make a batch the night before for a quick and tasty breakfast for you and your family!
Simple Pumpkin Soup
Recipe Source: Minimalist Baker
Why We Love It: This delicious soup recipe only requires 15 minutes of prep time and 7 ingredients! The recipe is really easy to follow and doesn’t require a huge amount of time or skill to get it right. This is a dairy-free recipe but coconut milk is added for a creamy texture! There is also an optional recipe for a Garlic Kale Sesame soup topping which is only 5 ingredients!
Tip: If you are pressed for time you can make this recipe in stages. You can roast your pumpkin in the oven a day or two ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you are ready to make your soup.
Roast Pumpkin, Spinach and Feta Salad
Recipe Source: RecipeTin Eats
Why We Love It: Salads are always a good choice for healthy lunch or dinner but sometimes we get stuck eating the same thing everyday! Adding roasted pumpkin to your favourite salad or trying this recipe is a great way to change up your flavour palette. This recipe is really basic and includes directions for a complimentary dressing. The roasted pumpkin adds a bit of sweetness which is a great contrast to the salt from the feta. Yum!
Tip: Mix up your salad ingredients but keep the dressing separate! This way you can control your dressing portion and it this will prevent the spinach from going soggy in the fridge if you have leftovers.
Pumpkin Workout Brownies
Recipe Source: Chocolate Covered Katie
Why We Love It: This recipe is flourless and only requires 7 ingredients! The pumpkin texture keeps the brownies moist and fudgy without adding any extra oil or calories. This recipe also freezes well and substitutions can be made to accommodate nut-allergies or personal preference.
Tip: Great for a post workout treat. Eat this instead of a store bought energy or protein bar!
Just for fun/Anytime:
The Ultimate Pumpkin Spice Latte
Recipe Source: Amy’s Healthy Baking
Why We Love It: Did you know there is actually no pumpkin in the Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte? It seems ridiculous, but it’s true. There is only “Pumpkin Spice Flavoured Sauce” which is basically just a concoction of sugar and chemical flavouring without any of the nutrition you would get from real pumpkin. Now we have to admit the PSL is pretty delicious, but we think this at-home healthy recipe tastes even better! It’s free of unnecessary chemical additives and sugars and will save you a ton of money and calories! Real pumpkin, real spices, and really simple!
Tip: This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled if you want to make one for a friend. Also you can adjust you milk and sweetener preference to make it perfect for you!