It’s that time of year any everything pumpkin is in full swing! From sweet to savory, there are dozens of recipes to try out, I’m positive you can find something for everyone – even that guy in your life who thinks all this pumpkin business is a bunch of hipster talk.
Pumpkin is loaded with vitamins and fiber, making it a great item to boost your diet. Now many recipes add sugar, so pay close attention to how much you actually need.
👊 Quick win: most recipes can still taste great with HALF the sugar. That’s right, cut it in half and see what happens. Worst case scenario: you put a little honey after tasting it.
Here are 8 pumpkin recipes to try out this month so you can enjoy this treat all day long.
- Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
This is a simple recipe using steel cut oats, which may be new to you. They have a great nutty texture and are different than traditional oats. Be sure to use 1/2 the sugar recommended in this recipe as it’s far more than what you’ll need.
- Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
Scroll wwaaayyyy down to get to the recipe – keep going though, it’s a great recipe you want to see! These are a great fall morning treat for the whole family. Definitely cut the sugar in half on this recipe, especially if you plan to add the whipped cream or caramel sauce. I’m guessing you could get by with 2tbsp brown sugar and have just a hint of sweetness.
- Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Spread
Are you ready to have your mind blown? Check out this amazing cream cheese pumpkin spread. Add some veggies to make this hot sandwich a complete meal. It will go great with some homemade soup 😋
- Pumpkin Salsa
Ready to break away from all the sweet pumpkin items? Want to dig into some savory with a little kick? Check out this great pumpkin salsa! It’s the perfect addition to a potluck that no one knew they needed.
- Pumpkin Pasta
Pumpkin puree is thick and creamy – just like you’d want you pasta sauce to be. So why not try out some pumpkin pasta? This is my favorite way to use pumpkin. I often make a dish similar to the one linked above, add sausage, red peppers, and kale for a complete meal.
- Pumpkin Spice Latte
Ever wish you could get that to-die-for PSL at home? Well now you can for a fraction of the cost and calories. Take that $4 x 100 (because that’s how many times you’re going to make this fall drink) and set it aside to invest in a product or program to further advance your health down the road. Click the link above to check out this amazing recipe. And no need to cut the sugar on this one, @sinfulnutrition already did that for you!
- Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream
OK, I’m not going to lie – this is not a “healthy” recipe. But oh my goodness, is this divine. Please make this and allow yourself to enjoy it, one slow bite at a time. I promise you won’t be disappointed. This is the kind of item you should learn how to eat mindfully so you can appreciate how glorious it is and NOT feel guilty. You can stop when you need to and be in control of how much you eat. This is where the money is.
- Pumpkin Oat Muffins
Aren’t these amazing looking? Talk about the best fall afternoon snack! As with the other sweet pumpkin items, 1/2 the sugar won’t have any ill effects on the baking portion and they will likely still taste great!
That should be enough to keep you busy for a few weeks. What’s your favorite recipe? Leave a link below!