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How to Use a Pumpkin

Fall is here, and so is Pumpkin season! During this time, people line up to enjoy patches, corn mazes, hay rides, and carving. However, do you ever question how you can use a pumpkin other than carving it or eating seeds? If so, this blog post is the answer to your wonderings!

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The Health Benefits of Pumpkins

This orange-colored fruit is a type of Winter Squash that is native to North America. It is typically more popular around the Halloween and Thanksgiving seasons and has a nutritious profile.

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According to Healthline, this fruit (not vegetable), is “High in Vitamin A, highly nutritious, has a high antioxidant content, has a low-calorie count, and packs vitamins that boost immunity, protects your eyesight, and promotes weight loss.”

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In addition, it is a good source of fiber and helps to fill you up. Finally, although many people use this winter squash for Fall decorations, this fruit is tasty and has vitamins that help fuel your body.

Pumpkin as an Egg Substitute!

Did you know that you can use the squash puree instead of eggs? In other words, it is one of the best egg substitutes when baking!

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Because of its consistency, it binds cakes, cookies, brownies, and more in a similar way to a beaten egg. Furthermore, it also adds natural vitamins to your baked goods. In conclusion, along with eating squash for health benefits, this fruit can be used as an allergy-friendly, egg substitute when baking (or cooking).

Egg Substitutes for Baking

A Collection of Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Sourdough Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Sourdough Muffins are moist, Paleo-friendly, and full of warm spices that are perfect for Fall. In addition, they are eggless and can be easily adapted for a gluten-free lifestyle. Finally, organic squash puree, Sourdough Starter, and fall spices make these muffins an irresistible treat any time of the day!

Roasted Garlic Sage Pesto Pumpkin Soup with Spicy Fried Pumpkin Seeds

Soup served in roasted pumpkins…how much more festive can you get? If you’re looking for a Fall-themed, Halloween, or Thanksgiving-friendly appetizer, look no further than this delicious soup.

Easy Pumpkin Puree from Scratch

Pumpkins and salt…how much easier could a recipe get? This homemade Puree is easy to make, takes under an hour to roast, and makes your house smell amazing! Furthermore, you can use this recipe as a side dish, binder to cookies or muffins, or as the base to a Fall vegetable puree. Bon Appetit!

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal is a festive, easy, and delicious way to kick off any crisp Fall morning. Furthermore, this recipe is made with winter squash puree, oats, and Fall spices which creates the smell of Fall inside your home. Finally, if you’re looking for a simple and healthy way to kick off any day, look no further than this Fall-inspired recipe.

Pumpkin Pistachio Energy Balls

No-Bake Pumpkin Pistachio Energy Balls literally taste like little bites of your favorite Thanksgiving pie. In addition, they are made with cashews, pistachios, dates, orange winter squash, and spices. Finally, these energy bites will take you from Summer to Fall in just one bite!

Roasted Pumpkin Salad

Roasted Pumpkin Salad is made with a handful of simple ingredients and a honey balsamic vinaigrette. Furthermore, this tasty salad is perfect for Fall. Finally, serve this salad up for lunch, as an appetizer or a side!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Do you love Cinnamon Rolls? Twist it up for the Fall with these Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls! Furthermore, this will become one of your family’s favorite recipes. In addition, it’s the perfect sweet to enjoy on a crisp morning. Finally, everyone will love the rich flavor of these cinnamon rolls, and it’ll be hard to just eat one!

Baked Pumpkin Pasta with Pancetta, Gruyere, Kale, and White Beans

Pancetta, kale, and white beans topped with gruyere and panko crumbs…how could pasta be any better? Furthermore, this dish is made using winter squash puree and will be an irresistible treat for the Fall!

Pumpkin Patch Punch

Apple cider, orange juice, hints of lemon spiced butter, vodka, and brandy all mixed together to create an Autumn punch that’s great for entertaining. Rim the glasses in cinnamon sugar, and top each drink off with ginger beer, to create an extra special fall cocktail that everyone will love! From Halloween, to Friendsgiving, to Thanksgiving, and every other day in between, this beverage won’t dissapoint!

Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Quinoa and Feta

Roasted Pumpkin Salad is made with quinoa, feta, arugula, walnuts, and a simple balsamic dressing. In addition, it’s a hearty side salad that can be enjoyed warm or cold.

Creamy Pumpkin Polenta

What do you think makes Creamy Pumpkin Polenta, creamy? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not cream! However, if you guessed that orange winter squash, you’re correct! Finally, if you’re looking for a simple, delicious, and eye-stopping side dish for any Fall table, make this!

Pumpkin Old Fashioned

Warm up with the Pumpkin Old Fashioned! It’s a cozy slow sipper with bourbon and hints of vanilla and spice.

Smoky BBQ Spiced Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Sprinkle some Fall into any salad with these roasted seeds! Smoky BBQ Spiced Roasted Seeds is a fun twist on roasted seeds that are healthy to snack on for adults and kids!

Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Who loves donuts? If you raised your hand, you must try this recipe! Furthermore, they are ready in under 30 minutes and can also be made in a muffin tin. Finally, these easy donuts are guaranteed to turn out soft, sweet and full of flavor.

Pumpkin Empanadas

Easy Empanadas are the perfect handheld fall and winter treat stuffed with a delicious filling and wrapped in a sweet and fluffy dough! In other words, if you are craving an empanada from your favorite Mexican panaderia, these will satisfy your taste buds!

Pumpkin French Toast Casserole

This casserole will quickly become your new favorite Fall breakfast. In other words, it’s loaded with seasonal flavor, feeds a crowd, and is simple to make. Finally, if you need a meal that’ll feed a crowd, look no further than this recipe.

Crockpot Chipotle Pulled Pork Pumpkin Chili with Cinnamon Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

What’s your favorite cold-season food? Chili is one of mine because it’s comforting, takes me back to my childhood, and can be easily adjusted to include seasonal spices or vegetables. Finally, if you are a chili lover like me, try out this Fall-inspired chili with pumpkin seeds sprinkled on top.

Pumpkin Crumb Cake

Pumpkin Coffee Cake is a must make during the Fall season. In addition, this recipe is perfectly acceptable to enjoy for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or a dessert. Finally, it’s bursting with seasonal flavor and will have you racing to the kitchen table any time of the day.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are one of Fall’s simple treasures. Furthermore, they make for a delicious snack, add crunch to a salad, and can be used in granola. Finally, these seeds are super versatile that you can switch up different seasonings to satisfy any craving.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are made with browned butter, pumpkin butter, oatmeal, Autumn spices, and plenty of chocolate. Plus one special ingredient that really makes these stand out…can you guess it? Furthermore, they’re the perfect Fall cookie. Finally, slightly crisp on the edges, with a soft and gooey center…what more could you ask for?

Pumpkin Spice White Russians

Classic White Russian cocktails get a fall twist with the help of the beloved Fall spice. Garnished with a cinnamon stick, these PS White Russians are a delicious, creamy, and seasonal libation.

Easy Twisted Pumpkin Spice Danish

What’s your dream Fall-flavor combo? What about flaky puff pasty, cream cheese, sweet pumpkin filling, butter, and pumpkin spice? Yep, you guessed it, that describes these Autumn-spiced danishes. Finally, they are easy enough to whip up on a Tuesday, yet delicious enough to serve up for holiday parties, or even a big Thanksgiving feast.

The Best Stuffed Pumpkins

Elevate your stuffed squash with hollowed out mini Jack-o-Lanterns! This recipe includes gruyere cheese, a delicious homemade turkey sausage filling, and a vitamin-packed fruit wrapped in an individual serving size.

Soft Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies

Are you a PSL lover? If yes, you’ll love these Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies with freshly brewed espresso, a hefty scoop of PS, and a smooth buttercream. Furthermore, these cookies are for the Fall-lovers, the die-hard PS fans, and the PSL fanatics who are first in line when Starbucks releases their beloved seasonal drink. Finally, these cookies are soft and the frosting is ultra smooth for a comforting cookie on cool fall nights.

Pumpkin Turkey Meatballs

Savory Pumpkin Turkey Meatballs are served in a creamy, dairy-free, paleo and Whole30 harvest tomato sauce with Fall flavors. Furthermore, this dish makes a cozy, healthy and filling dinner that the whole family will love.

Praline Pumpkin Pie

Praline Pumpkin Pie will become your go-to dessert for all special occasions. In addition, it has an easy grain free and paleo pie crust that is filled with a dreamy layer of custard and a thick layer of gooey pecan praline topping. Finally, serve with coconut whipped cream for the ultimate gluten free, dairy free and paleo Thanksgiving dessert!

Pumpkin Monster Cookies

Pumpkin Monster Cookies

Fall has arrived, and Pumpkin Monster Cookies won’t leave you disappointed! Made with organic puree, warm spices, M&Ms, butterscotch and chocolate chips, and Sourdough discard, these Fall treats will become a family favorite!

One Pot Stove-Top Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

One Pot Stove-Top Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is the perfect recipe for sneaking in Autumn vegetables. Futhermore, this simple mac and cheese is made all in one pot, in just 30 minutes, and is child and adult friendly.

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread

Who loves pull-apart bread? Then, try this Fall flavor recipe that you can serve for breakfast, brunch, or special dessert. Finally, this tasty treat is topped with a cinnamon glaze, and will have everyone coming back for more.

Spicy Pumpkin and Pesto Cheese Stuffed Shells

Pumpkin and Pesto Cheese Stuffed Shells is for nights when you’re craving Italian, and Fall flavors. Jumbo pasta shells stuffed with a basil pesto and ricotta cheese mixture. Then, it is baked in a spicy winter squash vodka sauce that’s creamy and so delicious! Finally, this is a great fall pasta to serve any night of the week, or for your next Saturday night dinner party.

Pecan Pumpkin Bread Pudding

If you’re looking for a tasty Fall-inspired dessert recipe, this Pecan Pumpkin Bread Pudding is the answer! In addition, it is made with cinnamon raisin bagels and topped off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle. Talk about the ultimate Autumn-bite!

Pumpkin Quesadillas

Pumpkin Quesadillas - Savory Pumpkin Recipes

Savory recipes are my Fall craving, and these Quesadillas are easy and the perfect fall dinner!

Cider Pumpkin Waffles with Salted Maple Butter

Crisp autumn mornings are made for these Cider Waffles with Salted Maple Butter. Furthermore, these light and airy waffles are made with spiced apple cider, nutty browned butter, and warming Autumn spices. Finally, these are perfect for a chilly Fall morning, and best enjoyed with a generous smear of salted maple butter.

Savory Baked Pumpkin

Change up your roasted vegetable spread with savory baked winter squash. Furthermore, it is seasoned with olive oil, garlic, and chili powder, and it will have you clearing trays upon trays.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Tortellini Alla Vodka

Who is in the market for a cozy bowl of pasta inspired by the Fall? Cheese Tortellini tossed in a nutty brown butter vodka sauce that’s creamy and delicious! Furthermore, the winter squash adds a vibrant layer of flavor and richness to this silky smooth and creamy tortellini. Finally, serve this quick cooking dinner up any night of the week.