Pumpkins are most commonly associated with Halloween jack-o-lanterns and high-calorie lattes, but times are changing! Pumpkin is making its way into all kinds of recipes–not just pumpkin pie–and for good reason. This giant squash is full of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, and it’s high in fiber. The seeds also contain a high level of zinc. So kick back, enjoy the changing leaves, and eat your pumpkin this fall! Here are 23 Delicious Reasons to Eat Pumpkin:
1. Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
A perfect post-workout pick me up, this smoothie is a creamy dream.
2. Fresh Pumpkin Puree
This is the obvious base of most pumpkin recipes, including pies and butters. Make your own fresh version and skip the canned stuff.
3. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter
Spread this on bread, crackers, or any sandwich this fall for a sweet contrast.
4. Overnight Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oats
Waking up to this heavenly scent is the perfect way to get out of bed on those chilly fall days.
5. Pumpkin Chili
A recipe from Julia’s Album, this chili is vegetarian and can even be made vegan.
6. Pumpkin French Toast
This is sure to be a family favorite on any slow weekend this fall.
7. Crispy Kale and Pumpkin Croquettes
A savory superfood snack that’s good any time of year.
8. Pumpkin Oat Protein Bars
A recipe from iFoodReal, these bars are the perfect way to tote your pumpkin obsession to the gym.
9. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup
A warm, delicious, and super easy meal that’ll give you more time to watch the leaves change.
10. Pumpkin Cheesecake
This recipe is pure pumpkin decadence.
11. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Custard Oatmeal
Imagine waking up on a lazy Sunday to the smell of this oatmeal in the slow cooker.
12. Pumpkin Spice Bread
Fall is going to be beautiful with the aroma of spice wafting from the oven–delectable and clean.
13. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
A recipe from Clean Eating in Texas, these cookies follow the tenets of clean eating while tasting totally sinful.
14. Pumpkin Raisin Oatmeal Baked Apples
These Baked Apples are a total crowd pleaser. They look impressive and taste even better.
15. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding
This recipe defines fall comfort food. Perfect for bringing along to any gathering – or keeping all to yourself. 😉
16. Chili Lime Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are easy to make and serve as a perfect clean eating snack.
17. Happy Herbivore Crustless Pumpkin Pie
This Pumpkin Pie is perfect for planning a gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner.
18. Slow Cooker Pumpkin and Cranberry Topping
Top your favorite oatmeal, ice-cream, or even meat with this sweet homemade topping.
19. Pumpkin Enchiladas
These Pumpkin Enchiladas come from My Whole Food Life. They look amazing and they’re vegan.
20. Pumpkin Soup Shooters with Baked Chickpeas
Having people over for a fall gathering or Thanksgiving dinner? These Pumpkin Soup Shooters are perfect to serve as an hors d’oeuvre.
21. Pumpkin Truffles
A recipe from One Green Planet, these Pumpkin Truffles are vegan and adhere to clean eating.
22. Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Quinoa
Once Upon a Cutting Board brings us this Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Quinoa that’ll keep you full and energized.
23. Paleo Pumpkin Quiche with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese
You’ve got to try The Tomato Tart’s recipe for Paleo Pumpkin Quiche for breakfast on a crisp fall morning.
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