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6 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

By Gina DeBacker, Associate Editor


Tags: Pumpkin Recipes, Pumpkin Carrot Cake Cupcakes, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pie, Scones, Butternut Squash Soup, Fall Recipes, Recipes, Gina DeBacker,

Harvest season is upon us, and one of autumn’s most beloved harvestable foods is the pumpkin. This infamous orange gourd tastes great in just about everything, from savory meals to desserts. Best of all, it has numerous health benefits. It’s rich in fiber, which can slow digestion; it’s high in vitamin A, boosting eye health; improves immunity; can help you achieve younger-looking skin with its high beta-carotene content; and may even lower cancer risk. If you love all things pumpkin, try these six delicious fall pumpkin recipes.

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Pumpkin Carrot Cake Cupcakes

If you’ve got a hankering for carrot cake, indulge in this sweet treat by pairing it with pumpkin pie spice. This twist on the classic carrot cake recipe is loaded with veggies, fruits and nuts. It also uses a tofu cream “cheese” frosting, although you can certainly use the real thing if that suits your tastes better.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

I hope you saved those seeds from the pumpkin you carved last week. This delicious and super simple recipe makes a roasting pan filled with sweet-tasting pumpkin seeds. The blog post also includes a link to a recipe for spicy pumpkin seeds.

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte

The seasonal drink that has everyone most excited for scarves and boots, this pumpkin spice latte recipe is organic, dairy-free and sugar-free. Use coconut milk and stevia to create a PSL that’s delicious and nutritious.

Pumpkin Pie

A Thanksgiving classic, this pumpkin pie recipe features a jazzy cookie crust as well as a rich topping.

Pumpkin Scones with Cranberries

Brighten up your brunch with this seasonal favorite. Stuffed with pumpkin and cranberries, this crumbly scone is both sweet and savory.

Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup

Butternut squash, another seasonal favorite, pairs especially well with pumpkin. This low-fat soup is filled with heart-healthy antioxidants, carotenoids and bioflavonoids. Have fun with the presentation by serving the slightly sweet concoction in miniature pumpkins—your guests will love it!