Halloween isn’t all about candy, and pumpkins aren’t all about jack-o’-lantern carving!
The sweetness of pumpkin partners well with so many different flavors—from the traditional cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg to more unusual combinations like sun-dried tomatoes, paprika, apples, cranberries, and beans, to name a few.
Get into the Halloween spirit and make some of these delicious (and colorful!) sweet and savory pumpkin recipes to share with family, friends, and neighbors this year.
These delicious parfaits look like you spent far longer in the kitchen than you did—plus you can do it mostly in a blender, no cooking required except to toast pecans. The pumpkin pudding base is flavored with cinnamon, allspice, and date paste, and topped with a decadent Cashew Vanilla Cream. Expect to be handing out the recipe to guests! View the recipe.
Fragrant with cumin, allspice, and smoked paprika, this creamy pumpkin dip features chickpeas and white beans. Make a big batch, and serve it with veggie sticks, whole grain bread, or your favorite crackers. View the Recipe.
These yummy oat- and cornmeal-based cookies flavored with pumpkin, cranberries, cinnamon, and nutmeg make a fabulous after-dinner treat or healthy snack to give out instead of candy. They freeze well, so make a double batch. View the recipe.
This flavorful stew is loaded with veggies and squash and features Anasazi beans, which are are similar to pinto beans but have a richer flavor. View the recipe.
Gluten free and sweetened with dates, these mouth-watering pumpkin squares are easier to make than pumpkin pie and firm enough to be eaten as finger food. The divine Macadamia-Vanilla Frosting is made with just three ingredients. View the recipe.
Not just for Thanksgiving, Rip Esselstyn’s classic stuffing recipe makes a great centerpiece for a Halloween dinner when you serve it in a pumpkin. The stuffing uses traditional ingredients like bread, mushrooms, celery, sage, thyme, and oregano, and features apple, cranberries, and almonds to give it a fruity, nutty twist. To fill the pumpkin, find a cooking pumpkin that fits into your oven, carve it out, spoon in the stuffing, then bake. View the recipe.
With layers of whole wheat bread, fall spices, golden raisins, and pure maple syrup, this chewy bread pudding is built to satisfy. View the recipe.
Fragrant with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg, this scrumptious fall dessert is incredibly simple to make. Just soak chia seeds in your favorite plant-based milk, then mix in pumpkin purée, maple syrup (optional), and spices. It’s so healthy you can eat it for breakfast! View the recipe.