Incredible Plant-Based Pumpkin Recipes

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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. We’ve rounded up some of our most popular pumpkin recipes, ranging from sweet to savory.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin puree and mashed banana add enough natural sweetness that you only need a little bit of added sweetener (maple syrup) in this easy recipe.

Pumpkin Seed Granola with Millet and Oats

Start your day off right with this tasty homemade granola mix, which features raw pumpkin seeds and raisins.

Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies

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.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bean Whip

With layers of whole wheat bread, fall spices, golden raisins, and pure maple syrup, this chewy bread pudding is built to satisfy.

Cranberry Orange Pumpkin Muffins

These sweet and wholesome muffins from Chef AJ are bursting with fall flavors, featuring pumpkin, cranberries, walnuts, and cinnamon.

Pumpkin Tart with Oat Crust

Featuring a hint of maple syrup in both the whipped topping and in the tart itself, this autumnal pie is perfectly sweet. 

Chocolate Pumpkin LoafChocolate Pumpkin Loaf

This dense, decadent dessert features chocolate chips for double-chocolate goodness. Pumpkin and applesauce add moisture. 

Pumpkin Parfait with Cashew Vanilla Cream
Pumpkin Parfait

These delicious parfaits make it 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!

Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Pumpkin Spice Muffins

These muffins from Chef Katie Simmons of Plants-Rule.com take just 10 minutes to whip up and 30 minutes to bake. They’re sure to be a hit at any fall potluck.

Pumpkincredible Hummus

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. 

Pumpkin and Anasazi Bean Stew

This flavorful stew is loaded with veggies and squash and features Anasazi beans, which are similar to pinto beans but have a richer flavor.

Pumpkin Pie Squares

Gluten-free and date-sweetened, 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.

Fire Brigade Stuffing

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.

Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding

Fragrant with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg, this scrumptious fall dessert is incredibly simple to make—and so healthy you can eat it for breakfast!

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. Lisa is the author of Reach your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway?.

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