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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding

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

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Cranberry Orange Pumpkin Muffins

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

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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.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf

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

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Pumpkin Parfait with Cashew Vanilla Cream

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!

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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