22 Incredible Plant-Based Pumpkin Recipes

By Lisa Esile,

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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.

Want to get the scoop on all things pumpkin? Check out our handy guide for tips on how to prep, cook, and store this gorgeous fall gourd.

Vegan Jackfruit Tamales - mexican food

Jackfruit Tamales

Canned pumpkin takes the place of pork fat to form a luscious, healthy masa dough for these vegan tamales.

Almond-Oat Cookie Bars with Pumpkin Frosting

Sink your teeth into this delectable cookie, fragrant with fall spices and topped with an easy pumpkin-applesauce frosting. Finish it off with chopped dried cranberries and pecans (optional) for an autumnal sweet treat with major plate appeal.
Roasted Red Pepper and Pumpkin Soup with Chickpeas in blue ceramic bowls with a metal soup spoon

Roasted Red Pepper and Squash Soup with Chickpeas

This stunning soup brings together the tender flesh of lemon-infused roasted pumpkin and the nutty flavor of chickpeas in a savory broth. Where this soup really stands out is with the tasty array of garnishes: Roasted bell pepper adds smoky-sweet flavor, crushed raw garlic lends a balancing sharpness, and a drizzle of tahini and handful of chopped parsley finish it off perfectly. Pro Tip: If you prefer to throw some/all of the garnish ingredients into the pot, that'll work too.
Pumpkin Ice Cream scooped into a ball

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Sweetened with dates and maple syrup, and with a base of pumpkin puree and tofu, this fall-flavored vegan ice cream is wickedly good, but in a healthy kind of way!
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin muffins

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.
Fall Fruit Trifle with Pumpkin Gingerbread and vanilla cream in a glass serving bowl

Fall Fruit Trifle with Pumpkin Gingerbread

This spectaular dessert is an ideal centerpiece for any festive fall or winter occasion. With sumptuous layers of pumpkin gingerbread, naturally sweetened roasted fruits, and silky vanilla cream, this melt-in-your-mouth sweet treat will be enjoyed by both vegans and non-vegans alike. Note: This recipe takes an hour and a half to prepare, including cooking time, which isn’t bad for how amazing it is!

Want to make your own pumpkin puree? It's easier than you think, saves money, and results in a deliciously sweet and creamy product that's ideal for all sorts of recipes. This four-step guide shows you which pumpkins (or squash) give the best flavor, how to get it done quickly, and how to store the puree for when you need it.
Homemade Granloa

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 Risotto Frittata

Pumpkin Risotto Frittata with Mushrooms

In this hearty dish, creamy mushroom risotto gets mixed with canned pumpkin and then baked to crispy perfection.

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.
These little cranberry orange vegan pumpkin muffins are moist and delicious, not too sweet & reminiscent of the cranberry orange bread my Mom used to make.

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

Pumpkin Pie 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 Loaf

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

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!
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.

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.
Vegan Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding

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!
Pumpkin Red Lentil Dal

Pumpkin and Red Lentil Dal

Fresh pumpkin adds creaminess and a vivid orange hue that plays well with red lentils in this vegan dal soup.

Winter White Bean Salad

You can use pumpkin or another winter squash in this cannellini bean salad, which calls for just five ingredients and is ready in 15 minutes.

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