Pumpkin is arguably the most popular taste of fall, so it is no surprise that there are hundreds of different recipes that utilize pumpkin as a major ingredient.
Whether it is in drinks, desserts, or savory dishes, the possibilities are endless when it comes to pumpkin.
For the health-conscious, as well as those with specific dietary needs, there is a wide range of healthy pumpkin recipes also possible- thanks to pumpkin being a powerhouse on its own when it comes to nutrition- which is what we are going to be looking at in this article.
We are going to be going through twenty pumpkin recipes that are as healthy as they are tasty, and certain to make a good impression when you make it for your family! Let’s get started.
Vegan-friendly and incredibly delicious, these vegan pumpkin oat chocolate chip cookies are sure to be a treat for those who love both the taste of pumpkin and chocolate.
Not only are they very tasty and healthy in comparison to your standard cookies, but they are also quick and easy to make, taking only ten minutes of prep time and ten minutes of cooking time.
Cheesecake is not going to be the first kind of dessert that comes to mind when you think about healthy recipes, but these pumpkin cheesecakes replace some of the more calorie-laden ingredients with healthier choices to create a cheesecake that is equally delicious as your usual cheesecakes!
Some of the healthier replacement ingredients in this recipe include almond flour, maple syrup, and Greek yogurt.
This healthy dessert is the perfect way to enjoy some snickerdoodles without the guilt that would normally come with it!
As well as being gluten-free, these paleo (see also “How To Make A Paleo Instant-Pot Chicken Tikka Masala“) pumpkin snickerdoodles are also dairy-free and grain-free, making them a great choice for those with specific dietary needs as well as those who avoid certain ingredients.
A cozy treat, this baked oatmeal combines apples with pumpkin and fall spices to create a healthy and warm fall breakfast.
This recipe is dense with nutrients thanks to including ingredients such as ground flax seeds, old-fashioned oats, and pumpkin seeds.
An indulgent treat that is moist, rich, and super fluffy as well as being healthy and delicious (see also “20 Delicious Healthy Noodle Recipes“), this pumpkin coffee cake is another recipe that replaces the usual ingredients with healthier options, such as replacing regular flour with almond flour and using coconut oil and maple syrup.
Fans of both pumpkin and coffee with their desserts are sure to enjoy this recipe.
For a healthy, pumpkin-based breakfast, this spiced pumpkin, yogurt, and granola parfait is an excellent choice.
This parfait uses layers of healthy granola that provide a nice crunch whilst also offering rich nutrients.
The crunch of the granola works exceptionally well with the creaminess of the yogurt as well as the burst of pumpkin spice to create a truly delicious dish that you can make in just ten minutes (see also ‘10 Delicious 30 Minute Tomato Soup Recipes You’ll Love‘).
This is the first savory dish that we have looked at so far, and it is a unique and fantastically tasty way to incorporate pumpkin into a healthy dinner meal.
As well as being vegetarian friendly, this pumpkin and spinach chili is also a rich source of protein, iron, and vitamin A, so you can be sure that it is as healthy as it is delicious (see also “20 Delicious Healthy Ramen Recipes“).
Just like the aforementioned cookies and cheesecake, muffins might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you try to think of healthy food (see also “15 Best Healthy Chicken And Broccoli Recipes“).
However, these pumpkin muffins are made with oat flour and are both dairy and gluten-free, making them a great choice for the health conscious and those who cannot or do not want to consume dairy or gluten.
If you want to add to the sweetness and don’t mind including a dairy product, throw some mini chocolate chips into the mix.
Naturally sweetened and gluten-free, this pumpkin bread is highly versatile, able to be used as bread for a sandwich or as an accompaniment to your morning cup of coffee.
No matter how you choose to eat it, this pumpkin bread is definitely a healthy option thanks to being made with almond flour, which not only creates a moist and soft texture but also makes it gluten-free.
Want a pumpkin recipe that satisfies your craving for sweet desserts without heaping on the calories? Then this skinny pumpkin pie recipe could be exactly what you are looking for!
The crust of this pie is made with pecan oats, whilst the topping consists of pumpkin custard that is lightly sweetened so that you still get that burst of sweetness.
The skinny pumpkin pie is not only low in calories, but it is also a gluten-free dessert choice.
Whether they are for breakfast or for dessert, these pumpkin banana pancakes are a simple and scrumptious pumpkin recipe that is sure to please pancake lovers of all ages!
To make these pancakes, you will need pumpkin purée and half of a banana (see also “Delicious And Low-Calorie Banana Bread“) along with all-purpose flour, honey, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, eggs, and vanilla extract.
This almond-based paleo pumpkin roll has a fluffy and light texture and is filled with delicious cashew cream cheese, making for a super tasty dessert that is both dairy and gluten-free.
You can also enjoy a range of healthy, pumpkin-themed smoothies too, such as this frozen pumpkin pie protein smoothie.
This smoothie is made from frozen bananas and canned pumpkin as well as pumpkin spice, collagen protein, and oat milk, making for a healthy treat that is gluten and dairy free as well as delicious.
If waffles are more your thing, then these gluten-free and paleo pumpkin waffles are sure to be a treat for you.
Packed with pumpkin spice flavor, these waffles have a beautiful fluffy yet crispy texture thanks to being made from a combination of almond flour and cassava flour.
15. Pumpkin Oatmeal
A quick and easy way to make a healthy and tasty breakfast, this pumpkin oatmeal can be made with only a few ingredients, those being pumpkin purée along with pumpkin spice, quick cooking rolled oats, milk, and cinnamon sugar.
Another take on the healthy pumpkin cookie, these paleo pumpkin and chocolate chip cookies are a gluten and dairy-free dessert that are sure to be pleasing to those with a sweet tooth.
Some of the healthy alternate ingredients used in this cookie recipe include almond flour, coconut flour instead of regular flour, and maple syrup as a replacement for granulated sugar.
The chocolate chips are also made with dark chocolate, which has a sugar content that is much lower than white or regular chocolate.
We mentioned some delicious pumpkin bread earlier on this list, but if you want to try out a recipe that combines pumpkin with zucchini, then this is the recipe for you.
This recipe gives the pumpkin a summery twist – thanks to combining it with zucchini – and is a healthier alternative to regular white bread (if you want to find some salt-free white bread recipes, read here).
This vegan-friendly dish offers a twist on the standard macaroni and cheese, being chock-full of gluten-free ingredients as well as pumpkin purée, vegan cream cheese, and homemade Cajun seasoning.
This is definitely a must-try dish for those looking for a unique way to incorporate pumpkin into their meals in a healthy way.
Light and with no additional sugar, this healthy pumpkin smoothie is made from vanilla soy milk along with pumpkin purée, ground cinnamon, a banana, and vanilla protein powder that is sure to be an enjoyable breakfast, lunch or dinner drink.
Last but not least, these delicious pumpkin donuts feature a tasty maple and pumpkin spice glaze and can be made with a few ingredients.
These ingredients are gluten-free flour or oat flour (your choice), pumpkin purée, coconut oil or butter (though vegan butter would be most suitable for the health-conscious), maple syrup, powdered sugar, baking soda, lemon juice, salt, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and light brown sugar.
So there you have twenty pumpkin-themed recipes that are as healthy as they are tasty!
We have offered a wide range of recipes in this list, including desserts, savory options, and drinks so that no matter what your personal tastes might be, you are sure to find the recipe that best suits you to bring some pumpkin warmth into your meals.