Food & Drink

28 Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

written by BRETT NICOLE HAYDEN & KATHERINE BALLESTA-ROSEN
Source: Lovely Little Kitchen
Source: Lovely Little Kitchen

There’s not a word in the English language more synonymous with “fall” than “pumpkin.” We spend our autumn days picking them, carving them, cooking with them, decorating with them, and turning them into our favorite seasonal lattes and pumpkin recipes. It’s safe to say that fall just wouldn’t be the same without our favorite gourd.

It’s only right that during the fall months we take advantage of the wonderful flavors of the season. There are countless pumpkin recipes out there, and here we’ve rounded up the best of the best. Plus, pumpkins pack a nutritious punch, filled with tons of nutrients and antioxidants that the body craves such as vitamins A and C. So the next time you’re at a loss for what to make for dinner, or you want to whip up a seasonal tasty treat, refer back to this list for all the inspiration you could need.

Read on for our favorite pumpkin recipes that we’ll be making all fall long.

 

Pumpkin Drink Recipes

 

1.  Pumpkin Caramel Macchiato

Maybe a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte isn’t your thing, or simply spending $7 on coffee doesn’t sound appealing to you. In that case, let us introduce this Pumpkin Caramel Macchiato recipe you can make at home!

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Source: 40 Aprons

 

2.  Honey Pumpkin Chai Latte

Be your own barista and try this simple spiced latte for a warming refreshment. With only almond milk, pumpkin purée, chai tea, and honey, it’s easy to whip up and a simple pleasure to sip on. You can experiment with various milks, too, for creamier or more coconutty alternatives.

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Source: Dash of Jazz

 

3.  Pumpkin Milkshake

Give in to your sweet tooth with exactly what it needs this fall: a pumpkin milkshake. The sweetness and spice will leave you both satisfied and wanting more.

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Source: Well Plated

 

Sweet Pumpkin Recipes

 

4.  Homemade Pop Tarts with Pumpkin and Brown Sugar

Whether you make these for the child in your life or your inner child, everyone will love these homemade pop tarts and want to munch on them all morning.

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Source: Brown Sugar

 

5.  Pumpkin Crumb Muffins with Cream Cheese Glaze

Not all sweets need to be saved for dessert. These pumpkin crumb muffins are the perfect way to start your day and will keep you satisfied all morning long.

 

6.  Cinnamon Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Bread

Does anyone else slide the streusel off of their muffins or cakes and save it ’til the very end because, so often, it’s the best part? With this bread, while you may be inclined to do the same, this recipe’s soft and rich pumpkin-laced bread might tempt you to do otherwise! 

 

7.  Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Weekday breakfast options don’t have to be boring. This fall, try this pumpkin pie oatmeal that will leave everyone ready to conquer the day.

 

8.  Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Pumpkin spice doesn’t have to stop at your latte, folks. Spice up your weekends with this seasonal waffle recipe.

 

9.  Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookie Bars

Combining pumpkin and butterscotch instantly sparks a sweetness that’s emblematic of fall, and these scrumptious cookie bars showcase it perfectly. They are frosted with a cream cheese and chocolate-drizzled topping for an extra heavenly treat.

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Source: Skinny Taste

 

10.  Baked Pumpkin Churros

Mix up your dessert menu this week with something a little different! Not only will your little ones love these sweet treats, but the pumpkin flavor will get everyone excited for fall.

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Source: Isabel Eats

 

11.  Earthquake Pumpkin Cake Recipe

What makes this pumpkin cake so earthquake-shaking delicious? It’s an indulgent, gooey one that blends a pumpkin spice cake recipe with a creamy sweetened cream cheese filling. It also has a pecan and shredded coconut base layer, and suggested toppings of chocolate and butterscotch chips. If a dessert were to be rated by the intensity of the Richter scale, this one would be off the scale!

 

12.  Pumpkin S’mores Cookies

If you want an instant hit that the whole family will enjoy, these pumpkin s’mores cookies might become a new favorite. Besides a chewy chocolate chunk cookie that tastefully incorporates pumpkin purée, it’s nestled with attention-grabbing graham crackers, mini marshmallows, and chocolate pieces on top. So, if anyone’s skeptical of pumpkin desserts, how could they pass on something so tantalizing?! They’ll be pumpkin-converts in no time.   

 

13. No-Knead Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

On a crisp autumn day, biting into a freshly-made warm cinnamon roll dripping with icing is divine. Try this recipe’s spin on these beloved cinnamon treats for some added pumpkin, spice, and everything nice!

 

14.  Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Take your love for chocolate chip baked goods to a whole new level and add the flavors of fall to make it that more special for this time of year.

 

15. Classic Pumpkin Pie Recipe

If you ask me, it should be illegal for fall to pass by without indulging in a pumpkin pie, and no Thanksgiving celebration would be complete without this classic fall dessert making its way to the table.

 

16.  Easy Pumpkin Empanadas

We love a unique twist on a traditional recipe, and that’s why we’re so excited about these dessert empanadas. No one in your household will be able to resist!

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Source: Isabel Eats

 

17.  Pumpkin Pie Popsicles

Even though it might be getting a bit chilly outside, we couldn’t resist including this creamy dreamy pumpkin popsicle in the mix. If you love making frozen treats, then this ode to pumpkin popsicle with warming spices, vanilla, heavy cream, and pumpkin purée is definitely for you.

 

18.  No Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls

Energy balls are my favorite healthy snack when I need an afternoon pick-me-up, and the pumpkin flavor in this recipe is an added bonus this fall.

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Source: Well Plated

 

Savory Pumpkin Recipes

 

19.  Pumpkin Goat Cheese Crostini

If I even hear a whisper of someone mentioning goat cheese, my ears instantly perk up. When the buttery cheese mixes with one of the best flavors of fall in this recipe, beautiful things happen.

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Source: Well Plated

 

20.  Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

This seasonal twist on the ultimate comfort food will be the perfect go-to recipe for all of the chilly months.

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Source: Well Plated

 

21.  Roasted Pumpkin Apple Soup

Of all of the reasons to love fall, soup has to be at the top of my list. This roasted pumpkin apple soup combines two of the most celebrated flavors of autumn in perfect harmony.

 

22.  Pumpkin Turkey Chili

When the temperatures drop, that can only mean one thing: chili season. With all the classic chili fixings and a sprinkle of fall flavor, this is the perfect hearty recipe for the season.

 

23.  Pumpkin Curry Soup

It’s officially cozy up on the couch season, and we’ve found the perfect soup recipe to accompany your yearly Gilmore Girls viewing session.

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Source: Well Plated

 

24. Pumpkin Biscuits

Transform regular biscuits—which we already know are buttery, fluffy, melt-in-your mouth amazing—into autumn biscuits. This recipe uses a classic biscuit recipe and adapts it to accommodate pumpkin purée. The result pairs perfectly with all kinds of soups and meals, or makes for a nourishing snack by itself.  Try spreading it with cinnamon sugar butter!

 

25. Baked Parmesan Pumpkin Fries

Fries are great anytime of the year, but these pumpkin fries will be the perfect companion for all of your dinners this fall.

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Source: Wholefully

 

26. Pumpkin Manicotti

Pasta night just got a whole lot better! Everyone will love this pumpkin manicotti recipe from the first bite.

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Source: Foodie Crush

 

27.  Pumpkin Curry with Coconut Brown Rice

When you want a light lunch this fall, try the pumpkin curry with coconut brown rice recipe. This dish is hearty enough to keep you full until dinner time, but light enough to keep you out of that afternoon slump.

 

28.  Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

One of the most coveted dishes at my family’s Thanksgiving table is the mac and cheese. This year, I think it’s time to spice it up with this seasonal spin on the beloved dish.

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