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30 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes to Make This Fall

From healthy pumpkin bread to soups to muffins, these healthy pumpkin recipes are here to make sure you don’t miss out this fall.

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Pumpkin BreadTaste of Home

Pumpkin Bread

I keep my freezer stocked for our harvest crew with home-baked goodies like this deliciously spicy, easy pumpkin bread recipe. —Joyce Jackson, Bridgetown, Nova Scotia

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Scented Rice in Baked PumpkinTaste of Home

Scented Rice in Baked Pumpkin

This easy, delicious and healthy side is a showpiece that always delights. You can use grain, squash, fruits and nuts to suite your taste—it's impossible to go wrong! —Lynn Heisel, Jackson, Missouri

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Pumpkin & Cauliflower Garlic MashTaste of Home

Pumpkin & Cauliflower Garlic Mash

I wanted healthy alternatives to my family's favorite recipes. Pumpkin, cauliflower and thyme make an amazing dish. You'll never miss those plain old mashed potatoes. —Kari Wheaton, South Beloit, Illinois

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Pumpkin Pie SmoothiesTaste of Home

Pumpkin Pie Smoothies

My pie-flavored smoothie is loaded with fruit. The spices make it all come together. —Karen Sikora, Dayton, Nevada

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Sausage & Rice Stuffed PumpkinsTaste of Home

Sausage & Rice Stuffed Pumpkins

My children often request this dish. It also adds a great "wow" factor to a festive buffet table.—Andria Peckham, Lowell, Michigan

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Roasted Pumpkin and Brussels SproutsTaste of Home

Roasted Pumpkin and Brussels Sprouts

While traveling to Taiwan, I had the pleasure of trying a unique vegetable dish that included fresh pumpkin. It inspired me to roast pumpkin with Brussels sprouts. —Pam Correll, Brockport, Pennsylvania

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Pumpkin Gnocchi in Sage ButterTaste of Home

Pumpkin Gnocchi in Sage Butter

For a delicious autumn spin on an Italian classic, try this hearty, seasonal gnocchi. Sage and garlic butter sauce complements the pumpkin wonderfully. —Donna Mosca Kahler, Jupiter, Florida

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Fluffy Pumpkin PancakesTaste of Home

Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes

These pumpkin pancakes are also delicious served with butter or whipped topping and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Freeze any extras in a single layer on a cookie sheet, then store in a freezer bag. They're great fresh out of the toaster! —Mindy Bauknecht, Two Rivers, Wisconsin

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No-Crust Pumpkin PieTaste of Home

No-Crust Pumpkin Pie

Baked in a water bath, this pie has a texture that's more like a custard than a traditional pumpkin pie. In place of canned or fresh pumpkin, I sometimes use cushaw, a type of crookneck squash.

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Pumpkin-Lentil SoupTaste of Home

Pumpkin-Lentil Soup

I was really craving a hot delicious soup—something filling and healthy. I looked around my kitchen for a few ingredients, then created this recipe. Pumpkin adds creamy richness and body. —Amy Blom, Marietta, Georgia

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Crumb-Topped Apple & Pumpkin PieTaste of Home

Crumb-Topped Apple & Pumpkin Pie

This special recipe combines all the warm, delicious flavors of the season and makes a truly unique presentation. It gets rave reviews each year and has become a holiday tradition at our house. —Trisha Fox, Plainfield, Illinois

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Pumpkin Spice BagelsTaste of Home

Pumpkin Spice Bagels

Enjoy pumpkin pie flavor with these classic bagels. For a change, adjust the spices to suit your taste buds. —Kristy Reeves, LeRoy, Kansas

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Black Bean 'n' Pumpkin ChiliTaste of Home

Black Bean 'n' Pumpkin Chili

My family is crazy about this slow cooker chili because it uses ingredients you don't usually find in chili. Believe it or not, I discovered that pumpkin is what makes the dish so special. Cook up a big batch and freeze some for later; it tastes even better reheated. —Deborah Vliet, Holland, Michigan

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Pumpkin-Filled Crescent RollsTaste of Home

Pumpkin-Filled Crescent Rolls

This is an Old World recipe derived from my grandmother, who didn't use traditional measuring cups. We figured out this recipe, which must date back to 1900 or earlier. Other fillings that work well are cranberry, peanut butter or lemon. —Gary Wanosky, North Ridgeville, Ohio

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Spicy Pumpkin & Corn SoupTaste of Home

Spicy Pumpkin & Corn Soup

A seriously quick dish, it can satisfy a hungry household in 15 minutes. My family loves sharing this soup with cornbread, or you can add a zesty kick with some Rotel. — Heather Rorex, Winnemucca, Nevada

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Pumpkin LasagnaTaste of Home

Pumpkin Lasagna

I especially like this comforting fall dish because it's vegetarian. Even friends who aren't big fans of pumpkin are surprised by this delectable lasagna. Canned pumpkin and no-cook noodles make it a cinch to prepare. —Tamara Huron, New Market, Alabama

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Shredded Barbecue Chicken over GritsTaste of Home

Shredded Barbecue Chicken over Grits

There’s nothing like juicy meat over steaming grits. And the pumpkin in these grits makes them taste like a spicy, comforting bowl of fall flavors. Your family will come running to the table for this one. —Erin Renouf Mylroie, Santa Clara, Utah

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Buttermilk Pumpkin WafflesTaste of Home

Buttermilk Pumpkin Waffles

My girlfriend loves pumpkin, so I enjoy making these for her on cool Sunday mornings. —Charles Insler, Silver Spring, Maryland

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Black Bean & Pumpkin ChiliTaste of Home

Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili

This is my kind of chili – thick and hearty. Try sweet potato or butternut squash instead of pumpkin, and serve over quinoa, barley, brown rice or farro. —Jean Ecos, Hartland, WI

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Cheese Ravioli with Pumpkin Alfredo SauceTaste of Home

Cheese Ravioli with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce

When I first made this cheese ravioli everyone thought: Pumpkin on pasta? Ew! But once they tasted it, they couldn't believe how much they liked it! A warm, comforting delicious blend of flavors. —Cheri Neustifter, Sturtevant, Wisconsin

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Lentil Pumpkin SoupTaste of Home

Lentil Pumpkin Soup

Garlic and spices brighten up my hearty pumpkin soup. It’s just the thing we need on a chilly fall day. —Laura Magee, Houlton, Wisconsin

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Pumpkin Spice OatmealTaste of Home

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

There's nothing like a bowl of warm oatmeal in the morning, and my spiced version works in a slow cooker. Store leftovers in the fridge. —Jordan Mason, Brookville, Pennsylvania

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Pumpkin Pecan Frozen YogurtTaste of Home

Pumpkin Pecan Frozen Yogurt

I always keep fat-free frozen yogurt on hand. By combining it with just four other ingredients, I can quickly whip up this great-tasting treat.—Anne Smithson, Cary, North Carolina

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Fresh Pumpkin SoupTaste of Home

Fresh Pumpkin Soup

This appealing soup harvests the fall flavors of just-picked pumpkins and tart apples and is sure to warm you up on a crisp autumn day. I top the creamy puree with a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin seeds. —Jane Shapton, Irvine, California

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Pumpkin with Walnuts and Blue CheeseTaste of Home

Pumpkin with Walnuts and Blue Cheese

Don't hold off on serving pumpkin, thinking it can be only the finale to dinner. Bring it to the forefront with this unique and lovely side dish that will garner you lots of recipe requests. —Laurie Bock, Lynden, Washington

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Autumn Pumpkin ChiliTaste of Home

Autumn Pumpkin Chili

We have this turkey pumpkin chili often because everyone loves it, even the most finicky grandchildren. It’s a definite keeper in my book! —Kimberly Nagy, Port Hadlock, Washington

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Chicken with Sugar Pumpkins & ApricotsTaste of Home

Chicken with Sugar Pumpkins & Apricots

When we have family gatherings, we give the slow cooker kitchen duty. This yummy chicken with pumpkin and apricots has the warm flavors of Morocco. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Cranberry Pumpkin MuffinsTaste of Home

Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

Tart, juicy cranberries enhance the delicate pumpkin flavor of these muffins. Sometimes I dust the tops with powdered sugar to add a little sweetness. —Sue Ross, Casa Grande, Arizona

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Tuscan Turkey SoupTaste of Home

Tuscan Turkey Soup

Ladle up this quick, creamy soup chock-full of leftover turkey, pumpkin and beans to your hungry family and friends. It's fabulous! —Marie McConnell, Shelbyville, Illinois

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Pumpkin-Curry Chicken over Cashew RiceTaste of Home

Pumpkin-Curry Chicken over Cashew Rice

This is truly a dish that combines international flavors with homespun comfort. The sweet curry aroma alone will warm hearts on gray-sky days. For more veggie goodness, add roasted cauliflower. —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho

Carolyn Lewis
Carolyn Lewis is a young writer & digital media professional who grew up in Milwaukee. She loves to read graphic novels, write poetry about nature and cook Thai food while listening to podcasts. She has always been a storyteller and animal lover, thus, she has a hamster named Hamlet.

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