If you open my kitchen cupboard right now, you’d think I was stockpiling for a canned pumpkin shortage. Thankfully, pumpkin is not running out anytime soon; I just need it to feed my obsession and all of my healthy pumpkin recipes!
I put it in everything from soup to smoothies to salads! Yep, I’ve got a pumpkin problem. But for a good reason! Besides being super versatile for recipes, fall’s signature squash is packed with healthy perks.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin
A cup of mashed and cooked pumpkin contains more than 200% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A.A cup of pumpkin has more potassium than a banana.Pumpkins are rich in beta-carotene, which reduces your cancer risk.Pumpkins have the amino acid tryptophan to help your production of serotonin and boost your mood.Pumpkins are high in fiber (keeping you fuller longer) and low in calories.
Now, if those aren’t reasons to eat pumpkin, I don’t know what are! Luckily for you, I’ve rounded up a bunch of delicious healthy pumpkin recipes, both sweet and savory. What are you waiting for? Pumpkin season doesn’t last forever…unless you have a stockpile, that is.
Healthy Pumpkin Recipes
Below is a list of some of our favorite, tried-and-true fresh or canned pumpkin recipes.
A great back-to-school recipe, this recipe for pumpkin spice overnight oats is easily prepped the night before and served up quickly in the morning to get the kids (or yourself!) out the door.
Although a cult favorite, I’m not a fan of the classic coffee shop PSL, and here’s why: it’s loaded with high fructose corn syrup, calories, caramel coloring, and artificial flavors. It doesn’t even have any real pumpkin in it! If you ask me, this healthy pumpkin recipe is much better than any chain coffee shop version (and it’s WAY better for you, too!).
These cajun roasted pumpkin seeds are full of flavor, low calorie and don’t contain any sugar. Not too spicy, adults and kids alike love them!
Yes! You can now have an individual serving of pumpkin pie (any time of year!) without making a whole pie. This recipe comes together in a matter of minutes, is popped in the microwave and there’s no rolling pin required.
These little balls packed with 7 grams of protein taste just like rolled up pumpkin pie filling! Plus, they’re totally vegan, gluten free, and super easy to make; now that’s a healthy pumpkin recipe!
The combination of pumpkin and bread is just so hard to beat and this delicious recipe is a real winner. Skip the coffee shop version and make this homemade version instead! This is a great canned pumpkin recipe to make whenever you get the itch for something sweet.
Don’t waste the innards of your pumpkin when you can use them to make another healthy pumpkin recipe like this delicious maple-infused pumpkin butter perfect on toast, in oatmeal or by the spoonful!
Breakfast is served. By using pumpkin to replace most of the oil in this recipe, you save tons of fat and calories. Plus, the canned pumpkin keeps the cakes nice and fluffy.
Another great canned pumpkin recipe is this festive spin on hummus is delicious and great for parties or a healthy snack! Plus, the dip is filled with protein thanks to the garbanzo beans and pumpkin.
A post-workout pumpkin pie probably won’t fly, but a post-workout pumpkin pie smoothie? That’s what I’m talking about. The protein will help your muscles recover, and the taste will leave you feeling satisfied!
When I was young, my favorite part of pumpkin carving was roasting the seeds afterwards. Now that I’m a bit older, I still like to munch on these guys because they make for a healthy alternative to greasy chips.
This is one of my all-time favorite soup recipes ever. Pumpkin season or not. Even though it’s vegetarian, your family won’t miss the meat, thanks to the overload of veggies and beans.
Yes, protein and dessert can go together! This mousse is delicious proof. Dip fruit or whole-grain graham crackers for a healthy, pumpkin-y snack.
This paleo pumpkin pecan smoothie is filled with protein and fiber to keep you full and satisfied. Plus, it uses collagen iwhich is great for your hair, skin and nails. Yummy and beautifying? What more could you want?
These 2 ingredient pumpkin spice muffins are beyond simple; I know, sounds crazy, but all you need is some cake mix and canned pumpkin for super moist, fluffy, and addicting muffins!
These stuffed pumpkins make for a perfect fall meal. Packed with pancetta, apples, gooey cheese and more, these pumpkins are the definition of comfort food made healthy.