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If you're looking for the BEST pumpkin recipes for fall, we've got you covered! Below you'll find all kinds of pumpkin recipes from sweet pumpkin desserts, savory pumpkin dinners, and even pumpkin breakfast and snack recipes.
When fall shows up and it's time to pull on the cozy sweaters and walk through the golden leaves, you know it's pumpkin time. And there is no shortage of fall pumpkin recipes to see you all the way through the autumn season.
In fact, you could easily eat pumpkin all day every day.
Start your day with pumpkin pancakes and a pumpkin spice latte, then move on to pumpkin fritters for lunch, pumpkin pasta and a pumpkin salad for dinner, and then finish your day with pumpkin brownies for dessert.
And if you get hungry in between, you can snack on roasted pumpkin seeds!
We've narrowed down the list of the best fall pumpkin recipes to our top 15 favorites. But feel free to check out all of our pumpkin recipes for even more inspiration!
The best pumpkin recipes for fall
How can I add pumpkin flavor to my recipes?
Pumpkin has a unique flavor that is hard to replicate. But one flavor that we associate with pumpkin (that isn't technically pumpkin) is pumpkin pie spice. It's warming spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cloves that are added to pumpkin pie and our chocolate pumpkin pie. You can also try using it on roasted vegetables to bring that familiar pumpkin flavor and a fall twist to your dinner table.
What types of pumpkins taste good?
Whatever you do, don't buy a jack-o-lantern, carving pumpkin and eat it. They are grown for their size, not their flavor. Pumpkin varieties that are grown for eating are smaller, more the size of squash. Look for sugar pumpkins or pie pumpkins to use in pumpkin recipes.
What can I use instead of pumpkin?
Many kinds of squash make great substitutes for pumpkin. Try butternut squash, acorn squash, turbin squash, or red kuri squash. But skip spaghetti squash as the texture isn't the same.
What is pumpkin puree?
Pumpkin puree is cooked and pureed pumpkin that is sold in cans. It's unseasoned so it works well in any recipe that calls for pureed pumpkin. You can try using it in our pumpkin muffins or pumpkin cookies!
Pumpkin puree is widely available in grocery stores and is often found in the baking aisle. Just make sure not to pick up a can of pumpkin pie mix by accident – that will be sweetened and seasoned with pumpkin pie spices!
Is pumpkin healthy?
Yes! Pumpkin is a nutrient-loaded vegetable (actually a fruit) that is very healthy for you. It has plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants so you should definitely try adding pumpkin to the menu this fall.
We love adding some pumpkin to the table at fall holidays like Thanksgiving or Halloween. But it is healthy and tasty enough to add a pumpkin dish to your table every day this season!
While we often think of pumpkin in terms of sweet desserts such as pies, cakes, or pumpkin bread, you can easily turn pumpkin into a savory meal like our pumpkin polenta for a healthy pumpkin dinner!