Is it just me, or does pumpkin seem to be trendier this year than ever before? You’ve likely seen loads of pumpkin-flavor foods in restaurants, stores and coffee shops. Unfortunately many of those pumpkin-flavored products don’t even contain real pumpkin! More often than not they’re loaded with artificial flavors and colors as well as refined, processed ingredients.
On the other hand, we most often see whole pumpkin (the kind you buy at the grocery store in the produce section or pureed in a can) in desserts like pie. We are doing this nutritious gourd a disservice by limiting it to processed foods and desserts! There are many ways to boost your vitamin A (1/2 cup delivers over twice the daily value) and fiber intake with this tasty squash.
Note: When you buy pureed pumpkin at the store, make sure the ingredient list only includes pumpkin, with no added sugar like some pumpkin pie fillings.
After much searching (through the vegan pumpkin patch), we’ve gathered up a gourd-geous list of our favorite fall recipes that are sure to bring a jack-o-lantern grin to your face. Included are recipes for not only desserts, but also for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. We’ve collected only the finest, pun-KING recipes just for you.
If your taste buds are tingling and your pumpkin passion is ready to pop, let’s get started on this luscious list. That’ll do spice-ly, don’t you think?
In the mood for something warm to start your day? Mix pureed pumpkin into oats for a hearty breakfast!
One of our most popular recipes, this vegan pumpkin baked oatmeal is now a staple breakfast in so many households! In this recipe, instead of cooking it on the stovetop, we baked it! The oatmeal comes out wonderfully firm and almost chewy. Excellent for meal prepping, super easy to make a week’s worth, and take on-the-go. A sweet and perfectly spiced baked oatmeal!
Speaking of warmth, let’s cozy up with a bowl of comforting soup! Pureed or roasted, pumpkin imparts a flavorful richness to soups that is sure to please your palate.
Plant-Based on a Budget‘s Toni is tops for turning out the most tempting soups and savory stews. This ravishing pumpkin curry recipe is no exception. With only a few ingredients and a super fast cooking time of fifteen minutes, this rich and creamy pumpkin tofu curry is sure to become a never-fail fall favorite!
You’ll fall in love with this pumpkin spiced bread at first bite! With its super moist and tender texture, this recipe uses simple ingredients, a homemade pumpkin spice blend, and two different, super tempting toppings. Nisha Vora, from Rainbow Plant Life, has outdone herself in deliciousness!
Trying to achieve a creamy sauce without dairy? Try pumpkin! Perfect for ravioli and alfredo, pureed pumpkin can give you the full body you crave without the extra fat.
Searching for a more substantial, seasonal supper recipe? Look no further than this primo pumpkin pasta by Anna Rios of Healthy Simple Yum. Cozy, comforting, and a little bit cheesy––the best of all possible worlds! Helped along by hints of garlic, onion, and olive oil, this plate full of pasta will entice any and all family and friends during the fall season (or any time of year). A must make!
If you have the time and energy this autumn, this recipe will be the most scrumptious snack the of the season. Guaranteed! These spiced pumpkin seeds are not only eco-friendly (the perfect way to use up the ooey-gooey guts from Halloween pumpkin carving), but incredibly addictive. Gloriously crispy and satisfyingly sweet, you’ll wish you’d made a double batch so you wouldn’t have to share!
Our newest autumn-inspired recipe is particularly awesome, if we can be so bold. Warm, flavorful, and filled with decadent little bits of chocolate-y goodness. Each slightly-sweet and spice-filled bite is a delightful dream. Absolutely essential for any fall event, Halloween party, breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Simple and oh-so-satisfying, you really have to give this recipe a try!
Jessica in the Kitchen‘s recipe for a pumpkin sheet cake makes us jump for joy! Moist, fluffy, and incredibly flavorful, Jessica truly hits the mark for the most delectable dessert. When you serve this colorful cake with homemade cream cheese frosting (to die for!), no one will believe that it’s vegan. A remarkable recipe like this deserves to be the highlight of any holiday dinner. Don’t delay, make it today!
Six Vegan Sisters share their finest concoction of chocolate-filled pumpkin cookies. Even the raw dough is edible and can be enjoyed without fear (quite unlike the dreaded dairy version!). The addition of pumpkin puree gives the dough a velvety texture and fabulous flavor. Once you add in the sugar, spice, and everything nice, you’ll soon be on your way to savoring these bite-sized snacks. This heavenly recipe makes our hearts happy.
The harvest holiday season isn’t complete without the perfect pumpkin pie. You’re in luck because we have an excellent eggless recipe and we want you to give it a try, too! This is the silkiest and most well-prepared pie we’ve ever had the pleasure to make. You can garnish with candied pecans, coconut whipped cream, or pastry leaves using cookie cutters. Simply divine!
Thanks to Jackie Sobon of Vegan Yak Attack, you’ll soon be captivated by the charm of this cheery vegan pumpkin chia pudding! Chock full of whole, plant-based ingredients, you seriously can’t go wrong with this dessert choice. Thick, creamy, and carefully spiced, this plump pudding is like a mouthful of mini pumpkin pie paradise. Delish!
Sophia DeSantis, of the Veggies Don’t Bite blog, brings us her famous, super-easy, seven ingredient snack recipe. (Try saying that three times fast!) Not only do they take only 5 minutes to make, but they’re fun for the whole family and use pea powder to pump up the protein. How cool is that? All you need to do is gather ingredients, mix, and chill. Her pumpkin pie protein snacks really fit the bill!
We’re slightly cheating by adding this super cute smoothie recipe, but you’ve really got to try it. It’s a fantastically fun shade of bright orange and totally thrilling to taste! Using only a few fruity ingredients, you can whip up this wonderful (and highly nutritious) snack and enjoy without any of the guilt of gorging on carry-out candy. You can’t beat this pumpkin-themed treat!
26. Pumpkin Spice Latte (bonus!)
27. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bites (extra bonus!)
Which vegan pumpkin recipe do you want to try first? Let us know in the comments which ones are your favorites and be sure to leave a star rating after you make them so the recipe author knows how much you enjoyed it!
This round-up of the best vegan pumpkin recipes come from some of our favorite vegan food blogs on the web. Photos are from our recipe contributors as well as J.J. Steele and Michelle Cehn. Article written by Taylor Wolfram and Gina House and edited by Rachel Lessenden.