The only thing more exciting about fall than the beautifully changing leaves, crisp air and looming holiday season is that everyone’s favorite round and orange plant is back on the menus at coffee shops and restaurants. But the even better news is that you don’t have to be a barista or a chef to whip up a scrumptious recipe that lets pumpkin shine. To get you into the festive fall spirit, we gathered some of the best pumpkin spice recipes out there, from savory faves to sweet delights.
No-bake pumpkin oatmeal energy bites
If you’re looking for a quick, easy-to-make snack that you can take on the go, look no further than these pumpkin oatmeal energy bites. They contain just the right amount of satisfying sweetness and the right kind of ingredients to keep you full until lunchtime (chia seeds, oatmeal, peanut butter, honey and more). The best part? You don’t need an oven or stove to whip up these tiny, round treasures. Just throw all the ingredients in a bowl, stir ‘em together and form them into balls.
Get the recipe: Bless This Mess
Paleo and vegan pumpkin spice latte
If you’re tired of shelling out more cash than you’d like to admit at Starbucks to get your PSL fix, you’ll be happy to learn that it’s easy to DIY. This recipe swaps out coconut (or almond!) milk for cow’s milk and uses pure vanilla extract instead of simple syrup, which is packed with way more calories and sugar. Another secret ingredient used is grass-fed collagen, which gives your hair, nails and skin a nice, healthy boost!
Get the recipe: What Great Grandma Ate
Roasted pumpkin sage soup
This savory and sensationally satisfying pumpkin soup is the perfect fall pick-me-up. It offers the warmth and comfort you’re looking for—whether you just got home from a hard-won workout or are enjoying a football Sunday with close friends. Since it doesn’t call for any cream, it’s much healthier than most soups. The secret ingredient is real pumpkins—not just pumpkin puree. Pile on more flavor with diced shallots, chopped garlic, low-sodium chicken broth, fresh sage, and salt and pepper to taste.
Get the recipe: Skinny Taste
Pumpkin peanut butter cups
Satisfy your love of Reese’s Cups with a healthier but just as delicious version starring, of course, pumpkin. This recipe is not only sweet, salty, fudgy and everything in between, it’s also healthy, gluten-free and even easier to make than pumpkin pie. Just melt milk or dark chocolate chips over a stovetop (or in a microwave-safe bowl) and then pour them in muffin liners. In a separate mixing bowl, combine peanut butter and pumpkin puree until smooth. Pour into the muffin tins and then top off with the remaining chocolate. Refrigerate until firm—and enjoy!
Get the recipe: The Big Man’s World
Pumpkin pie protein smoothie
For a sweet, energy-boosting snack on the go, try this pumpkin pie smoothie, which is chock-full of macronutrients (think protein, fats and carbs that will get you through that evening boot camp class!) Pumpkin is a healthy ingredient—it’s not only high in fiber and antioxidants, but is a great source of vitamins A and C. This recipe is low in sugar and can easily be turned into vegan or paleo-friendly versions. All you do is throw the ingredients—banana, pumpkin puree, nut or seed butter, almond or coconut milk, yogurt, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, vanilla, protein powder, maple syrup, spinach and ice—into a blender and blend away.
Get the recipe: The Real Food RDs
Zesty pumpkin mac n’ cheese
Vegans and health nuts alike know how difficult it is to find a mac and cheese recipe that fits the bill—especially one that contains a unique ingredient like pumpkin. But this version proves that it’s not only possible, it can be just as delicious. The secret lies in the pumpkin “cheese” sauce. It contains cashews (tons of protein!), pumpkin puree, unsweetened almond milk, nutritional yeast and tons of spices (cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, garlic powder, black pepper and onion powder). While your pasta of choice is cooking, blend the other ingredients until smooth and mix everything together. Garnish with some fresh herbs and devour.
Get the recipe: She Likes Food
Pumpkin spice blondies
Commonly referred to as “white brownies,” blondies are a dessert favorite for all seasons, but especially during fall when you can toss in some fresh or pureed pumpkin. This healthier version swaps real eggs for flax eggs (they’re even more nutritious and loaded with fiber), butter for coconut oil (tons of good-for-you fats), regular sugar for organic coconut sugar and half a can of organic pumpkin puree. You can also toss in some powdered cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves and a touch of nutmeg to up the flavor ante.
Get the recipe: Broke Foodies