My Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

By , SparkPeople Blogger

The pumpkin celebration shouldn’t end with Halloween! Instead of just displaying those gourds, let's eat them! Here are some of my favorite pumpkin recipes to get you in the spirit! I promise that these pumpkin goodies are not among The 4 Most Fattening Fall Foods or these 5 Surprisingly High-Cal Halloween Treats!

NEW: Chef Meg's No Added Sugar Pumpkin-Apple Butter
I love this spread this over whole wheat toast for breakfast with nut butter or to thicken my fall soups. My son Josh loves it with bananas. You won't believe I didn't add any sugar!

Calories: 19.9
Total Fat: 0.2 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 1.8 mg
Total Carbs: 4.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
Protein: 0.4 g

Chef Meg's 'Seedy' Pumpkin Pie
This pie crust has a crunchy addition: pepitas, or shelled pumpkin seeds. They add a nice nutty flavor.

Calories: 168.4
Total Fat: 7.2 g
Cholesterol: 38.4 mg
Sodium: 141.1 mg
Total Carbs: 24.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.2 g
Protein: 4.9 g

Chef Meg's Pumpkin Dip
Try this dip on a toasted whole-wheat bagel at breakfast or with apple slices or whole-grain crackers for a snack. It's even good with carrots.

Calories: 31.7
Total Fat: 1.7 g
Cholesterol: 5.8 mg
Sodium: 88.3 mg
Total Carbs: 1.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g
Protein: 2.4 g

Chef Meg's Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
There's no need to buy pumpkin pie spice. You can easily make your own at home. And it makes a great hostess gift for any fall event! Feel free to double or triple this recipe!

Chef Meg's Pumpkin Smoothie
Kid approved! I tried this recipe on three 12-year-old boys, and they all loved it.
Calories: 258.9
Total Fat: 0.9 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 81.9 mg
Total Carbs: 60.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 9.0 g
Protein: 7.2 g

Chef Meg's Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
After one sip of this savory pumpkin soup, you will be surprised to find it packs a little heat. Your taste buds will do a double take when the expected sweetness of pumpkin is transformed into a savory, nutty, and peppery soup.

Calories: 87.6
Total Fat: 4.1 g
Cholesterol: 6.3 mg
Sodium: 43.6 mg
Total Carbs: 9.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.4 g
Protein: 2.6 g

What is your favorite pumpkin dish? Do you prefer pumpkin to be sweet or savory?
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I love pumpkin pie, and pumpkin muffins, as well. Report
These recipes sound delicious. I'm making the pumpkin apple butter and will share with my diabetic friends as it is low carb. It sounds wonderful. There is lots of squash from the garden, so I'll make it that way, also. Report
I've not had many savory pumpkin dishes, but they sound pretty good. I do think I'm going to try the pumpkin apple butter, and if I do it well (fingers crossed!) I'll take some to work to share. Report
I like both sweet & savory uses of pumpkin! Such a wonderful food. I am saving nearly all of these recipes--thanks.

My favoritest pumpkin recipe is on Sparkrecipes: Afghan pumpkin (I can't post a link in comments, but it's the only SP recipe by that name, so it's easy to find). I don't add the sugar in the sauce. It is one of the best vegetable dishes I've ever had, & that's saying a LOT! Report
I much prefer pumpkin savory. I love to make pumpkin curry soup and heat it in a pumpkin shell. Report
Here comes NOVEMBER and Pumpkin Time!! Report
I love pumpkin everything! I can't wait to try the smoothie, seedy pie and dip. Report
I think I will try the pumpkin smoothie soon. Report
I make Pumpkin Oatmeal. Almost every morning. I never tire of Pumpkin.
1/4 C of regular oatmeal
1/2 C water
Cook in Microwave for 1min. 45 sec.
Add 1/4 C canned or purreed pumpkin
1/4 + Tsp. of pumpkin pie spice.
I tried putting the pumpkin in before cooking but it was too pasty for my taste
A little skim milk on top & enjoy. Report
I had pumpkin pizza in Circleville Ohio several years ago that was absolutely delicious. I would love to have that recipe! Report
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