Last Updated on September 6, 2021 by Chef Mireille
This is the Best Collection of 30 Pumpkin Recipes you MUST this fall! Includes everything – Savory Pumpkin Recipes, Dessert Pumpkin Recipes as well as Vegan and Gluten Free Pumpkin Recipes
With fall, comes the abundance of pumpkins everywhere. It starts with Halloween and the pumpkin mania continues throughout the winter season.
From canned pumpkin to fresh pumpkins, the variety of pumpkin recipes are endless.
You can find rich desserts like Classic Pumpkin Pie and Healthy Pumpkin Recipes like Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl. There is something for everyone in this collection of Pumpkin Recipes.
Since I use pumpkin in every possible way known to man 😋 I thought I would let you in on my Favorite Pumpkin Recipes for you to try out this fall – although personally I think they can be enjoyed in any season!
Whether you like what creamy pumpkin puree does to sweet treats and pureed soups or you like to enjoy the pumpkin more like a cut up vegetable as in curry, you will find this list has a many a great way to enjoy our favorite fall vegetable!
So let’s check out the Best Pumpkin Recipes ever!
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My family is from the Caribbean and so for us, the Pumpkin Mania is not just for one season, but throughout the year. Pumpkin is truly the most common vegetable used throughout the Caribbean.
We use it in soups like Haitian Jou Mou and make everything from curry to desserts with pumpkin. Pumpkin Curry is the most popular Vegetarian Curry in the Caribbean.
However, growing up in America, I will always remember the first time I had Pumpkin Pie. It was when I went away to college and the pre Thanksgiving meal in the dining hall featured this all American dessert. I had pretty much been wanting to try it my whole life, since I was already a pumpkin fan.
My Caribbean parents never made Pumpkin Pie, so I had to wait until college to try it. That is when I learned pumpkin is just as delicious in sweet recipes as it is in savory recipes.
Before you get to whipping up these delicious Pumpkin Recipes, let’s go over the different ways you can purchase pumpkin.
Different Types of Pumpkin
Depending where you live, there will be different varieties of pumpkin available. There are many varieties of whole pumpkin or fresh pumpkins, but these are the most popular.
PICK YOUR OWN PUMPKINS
Yes that’s right you can easily pick your own fresh pumpkins at your local UPICK FARM! Remember what Mom always said – Fresh is best!
Types of Fresh Pumpkin
- Bright Orange Pumpkins are the ones most people are used to. With their very sweet flavor, they work best for dessert recipes. They can be used to bake up all sorts of delicious sweet treats and not just for making jack-o-lanterns 🙂
- Kabocha has become very popular – sometimes labelled as Japanese Pumpkin. This is pumpkin with a green skin and bright orange flesh. This is a versatile pumpkin that works well in both sweet and savory pumpkin recipes.
- Calabaza is another variety of pumpkin, that is a little sweeter and more tender than kabocha. However, it can also be used for both sweet and savory recipes. It also has bright orange flesh, but the skin is a golden tan color.
- White Pumpkin, also known as Winter Melon, is usually found in Asian markets. This is used a lot in Southeast Asian and Indian cooking. It is used for savory recipes only.
I have also included how to make your own pumpkin puree with the recipes below.
Most canned pumpkin is actually butternut squash, not pumpkin.
Butternut squash is less sweet and also has a higher water content. Although the sweeter richer taste of pumpkin is preferable, canned butternut squash labeled as pumpkin will substitute fine in most Sweet Pumpkin Recipes. Read the list of ingredients in the back of the can to find out if it really is pumpkin or butternut squash.
There are a few brands – mostly organic ones that do use actual pumpkin in canned pumpkin like Farmers Market.
Whether you prefer the canned stuff or fresh pumpkins, you will find a variety of Pumpkin Recipes for your to try on this list!
- Roast Pumpkin Puree
- Pumpkin Jam
- Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
A sprinkle of Pumpkin Pie Spice makes any Pumpkin Recipe better, whether sweet or savory.
Breakfast Pumpkin Recipes
- Vegan Pumpkin Waffles
- Pumpkin Yeast Raised Biscuits
- Pumpkin Biscuits with Lavender
- Pumpkin Scones
- Pumpkin Pancakes
- Pumpkin Spaghetti Omelet
- Pumpkin Rolls
- Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl
Savory Pumpkin Recipes
- Malaysian Pumpkin Curry
- Pumpkin Hummus
- Soup Jou Mou
- Pumpkin Pork Chops
- Pumpkin and Shrimp Laksa
- Kenyan Githeri
- Caribbean Chicken Soup
- Pumpkin Sauce
- Ground Provision
- Pumpkin Polenta
- Thai Winter Melon Stir Fry
- Caribbean Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin Desserts and other Sweet Pumpkin Recipes
Most of these would make a fabulous Thanksgiving dessert.
- Greek Pumpkin Cake
- Picarones – Peruvian Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Doughnuts
- Pumpkin Hamentaschen Cookies
- Pumpkin Rice Pudding
- Classic Pumpkin Pie
- Vegan Thai Pumpkin Dessert
- Pumpkin Bread
- Pumpkin Mousse Parfait
- Gluten Free Pumpkin Cake (with Coconut Flour)
Sweet Potato Recipes
Although these recipes are made with Sweet Potato, Pumpkin can easily be substituted in any of these recipes.
- Sweet Potato Pound Cake
- Sweet Potato Millet Bread
- Baked Sweet Potato Oatmeal
- Sweet Potato Cheesecake Pie
- Mexican Sweet Potato Pudding
Over 30 Pumpkin Recipes
The Best Collection of more than 30 Pumpkin Recipes. Includes:
- Savory Pumpkin Recipes
- Sweet Pumpkin Recipes
- Vegan Pumpkin Recipes
- Gluten Free Pumpkin Recipes
Pumpkin Jam Cookies - Pumpkin Hamentaschen
Traditional Hamentaschen Cookies usually made for the Jewish festival of Purim has a pumpkin take with a homemade Pumpkin Jam.
Pumpkin Sauce for Fish
This savory Pumpkin Sauce from the French Caribbean is most often paired with fish, but it is also great with chicken and meat or fried appetizers.
Pumpkin Pork Chops
Quick and Easy Baked Pork Chops have a sweet and savory taste with freshly made Pumpkin Jam and caramelized onions.
Pumpkin Biscuits with Lavender
Lavender Infused Pumpkin Biscuits are the perfect way to start your day on cool fall mornings.
Pumpkin Rice Pudding
Creamy Luscious Rice Pudding topped with a delicious spiced fresh pumpkin topping.
Pumpkin Coconut Flour Tea Cake
Pumpkin Hummus is the best snack during the fall season. Such a healthy snack filled with protein and fiber! Enjoy with pita chips for snack time!
Easy Pumpkin Puree Recipe
Instead of using canned pumpkin, make your own Roasted Pumpkin Puree to use with any recipe that calls for canned pumpkin. Way more flavor!
Vegan Pumpkin Waffles Made with Millet Flour
Vegan and so healthy with all the health benefits of millet. Makes the perfect combination for a hearty fall breakfast!
Spiced Pumpkin Scones
These Pumpkin Cornmeal Scones are so delicious with seasonal cranberry jam. This is how to wake up on fall mornings!
Classic Pumpkin Pie
What's to say? A perfect slice of classic Americana made the old fashioned way with a homemade pie crust.
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe
This Homemade Pumpkie Pie Spice is essential to flavor up all of your pumpkin recipes - both sweet and savory. Includes 2 versions - classic and a little more spicy!
Greek Isle Pumpkin Pistacchio Cake
A Pumpkin Cake from the Greek Isles made with freshly grated pumpkin and olive oil. So delicious and moist!
Malaysian Pumpkin Curry
A quick and easy Pumpkin Curry ready in less than 30 minutes and only a few ingredients!
Thai Stewed Pumpkin Dessert
This Vegan Thai dessert is so easy - just fresh pumpkin stewed in coconut milk and sugar. Simple and delicious!
Nhopi - Zimbabwe Pumpkin Polenta
African Style Pumpkin Polenta with Peanut Butter is packed with protein. So delicious and a healthy side dish for any savory stew.
Best Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread - Tender and Moist
Super Moist Pumpkin Bread is such a delicious fall treat. Pair it with salty cheese for the best flavor contrast.
How to make Easy Pumpkin Pancakes from Scratch
Easy and Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes can be made with homemade Pumpkin Puree or canned Pumpkin. Quick and easy Fall Breakfast!
Picarones - Peruvian Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Doughnuts for #BreadBakers
Traditional Peruvian Doughnuts made with fresh pumpkin and sweet Potatoes. Paired with an anise flavored syrup - it is SO GOOD - whether you enjoy it as a sweet breakfast or dessert!
Soup Jou Mou - Haitian Pumpkin Soup (with a twist)
Soup Jou Mou is enjoyed by Haitians around the world every New Years Day to celebrate their independence day. A hearty soup of pumpkin, meat, noodles and vegetables.
Pumpkin Saffron Yeast Biscuits for #BreadBakers
Yeast Raised Pumpkin Biscuits infused with saffron are the perfect addition to your fall breakfast or brunch menu.
Pumpkin Mousse Parfait
Layers of Pumpkin and creamy goodness make this an easy and luscious dessert1
Pumpkin Spaghetti Omelette
Classic Italian Spaghetti Omelet takes on a new twist with Pumpkin. Try it and it will become a new family fave!
Pumpkin Rolls are perfect for breakfast, with soups, stews, salads and whenever the time calls for a dinner roll.
Githeri - Kenyan Vegetable Bean Stew
A hearty Vegan African stew packed with beans and vegetables. A delicious option for Meatless Monday.
Caribbean Chicken Soup
Pumpkin is the base for this delicious Caribbean Chicken Soup. Hearty fall soup made with varieties of root vegetables.
Thai Winter Melon Stir-Fry
A quick and easy stir fry utilizing White Pumpkin. A great side dish to compliment any Thai meal.
Kolak - Vegan Indonesian Dessert Soup
A Vegan dessert soup made with a variety of root vegetables gently stewed in coconut milk with tapioca. Creamy and luscious, it makes a great fall dessert.
Ground Provision - Caribbean Root Vegetable Roast
A simple Vegetable Roast made with root vegetables including pumpkin and Caribbean spices. This Vegan side dish can compliment any meal. A great Thanksgiving side dish!
Healthy Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl with Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
This healthy Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Smoothie Bowl is filling and nutritious - packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Potassium. Healthy and delicious!
Homestyle Spicy Pumpkin Soup – How to make the Best Caribbean Pumpkin Soup
Spicy Pumpkin Soup French Caribbean Style with Smoked Chicken is delicious and packed with protein. Smoky & Spicy, this creamy Pumpkin Soup is dairy free!
So which Pumpkin Recipe are you most excited to try first? Let me know in the comments!
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So much recipes using pumpkin,so nice
April J Harris
What a great selection of pumpkin recipes! I love pumpkin, especially this time of year. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.
A wonderful collection of recipes for pumpkin. I am intrigued to try those Pumpkin jam cookies for my kids, Loved it.
I am spoilt for choice right now with so many pumpkin recipes. I have a Japanese pumpkin and a calabasa in my vegetable stock. So I guess I have a few here that I would love to try.
You should try the Vegan Thai Pumpkin dessert – it is such a quick and easy one. I am sure you will love it and so will kids!
What a lovely selection of pumpkin recipes. I too love pumpkin, although I have only used it in curries and soup and baking. Discovering all these amazing variety of pumpkin recipes will keep me busy now as I try new pumpkin recipes this autumn.
the variety of things you can do with pumpkin is amazing. One of my favorites is the Pumpkin Polenta – You should definitely check it out as something different and unique!