It’s fall – crisp air, colored leaves, jackets, ice hockey, and — yes, pumpkin.
Not sure what it is but all of us who like to bake (and eat) really seem to gravitate towards recipes that highlight this wonderful squash.
Well, for all of you pumpkin lovers out there, do I have a roundup of wonderful, whole foods recipes from all around the internet for you. This is a revamp of an older post — I replaced some of the recipes and added some more information about them for you to make them more user friendly. I hope you enjoy them!
Pumpkin isn’t just for fall, of course. It’s so healthy that you really should make it a part of your diet year round.
Did you have any idea about all of these benefits?
I think it’s a great reason to have pumpkin pie and all kinds of other pumpkin treats year round.
What are the Health Benefits of Pumpkin?
Pumpkin is high in:
– protein (the pumpkin seeds are, so if you are using the whole pumpkin, save those seeds :-). We even make pumpkin seed butter regularly. It’s high in zinc as well.)
– EFA’s (essential fatty acids)
– Vitamin A
– Vitamin C
Health Benefits Include:
– Improves Prostate Health
– Anti-Inflammatory Effect
– Great on Your Skin
– Prevents Kidney Stones
– Eases Depression
– Treatment of Parasites
Now that you feel good about eating pumpkin, here are some great recipes to keep you healthy and full throughout the fall!
I am so glad to introduce you to this great culinary genius from around the blogosphere–including a few from me :-).
Healthy Pumpkin Recipes
We think these taste like Enjoy Life Brand Cookies – and they’re super easy!
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie – The Prairie Homestead
Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake – Sweetly Raw
One of our family’s favorites!
Pumpkin Fudge (dairy free) – The Coconut Mama
Yum! Use my Homemade Coconut Butter for these!
Chocolate Pumpkin Digestives – Green Gourmet Giraffe
Pumpkin Gingersnap Chia Breakfast Parfaits – Healthful Pursuit
Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies – Ricki Heller
This is a totally candida-friendly post, typical of Ricki’s genius. OK – have I told you enough how much I love her creations :-)?
Pumpkin Pie Cookies (grain free & vegan) – The Detoxinista
Pumpkin-Cranberry Smoothie (dairy free) – Tessa the Domestic Diva
Pumpkin Kiss Cookies (paleo) – Cavegirl Cuisine
I would try to sub something for the dates in these – but had to share them!
White Chocolate Pumpkin Butter Cups – Almonds & Avocados
Pumpkin Cake Bars – This Chick Cooks
Grain-Free Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (gluten, soy, & corn free) – Real Sustenance
I think these would work with an egg substiute – flax, chia, or my Powdered Egg Replacer.
Pumpkin Pie Bites with Maple Coconut Whipped Cream (grain & dairy free) – The Tasty Alternative
No-Bake Pumpkin Mousse Cake – Veggie Nook
Pumpkin Custard Ice Cream (paleo) – Healthnutnation
Chocolate Pumpkin Tart (paleo, GF, & V) – Unconventional Baker
Pumpkin Cheesecake – Unconventional Baker
Starbucks Copycat Pumpkin Scones (paleo, GF, & V) – Unconventional Baker
Pumpkin Ice Cream (paleo, V, & nut free) – Tessa the Domestic Diva
and to flavor all of your pumpkin goodies, here is
Pumpkin Pie Spice – me
Well, I think that should be plenty to have you ready for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all the pumpkin baking that your heart might desire.
Which recipe(s) is/are your favorite?