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!
Of course, pumpkin tastes great, but if you’ve been hanging out on my Facebook page, you might recall that I highlighted the Health Benefits of Pumpkin recently. If you aren’t a Facebook fan, you should head over there now and become one. I really just have so much good stuff I like to share with you all and I just don’t have time to post daily – so Facebook gives me the opportunity to connect and share so much more :-).
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:
- Prostate Cancer
- Anti-Inflammatory Effect
- Great on Your Skin
- Prevents Kidney Stones
- 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
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars – Chocolate Covered Katie
Soft Pumpkin Cookies
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 – The Coconut Mama
Yum! Use my Homemade Coconut Butter for these!
Chocolate Pumpkin Digestives - Green Gourmet Giraffe
Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Warm Caramel Sauce - Diet, Dessert, and Dogs
Ricki is a genius at candida-friendly cooking. This recipe, I think, could easily be adapted to be fine if you use my DIY Condensed Dairy Free Milk!
Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies - also from Diet, Dessert, and Dogs
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 - The Detoxinista
Pumpkin Cranberry Smoothie from Tessa the Domestic Diva
Pumpkin Kiss Cookies - 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
5 Ingredient Pumpkin Fudge - Oatmeal with a Fork
Pumpkin Cake Bars – This Chick Cooks
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls – Real Sustenance
Pumpkin Pie Bites with Maple Coconut Whipped Cream - The Tasty Alternative
Pumpkin Mousse Cake - Veggie Nook
Instant GAPS Pumpkin Pudding - Empowered Sustenance
and to flavor all of your pumpkin goodies, here is
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?