Fall is in full swing, which means it’s time to enjoy everything we love about the season: Football, crunchy leaves, cooler weather and pumpkins! Everyone’s favorite gourd is slowly making its way back onto food and drink menus, and for good reason – pumpkin is rich in fiber and vitamins, and goes well with many popular dishes due to its versatility. Whether you want something sweet or savory, pumpkin is the perfect ingredient to add to many popular recipes.
1. Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino
No need to wait in line at your local coffee shop for this classic fall beverage. With just a few common ingredients and a bit of pumpkin spice flavoring, you can make your own pumpkin spice cappuccino right at home.
2. Pumpkin Pancakes
You can add pumpkin to almost anything to make it a special fall treat – including pancakes! By adding pureed pumpkin and a few spices to pancake batter, you can create the perfect breakfast food for a chilly autumn morning.
3. Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins With Mascarpone Cream
Turn a classic autumn beverage into a delectable dessert with these pumpkin spice latte muffins. The mascarpone cream filling and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) make this a moist breakfast or dessert item that’s perfect for fall. You can also follow a more traditional pumpkin muffin recipe to customize the flavors and ingredients to your liking.
4. Pumpkin Soup
For a great comfort food during those extra chilly days, whip up a batch of flavorful pumpkin soup. Simmer your favorite fall sprigs and spices together, such as ginger, thyme and nutmeg, to create a medley of flavors in every bowl.
5. Thai Pumpkin Curry
Pumpkin is a sweet and tender squash to feature in your favorite curry recipes. The cooked pumpkin mixed with Thai red curry paste and coconut milk meld together harmoniously to create this unique, savory dish.
6. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
These pumpkin chocolate chip cookie bars are the perfect blend of sugar, spice and everything nice. By adding pumpkin puree to this classic cookie recipe, you’ve created a moist treat that’s reminiscent of the season.
7. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Beer Bread
As your grocery store’s beer aisle features more and more of the season’s pumpkin brews, now is the time to bake with these spiced beverages. Pumpkin chocolate chip beer bread is perfect to share with your family or coworkers, but we won’t tell if you keep it all for yourself.
8. Pumpkin Cheesecake
This pumpkin cheesecake's velvety smooth texture and flavors make it a sinfully delicious dessert to indulge in during the cooler months. Paired with a cup of coffee, this cheesecake can even be enjoyed year-round -- no matter how you slice it.
9. Raw Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
This raw pumpkin swirl cheesecake adds a unique and delightful dessert item to any Thanksgiving spread. The nutty pecan, coconut and medjool dates crust paired with a creamy pumpkin filling make for a great vegan and gluten/refined sugar-free cheesecake.
10. No-Bake Pumpkin Pie
Preparing this no-bake pie is easier than picking out pumpkins at a pumpkin patch. Plus, if you make your own fresh pumpkin puree, you ensure that the pie is jam-packed with minerals and fiber, so you won’t feel guilty going back for a second slice.
11. Pumpkin Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
If you're looking to impress your guests at Thanksgiving with a decadent dessert, this rich homemade pumpkin cake fits the bill. Top with cream cheese frosting and you have an irresistibly scrumptious cake that pays rightful homage to the season.