As I mentioned in my last blog post, pumpkin is special enough this time of year that it deserves two blog posts in a row. If you read my last post you understand how healthy pumpkin is and know you should eat some; right now (Unless you’re on an eating schedule, and then you should wait until your next scheduled snack/meal to eat pumpkin. I will not tempt you to cheat). Because a large portion of my google/pinterest/cookbook searches include the word pumpkin, I’ve tried many healthy pumpkin recipes. Here are a few of my favorite sweet pumpkin recipes.
First off, canned pumpkin is great. If you buy an organic brand that lists “pumpkin” as the only ingredient, you can feel pretty secure about your pumpkin choice. But as the case usually is, “from-scratch,” always tastes better than canned. Though I admit the majority of the time I reach for the can, if I have time, I’ll roast a pumpkin. Here are some great instructions on how to roast a pumpkin from Elena’s Pantry.
6 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes:
Whole Grain Pumpkin Muffins – These muffins from “100 Days of Real Food” are moist, puffy and have great flavor. They taste great with spelt flour or just whole wheat flour.
Pumpkin Smoothie – I always opt to use the water instead of apple juice for the liquid to avoid extra sugar, but this smoothie from Paleo Leap tastes like a slice of creamy pumpkin pie.
Paleo Pumpkin Bread – This Paleo-friendly pumpkin bread from A Healthy Life For Me is hands-down the best paleo bread i’ve ever had. It’s just as moist and fluffy as any pumpkin bread made with all-purpose flour and processed sugars. It smells amazing in the oven and brings all the comfort of fall.
Pumpkin Fudge – This fudge from Blissful Basil is creamy, sweet and spicy. It has the flavor of pumpkin pie, but the texture of fudge. We like to sprinkle some chopped pecans over to top to really send it over the edge.
Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake – This is my recipe and still may be my favorite pumpkin recipe. It’s creamy, sweet and feels like Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin Pancakes – We love pancakes in our house and these pumpkin pancakes from Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites have great texture and flavor. We always leave out the optional honey and get the sweetness we crave by topping them with fruit. It’s the perfect breakfast… or dinner.