It’s the time of year that simply bursts with colour and flavours from the autumn harvests. Our pick of the crop? That most versatile of veggies: the pumpkin! This is one vibrant, versatile squash that comes into season in winter and is packed full of body-benefitting vitamins and antioxidants that particularly protect your skin and eyes. Cheap and low in calories, it can serve as the main ingredient for dozens of recipes from chili to chia pudding.
Here are 11 mouth-watering recipes that follow Paleo, vegan and/or gluten-free guidelines and prove beyond a doubt that pumpkins aren’t just for carving scary faces!
1. Savory Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Add these babies to pumpkin soup, salads or just eat them as a snack. Personally, I love these mixed in with a batch of popcorn!
Recipe: Jamie Oliver
2. Pumpkin Spiced Ice Cream
Enjoy this lightly spiced and totally refreshing ice cream recipe from start to finish in just 20 minutes (ice cream maker dependent). It is of a soft serving consistency and full of comforting flavours like cinnamon and ginger to complete your evening snuggled up in front of the fire.
Recipe: My WholeFood Life
3. Pumpkin & Chickpea Chilli
This is a substantial main meal packed full of nutritious and slow releasing ingredients designed to leave you feeling satisfied for longer. You can add a little more heat depending on your taste preference and have a delicious, warming dinner served in less than 30 minutes.
Recipe: Healthy Slow Cooking
4. Gluten Free Pumpkin Creme Bars
They look super decadent, but these bars are actually dairy-free, gluten-free, and can be topped with anti-oxidizing dark chocolate to make them a wee bit healthier even.
Recipe: My Whole Food Life
5. Easy Pumpkin Soup
This is a great and incredibly simple recipe that leaves you with a vibrant, tasty winter-warming soup. Consisting of only 7 ingredients that you more than likely already have in your kitchen cupboards, this soup shows just how super healthy, vegan concoctions can make for the best in comfort foods.
Recipe: Minimalist Baker
6. Chai Protein Pumpkin Bars
If you’re looking for a scrumptious replacement for those ever tempting sweet treats then this raw dessert recipe is for you. There is no baking required and these nutritious bars serve as a great snack for children and adults alike regardless of dietary preferences.
Recipe: Blender Babes
7. Chocolate Chips & Pumpkin Muffins
Rich in flavour and fluffy in texture, these sweetly spiced muffins have discreet coconut undertones that compliment the main ingredients here. Even without the use of butter or cream-like components you are still able to devour a moist muffin with just the right amount of lightness.
Recipe: Averie Cooks
8. Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte
Ever noticed that most of the spices used for Chai are also used in pumpkin pie? This dairy free treat is way healthier than anything you’ll find in a coffee shop, but tastes just as good–if not better!
9. Pumpkin Pie Apple Muffins
Combining the two best things about the autumn harvest, these muffins are sweet and spicy as well as being fully vegan
Recipe: Minimalist Baker
10. Healthy Pumpkin Spiced Latte
When food coach Ilene at The Colourful Kitchen discovered Starbucks’ seasonal favourite contained tons of sugar and no actual trace of pumpkin whatsoever, she decided to create an honest vegan recipe for the popular beverage.
Recipe: The Colorful Kitchen
11. Pumpkin Chickpea Fritters
Lightly toasted on the outside, delicate and moist on the inside; these versatile fritters can be adapted to your taste preference. Breadcrumbs coat a mixture of warming ingredients such as mashed chickpeas, rich pumpkin, garlic, and hemp seeds with hints of maple for sweetness and a splash of cider vinegar for that acidic kick that creates the perfect balance. Fritters can be served alone with a side salad or sandwiched between fresh warm bread.
Recipe: The Lunchbox Kitchen