Have you opened your first can of pumpkin for the season? Well, get ready because I have rounded up ten delicious and healthy pumpkin recipes you have to try this fall.
Pumpkin doesn't just taste delicious, but it's also incredibly nutritious! It's a great source of fiber and Vitamin A, C, and E; iron; and folate. Overall, it's a great seasonal vegetable to add to any dish, both sweet and savory.
All of these recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, and insulin resistance friendly. Have fun with some seasonal cooking and let me know which ones you try.
Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes
Pumpkin Spice Butter Coffee: You know how much I love butter coffee, also known as bulletproof coffee. Add in pumpkin and it's a perfect match! This coffee is coziness in a cup with lots of spices, and it will keep your blood sugar balanced with plenty of fats and 0 grams of sugar!
Paleo Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer: Love flavored creamers but want to avoid all the added sugar and questionable ingredients? You have to make this pumpkin spice creamer (you will probably like it better than store-bought)! This recipe uses real pumpkin, lots of spices, non-dairy milk, and a touch of maple syrup to create the creamiest pumpkin creamer that's good for you.
Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats: Overnight oats are my favorite breakfast when I'm short on time. Full of fiber and healthy fats, they keep you full for hours. This pumpkin pie version is super creamy and just slightly sweet. Make several for the week, store in the fridge, and grab in the morning for a quick breakfast.
Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie: If you love smoothies, you need to try this protein-packed pumpkin version! Most smoothies are high in sugar, but this version keeps sugar low and protein and healthy fats high. Skip the maple syrup to keep sugar low (believe me, you won't miss it), and make sure to choose a vegan protein powder.
Pumpkin Baking Recipes
Paleo Pumpkin Muffins: These pumpkin muffins are easy to make and so delicious. Enjoy them for breakfast with some eggs or chicken sausage, or have them for dessert!
Paleo Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips: The chocolate chips in this pumpkin bread add a touch of sweetness to satisfy any sweet tooth, but overall, this bread is low in sugar. You won't even miss the sugary coffee shop pumpkin bread!
Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bars: If you love pumpkin pie, you will love this healthier version. An almond-flour crust make it gluten-free, keeps carbs lower, and adds a dose of healthy fats. Sweetened with a touch of maple syrup, these bars will satisfy your pumpkin pie craving without spiking your blood sugar.
Pumpkin Dinner Recipes
Pumpkin Chicken Thai Curry: The addition of pumpkin in the coconut curry makes it extra creamy and nutritious. If you're looking for a yummy dinner that's loaded with vegetable, this is it! Serve with cooled and reheated brown rice or eat it on it's own to keep carbs lower.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili: Pumpkin isn't just reserved for sweet dishes. It makes a great addition to many savory dishes as well. This slow cooker chili is easy and full of lots of hidden veggies (thanks to the addition of pumpkin)! It may even become your go-to chili recipe.
Pumpkin Pasta Sauce: This pasta sauce combines tomatoes and pumpkin for a cozy and easy fall meal. Pair it with protein (chicken sausage would be great) and either spaghetti squash or one of my favorite pastas for insulin resistance for a complete meal!
What is your favorite way to use pumpkin?
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