When you hear the word “pumpkin” do you think of Halloween, fall decor, or food? Or maybe you just think of the flavor of your favorite October Starbucks drink, you can be honest. Me personally? I think, fall decor. Which is funny, because first and foremost pumpkins are food.
So why then do 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins end up uneaten in the landfill each year? Probably because a lot of people think like me—decor first, food second. Well this year, instead of pitching your pumpkins, try whipping up a scrumptious autumnal meal. You may find that making your own pumpkin puree is easier than you think. Plus the planet and your tastebuds will thank you.
Plant-Based Pumpkin Recipes For Breakfast
1. Pumpkin Pancakes
These simple vegan pumpkin pancakes are fluffy, moist, and bursting with fall flavors the whole family is sure to love.
2. Pumpkin Waffles
The real star of this fall breakfast is the vegan maple cashew cream. It’s a delicious syrup alternative that puts the finishing touch on these autumnal waffles.
3. Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Quinoa
For a slightly more nutritious take on fall breakfast, try this plant-based pumpkin quinoa recipe. Perfect for the mornings when you need a warm, comforting pick-me-up.
4. Creamy Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats
If oats are more your style, try this pumpkin pie inspired steel cut oats recipe. Pro-tip, make ahead for the week, and wake up to an easy comforting breakfast each morning.
Plant-Based Pumpkin Recipes For Lunch
5. Pumpkin Mac & Cheese
Give your mac and cheese a fall makeover by adding a bit of pumpkin and sage. I promise, it’ll make lunchtime the best part of your day.
6. Pumpkin, Fennel, and Endive Pizza
Pour a glass of wine and make this plant-based pizza for dinner, then finish off the leftovers for lunch the next day. Warning, it’s crisp crust and magnificent mix of fall toppings may leave you wondering if you should open your own pizza restaurant.
7. Roasted Pumpkin with Yogurt Sauce & Pine Nuts
This roasted pumpkin recipe is simple, delicious, and only takes 30 minutes to make. Substitute plant-based yogurt for the sauce and you have yourself a fully vegan lunch.
8. Grilled Cheese with Apple and Pumpkin
Two fall classics, apple and pumpkin, combine for a performance of sweet and savory that your tastebuds will find magical. Whip this up in just five minutes for the perfect lunch break.
Plant-Based Pumpkin Recipes For Dinner
9. Pumpkin Chili
This protein-packed chili is sure you keep you full and warm on a cold fall evening. For the finishing touch, add some tortilla chips or cornbread on the side.
10. Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed Shells
Sure to be a crowd pleaser, this vegan stuffed shell recipe is the perfect combination of creamy and comforting. I won’t blame you if you eat the whole bowl in one sitting.
11. Vegetable Pumpkin Stir-Fry
If you’re looking for a quick dinner, this is the perfect dish. In just 30 minutes you’ll have a delicious yet healthy fall meal the whole family can enjoy.
12. Vegan Pumpkin Burger
This plant-based pumpkin recipe puts a fall twist on a summer classic. Make ahead and you’ll have an easy protein-packed dinner all week.
Plant-Based Pumpkin Recipes For Dessert
13. Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding
This sweet treat is surprisingly nutrient-packed. Makes for a great healthy spin on dessert (or a comforting spin on breakfast).
14. Pumpkin Cookies
These cookies are packed with fall flavor and gooey vegan chocolate chunks. They make the perfect treat on a cold fall day.
15. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Warm up your home and fill up your belly with this decadent pumpkin cinnamon rolls. The deliciously sweet and spiced pastries make the perfect fall treat.
16. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
These vegan pumpkin muffins can be made in just 30 minutes. Consider making a double batch, because with their delightful cream cheese swirls, they’re sure to go quickly.
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