No Pie Here: 10 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

I can’t get enough pumpkin this time of year. That’s where these 10 healthy pumpkin recipes come in.

I love pumpkin pie—loved it since I was seven (apparently). But now that I’m older and wiser (ha), I’ve learned that there’s so much more to love about pumpkin than pumpkin pie. For one thing, it’s loaded with vitamin A and potassium, and a cup of the stuff has less than 50 calories. Not bad for a fruit (yup, fruit) we more often carve up than chow down.

Let’s change that, shall we? With so many great ways to cook with pumpkin, you have no excuse not to feast on some orangey goodness this fall. Here, 10 healthy pumpkin recipes to get you started, from chili to burgers to (non-pie) desserts.

Pumpkin and Squash Chili

A Be Well Philly original that’s become a staple in my house. You can sub ground chicken or turkey if you want a leaner meat. My favorite part? One batch can feed an army, which means I have an easy grab-and-go lunch for days.

Light and Easy Pumpkin Butter

Top an English muffin, bagel thin or whole-wheat toast with this simple pumpkin butter for a yummy breakfast on the go.

Pumpkin-Seed Sweet-Potato Fries

Last year’s Office Challenge contestants loved this recipe, which marries two fall staples: pumpkins and sweet potatoes.

Pumpkin Hummus
via Cooking Light

Truth be told, this recipe was actually the inspiration for this entire post. Why? Because I love hummus, and I love pumpkin. Put ‘em together and what do you get … ? You get the picture.

Southwestern Veggie Pumpkin Burgers
via Eating Well

Because a vegetarian (or wannabe, like me) can only eat so many black bean burgers, the Good Lord invented this. (And by “Good Lord,” I mean the kind folks over at Eating Well.)

Pumpkin Bread
via Eating Well

Definitely more healthful than the pumpkin bread you’ll find at Starbucks. And a whole lot cheaper to boot.

Pumpkin Oatmeal
via About.com

How could I forget the season’s other “best,” oatmeal? This recipe combines the two into one warm, comforting, filling breakfast dish.

Pumpkin Pie Pudding
via Health.com

All the taste of pumpkin pie with a fraction of the calories and fat—win-win.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Coconut Bars
via FitSugar

The best things come in bars—pumpkin beer, for example. Also in a bar form: this yummy, chewy, sweet-tooth-satisfying treat.

Roasted Pumpkin and Pomegranate Salad
via Women’s Health

Lest your lunch break feel excluded from the pumpkin club, there’s this salad, which includes pumpkin in the mix and in the dressing. A double whammy.

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>> What are your favorite ways to eat pumpkin? Share in the comments!

  • JofreyRice

    This minute-by-minute draft stock update stuff is crap. Mayock says he was a 20-32 pick 2 weeks ago, and now he’s a surefire top 10 pick. The heavily rehearsed and choreographed pro-day makes true believers out of guys that have been studying him and picking him apart for months? Geno Smith is the same guy he was all year, he didn’t drastically change his ability to throw the football in the past 40 days! He is, and has been, a legit QB, and has a future in the NFL. I’ve got no heartburn if the Eagles take him at #4.

    • jabostick

      Agreed. These analysts would also probably be the first to criticize a team for not “trusting the tape” and putting too much stock into combines and pro days.

      I think the reality is that they don’t have enough time to watch all the tape on all the players that they’re asked about. But instead of acknowledging that, they call a guy a third rounder with conviction based on a tiny sample and then inevitably change their tune.

      Cosell seems to be the only one that contextualizes his analysis like that and treats it more like evaluation than a draft prediction contest.

      • JofreyRice

        You hit the nail on the head. Cosell is one of the only guys that actually will refuse to comment on a guy if he hasn’t seen enough to evaluate him. He’s not always right, he’s had some big misses (thought Trent Richardson was a better player than Luck, loved the Jaiqwaun Jarrett pick), but his take on players don’t wildly fluctuate in regards to 40 times or pro day workouts. Gotta respect that.