When I first got my dog, she was having some trouble staying, um, regular, if ya know what I mean. When I called the vet, he told me to go buy some pumpkin puree, mix it in with her food, and wait for a day or so. So, that’s what I did and BAM—a few feedings later she was like a whole new pooch. The Jamie Lee Curtis of dogs, if you will. And this, my friends, was my first experience with pumpkin as medicine.
I know, I know—you’re not a dog, and neither am I. But luckily, the health benefits of pumpkin extend to humans as well. Not only are they packed with fiber, they are also rich in vision-aiding vitamin A, can help prevent wrinkles and—don’t throw away the seeds!—those bad boys are good for your heart. Along with their myriad dietary perks, pumpkins just taste freakin’ delicious! Am I right, or am I right? Here are a few recipes to help you get your pumpkin fix all season long.
Soft Pumpkin Granola Bars
via My Name Is Yeh
These gluten-free, dairy-free pumpkin bars, which are packed with spices and protein-filled nuts, are the perfect on-the-go snack to keep those tempting Federal Donuts cravings at bay. If you’re feeling a little wild, go ahead and spread on some honey or jam. Yum!
Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup
via A Beautiful Mess
Some of you might remember reading that the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (otherwise known as the liquid embodiment of autumn) is not vegan. Fortunately, for all you vegan latte lovers out there, the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess have created a dairy-free version of the fall staple. And, guess what? It won’t cost you five bucks a cup.
via Health Magazine
Breaking news: Ravioli doesn’t have to be the most indulgent dish you eat all week. Who knew? This simple dish, made with store-bought wonton papers, is a light and refreshing take on a fall classic.
Vegan Creamy Curried Pumpkin Soup
via Joy the Baker
Creamy and vegan? I know, you’re doubting me already. But, it is possible! This genius recipe uses cashew cream (made from raw cashews and water) to give this soup the oh-so-yummy milky texture usually achieved with heavy cream. With curry and red pepper flakes, this spicy soup will definitely become a fall favorite.
YES, like apple butter but—dare I say it?—better. This quick, easy and healthy recipe is the perfect way to mix things up in the spread department. Because aren’t you tired of seeing fig jam on every cracker board?
5 Ways to Spice Up Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
via Serious Eats
Thanks to the lovely people over at Serious Eats, you don’t have to chow down on plain ol’ salted pumpkin seeds this season. Spice them up with ginger-orange zest or maybe some cinnamon-sugar seasoning. Whatever your taste, one of these recipes is bound to make you drool.
Protein-Packed Pumpkin Pie Yogurt
via Eating Bird Food
This breakfast option is super easy and versatile. Packed with fiber and protein, thanks to chia seeds, this delicious spiced yogurt can be topped off with your favorite granola, chopped nuts or fruit slices. Or, just enjoy it plain and simple.
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
via Food Network
OMG. All of my desires have been realized in the creation of this dessert. A combination of all things delicious and seasonal, this relatively easy (but, time-consuming) recipe is the perfect dessert to bring to the Thanksgiving potluck this November.