7 Anything-But-Basic Pumpkin Recipes to Try This Fall

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With Starbucks’ ‘Pumpkin Spice Latte’ practically becoming the emblem of the unsophisticated female, pumpkins have gotten a bit of a bad wrap lately. Connotations aside, however, this vegetable has an impressive nutrient profile and is packed with healthy fats and immune-boosting antioxidants, which is why we’ve decided to give it a second chance. Below, Savoir Flair counts down seven pumpkin recipes that are anything but basic.

1

Pumpkin Mushroom Quesadillas

Even the pumpkin-opposed won’t be able to resist this vegetarian Mexican treat, which is stuffed with caramelized pumpkin, mushrooms, and peppers and topped with melted cheese.

Get the recipe, here.

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2

Pumpkin-Pie Smoothie

With almond milk, banana, and homemade pumpkin purée as the key ingredients in this smoothie, it’s not only a seasonally relevant beverage but also gluten free and vegan.

Get the recipe, here.

3

Salted-Caramel Pumpkin Cake with Brown-Butter Buttercream

It won’t take much convincing to get you to bake this pumpkin cake, which is brimming with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, as well as a tablespoon of sea salt for the perfect savory punch.

Get the recipe, here.

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4

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

The ultimate comfort food, this dish is cooked with pumpkin, sage, and nutmeg before being drenched in gooey cheddar and Parmesan cheese.

Get the recipe, here.

5

Spicy Kale, Chipotle Chickpea, and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

This kale salad topped with pumpkin seeds and spicy chipotle sauce can be served either hot or cold depending on your mood.

Get the recipe, here.

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6

Pumpkin Cookie-Dough Protein Bites

Packed with oats and nutty crunch, these healthy treats are like biting into fall. Use gluten-free oats to up their health factor.

Get the full recipe, here.

7

Pumpkin-Seed Butter

Skip the traditional spreads and opt for some pumpkin-seed butter on your toast. All you’ll need are pumpkin seeds, a blender, maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, and sea salt.

Get the full recipe, here.

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