9 Pumpkin Recipes

You may have noticed that pumpkin spice memes are beginning to fill your Facebook feed. I am not going to complain, even if it is currently 80 here in Illinois. I am here to enable your pumpkin spice obsession, people. Plus, you know, pumpkin is in season now and all, and you can find it at your farmers’ markets and grocery stores in abundance. Caution: delicious pumpkin recipes ahead…

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I love pumpkin at breakfast. One of my favorite recipes is this moist, flavorful banana pumpkin bread recipe. I happened across it nine years ago, and it’s been a staple in my fall cooking ever since.

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Where we used to live in Virginia, there was a restaurant that served its own homemade Pop-Tarts (or “tarts” as they’re listed on the menu—no copyright infringement here). They were delicious, and it turns out they’re pretty easy to make at home. Try pumpkin pie pop tarts for a breakfast that can double as dessert.

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Speaking of dessert, you know what tastes absolutely wonderful with pumpkin? Chocolate. I mean, what flavor doesn’t chocolate complement? Seriously, though, try these pumpkin-chocolate brownies.

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When I think “whoopie pie,” I think of the basic chocolate outsides with sweet vanilla cream inside. But why be basic when you can make pumpkin whoopie pies with cream cheese filling? If you’re feeling lazy, you can just make the cookies and drizzle them with a glaze of confectioner’s (powdered) sugar mixed with water.

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Can I let you in on a little secret? I am absolutely terrible at making pie crust. When I make a pie from scratch, I only make the insides; my husband makes the crusts. My pie-crust-incompetence means that I was incredibly happy to discover pumpkin pie pudding. All the great pumpkin pie taste without having to worry about that pesky crust? I’m in.

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Pumpkin isn’t just for desserts and sweet things. It’s absolutely delicious in a main dish like pumpkin lasagna. I know, I know: the recipe calls for butternut squash. It’s equally amazing with pumpkin, though.

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Psst…you wanna know something? Brussels sprouts are really good. No, they really are! I’d never tried them because they’re supposed to be so gross that they’re a joke. But in my early-thirties, I gave them a shot (I was pregnant, trying to make healthy choices, and they were the vegetable of the day at the restaurant where I was having dinner). I was so surprised at the little ball of yum that is a Brussels sprout! Trust me on the Brussels sprout thing and give this Brussels sprout, pumpkin, and apple hash a try.

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Fresh off of trying something new, let’s update a familiar favorite. Grab some flour tortillas, brie, and pumpkin for a satisfying quesadilla that’s bursting with rich fall flavor.

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I’m not a coffee drinker, but I suppose I can’t talk about great pumpkin recipes without a nod to the pumpkin spice latte. Here we go: how does a pumpkin pie milkshake sound? Also, Dairy Queen makes a pumpkin pie blizzard that has actual chunks of pumpkin pie in it, which is a great idea to keep in mind for holiday leftovers. In the meantime, you can take inspiration from the milkshake recipe and mix in vanilla wafer or graham cracker pieces. Ooooh! Or gingersnaps—yummmmm…

Isn’t pumpkin season fall awesome?

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Christina lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and two English Springer Spaniels. Before becoming a reluctant stay-at-home mom, she worked in a variety of customer-service-oriented jobs while dreaming of living in the lap of luxury as a housewife. Unfortunately, having a child threw a wrench in Christina's plan to do nothing but eat bonbons while lounging in the Jacuzzi reading all day. Now, she spends her time looking for fun activities and crafts for her daughter and easy-to-prepare meals for her family, while trying not to land the kid in therapy when she grows up. Christina volunteers at several different places, and her particular passion is for her role as a sexuality educator. She loves to read, and to learn about--and share--new products and resources.

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