25 Real Pumpkin Recipes to Make At Home This Fall


The pumpkin and pumpkin spice craze has taken over our fall food products over the past few years. But hardly any of those store-bought food products contain actual pumpkin! Put the pumpkin back in your favourite fall foods with these 25 real pumpkin recipes for fall.Save money, eat better & put real pumpkin back in your favourite fall foods with these 25 real pumpkin recipes to make at home this fall.

There’s something so comforting and nostalgic about pumpkin and pumpkin spice, which I think is why we’ve become so obsessed with it. The warm smell of pumpkin mingling with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger is enough to make anyone feel cozy this time of year. But in recent years the pumpkin spice craze has paved the way for a plethora of processed junk food (and I really hesitate on the “food” part). 

There’s pumpkin and pumpkin spice everything nowadays: Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice oreos, pumpkin spice marshmallows, pumpkin spice cheerios, pumpkin spice air freshener, pumpkin spice jello… There’s even a pumpkin flavoured cake mix… for your dog!

The sad part about this trend is that there’s hardly any actual pumpkin in these products (if any at all!) Mostly they’re full of sugar, preservatives, modified corn products and extremely processed flavourings and ingredients acting as pumpkin imposters. You might get a taste of real pumpkin spice in there, but TBH, it’s mostly junk. 

The good news is, there is a better way. You can have your pumpkin spice cake and eat it too (well, not the dog cake. Don’t eat that).

Because let’s face it: pumpkin isn’t so bad. In fact, it’s really good for you! Pumpkins are packed with healthy vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can do our bodies a world of good.

And there’s nothing unhealthy about authentic pumpkin spice, which is simply a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and allspice. When we take our food choices into our own hands we can control what we put in our meals and our bodies,  and keep dangerous additives off of our dinner (and dessert) plates. 

So embrace the pumpkin madness of the fall season by trying out some of these REAL pumpkin and pumpkin spice recipes. And save the junk food for Halloween;)

 

Savoury Pumpkin Dishes

The pumpkin and pumpkin spice craze has taken over our fall food products over the past few years. But hardly any of those store-bought food products contain actual pumpkin! Put the pumpkin back in your favourite fall foods with these 25 real pumpkin recipes for fall.

Savoury pumpkin dishes are less common than sweet treats and desserts. But they really do rival their sweet counterparts in both taste and ease of cooking.

These simple and delicious savoury pumpkin recipes can take you from the pumpkin patch to your dinner table tonight! 

“Way Better Than Canned” Pumpkin Purée by Back To Our Roots

Pumpkin Pasta by Buy This Cook That

Rich & Savory Pumpkin-Thyme Soup by Back To Our Roots

Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good by Martha Stewart

 

Sweet Pumpkin Dishes

The pumpkin and pumpkin spice craze has taken over our fall food products over the past few years. But hardly any of those store-bought food products contain actual pumpkin! Put the pumpkin back in your favourite fall foods with these 25 real pumpkin recipes for fall.

Sweet dishes are where pumpkins rule supreme. There’s no end to the number of desserts, breakfasts, breads and sweet snacks you can make with pumpkin. Here are just a few of the very best homemade sweet treats to get you started.

No-Bake Whipped Pumpkin Pie by yours truly at The House & Homestead

Never-Fail Pumpkin Cheesecake by Feathers In The Woods

Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Sugar Cookies by Melissa K. Norris

Pumpkin Spice Scones by Common Sense Homesteading

Spiced Pumpkin Muffins by Buy This Cook That

Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats –  The Reid Homestead

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling by Shut The Front Dorr

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries and Walnuts by Common Sense Homesteading

Pumpkin Cranberry Banana Bread by Country Living In A Cariboo Valley

Pumpkin Spice Waffles with Maple Cinnamon Whipped Cream by Common Sense Homesteading

Homemade Pumpkin Caramels by Feathers In The Woods

Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles by Purposefully Simple

 

Pumpkin Preserving Recipes

The pumpkin and pumpkin spice craze has taken over our fall food products over the past few years. But hardly any of those store-bought food products contain actual pumpkin! Put the pumpkin back in your favourite fall foods with these 25 real pumpkin recipes for fall.

Sometimes it’s just not possible to use up all of that pumpkin at once. Luckily, pumpkins store very well in cold storage for a long time thanks to their hard outer skin.

If you’re looking for other ways to preserve your pumpkin to last a little longer, here are some great ideas by some trusted homesteaders!

*Remember: NEVER can pumpkin purée at home! You may pressure can cubed pumpkin, but pumpkin purée is too thick to can at home as home canners do not reach high enough temperatures to kill dangerous bacteria. Freeze purée or pressure can cubed pumpkin and purée when ready to use.

8 Ways to Preserve Pumpkin at Home by Melissa K. Norris

How to Can Pumpkin At Home by yours truly at The House & Homestead

Pumpkin Fruit Leather by Common Sense Homesteading

 

Homemade Pumpkin Drinks

The pumpkin and pumpkin spice craze has taken over our fall food products over the past few years. But hardly any of those store-bought food products contain actual pumpkin! Put the pumpkin back in your favourite fall foods with these 25 real pumpkin recipes for fall.

There’s nothing quite like the drink that started it all: The infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte (or “PSL”). But you don’t need to shell out $5 a drink at Starbucks to get your hands on a PSL this fall. Make your own for a fraction of the cost (and be sure that there’s some actual pumpkin in there!). Lattes not your thing? How about some pumpkin spice kombucha or wine? The choice is yours. Pick your potion!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup & Pumpkin Spice Latte by The Baking Chocolatess 

Pumpkin Wine by Common Sense Homesteading

Pumpkin Spice Kombucha by Common Sense Homesteading

 

Everything Else

The pumpkin and pumpkin spice craze has taken over our fall food products over the past few years. But hardly any of those store-bought food products contain actual pumpkin! Put the pumpkin back in your favourite fall foods with these 25 real pumpkin recipes for fall.

Pumpkin seeds, pumpkin spice (sans pumpkin) and pumpkin pot-pourri are just a few of the “other” things you can do with pumpkins aside from cooking and eating the flesh.

If all else fails or you’re just at a loss when it comes to what to do with your carved Jack-O-Lantern after Halloween, remember you can always add it to your compost pile and build up your soil for next spring. No pumpkin should ever go to waste!

But here are a few more ideas on how to use them up anyway (and other uses for pumpkin spice!)

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds by Our Stoney Acres

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds with Garlic & Cumin by Lady Lee’s Home

Pumpkin Spiced Peach Sauce by The Old Walsh Farm*

Pumpkin Pie Potpourri Recipe by My Homestead Life*

*While there’s no actual pumpkin in these last two recipes, they are made with real pumpkin spices and natural ingredients. 

So there you have it! 25 real pumpkin and pumpkin spice recipes you can make at home. Save money and eat better with all the comforts of pumpkin this fall.

 

Stay cozy my friends:)

I'm a modern homesteader on a mission to transform our house into a safe, sustainable, self-reliant sanctuary and to help you create, grow and live a good life by transforming your house into a thriving homestead too!

 

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2 Comments

  1. Kim | The Baking ChocolaTess

    Such a great round up for pumpkin recipes! Yay! Thank you for including me into your round up! Pinning!

    Reply
    • Anna Sakawsky

      Thanks Kim! Thanks for such a great recipe! Glad I could share it:)

      Reply

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Well, it was no small task, but I FINALLY got everything in my pantry inventoried, organized and put away.

I wanted to share my process with you too, so if you’re interested in getting a full tour of our pantry and seeing how I organize things, click the link in my bio @thehouseandhomestead and check it out on YouTube!

P.S. I know you’re not supposed to stack canning jars as having multiple heavy rows stacked on top of each other can compromise the seal of the jars on the bottom. I avoid stacking when possible, but due to the style of our pantry I have made the conscious choice to stack one row (max) on top of the bottom and always make sure to stack jars of equal or lesser weight on top. And yes, we do have plans to add more shelves soon. Just a disclaimer since I’m sure I’ll get more comments about it;)

Also, be sure to leave a comment and let me know about any pantry organization hacks you use! I’m always looking to improve our system:)
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Finally got around to taking EVERYTHING out of the pantry today and now getting ready to take inventory.

When everything is buried in the pantry, it can be so easy to forget what you have. That’s why I always recommend taking everything out when starting a pantry challenge so you know exactly what you’ve got. I was feeling like we hadn’t preserved enough food this year to get us through the month, but now that I see everything, I’ve got all sorts of creative ideas for how to use up the abundance of food that we have.

I’m also finding things I didn’t know I had, seeing what I have more than enough of and finding gaps in my food storage. This is one of my favourite reasons for doing a pantry challenge: it’s an excuse to pull everything out and actually see what we’ve got so we know what we’re working with.

In order to keep everything organized, I also created printable pantry, fridge and freezer inventory sheets where I can record everything I’ve got (so it doesn’t get lost at the back of our very deep pantry again). If you wanna grab these printables, along with my weekly meal planning sheet, homestead pantry checklist, pantry substitutions chart and 31 Days of Dinner Ideas cheat sheet, click the link in my bio @thehouseandhomestead and sign up for the Homestead Pantry Challenge and I’ll send everything to your inbox:)

Alright, back at it. Wish me luck!

Have you started organizing your pantry yet??
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🌱 One of the things I get asked the most during the #homesteadpantrychallenge is what we do for fresh veggies. Now, I much prefer to eat seasonally, which means eating the veggies that we preserved over the summer and fall during the winter. But I do start to miss my fresh greens by the time January rolls around.

Sure, I could grow some salad greens over the winter months, but that would require a level of organization that I frankly haven’t reached yet. And quite honestly, I don’t love going out to the garden in the middle of winter due to the torrential rain, swampy mud and frigid temps we get here in the PNW. No no, I’m a little too lazy and disorganized for all that! I’d much rather plant seeds a few days before I want to harvest them and do it all from the comfort of my kitchen during the nasty weather season.

And so, I turn to microgreens to provide me and my fam with fresh greens this time of year. They’re not only packed with nutrients (said to be higher in nutrients than their full grown counterparts!), they can be grown on your countertop and are ready to harvest in just a few days!

Not to mention, they taste delicious and look beautiful! I made this cheesy pasta dish topped with broccoli microgreens for dinner and the microgreens (which are just the seedling version of the full grown plant) tasted just like broccoli. Plus, the purple and green colours take an otherwise kinda boring dish and make it pop💥

I get all of my microgreens from @trueleafmarket, one of the sponsors of this month’s pantry challenge, as well as the current issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine!

To enter to win your own self-watering microgreens growing kit from True Leaf Market, be sure to join in the Homestead Pantry Challenge on Instagram, and to learn more about microgreens AND score yourself a sweet 10% discount off all True Leaf products, make sure you’re subscribed to Modern Homesteading Magazine (discount code is in the magazine and in the delivery email).

If you’re not yet subscribed, click the link in my bio @thehouseandhomestead and subscribe for free!

What’s your go-to source for fresh greens in the winter??
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Well, we made it. It’s hard to believe that 2020 is finally behind us, but here we are, at the dawn of a new year; A fresh page and a new chapter.

This past year has been one for the history books for sure, and it most definitely has not all been good. But it hasn’t been all bad either. Us humans have a tendency to focus on the bad. It’s a survival tool that’s hard-wired into our brains to be on the lookout for danger. So we have to make a conscious choice to see the good in bad situations; To find what we can control and cling to it in a sea of things that we cannot control and, therefore, must let go of.

But with a new year comes a symbolic chance to let those things go and to move forward with hope and determination. No matter what’s scrolled on the pages of the past, the future has yet to be written.

As we enter 2021, I encourage you to remember that those things that were out of our control last year are still out of our control this year. They always have been, and always will be. But what is in our control are our thoughts and actions; How we choose to see and react to the world and to each other.

My hope is that we can begin to leave the past behind us and choose to see the world in a new light. In the Universe there is no good and bad. Everything just is. We assign the value.

I also hope that we begin to see each other as fellow travellers on the same journey, and to treat each other with equal respect, no matter our skin colour, gender, political or religious beliefs.
 
Finally I hope that the trend of people taking an interest in modern homesteading and taking action toward living a more sustainable, self-sufficient life continues long after COVID is behind us. As a whole, I think this was one of the best things to come out of this past year; A bright silver lining on a dark cloud.
 
There’s no way to know for sure what 2021 has in store for us, but I know that if we enter into this next chapter with open minds and hearts, along with a willingness to step up and take charge of the things in life that we can control while committing to let go of the rest, well then 2021 will be a good year no matter what.
 
To a new year and a fresh start 🥂
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year...

Time for the 2021 Homestead Pantry Challenge to begin!!!

Every year in January, I like to challenge myself to eat only what I've managed to store away throughout the year and avoid the grocery store at all costs. And after the year we’ve just had, many of us are doing our best to avoid the grocery store already. Plus, with the financial impacts of lockdowns and the fragility of our global supply chain, saving a few bucks and taking steps to become more self-sufficient are top of mind for a lot of people right now.

Needless to say, a pantry challenge might be just what you need right about now to reign in your spending, put your resourcefulness, kitchen skills and creativity to the test, increase your self-sufficiency and decrease your dependence on the grocery store and on people and systems that are outside of your control.

Kicking things off with a fun pantry challenge can help you to start the new year off on the right foot and gain momentum and motivation that will help get you moving in the right direction and take control over your food supply right off the bat so that you set yourself up for success in 2021, regardless of what unexpected surprises it may bring.

This year's Homestead Pantry Challenge is even bigger and better than before too, with some exciting prizes up for grabs, including a @lodgecastiron skillet, a self-watering micro greens growing kit from @trueleafmarket and an 8-quart Duo Nova Instant Pot!!!

🥫To join in and enter to win, post photos or videos of your pantry, your meal planning, your meals, etc. during the pantry challenge and use the hashtag #homesteadpantrychallenge in the caption. Every post equals one entry:)

🎞 You can also post in your stories using the hashtag #homesteadpantrychallenge and tagging me @thehouseandhomestead for additional entries!

I'm SO pumped about this year's challenge and I really REALLY hope you'll join me!

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Cranberry sauce is a holiday tradition, but if you’ve ever had store-bought cranberry sauce out of a tin, then you probably know how unappetizing it can be.

From the “glurp” sound that it makes as it slides out of the tin and into the bowl, to the way the jelly stays formed in the shape of the tin even after it’s out, to the bland boringness of the flavour.

No offence to anyone who loves commercially canned cranberry sauce, but even if you love the store-bought stuff, then you’re definitely gonna love homemade cranberry sauce!

I know a lot of people put orange juice or orange zest in their cranberry sauce, and you can totally do that too! But I’m actually not a fan of the orange-cranberry mix, so my recipe calls for a little cinnamon and vanilla, as well as some sugar to give it a sweet spiciness that goes oh so well with Christmas dinner.

But perhaps the best part is that you’re able to can this cranberry sauce too, which means you can make a big batch this year and have enough homemade cranberry sauce on your shelves to last you multiple holiday seasons! Or you could even give some away to loved ones with whom you’re not able to spend Christmas with this year.

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Link in bio @thehouseandhomestead to get my full recipe plus canning instructions:)
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Look at that JIGGLE!!!

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I make my own body butter every year around this time, and it’s become my favourite way to moisturize my skin during the winter months. Much like a deep conditioner works on your hair, body butter absorbs deeply into your skin to help moisturize, repair and protect it.

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The holidays are fast approaching, and that means it’s time for my FAVOURITE THINGS!!! 🎉🎁🎄(aka. The modern homesteader’s Christmas wish list;)

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Link in bio @thehouseandhomestead or go to YouTube.com/thehouseandhomestead for all the latest videos:)
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At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you live or how much land or experience you have. If you consider yourself a lifelong learner (who’s not afraid to get your hands dirty), then you have what it takes to be a homesteader too;)

Super pumped for tonight’s dinner of wild mushroom risotto and a celebratory glass of Chardonnay :)

What skill(s) do you want to learn next?
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