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

Learn how to make your own homemade pumpkin spice syrup with all natural ingredients for just pennies per batch! #pumpkinspicerecipe #pumpkinspicesyrup #pumpkinspicesyruprecipe #pumpkinspicelatte

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 from yours truly at The House & Homestead

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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I just love this time of year!

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