If you’re reading this thinking, “It’s only August, it’s too early for pumpkin recipes!” then you are not my people. The food blogging community has contributed a lot of trends to food culture (avocado roses, anyone?), and it is largely responsible for the October through December pumpkin craze, but this is one seasonal food I always look forward to.
Join me and McDonald’s in beating Starbucks to the punch this year and board the pumpkin recipe train a little early. Below are 14 must-try pumpkin recipes from a few fellow Denver bloggers (high altitude approved!). Which one will you try first? I’ve got my eye on the ground turkey chili. All of the images used below are used with permission of the respective bloggers, so please ask their permission before reposting.
Dietary restrictions begone! Check out this gluten and dairy free pumpkin pie recipe from Me and My Inklings, it’s as easy as pie.
My grandmother is the one that introduced me to glorified cake mix recipes where you take a standard cake mix and add in a few things to get a bakery-level cake. A Night Owl uses the same idea with pumpkin-enhanced sugar cookie mix. Sign me up.
I’m not sure I really have to sell you on this one, the title does all the talking. This one from Three Olives Branch does take a bit more prep time, but I’m pretty sure it’s worth the wait.
I hope you agree with me, miniature things are adorable. These mini pies from Singing Through the Rain are made with almond flour, making these gluten free.
Cookies so good they’ll convert pumpkin haters! They are vegan, oil free, gluten free, and free of refined sugar. Can you believe it? Wendy from Plantivores created this recipe for her son’s Halloween party and got rave reviews.
“Shut the Front Dorr” is right! Whoopie pies are delicious. When I first started food blogging at What Tasty Food in college around 2010 or so, I remember the whoopie pie trend vividly. These soft cookie sandwiches are still a favorite to this day.
My sister made these pumpkin bread rolls from Spice Roots last year at Thanksgiving. They take a bit of time to make, but the end result is an adorable, crowd-pleasing pumpkin-shaped roll that will impress all of your turkey day guests.
Adding pumpkin purée to chili adds a heartiness that can’t be beat. This is a great way to add extra fiber and vitamin A to a dish that non-pumpkin lovers will enjoy. Eva at Super Safeway also recommends trying this recipe with butternut squash!
When I think of my ideal pumpkin recipe, this would have to rank pretty high on the list. Pumpkin and cream cheese are a match made in heaven. Laura at We Got the Funk promises ooey, gooey goodness.
Cooking with whole foods makes me feel good about my meals. Jenny at Good for You Gluten Free makes this picture-perfect pumpkin risotto topped with chopped tarragon, a great way to use up your garden herbs as summer comes to a close.
Pumpkin recipes generally fall into the dessert category, but pumpkin is incredibly versatile and is perfect in sweets, soups, breads, sauces, you name it. This roasted pumpkin coconut curry from Eat Your Way Clean is dairy free, gluten free, nut free, soy free AND vegan. The key ingredient to this dish is red curry paste, which I can attest is a game changer. I used to try to made curry sauces just using curry seasoning, but it’s never as tasty as when I use red or green curry paste.
This no-churn pumpkin pie ice cream recipe from Beauty in the Mess is nearly effortless, and it only calls for six ingredients. No ice cream machine? No problem!
This pumpkin pie granola from Building Our Story is a nice sweet treat with a dash of white chocolate chips. I imagine eating the granola over greek yogurt would be delightful.
We covered pie, ice cream, risotto, granola, and curry, but I couldn’t finish this list without a beverage. An adult beverage, that is! I made this pumpkin spice mudslide last year in partnership with Baileys using their Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, which is just as wonderful as it sounds, if not better.
So there you have it – 14 amazing pumpkin recipes to start the fall season off on the right foot.