Pumpkin is so intrinsically linked to this time of year, that we need to make the most of this incredibly versatile vegetable while we have the chance. Get ready to transform the season’s most famous ingredient with 10 MORE incredibly easy pumpkin recipes you could try at home.
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Before you get started, it’s worth noting that not all pumpkins are equal. The larger pumpkins are mainly grown for jack-o-lanterns and are better suited to carving. Smaller sugar pumpkins are sweeter and can be roasted and puréed for a huge number of sweet and savoury pumpkin recipes.
The window of opportunity for pumpkin is small, so make the most of it while you can. Outside of this, butternut squash (a cousin of the pumpkin) can be used successfully in its place.
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Deliciously Easy Pumpkin Recipes
1. Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin puree is the at the heart of many pumpkin recipes, particularly for baking. You can buy canned, but homemade tastes great and can be frozen for when the baking bug strikes! It’s also a great first food for weaning babies.
Skinnytaste dishes up the details on making your own homemade pumpkin puree. Take your pick from traditional oven roasting or use an Instant Pot to speed up the time needed.
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2. Easy Pumpkin Pie
This old fashioned pumpkin pie recipe from Simply Recipes can be made with canned or homemade pumpkin puree, can be made in advance and also freezes well – perfect!
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3. Chewy Baked Pumpkin Bars
Super Healthy Kids have a Chewy Baked Pumpkin Bars recipe that would be ideal if there are allergies in your house – there is no dairy, no gluten (if you use gluten free oats) no eggs, and no nuts in this recipe!
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4. Pumpkin Curry
This one-pot pumpkin curry from Minimalist Baker is packed with flavour and lots of veggie goodness! It’s quick to make and will last for several days in the fridge or can be frozen for another easy midweek meal.
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5. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Pumpkin and chocolate, what could be better? These pumpkin chocolate chip muffins from Joy of Baking are delicious, but the same batter could also be used in a loaf tin for a tasty teatime cake.
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6. Roast Pumpkin Slices
These roast pumpkin slices from Steamy Kitchen are a great idea for an autumn vegetable dish. They are full of flavour thanks to the warming spice mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and brown sugar.
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7. Thai Pumpkin Soup
You might have tried pumpkin soup before, but take it up a notch with this Thai Pumpkin Soup from Taste.com which packs a punch! The addition of red curry paste, coconut milk and coriander really transforms this soup.
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8. Creamy, Cheesy Pumpkin Mash
Pumpkin makes a great side dish, either roasted, mashed or steamed. Look how delicious this recipe for creamy, cheesy pumpkin mash from Not Quite Nigella is? Garlic, cream, feta and parmesan all combine to create something spectacular!
9. Spiced Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup
This warming autumn pumpkin and sweet potato soup from Fuss Free Flavours is full of delicious flavours, has a vibrant colour and a smooth texture that kids will enjoy.
The recipe is gluten-free, vegetarian and can be made vegan and paleo-friendly easily. The slight sweetness is from the addition of carrot, apple and vanilla, while the warmth is brought by cinnamon and allspice.
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10. Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
Packed with goodness, these pumpkin oatmeal cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction also have the added treat of chocolate chips – however you could leave these out if needed.
Deliciously chewy and comforting with all the flavours of autumn, the kids (and you) will love these cookies!
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What are your favourite pumpkin recipes? Have you tried any of these? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!