My Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

Denise Austin
by Denise Austin | 

Pumpkin is such an underused ingredient! There are many benefits to consuming pumpkin. It's high in vitamins A and C, full of beta carotene and loaded with antioxidants. When you think of pumpkin recipes, I'm sure sweet breads and tasty coffee beverages are what come to mind. Well I love to incorporate superfood ingredients like this into my diet as much as possible... it works for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Here are three of my favorite pumpkin recipes - give them a try this Fall and let me know what you think!!

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Spiced Pumpkin Chili:
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 15 oz. can kidney beans
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup tomato puree
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • t tbs ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

Sauté garlic and onion until tender. Add ground beef and brown until cooked through. Add beans (drained), diced tomatoes (with juice), pumpkin puree, tomato paste, water and spices.Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Pumpkin Overnight Chia Oats:

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened milk of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 serving of your favorite vanilla protein powder
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of pumpkin pie spice
  • pecans or walnuts to top

Mix all ingredients except for nuts well. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 2 hours. 

Pumpkin Spice Latte: 
  • 1 tablespoon pureed pumpkin
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte:
  • Pumpkin pie spice to taste 
  • Cinnamon to taste 
  • 1/2 cup of your choice of milk (almond, whole, etc) 
  • 2 expresso shots

Serves 1:

You can puree the pumpkin yourself, or buy canned pureed pumpkin. Heat on the pureed pumpkin in a pot stove. Add in cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and milk. Place your espresso shots in your mug, and then pour the hot pumpkin and milk mix over the espresso.

Pumpkin Protein Smoothie:
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • A dash of Cinnamon, All Spice and Nutmeg (or pumpkin pie spice if you have it)
  • 1 Cup Your Favorite Milk (I love to use almond milk)
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin, Canned
  • 1 Scoop of Your Favorite Protein (I like an unflavored or vanilla)

Simply put all ingredients into your blender and mix it up! You can also add a little ice if you like a thicker texture.

Let's live FIT, HAPPY and HEALTHY - together!!