Dietitians’ Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

Welcome to pumpkin season! We asked registered dietitian nutritionists to share their delicious pumpkin-containing recipes with us for the Fall season and they delivered. Enjoy and comment below, letting us know which one is your favorite!

Sweet Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle Cookies – “These pumpkin spice snickerdoodle cookies are thick, super soft and full of fall flavor. This cookie recipe also has almost a full cup of pumpkin, which gives a great boost in fiber and vitamin A!” - Michele Sidorenkov, RDN

Pumpkin & Fig Smoothie – “I love this seasonal smoothie because it features some favorite fall flavors like pumpkin, figs and cinnamon. You would never know you're also getting a serving of vegetables!” Leanne Ray, MS, RDN

Pumpkin Apple Overnight Oats – “This is perfect for when you’re craving pumpkin but it’s still warm outside, which is my life as a Floridian.” – Jenna Braddock, RDN

Whole Wheat Apple Pumpkin Muffins – “This recipe combines the best of fall – both apple and pumpkin!” – Brittany Poulson, RDN

Pumpkin Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips and Almonds - “Total yum!” – Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN

Pumpkin Spice Waffles – “These pumpkin spice waffles are my fave because breakfast is my kiddos’ favourite meal of the day. Waffles are versatile in so many ways— cut them up for baby led weaning or finger foods, or top them with yogurt, berries and seeds for a satisfying meal.” – Sarah Remmer, RDN

Instant Pot Apple Pumpkin Butter – “I love this sugar-free apple pumpkin butter. It is a modern twist on a family favorite! The Instant Pot helped me tweak my grandma’s recipe to save time. So good on toast!” – Judy Barbe, RDN

Maple Walnut Pumpkin Donuts – “These donuts are baked, not fried, and are 100% whole grain! I love how the pumpkin, walnut, and maple flavors work together.” – Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD

Pumpkin Bread Pudding Cups - “These Pumpkin Bread Pudding Cups are a favorite in my house for a protein and fiber-filled breakfast, snack or dessert with almost no added sugar.” – Lauren Harris-Pincus, RDN

Pita Bread Pudding with Pumpkin and Toasted Walnuts - “I love bread pudding but I don’t love the fact that most are high in fat and sugar with little to no fiber. I thought why not add whole grain goodness by subbing whole wheat pita bread for refined white bread. Feel free to serve this creamy pudding for dessert but I’ll be eating it for breakfast!” - Judy Matusky, RDN, LDN


Savory Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Puree – “I like to roast pumpkins and make my own pumpkin puree. It's great because it tastes so fresh and can be used in so many recipes. Plus, it's definitely all pumpkin!” – Marie Dittmer, RDN

Vegan Pumpkin Soup – “This vegan pumpkin soup recipe is one of my all-time fall favorites. The soup is made with just a few simple ingredients, and weaves together that lovely pumpkin flavor with sweet apple, fragrant curry powder, and rich coconut milk. Plus, it's done in under 30 minutes!” – Chrissy Carroll, MPH, RDN

Pumpkin Crockpot Chicken Chili – “I love this Pumpkin Crockpot Chicken Chili because it's so incredibly easy and makes the whole house smell like fall! The product is a balanced, healthy meal that's great for crowds, tailgates and weeknight family dinners.” – Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN

Pumpkin Hummus – “This pumpkin hummus is full of Thai-inspired flavor. It's a perfect twist on a classic hummus recipe.” – Nicole Stevens, RDN

Pumpkin Chili – “I love pumpkin paired with spicier flavors, like the chili powder and fire-roasted tomatoes in this chili.” – Jessica Ivey, RDN

One Pot Pumpkin Tomato Pasta – “I love this pasta because the sweet flavors of pumpkin and tomato complement each other perfectly!” – Lizzie Streit, RDN

30 Minute Pumpkin Chili with Ground Turkey – “This pumpkin chili with turkey is my favorite chili recipe. The pumpkin adds a fun fall flavor, and there are lots of spices and veggies so this chili is bursting with flavor.” – Rebecca Clyde, RDN


Craving even more pumpkin recipes? Visit last year’s post for more delicious ideas!