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41 Paleo and Vegan Pumpkin Recipes To Die For

By Lora O’Brien

I have to say, I think autumn may be my favourite season. The air is crisp and fresh, our clothes become comfortably oversized and cosy and PSLs become a daily ritual. What’s not to love about fall? The natural world around us explodes with fiery colour, and the harvests come to our tables. And of course, there’s one crop that we tend to favour the most: pumpkin!

Not only is pumpkin packed full of fibre, vitamins and antioxidants that will take good care of our bodies over the impending harsher months, but pumpkins are pretty versatile, and can be throw into anything from chia puddings and ice creams to warming soups to hearty pasta dishes.

You may be tempted to buy tinned pumpkin puree, but believe me, the taste of a fresh roasted pumpkin isn’t only much better, it’s also way better for you, since cans are still coated with harmful BPA plastic. If you’re really in a rush or are feeling lazy, why not try frozen pumpkin? I personally roast a bunch of pumpkin all at once then freeze what I’m not using immediately for later use.

And speaking of use, I’ve found over 30 of the best paleo and vegan pumpkin recipes out there that really capture the essence of fall and give you a little taste of what the autumn months have to offer. And one thing’s for sure – these recipes prove that pumpkins aren’t just for carving scary faces (although that IS fun, too….)!

1. Pumpkin Pie Oats

If this deconstructed (yet very healthy!) version of a pumpkin pie topped with pumpkin butter and coconut yogurt won’t get you out of bed on a cold, rainy morning, nothing will.

Get the recipe here.

2. Coconut Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Simple to make, tasty to eat and perfect for fuelling a busy day, this recipe mixes autumnal pumpkin spices with those happy summer coconut flavours to make a breakfast favourite for any time of the year.

Get the recipe here.

3. Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Let’s face it – gluten free pancakes can come out like cardboard – especially if they’re also vegan! This recipe does take an egg (though you can easily use a vegan egg sub), and the result? Fluffy, flavourful clouds of pumpkin spice deliciousness. And needless to say – maple syrup is the perfect companion!

Get the recipe here.

4. Spicy Pumpkin Butter

Apple butter is definitely a delight when the colder weather sets in. But the only thing better than apple butter smeared on a piping hot muffin (or in chia pudding…or on toast…) could well be spicy pumpkin butter. Don’t believe me? Try this recipe!

Get the recipe here.

5. Pumpkin Granola

Seeds, nuts, coconut and more goes into this batch of crunchy, easy-to-make seasonal granola. And why not add some maple syrup pumpkin seeds from the recipe below, too?

Get the recipe here.

6. Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

Just finished a workout? Try this protein-rich smoothie recipe. It’s easy to adapt and make vegan, all you need to do is switch out the milk for a nut milk and use a plant-based protein alternative.

Get the recipe here.

7. Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

Starbucks may take the credit for inventing the PSL, but the Detoxinista has doubtlessly made it way healthier. Gone are all the E-numbers and sugar, and instead, you just have a sweet, steaming cup of spicy goodness – with a caffeine kick.

Get the recipe here.

8. Pumpkin Pie Amaranth Porridge

Add new depth to your morning bowl of porridge by switching out oats for amaranth. It’s rich in both protein and calcium and makes a fuelling breakfast option. In fact, this recipe will feel more like a dessert than a breakfast, thanks to the rich and creamy coconut, soft pumpkin puree and blend of pumpkin spice.

Get the recipe here.

9. Oven Baked Pumpkin Fries

Pumpkin’s a bit funny in the sense that sometimes, when you buy a super dense, small orange one, it’s got the texture of a root vegetable. Which means it’s perfect for making fries! This recipe adds a bit of savoury spice to these to make them even more tantalising. Why no serve them up with a pumpkin burger? (recipe below).

Get the recipe here.

10. Jack-o-Pumpkin Brunch Sandwich

Sweet maple pumpkin butter is slathered onto two slices of grilled English muffin, and then vegan breakfast sausage is added alongside grilled mushrooms and then topped with gooey vegan cheese. Add in some fresh greens like arugula, and you’ve got yourself the brunch sandwich to end all brunch sandwiches. Welcome to food porn, friends.

Get the recipe here.

11. Pumpkin Hummus

Creamy chick peas meat creamy pumpkin in this savoury treat. Dunk your crackers into this, smear it on bread or use it to dip chunks of sweet potato into . . . just go make it. You won’t regret it, I promise you.

Get the recipe here.

12. Pumpkin Vegan Burgers

If you’re looking for a scrumptious burger recipe then look no further. The burger patty is made from pureed pumpkin, rolled oats and mashed chickpeas. It’s then seasoned with paprika, garlic and a little salt. Throw it in a bun and top with sauteed onions, some crisp lettuce, mushrooms and pomegranate seeds. Voila! The perfect burger for fall.

Get the recipe here.

13. Freezer-Friendly Pumpkin Soup

How can I not add in a pumpkin soup recipe? Soup is the perfect recipe for these colder months, and it’s super cheap and easy to make, so make it in bulk batches and freeze it so it’s ready and waiting. This will be so soothing for when the weather outside is cold and bitter. Plus you can top it with some delicious roasted pumpkin seeds as makeshift croutons!

Get the recipe here.

14. Salt and Pepper Pumpkin Seeds

After cleaning out your pumpkin, don’t throw away those seeds! Dry them out and turn them into a protein rich snack. Pumpkin seeds are seriously tasty, but when they’re coated with a delicious topping – well my friends, they’re basically as addictive as potato chips. The pic shows you salt and pepper, but click the link for 5 more tasty toppings, like ranch and dill pickle.

Get the recipe here.

15. Roasted Pumpkin & Apple Bisque with Pecan Crumble

How gorgeous is the colour of this dish? Blend together toasted pumpkin, green apple, onion, coconut milk and smiles to get a silky smooth bisque and then top with a sweet and savory pecan crumble. This dish is packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese and fiber, so this soup will truly delight your tastebuds and nourish your body at the same time.

Get the recipe here.

16. Pumpkin Sage Rigatoni with Shiitake Bacon

Sometimes life just calls for a big bowl of pasta! And the infusion of both pumpkin and sage works deliciously well together, and this is then topped off with shiitake bacon. It’s delicious, it’s creamy and you’ll be going back for second and third helpings. Don’t say I didn’t warn you….

Get the recipe here.

17. Pan Fried Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage

Oh my, this recipe! These pumpkin gnocchi bites are bright orange balls of complete and utter food bliss. They’re crispy crunchy on the outside, whilst soft and creamy on the inside. Bite into these bad boys and your tastebuds are going to go absolutely wild. Make a batch of these and there will never be any leftovers, I promise you.

Get the recipe here.

18. No Meat Meatballs

I absolutely love these meat-free balls! They’re made using sunflower and pumpkin seeds, dried tomatoes and chickpeas. Top with a tomato sauce and some spaghetti and you’ve got a quick and easy meal that will taste like it took ages to prep!

Get the recipe here.

19. Black Eyed Pea Pumpkin Chili

I live for a warming bowl of vegan chili, and I enjoy it more especially during the colder months. It just his the spot, y’know? This gorgeous bowl contains black eyed peas (not the band, obvs) with pumpkin, chard, warming spices and a whole lot of deliciousness.

Get the recipe here.

20. The Great Stuffed Pumpkin

What other way to enjoy pumpkins than to serve one up? This paleo and vegan friendly dish will make such a wonderful main meal if you’re hosting or looking to earn some serious brownie points. It’s steamed with broth to make it moist and magical and then stuffed with a real infusion of tastes and textures.

Get the recipe here.

21. Pumpkin Muffins with Cashew Cream Icing

Carrot cake lovers – prepare to take your dessert recipes up to the next level! These little muffins have a cake like texture, and that cashew cream icing is pretty much just like cream cheese frosting – without all the nasty dairy.

Get the recipe here.

22. Soft Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

These chewy, soft cookies are extremely moreish! But please note one thing – any time the recipe calls for palm oil or palm sugar – please substitute for coconut oil and coconut sugar. The recipe allows for it, they taste even better with it, and best of all, coconut foods don’t kill orangutans and rainforests!

Get the recipe here.

23. Rustic Vegan Oat Crisp Pie

If you have a pumpkin, it’s almost the law that you need to turn it into a pie, right? And this rustic recipe look and tastes perfect for the season. It’s even topped with some coconut whipped cream. Anyone else drooling?

Get the recipe here.

24. No Bake Pumpkin Pie Bites

These pumpkin pie delights are bake free, which means you can quickly whip up a batch whenever you’re craving something sweet. They’re loaded with protein and are perfect for dipping into a pumpkin spice latte before the gym, or snacking on afterwards.

Get the recipe here.

25. No-Bake Chai Protein Pumpkin Bars

If you’re looking for a scrumptious replacement for unhealthy sweet treats, then this raw dessert recipe is for you. These naturally sweet, nutritious bars serve as a great snack for kids and adults alike.

Get the recipe here.

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26. Pumpkin Spice Fudge

This fudge is so decadent and creamy, but without all that crappy refined sugar! And unlike the crumbly fudge that will rot your teeth, this one has a chewy consistency and tastes identical to pumpkin pie.

Get the recipe here.

27. Paleo Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Vegan and paleo? Perfect! This version of pumpkin pie features a crispy crust and creamy filling and is so healthy, you could practically have it for breakfast.

Get the recipe here.

28. Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

These are cupcakes more in name than texture – there’s a not a single grain of flour here – the base is formed with bananas and pumpkin and lots and lots of spice!

Get the recipe here.

29. Vegan Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

The main ingredients of snickerdoodle cookies are usually butter, sugar and eggs. But this version of the German cookie is 100% vegan friendly, and packs a tasty pumpkin punch!

Get the recipe here.

30. Easy Paleo Pumpkin Custard With Vegan Option

Low carb, vegan and paleo too – this is rich and creamy dessert that goes down all too easily. Personally, I would brulee the top of this a bit, or maybe add some coconut whipped cream for even more yumminess.

Get the recipe here.

31. Vegan Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

Coconut blends with pumpkin puree to make this dreamy, flavourful vegan and paleo ice cream. Which, of course, goes oh-so-perfectly over a piece of pie, still warm from the oven, am I right? Just 4 ingredients, and NO ice cream maker needed!

Get the recipe here.

32. Baked Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts

These may look super decadent, but they’re actually vegan, gluten free, and best of all, baked! And the glaze? That would be maple syrup. Dip these in a pumpkin latte, and go straight to foodie heaven….

Get the recipe here.

33. Paleo Vegan Pumpkin Brittle

There’s something super satisfying about biting into these crispy sweet treats and hearing that crunch between your teeth. These are a great pre- or post-gym snack, and are also great for packed lunches.

Get the recipe here.

34. Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins

Got a bit of a sweet tooth? These vegan babies may not be the healthiest recipe on the list, but they are one of the tastiest! And with a dollop of pumpkin butter (recipe above) – pure manna!

Get the recipe here.

35. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

This looks so decadent, and ok, it is. But that richness comes from super healthy sources: chia seeds, cashews, bananas,oats, and of course, pumpkin. I’m thinking this would actually make a pretty decent breakfast!

Get the recipe here.

36. Pumpkin Chia Parfait

While I normally think of chia puddings as a breakfast food, I had to put these as a dessert, thanks to the fact that the crunchiness here comes from the perfect pumpkin accompaniment – gingerbread cookies!

Get the recipe here.

37. Pumpkin Creme Bars

It’s funny how pumpkin goes with so many sweet things – maple syrup, coconut, banana, and here, chocolate. The crisp topping adds a nice contrast to the creamy middle part and crunchy crust.

Get the recipe here.

38. Chocolate Pumpkin Zucchini Bread

Fruits and veggies go so well in sweet, cakey treats – think banana bread, carrot cake, zucchini bread and now pumpkin bread! Of course, it’s way more like a cake than anything you’d make a sandwich with – unless the ‘sandwich filling’ is maybe, cashew cream frosting….yum!

Get the recipe here.

39. Vegan Apple Pumpkin Muffins

Apples and pumpkins are probably two of the best foods to come out of autumn, right? And here they combine with a symphony of spices to create a cakey, healthy muffin. The perfect spread for one of these? Almond butter, IMHO.

Get the recipe here.

40. Paleo Pumpkin Tarts

Packed with nuts and goodness, these tarts are not only gluten free and paleo, but vegan friendly too. And did I mention they’re full of plant protein?

Get the recipe here.

41. Raw Vegan Paleo Pumpkin Cheesecake

This fancy cheesecake may look like it took all day to make, but after soaking the cashews that form the basis of this cake, you could be eating this no bake cake  in just twenty minutes.

Get the recipe here.

 



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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Loral
    May 29, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Most of these have flour making them totally not paleo

    • Reply
      Chere
      May 29, 2016 at 5:16 am

      Hi Loral
      The recipes are vegan OR Paleo – it is meant to be a mix of both, not meant to indicate that the recipes are both Paleo AND vegan. Hope that clarifies a bit. But you can sub coconut or almond flour for most anyway, which would make them Paleo 😉

  • Reply
    Alex
    Oct 9, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    AHHH I keep trying to click the link for the pumpkin tartlet recipe but it just brings me to pumpkin muffins?! I want that tartlet!!

  • Reply
    Alex
    Oct 14, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Wooo, can’t wait! Thank you!

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