The Unsung Heroes of Pumpkin Spice Season

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Pumpkin spice lattes almost always steal the autumn flavor spotlight. Well, it’s high time that other staples have their time in the sun! Love pumpkin, but don’t love coffee all that much? I’ve got you covered. Keep reading for the best ways to get this supreme fall flavor onto your plate this season. 

For your sweet tooth:


Pumpkin Pancakes: Rolling in at the top of this list is an innovative twist on a tried-and-true breakfast essential. They’re quite easily my favorite food on the face of the planet. They hit the spot all year round! If you’re the kind of person who likes your pancakes just a little gooey on the inside, the pumpkin can definitely do that for you. If this piques your interest, head over to The Salty Marshmallow to try them out. 



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Pumpkin Cheesecake: I physically can’t even think about this glorious dish without wanting to grab my keys and head to the nearest bakery. If plain old New York-style cheesecake always leaves you wanting a little something extra, this absolute winner has the spice and complexity to please your taste buds. Check out this recipe from Dinner at the Zoo to see what I mean.



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Pumpkin Mousse: Are you a diehard chocolate mousse devotee looking to expand your horizons? You’ve made it to the right place — this sweet surprise will make you wonder where it’s been all your life. Ready to see for yourself? Try out this recipe from Jessie Sheehan Bakes

For the savory crowd:



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Pumpkin Ravioli: This one has definitely earned a spot in my top ten favorite foods. If you’re a pasta lover who wants to maximize a classic dish, then this option is perfect. Unlike many versions of ravioli, you can also make this one vegan — here’s a recipe from Blooming Nolwenn.



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Pumpkin Soup: If you’re a fan of butternut squash soup, then taking a ride on the pumpkin soup wave is right up your alley. This meal has a velvety texture that pairs perfectly with a sofa throw. Really, it’s the best way to warm up on a chilly September day. Check out this recipe from Cookie and Kate to try it out for yourself.



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Pumpkin Quiche: It’s like pumpkin pie, but for dinner. This option is the ideal way to get your protein fix and your pumpkin fix in one fell swoop. If this sounds like your own personal version of paradise, Jonesin’ For Taste has a recipe to get you started. 

For the grazers:



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Pumpkin Seeds: So simple, yet so satisfying. Go savory with some herbs and spices or sweet with a dash of cinnamon and sugar. It’s hard to go wrong with this ultimate autumn snack — no recipe needed! Toss them in your favorite granola, throw them on your go-to oatmeal or smoothie bowl, or just eat them by the handful. (After applying hand sanitizer, of course.)



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Pumpkin Hummus: If you like to get creative with your bean derivatives, this is just the choice for you. Snack on this with carrots for a healthy dose of beta-carotene or swap in your favorite cracker. To see what all the hype is about, try this recipe from Minimalist Baker.



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Pumpkin Fries: Please excuse me as my mouth waters while writing this. If you’re a fan of innovative takes on the classic French fry, this option is a wonderful side dish or solution to that persistent late-night craving. Still skeptical? Judge for yourself with this recipe from Kirbie’s Cravings.

Which recipe will you be trying first? Let us know in the poll below!

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  • Which pumpkin recipe strikes your fancy?

    • pumpkin pancakes
    • pumpkin cheesecake
    • pumpkin mousse
    • pumpkin ravioli
    • pumpkin quiche
    • pumpkin soup
    • pumpkin seeds
    • pumpkin hummus
    • pumpkin fries
    • all of the above!


Written by Megan Pontin

Enthusiastic word-collector, avid pancake-consumer, and experienced hammock-lounger. Student at Cornell University.

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