My Healthiest Pumpkin Recipes

By now you’ve probably noticed I love pumpkins. For me a pumpkin symbolizes goodness, fantasy and possibilities – a pumpkin can change into anything! The simple pumpkin represents prosperity, generosity, and the Fall season. But most pumpkin recipes are unhealthy, high in sugars, gluten, grains, dairy and industrial foods – leaving me feeling overstuffed and toxic.  So here are my healthiest pumpkin recipes, made with whole unprocessed ingredients and natural non-glycemic sweeteners. Oh yes, they’re incredibly delicious too! Try Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie,  Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Spicy Pumpkin Dip, and Pumpkin Honey Butter, Pumpkin Eggnog, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bundt Cake, Pumpkin Blondies, and more!

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Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie

This pie looks complicated, but isn’t. Instead it will send you right over the edge with joy! Pumpkin and chocolate are a beautiful swirl of flavors when marbled together. Try my Perfect Chocolate Coconut Piecrust! Holiday desserts should be luscious tasting, high in nutrients, low in carbs and sugars. This recipe won’t raise blood sugar or cause weight gain if you use the suggested zero-glycemic sweeteners.

Paleo Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

Oooey gooey pumpkin chocolate brownies are a necessity of the season! What makes them so dark and rich? Pure cacao, pumpkin, apple and chia seeds all marbled together. Since there’s no flour, sugar or dairy, they’re pretty much guilt-free. A great snack, this recipe is Paleo, low-carb, free of gluten, grains and GMO’s. It will not spike your blood sugar or cause weight gain if you use the suggested non-glycemic chicory root sweetener.

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Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Here’s a Paleo twist on the Classic Pumpkin Pie we know and love. Not all pumpkins are equal. For a truly authentic flavor, start with the best fresh pumpkin you can find. A friend gave me the most flavorful organic pumpkin I’ve ever seen or tasted, a strange variety with a long neck and bright orange pulp! Wow! See photo below. I peeled, cubed, lightly steamed it, and we’ll be eating pumpkin for days. Butternut squash also works well in this recipe.

pumpkin-soupEasy Pumpkin Soup with Garlic Croutons

Right now is the most delicious time of year! Pumpkins symbolize prosperity, fertility, and the harvest. This simple soup embodies all the richness of autumn. Just boil, blend, and enjoy. Homemade garlic croutons are crunchy and so easy with Blender Bread or any of my bread recipes.

pumpkin-hoc-chip-cookiesPaleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crunchy on the outside, soft & chewy on the inside, these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are a MUST any time of year! They’re a genuine improvement on regular Chocolate Chip Cookies with the addition of pumpkin and spices. Like all my sweets, these cookies won’t cause a blood sugar spike or added pounds, if you use the suggested natural non-glycemic sweeteners.

paleo-pumpkin-butterPaleo Pumpkin Honey Butter

This creamy mélange is one of the best recipes ever to come out of my kitchen. There are so many uses for this luscious spread – starting with Thanksgiving dinner! It tastes tempting on biscuits, hot rolls, apple muffins, even pancakes. Try it on meat dishes like chicken, or pork. Pretty soon, you’ll be putting it on everything

pumpkin-hot-chocolatePumpkin Hot Chocolate, Dairy-free

What could be more wonderful than hot chocolate, pumpkin, and foamed coconut milk? A nourishing snack or even breakfast, this treat is high in protein and Vitamin A. Most hot chocolate gives me a sugar spike and dairy allergy that destabilizes my metabolism for days – Ouch! However this recipe suggests non-glycemic sweeteners that won’t raise blood sugar or cause an insulin response. Yay! And it is dairy-free – I used one can of full-fat coconut milk (1 3/4 cups total). An immersion blender makes smooth Pumpkin Hot Chocolate super-easy.

pumpkin-chocolate-cake-verticalPaleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

My favorite holiday treat is pumpkin cake with chocolate chips and hot fudge sauce! Trust me! It’s a perfect moist, flavor-filled cake for Thanksgiving to show friends and family that Paleolithic cavemen really had it together in the dessert department. This high-protein, nutrient-dense, low-carb cake won’t even raise your blood sugar if you use the suggested chicory root sweetener. I finally found Paleo 100% chocolate chips!

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Instant Pumpkin Spice Latte

Paleo Pumpkin Latte is a quick and satisfying way to start the day. It’s also a great snack! This Vegan pumpkin latte uses non-dairy milk. It’s also a Paleo recipe, free of sugars, gluten, grains, processed ingredients, GMO’s, and extracted oils. This is way better than Starbucks, cheaper, and quicker when you count time waiting line.

curry-pumpkin-dipPaleo Curried Pumpkin Dip

This spicy dip came about by accident moments before a dinner party. I threw all the ingredients into the food processor and it turned out to be the biggest hit of the evening! Spicy, creamy, great with veggies or crackers. You can save time using butternut squash, which is even yummier than pumpkin to me. This spice mix is unique, as I don’t use store-bought curry powders.

pumpkin-eggnog-veganPumpkin Eggnog, Vegan

This creamy spiced eggnog will warm any holiday gathering. Entertaining is challenging when you’re balancing dietary restrictions. However this delicious recipe solves that, as it is compatible with most special diets! Your guests will be guzzling it, and no one will ever guess it’s free of gluten, grains, dairy, eggs, sugar, and tree-nuts.

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Paleo Pumpkin Bread

So satisfying as a breakfast or snack, Pumpkin Bread is a comfort food any time of year. This is a low-carb, Paleo-style bread, so it’s grain-free, with natural, zero-sugar sweeteners. Try it with Spiced Chai Tea Latte or Paleo Hot Chocolate Mochaccino.

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Turkey Curry Stew with Pumpkin

This is a rich and satisfying stew with an exotic twist. It is inspired by Asian peanut-curry, but instead of peanuts it uses almond butter and toasted almonds as a garnish – Yummy! I served it in soup bowls without rice or noodles, so it is a high nutrient meal that’s also lower in carbs.

pumpkin-trail-mix-barsHigh-Protein Pumpkin Trail Mix Bars

A grab-and-go nutritious snack can save your whole day! These tasty fruit-nut bars are bursting with crunchy freshness, huge flavor, and high-protein superfoods that commercial energy bars can’t touch. Pack them for a hike! I made a big 9 x 13 pan so I could freeze leftovers. If you do that, take a few bars out of the freezer the night before, heat them briefly the next day for a healthy breakfast or snack.

pumpkin-chai-blondiesPaleo Pumpkin Chai Blondies

Pumpkin is my favorite flavor, especially when it’s paired with chocolate. These bars are perfect for Thanksgiving, and equally yummy made with squash or sweet potato. I love blondies with chocolate chips, and finally found Paleo 100% chocolate chips! Hooray!

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Flourless Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

This fabulous one-step cake is an easy holiday dessert with a rich, old-fashioned flavor of chocolate spice cake. Just blend and bake! One of my new experiments in flourless sweets, this recipe uses rolled oats or any rolled whole grain. More than a yummy treat, it’s a nutritious, high-fiber dessert or snack. A few months ago I would have used almond flour, but now it is very expensive, and like all flours it oxidizes quickly.

“I’d rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” Henry David Thoreau

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