Oh, October. There’s so much that I love about the month of October. It’s always signified the beginning of fall for me, but there are other things I love, too. Postseason baseball. Preseason hockey. Badger football.
And then there are pumpkins.
I love everything about pumpkins. The beautiful, rich orange colors, the fun shapes they sometimes grow into, and, of course, carving them with family. What I love the most though, is the taste of pumpkin.
Thinking Outside the Recipe Box
The most famous use for pumpkin is likely in pie. Pumpkin pie is a staple in the fall, and especially at Thanksgiving gatherings. I’m a fan of pumpkin pie. I’m also a fan of other regular recipes that use pumpkin, including pumpkin bars and pumpkin bread.
But what about other delicious recipes that call for everyone’s favorite fall fruit? (Did you know pumpkin is a fruit? I didn’t until recently!)
Contrary to what you’ll find in numerous recipe books or in your grandmother’s recipe box, there are other ways to use pumpkin. We’ve got a list of seven delicious pumpkin recipes (they’re even gluten-free) that may or may not fall outside your idea of recipe staples.
We hope you’ll enjoy them!
Tasty Gluten-Free Pumpkin Recipes
1.) Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread
Made with almond and brown rice flours and sweetened with all-natural maple syrup, this moist and delicious pumpkin bread recipe from The Roasted Root is sure to be a success with any pumpkin lovers in your family. There’s even an option to whip up some maple vanilla chair frosting, if you’re in the mood for a little extra sweetness. Yum!
- Get the recipe from The Roasted Root
2.) Peanut Butter & Banana Pumpkin Smoothie
When many of you think of smoothies, I can bet that you don’t think of pumpkin as being a great-tasting ingredient option. This quick and easy recipe from Inspiration Kitchen will change your mind. Mix pumpkin with peanut butter and banana, and you’ve got a smooth, nutritious, and ultimately delicious smoothie that’s perfect for any fall morning.
- Get this simple 5-minute recipe from Inspiration Kitchen
3.) Pumpkin & Coconut Curry
While it’s really no secret that curry is a traditionally spicy dish, it’s also true that pumpkin isn’t always a main ingredient. If you’re looking for an eclectic blend of tastes and are a fan of trying something that’s out of the ordinary, this pumpkin and coconut curry recipe from Tes at Home could be the perfect option. While it carries a bit of a kick from the green chili, it also has a lighter taste with a slightly sweet twist!
- Get the recipe from Tes at Home
4.) Pumpkin Hummus
Hummus is a quick and easy snack that is traditionally made with chickpeas, as well as other ingredients. Traditional hummus seems to be a popular go-to, but in the fall, this savory pumpkin hummus recipe from Bakeaholic Mama is ideal for scratching your pumpkin itch. Just four ingredients–chickpeas, tahini, pumpkin, and maple syrup–make up this simplistic and appetizing dish that’s sure to be a hit at any gathering.
- Get the recipe from Bakeaholic Mama
5.) Gluten-Free Pumpkin, Ricotta & Gruyère Pasta Casserole
While the word “casserole” might bring up memories of tasteless tuna or green bean casseroles you were forced to eat as a child, this recipe from Tasty Yummies is one that you’ll always remember for it’s delicious, bold pumpkin flavor. Vegetarian and gluten-free, this pumpkin, ricotta, and gruyère pasta casserole recipe is filled with flavor from sage, pumpkin, ground ginger, garlic, and ricotta cheese. Your family will leave the table satisfied and full after you’ve made this casserole.
- Get the recipe from Tasty Yummies
6.) Gluten-Free Creamy Pumpkin Penne
When it comes to flavorful gluten-free pasta recipes, there are plenty to choose from. However, if you’re not a fan of the heaviness of all of the tomato sauce and cheese, Simple Gluten-Free has a wonderful alternative. This creamy pumpkin penne recipe doesn’t require too much time and still contains the right ingredients for a perfect (and delicious!) gluten-free dinner. With ingredients like pumpkin puree, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salted pumpkin seeds, everyone will appreciate the different tastes and will be asking for seconds.
- Get the recipe from Simply Gluten-Free
7.) Cinnamon Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Some people would argue that the seeds are the best and perhaps the most nutritious part of the pumpkin. (If you’re curious, you can check out our post on the power of pumpkin, too!) If you’re a big fan of pumpkin seeds and are looking for a way to roast them with a sweeter flavor, you’ll love this recipe from My Whole Food Life. A quick and simple recipe, it calls for cinnamon and sugar–a combination that even your kids will love!
- Get the recipe from My Whole Food Life
There you have it. If you’re planning to give any of these a try, please let us know how they turned out! Leave a comment below.