Fall brings colder weather, changing leaves, larger waistlines, and best of all, pumpkin spice. The problem is that most pumpkin dishes, like other holiday recipes, can be high in calories and fat. This is why we thought it would be best to compile a list of the best healthy pumpkin recipes to help you avoid that annoying holiday season flab. Turn to this list and you can still enjoy the flavors of the autumn season without all the calories.
These pumpkin pancakes are perfect for a fall weekend. You could also make a big batch ahead and freeze, then enjoy them all week! These flapjacks are loaded with protein and fiber, so they’re sure to keep you full until your next meal comes around. Follow this link to for the full recipe.
These delicious and nutritious rolls are so quick and easy to make. Add a homemade pumpkin cream cheese frosting for the optimal flavor. Follow this link to learn more about this delicious breakfast.
We all know how much sugar goes into those lattes at Starbucks or your local coffee shop. So, make your own healthy pumpkin spice latte at home with just a few all-natural ingredients, nothing artificial and no high fructose corn syrup. Check out this website to learn how to make your favorite festive coffee drink!
This smoothie highlights some of the most iconic autumn flavors: pumpkin, apples, cranberries, and cinnamon. All of these happen to be very healthy for you too! Check out this link for the full recipe.
Yes. That’s right. This recipe combines two of your favorite ingredients for the ultimate smoothie. So, whether you need to put a jolt into your morning or perk yourself up during a mid-afternoon slump, turn to this healthy pumpkin coffee smoothie!
It's a shame that pumpkin is only popular for two months out of the year. This low-calorie squash is rich in potassium and loaded with beta-carotene (a powerful antioxidant), and its natural sweetness brings flavor to baked goods without any added guilt. Check out this link for the full recipe!
Pumpkin seeds are actually very nutritionally dense. Just 1 cup of these will provide you with 12 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber! So the next time you’re carving pumpkins, be sure to save the gooey seeds and have yourself the perfect nutritionally balanced fall snack.
These are the perfect pick-me-up snacks to get you through the work day or pre-workout before a long run. Make a bunch of these little guys at a time and you will have snacks for days! Check out number 10 on this list for the full recipe!
These are a great grab-and-go snack for anytime of the day. Make a bunch at a time and your kids will love you for it! And don’t be worried if you go for seconds because they are only 26 calories per cookie! Check out number 15 on this list to learn more about these little pumpkin delights.
This recipe is full of the nutrients your body needs to function properly and it tastes amazing as well! You will love this pumpkin twist on a go-to snack favorite! Follow this link for the full recipe.
There are so many ways to jazz up plain popcorn. This pumpkin popcorn has a sweet, cinnamon pumpkin flavor that’s perfect for the fall season. So, the next time you watch a movie, turn to this recipe for the best popcorn snack!
Winter squashes like pumpkin have a deep flavor and hearty texture that makes them an excellent ingredient for a vegetarian dinner. This recipe is only 250 calories and packs almost 10 grams of protein per serving. Check out this link for the full recipe.
Break out of the mac and cheese habit with this delicious baked pumpkin pasta dish. Perfect for fall or winter, this pumpkin pasta makes a great family weeknight meal on cold evenings. Check out number 7 on this link for the full recipe.
This boneless, skinless chicken breast pack 40 grams of protein into the dish. In addition to this, the toasted pumpkin seeds, which can act as an anti-inflammatory agent give this entree a bit of a crunch. Follow this link to learn more about this Spanish-inspired recipe.
Scoop out a mini pumpkin and use the scraps to bake with chili to add sweetness. Then impress your guests by serving it to them right inside mini carved out pumpkin. This healthy and delicious entree is a party favorite, so give it try!
Above all else, this bowl of creamy vegan perfection is an immunity booster. It’s packed with vitamin A and C, which are responsible for a number of bodily functions that help fight off harmful pathogens. Give this recipe a try the next time you’re feeling under the weather!
This healthy pumpkin recipe uses tofu noodles as a healthier alternative. You have to try this quick, easy, and gluten-free fall recipe, perfect for a weeknight meal! Follow this link for the best healthy pumpkin recipe.
Did you ever think lasagna could actually be good for you? This Italian classic is done in a way unlike any other. The best part about it is that it’s completely healthy for you! Check out this link for the full recipe.
A combination of rice and coconut milks keeps this vegan stew creamy yet light. Serve this stew over brown rice or with whole-grain bread and you’ll have yourself a delicious combination of flavors. Follow this link to learn more about this seasonal entree.
This recipe is sure to please everyone and with oven space at a premium, you'll love that you don't even need to turn yours on for this one. Follow this link to learn more about this all-in-one recipe!
If you’re going to indulge in a slice of rich, creamy cheesecake, choose this healthier alternative. You will also get a huge helping of healthy beta-carotene, which helps maintain healthy skin and also plays a vital role in eye health. Follow this link to learn more about this nutritionally dense dessert.
These healthy muffins get a ton of moisture and vitamin A from the pumpkin puree they contain. Almond flour replaces the all-purpose flour, which helps increase the protein content, and then chia seeds add texture as well as healthy fat and fiber. Check this link out for the full recipe.
Cut the carbs and fat and keep the taste with this healthy take on traditional pumpkin pie. The best part? If you whip it up for Thanksgiving, you can help yourself to a guilt-free serving of seconds. For the full recipe, check out number 2 on this link.
Yogurt, pumpkin, and banana. Did you know these three healthy things combine to create a very healthy frozen treat that tastes anything but healthy? It’s like eating pumpkin pie with ice cream. You have to give this festive dessert a try!