29 pumpkin recipes that won't ruin your diet


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Nothing says autumn is here quite like pumpkins. In fact before fall even hits, we find ourselves surrounded by pumpkin-flavored anything and everything — whether it’s that decadent pumpkin spiced latte from your favorite coffee haunt, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie or pumpkin cookies. All of it delicious but loaded with calories. And the closer we get to the holidays, the more difficult it is to resist cruel temptation.

As usual, however, we’ve got your back. We've put together a list of 29 pumpkin recipes that won’t ruin your diet. Just as delicious, these recipes are healthier than their more sugary counterparts. And some of them are not only easier on your waistline but also easier on your wallet. Are you ready to nom?  


1. Healthier Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte & Coffee Syrup

Healthier homemade pumpkin spice latte

Craving a PSL but dreading all those extra calories? Check out this recipe from Kitchen Treaty for a healthier pumpkin spice latte.


2. Pumpkin Protein Oat Bars

Pumpkin protein oat bars

Whip up a batch of these pumpkin protein oat bars from ifoodreal instead of buying dry and crumbly bars that taste like cardboard. These are perfect for breakfast or a snack, and they are gluten-free.


3. No Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

No-bake pumpkin spice energy bites

These no-bake pumpkin spice energy balls from Joyful Healthy Eats aren’t the equivalent of a shot of the latest energy drink. They are a nice pick-me-up nonetheless, particularly if you hit the 3:00 slump. Packed with nutrients, they are also no-bake. Win.


4. Pumpkin Baked Quinoa Bars

pumpkin baked quinoa bars

A Clean Bake combines pumpkin with quinoa for these breakfast bars that will keep you satisfied.


5. Skinny Pumpkin Pancakes

skinny pumpkin pancakes

Light, fluffy and healthier than your typical pancake, these skinny pumpkin pancakes from Yummy Healthy Easy are virtually guilt-free. Just watch the syrup!


6. Healthy pumpkin pie dip

healthy pumpkin pie dip

Baked Bree’s healthy pumpkin pie dip is perfect with apple slices or graham crackers. Thanks to the plain yogurt, you can dip in without feeling like you’re cheating on your diet.


7. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

pumpkin chocolate chip bread

If you’re looking for the perfect fall snack — and to score brownie points with your co-workers — then this recipe for spiced bread with chocolate chips from Two Peas and Their Pod is for you. The results are tasty, and since the recipe yields a lot of bread, there's plenty to share with the office!


8. Pumpkin Oatmeal in a Crockpot

pumpkin oatmeal in a Crockpot

Peanut Butter and Peppers says that when you make oatmeal in a Crock-Pot, the results are only the creamiest, thickest, richest oatmeal ever. The recipe combines pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and vanilla with oats.


9. Easy, Healthy Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

Easy, healthy pumpkin muffin recipe

Nothing if Not Intentional doesn’t use oil or butter in this recipe for healthy pumpkin muffins, which are sweetened with brown sugar and applesauce. If you do make them in a small muffin cups, do watch how many you indulge in. Don’t eat a baker’s dozen of them in one sitting, even if they are so deliciously tempting you to do so.


10. Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Shake

pumpkin spice breakfast shake

Oh My Veggies’ recipe for this pumpkin spice breakfast shake has three star ingredients: oats, banana and milk. The food blog explains that the oats, which make the shake thicker and more filling, tend to give it a gritty texture. If you have the time, soak the oats overnight in milk for a creamier, smoother shake.