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?
Craving a PSL but dreading all those extra calories? Check out this recipe from Kitchen Treaty for a healthier pumpkin spice latte.
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.
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.
A Clean Bake combines pumpkin with quinoa for these breakfast bars that will keep you satisfied.
Light, fluffy and healthier than your typical pancake, these skinny pumpkin pancakes from Yummy Healthy Easy are virtually guilt-free. Just watch the syrup!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.