20 creative and healthy ways to eat more pumpkin

There can never be enough ways to get pumpkin on your plate — or in your cup, or bowl. Your search for new and innovative — and guiltless — ways to infuse your meals with pumpkin ends here. We rounded up 20 of our favorite ways to indulge in this fall favorite, so you can enjoy your sweet or savory pumpkin foods without going overboard on calories and fat. 

1. Skinny Pumpkin and Cream Bread

Pumpkin bread with a creamy layer for less than 200 calories per serving! I hope you love this recipe as much as we did!

2. Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters

These shooters are as delicious as they are pretty! Layering chocolate graham crackers with the pumpkin cheesecake filling makes for a gorgeous (and tasty) combination!

3. Steamed Pumpkin and Baby Bok Choy with Ginger Sesame Sauce

Pumpkin brings the most amazing pop of color to your dinner table in this vegan side dish! Steaming a pumpkin is easier than you might think, and the results are tender deliciousness!

4. Skinny Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

This pumpkin recipe is the perfect way to warm up on a cool fall morning! I’m ready to jump back in my pajamas and start the day over just thinking about it!

5. Pumpkin Pie Yogurt + Cinnamon Roasted Walnuts

This has to be one of my favorite yogurt combinations ever, mostly because it satisfies both my sweet and salty cravings. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch or a healthy snack!

6. Pumpkin Meatloaf with Pumpkin BBQ Sauce

Let pumpkin be the centerpiece of your dinner with this totally unique recipe! The combination of pumpkin and beef is amazing, and the pumpkin BBQ sauce on top is a must!

7. Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili

What could be better than having a bowl of turkey white bean chili on a chilling fall night? Adding pumpkin to to the chili, of course! This crock pot recipe is one you will make again and again! (And, if you happen to have any leftovers, they are great for freezing!)

8. Pumpkin Pie Chia Seed Pudding

Pumpkin and chia seed pack this pudding with nutrients and a ton of flavor! There is really no wrong time of day to give this one a try, but it’s especially tasty as a dessert with a little whipped cream on top!

9. Skinny Pumpkin Cheesecake Poke Cake

The words “Skinny” and “Cheesecake” have come together in this fabulous fall dessert. Cheesecake pudding hidden inside the cake is an extra-indulgent surprise that I couldn’t resist!

10. Pumpkin Brownies

Two ingredient brownies?! Seriously, this recipe couldn’t get any more simple! But, don’t let the short shopping list make you think this won’t impress you. These two ingredients make moist, yummy brownies that will tempt you to bake another batch!

11. Homemade Pumpkin Creamer

Skip the skim milk and flavored coffee and use this creamer instead! This pumpkin creamer makes any coffee or tea feel a little more special!

12. Skinny Banana Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

The creamy texture of banana and pumpkin blend beautifully in this smoothie recipe. Surprise your kiddos with this smoothie at breakfast time and they’ll think they’re having dessert before school…what a nice surprise!

13. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m convinced that pumpkin and chocolate were made for each other, and they come together in the best way with these cookies! Gaby suggests sharing them with friends, I suggest sharing them with everyone!

14. Raw Pumpkin Pie

Cashews, almonds, raisins and dates make a totally rich pie crust in this raw, vegan version of the Thanksgiving classic. Try it with a scoop of coconut ice cream on top!

15. Pumpkin Chili

The savory side of pumpkin comes out in this hearty and healthy chili. Beef, lentils and chickpeas mix perfectly with the pumpkin flavor, and the rumor is the flavor only gets better as leftovers the next day!

16. Skinny Pumpkin Spice Muffins

This simple recipe is full of flavor. Try this dish for an impressive breakfast or a unique, fluffy, pastry dessert!

17. Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Something this delicious shouldn’t be so easy to make! The addition of cinnamon to the glaze makes for a perfect topping on this fall flavored coffee cake.

18. Low-fat Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies

Skinnytaste swapped out the applesauce from their “Best Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe” for pumpkin puree and made something magical! You’re going to want to make these ASAP!

19. Pumpkin Oat Pancakes

Want to put a smile on your family members’ faces this weekend? Start the day with these pancakes! These gluten-free pumpkin pancakes are flavored with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. In other words, they will basically jump off your griddle and give you a big hug.

20. Skinny Cream Cheese Glazed Pumpkin Doughnuts

Use this skinny recipe to give into your most indulgent fall flavor fantasies. These must-try Skinny Cream Cheese Glazed Pumpkin Doughnuts will become an autumn breakfast staple at your house.