Top Pumpkin Recipes For Fall

Fall is the Christmas of the seasons, don’t you think? I don’t have the statistics to back this up, but I’m pretty sure if you took a poll of people’s favourite seasons, fall would come out on top. Just like Christmas is everyone’s favourite holiday. Like Christmas, people start celebrating fall WAAAAAAY too early. September 1 and everyone’s already talking about pumpkin spice lattes - IT’S STILL SUMMER!! {Sorry…sore subject, I’m a summer girl 😜}. Isn’t this reminiscent of Christmas, some people have their trees up in October and we’ve barely cleared Halloween? I’m telling you, fall is the Christmas of the seasons!

I love it too, don’t get me wrong. Although, admittedly, I’m more of a summer girl. Always have been. Summer’s just way too short of a season and I feel like I yearn for it all winter long (especially here in Canada). But when it’s gone, it’s gone and I can get behind fall. This blog post is proof :P

There’s a lot to love about this season:

  • Cozy cabin socks

  • Chunky knit sweaters

  • Sleeping with the window open

  • The leaves changing colour (crazy beautiful)

  • The food - it’s all stick to your ribs and comforting

  • Hot drinks like herbal teas, lattes & ciders

  • The smell of soup simmering

  • Crunching leaves under your feet (admit it, you love that too :P)

  • Apples come back in season (which means I practically have to remortgage our home to afford my favourite, Honey Crisp * insert eye roll *) 🙌🏽

  • Warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg & clove

  • And all things pumpkin

Which brings me to this post. I thought it would be fun to do a little roundup of my top pumpkin recipes. I’m also including a few non-pumpkin because they scream FALL.

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How can I do a roundup without including the infamous PSL (pumpkin spice latte for those of you who didn’t know) - it’s THE fall beverage. About a year ago, I decided to make my own version that was cleaner and healthier than most commercial PSL’s but still really easy to whip up. I originally shared it on my Facebook page and have had a number of people requesting it since. So I thought it was about time that I include it on the blog.

Here’s what you need: 

For maple pumpkin spice syrup:
1/4 cup pumpkin purée 
1/2 cup maple syrup 
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice mix 
3 Tbsp water 

Gently warm all ingredients in a small saucepan over the stovetop. Bring to a simmer & remove from heat. 

If you’re a texture junkie & want a smoother tasting coffee, run the syrup through a sieve. It yield about 1 cup of maple pumpkin spice syrup that will last roughly 5 days refrigerated for more homemade psl’s! 

Brew a strong cup of coffee ☕️ & either froth a little non-dairy milk or blend with 1Tbsp grass-fed butter & as much of the maple pumpkin spice syrup as desired. I personally add about 1-2 tsp.

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Next up, this pumpkin bread which is heaven! Not to toot my own horn, but you guys! This bread is sensational. It has the perfect consistency and for a gluten-free recipe, that's all sorts of amazing. If you love spice cake, this bread is for you! It includes warming spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. It's the perfect amount of sweetness and incredibly moist. Get the recipe here.

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This Pumpkin Pie Parfait can be both breakfast and dessert! Yup, really! It's healthy & decadent all at the same time. Using real pumpkin makes this parfait rich in fibre and antioxidants. The pumpkin spice mix with cinnamon & clove gives it that warmth that pumpkin pie has. Coconut yogurt adds that creamy texture and offers up just a hint of coco-nutty flavour. This parfait is creamy and velvety with just the right amount of sweetness. Get the recipe here.

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I was really into parfaits last year, as you can see 😉 But seriously - super healthy ingredients like coconut yogurt, organic apples, ghee, hemp hearts, ground flaxseeds, oats and raw cashews make up this delicious parfait. It's also dairy, gluten, soy and refined sugar free! This parfait tastes like a deliciously tart, perfectly sweet apple crumble with warming spices that's served with creamy yogurt and topped with a buttery, crunchy oat and cashew crumble. Get the recipe here.

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These may not scream fall to you instantaneously but they taste like it. I think it’s the carrot and cinnamon. These muffins are surprisingly moist (does anyone else hate that word?! Regardless, they really are), perfectly sweet, rich in flavour and pair perfectly with a Bulletproof coffee, chai tea latte or mushroom elixir - trust me, I've tried all combinations 😉. Get the recipe here.

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No pumpkin here but these doughnuts are perfect for this time of year. They are super cake-like and very moist - not dry or crumbly at all (like you'd expect from a gluten-free treat). They have warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg and the caramel glaze just adds that level of sweetness that you'd want from a doughnut. I personally love sprinkling a little turbinado sugar on top of the doughnuts for a little crunch and that wow-factor. Get the recipe here.

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By far one of my favourite vegan mac & cheese recipes and perfect for this time of year now that squash is back in season! It's more of an adult mac & cheese - certainly a healthier version BUT still a major hit with the kiddies if you're looking for a family meal. Unlike so many mac & cheese recipes - this one is loaded with veggie goodness from the butternut squash sauce & added broccoli. Get the recipe here.

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This Cauliflower Mac & Cheese is rich and savoury without being heavy - it’s the ultimate comfort food. The green peas add a nice little pop of colour and some needed freshness while the breadcrumbs deliver on texture. It's beautifully baked, creamy and well balanced. I love that this recipe includes 3 types of veggies: cauliflower, carrots and peas. This recipe is also fantastic if you have kids (or partners) who are picky eaters because 2 of the 3 veggies are hidden within the sauce. Get the recipe here.

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And finally, no roundup would be complete without a pureed soup and what’s more fall than a butternut squash soup? This is my go-to recipe each year, it’s incredibly tasty and pairs beautifully with baked gluten-free garlic toast. Get the recipe here.

So there you have it! My top pumpkin recipes and fall recipes to help you celebrate the season. I hope you’re inspired.

Now, go enjoy a homemade PSL with a slice of pumpkin bread in your chunky knit, oversized sweater and cabin socks while admiring the changing leaves from your window as the aroma of your simmering soup fills your home 😜 … too much?!

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