With fall finally here, pumpkins are literally everywhere! Beyond pumpkin picking, pumpkin carving and sipping on decadent pumpkin spice lattes – pumpkins are downright delicious to eat.
But pumpkins (in the non PSL variety) also have a lot of health benefits. They’re rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They can help boost your immune system, protect your eyesight, lower your risk of certain cancers and promote heart and skin health.
Um, yes please!
So what are you waiting for? These 3 amazing pumpkin recipes are calling your name…
Looking for a healthy, and delicious, way to start your day? This pumpkin pancake recipe is everything and more. Besides, who doesn’t love a good pancake?
- 2/3 cup of all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup of whole wheat flour
- 4 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of pumpkin spice
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (and more to taste sprinkled on top!)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of fat free milk
- 2/3 cup of vanilla yogurt
- 2/3 cup of pureed (or mashed) pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- Cooking spray
- 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar
- Maple syrup to taste!
- In a bowl, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon. Mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix eggs, milk, yogurt, pumpkin, and vanilla together. Once these are all mixed, combine with the dry ingredients.
- Spray a pan with cooking spray so your pancakes won’t stick to it. Pour a ladle worth of pancake mix into your pan and cook until you see bubbles on top. Then flip, and cook until golden brown. Repeat for the remainder of your pancake mix.
- Remove pancakes from heat and sprinkle with extra cinnamon, powdered sugar, and enjoy with maple syrup if you wish!
What’s better on a chilly fall day than a creamy bowl of soup? Try out this delectable pumpkin soup recipe that will warm you up, inside and out.
- 2 pounds of pumpkin, seeds removed
- 4 cups of chicken broth
- Yogurt (optional)
- Combine pumpkin with 2 cups of chicken broth over medium heat. Cook until pumpkin is soft enough to blend smoothly.
- Puree mixture when it becomes soft in a blender. Add the rest of the chicken broth as well as all of the spices to add extra flavor back into the mixture over heat.
- Remove from heat and enjoy! We recommend adding some Greek yogurt for extra creaminess!
Dessert is the best meal of the day, but usually not the healthiest. However, this pumpkin cheesecake is a welcome alternative to typical sweets! Plus it checks every box: cream, delicious and easy to make.
- .25 ounce envelope of unflavored gelatin
- 8 ounces of cream cheese
- 1 ½ cup of sour cream
- 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree
- ¾ cup of granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- Graham cracker crust of choosing
- Place gelatin in a pot of ¼ cup boiling water until it dissolves. While it is dissolving, beat cream cheese, sour cream, pumpkin, and spices together until the mixture is smooth. Add gelatin into mixture once dissolved.
- Add mixture into crust of your liking and let refrigerate overnight.
- Enjoy the next day!
If digestive issues have been getting in the way of pumpkin bliss, our friends at Virtua GI and Digestive Health can help. Get started by connecting with their team today!