Fall may seem like a long way off right now, but with vegetables getting close to harvest and those cooler days just around the corner, we are here to help you prepare. Plan ahead with these easy pumpkin recipe ideas. Simple, versatile and, let’s be honest, absolutely delicious, these dishes are sure to please.
With something for everyone, the recipes below are the best simple dishes to make. We want to give you time to perfect your dishes before those fall potlucks, bonfires, and other festivities.
We know that finding good recipes using pumpkin can be time-consuming, so we did the work for you! Below are 25 recipes total, split up into categories to make it that much easier for you.
So, the question remains- what to make with pumpkin? Find out now:
Pumpkin Dessert Recipes
1. Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
This cheesecake combines creamy, rich layers, spice, and graham cracker for an added bit of crunch.
The perfect holiday dish, this dessert looks much more complex than it is to make, and your friends and family will be talking about it for years to come!
With a prep time of only about 10 minutes, you really cannot beat this one. The cooling time is the only thing that you really need to plan for, and that takes no real effort on your part.
2. Pumpkin Pie Bars
If you thought that the pumpkin pie cheesecake sounded good, wait until you hear about these pumpkin pie bars!
An easy-to-hold, quick-to-make treat that the whole family will love, you can bring these bars to the kids’ sporting events and pair them with those canisters of coffee and hot chocolate that are essential to keeping you warm.
The best part is that the total time, from prep to baking, is just over half an hour. Perfect for a busy, on-the-go family this fall!
3. Pumpkin Fluff
Four ingredients, five minutes, and an irresistible dip (that can also be baked into a pie filling) are at your disposal!
Great for last-minute pumpkin cravings when you don’t have much time, or many ingredients, pumpkin fluff is the dish you’ve been waiting for. Talk about leveling up your fall dessert with ease.
This pumpkin fluff can be a solo snack in the middle of a crisp fall day or it can be prepared on a Saturday afternoon when you suddenly remember that you are on dessert duty for a party that night.
4. Pumpkin Dessert Lasagna
Not your typical lasagna, this dessert dish puts the real thing to shame.
Have you ever wondered what lasagna would taste like if you subbed noodles and veggies and sauce for, well, sugar and pumpkin?
A flaky crust combines with pumpkin puree, whipped cream, and walnuts, and this sugary goodness is born.
Enjoy this after a fun family dinner or bring it to work to show your coworkers just how much you appreciate them. Brownie points for you and a delicious pumpkin, cheesecake lasagna for them. It’s a win-win.
5. No Bake Pumpkin Dessert
A great, easy twist on a classic American favorite, remove the cook-time and you’ve got yourself a quick dessert that everyone will want to try.
Only 10 ingredients go into this perfectly pumpkin spiced pie, at least half of which are household staples that you are likely to have on hand!
This tri-layered pie looks aesthetically pleasing but also tastes amazing. Picture yourself sitting at the kitchen table on a cool fall morning and eating this while you drink a nice big mug of coffee.
That’s right, who says pie can’t be breakfast? Not us, that’s for sure!
6. Pumpkin Cheesecake Roll
This recipe not only details the steps but also adds some friendly tips to make yours the best pumpkin roll you’ve ever had.
Think about how great it could be as an after-dinner snack with some spiced rum, or maybe as an afternoon treat on a patio with some friends, coffee, and warm blankets.
A dessert you’ve likely resorted to buying at the store, we are here to prove that homemade is better, and can be fun to make!
A prep time of only 30 minutes makes this sweet treat all the more enticing.
7. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
Hear us out… pumpkin pie cheesecake, but as a muffin. Is there anything better?
This sweet snack is great to take on the go- in the car as you take the kids to school, in a snack bag on a field trip, or to pull out of your desk drawer to make the workday go by just a bit more quickly.
Sure, they are delicious. Not to mention how good they look. Imagine how moist these muffins are, paired with the tang of the cream cheese and the spice of the pumpkin puree.
This is one treat you have to try at least once before fall passes by.
8. Soft Pumpkin Cookies
Chewy pumpkin spice cookies, creamy and sweet frosting, and a total time of only 38 minutes to prepare and bake.
Maple frosting pairs perfectly with the spices in the cookie itself and embodies fall in the most authentic way. With so many flavors that combine to create such a delicious, dynamic treat, you’ll find yourself wondering how you’ve never tried these.
Skip the store-bought kind and make your own. These cookies will be amazing when warm, as the frosting melts just a little bit on the freshly baked cookie.
Be careful, you won’t be able to eat just one of these yummy pastries.
9. Pumpkin Honey Bun Cake
Now, this sweet dish is one that is not only acceptable for breakfast but intended to be eaten in the morning! Of course, it can be used as a snack, dessert, or whatever your heart desires, but we think that this is the perfect breakfast to pair with some black coffee and your favorite PJs.
It takes only 20 minutes to bake this cake, and you can enjoy a full-length tv show while it bakes for 40 minutes. Let it sit for a while, and voila!
You can use a boxed cake mix, bagged walnuts, and canned pumpkin puree to easily whip up this dish even on a night where you just want to order dessert to your door.
10. Pumpkin Pie Cake
Another dish with just 5 ingredients, this is easy and sure to please! Great for you and your busy schedule, but also for those you want to share a delicious meal with.
This cake/pie hybrid combines the best of both worlds, with a creamy pumpkin pie texture topped by moist cake and, finally, finished off with a light, sweet vanilla frosting.
Make Thanksgiving dinner a little more exciting with this delectable dish.
Pumpkin Soup Recipes
1. Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Soup
Onto the savory section, and what better way to incorporate pumpkin than in a hot, creamy soup?
One of the best parts of this dish is that it is incredibly healthy, so you’ll have a meal that is not only comforting and easy to prepare but is also guilt-free!
For those who don’t eat dairy, this soup is the one for you! Use coconut or almond milk to add a bit of extra creaminess, though the pumpkin does this quite enough on its own.
2. Easy Pumpkin Soup
This soup offers the perfect opportunity to fool some picky eaters. An orange soup already, it offers you the perfect chance to disguise lots of other orange veggies in this dish.
We’re talking sweet potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, onion, and more. The recipe mentions a few possibilities, but we want to encourage you to get creative. Add some yellows and reds, the color wheel will work in your favor to keep this a beautiful orange tone that is perfect for fall.
3. 15-Minute Thai Pumpkin Soup
The name tells you half of what you need to know about this soup. It combines some beautiful Thai-inspired spices to create an aromatic soup that acts as the perfect way to cozy up on a chilly fall evening. Not to mention that it only takes 15 minutes!
Paleo, vegan, and gluten-free, you can rest assured that this dish is healthy and accommodates all sorts of dietary needs. This makes it perfect for a large gathering where you want to make sure that everyone gets something good to eat.
4. Vegan Pumpkin Soup
Hello from us to another vegan pumpkin soup recipe. We are really on a roll when it comes to vegan options as experienced through pumpkin soup!
Only 30 minutes of your day are needed to create this thick, rich, creamy dish. You, and anyone else that you are serving, will be oh-so glad that you took a little time out of your day to make such a yummy meal.
Try this when you want some veggies, comfort, and the full flavor of fall.
5. Turmeric Sweet Potato Pumpkin Soup
What is turmeric if not the best aromatic fall spice? It doesn’t just add a pop of that quintessential orange color to a dish, but also adds some extra flavor and health benefits.
An anti-inflammatory spice, turmeric adds to this soup in order to make it the best meal when you are feeling under the weather after a nighttime trip to the pumpkin patch, or a bonfire where you forgot an extra layer.
Pumpkin Puree Recipes
1. Easy Pumpkin Puree Recipe
Let’s talk puree, shall we? So many of the recipes above (and below) call for the canned stuff, but why not make it on your own? This first recipe is easy, quick, and will make your home smell absolutely amazing.
This recipe also notes that it can be used for other winter squashes, too. Try acorn or butternut squash and watch the possibilities triple!
With a total of 1 hour to make, you can use these purees in anything from soups to mac-n-cheese, pancakes, pies, or even lattes.
2. How To Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree
This recipe is easy, inexpensive, and tastes amazing.
Granola, cookies, oats, lattes, pie, and risotto are just a few of the options you might be working with after making up this puree.
Not only can you make puree but save the pumpkin seeds and roast them for a deliciously convenient snack on the side.
Once again, just wait until you realize how amazing your house smells with the pumpkin fall aromas that are sure to permeate the air.
3. Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Begin with some pie pumpkins because they are easier to manage and come with a better flavor profile than those huge carving pumpkins.
Like the other recipes, you’ll want to cut and clean the pumpkins before roasting them and, finally, blending them into the puree that we all know and love so dearly.
Make some crepes, pancakes, soup, desserts, or even some bread with your new, homemade puree. The possibilities are endless and lead us into our final category for this article!
Pumpkin Bread Recipes
1. Spiced Pumpkin Bread
Potlucks, parties, school plays, and pumpkin bread! Now those are some things that really just go together.
A delicious treat that combines sweet and savory in a way that is hard not to love, this spiced pumpkin bread is a fall staple.
A hack that we have for you- try this with some apple butter or salted caramel spread to feel the absolute essence of fall from your own front porch! The spice of the pumpkin pairs well with the sweetness of either spread.
2. Pumpkin Bread Recipe
This recipe is titled ‘best ever pumpkin bread recipe’ so that means it has to be good… right?
It is highly recommended that you pair this recipe with honey butter, another spread that adds just the right amount of sweetness to this perfectly spiced bread.
Pair this not only with honey butter but also with a nice coffee in the morning, or an apple cinnamon tea in the evening. The combinations are endless, but each as great as the next!
3. Keto Pumpkin Bread
For those on keto, don’t you worry- we have got just the pumpkin bread for you, and it tastes just as good as any of the other recipes!
All you have to do is combine some almond or coconut flour with the other ingredients in order to create a low-carb, healthy batter that allows the pumpkin puree to be the star of the show.
Feel free to add pecans or walnuts as a way to get some extra texture to this yummy bread.
4. Pumpkin Praline Bread Pudding
Falling somewhere in between a dessert and a bread dish, this rich bread pudding is a crowd-pleaser without a doubt.
One look at the photo on the recipe and you won’t need another word of convincing that this dish is the one to make!
A great holiday dish that can be made on a whim just as easily, the combination of sweetness and gooiness is one that you will not want to miss out on this year.
5. Pumpkin Bread With Cream Cheese Frosting
What is better than pumpkin paired with cream cheese? Objectively a great combination, this bread is another that walks the line between a side or a snack and a full-blown dessert.
Not that we are complaining, we’d eat this one any day of the week. Good thing it is so easy to make!
This bread goes so well with black coffee, to balance the sweetness of the bread, but is also great with apple cider and hot chocolate. Even the frosting isn’t overly sweet in a way that would make it a bad idea to pair with a sugary drink.
6. Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Bread
We all love a good dupe, right? Why pay the big bucks for a restaurant or café’s pumpkin bread when you can make your own for a lower cost, and just as easily?
Between the time it takes to drive to a Starbucks, order, and wait on the bread, you could have simply prepared a loaf and had it ready for the rest of the week.
We wanted to share this recipe because of how delicious and simple it is.
7. Keto Pumpkin Bread (Again!)
One more time for our keto friends, this bread is clean, low-carb, moist, and fluffy. What could be better? Maybe the aromatic spices, so it’s a good thing that those are such a big part of this dish, too.
Pair this bread with your favorite beverage or eat it when you need a nice mid-day snack. Whatever your choice, we know that you will love this bread!
From us to You, Happy Baking!
25 Best Pumpkin Recipes
- Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
- Pumpkin Pie Bars
- Pumpkin Fluff
- Pumpkin Dessert Lasagna
- No Bake Pumpkin Dessert
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Roll
- Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
- Soft Pumpkin Cookies
- Pumpkin Honey Bun Cake
- Pumpkin Pie Cake
- Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Soup
- Easy Pumpkin Soup
- 15-Minute Thai Pumpkin Soup
- Vegan Pumpkin Soup
- Turmeric Sweet Potato Pumpkin Soup
- Easy Pumpkin Puree Recipe
- How To Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree
- Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree
- Spiced Pumpkin Bread
- Pumpkin Bread Recipe
- Keto Pumpkin Bread
- Pumpkin Praline Bread Pudding
- Pumpkin Bread With Cream Cheese Frosting
- Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Bread
- Keto Pumpkin Bread (Again!)
- Choose your favorite pumpkin dish!
- Prepare ingredients according to the recipe.
- Be ready in 30 minutes or less!