When I think of fall, I think of pumpkins. That’s why I put together the below list of my favorite 10 Paleo Pumpkin Recipes. With everything from a Paleo Pumpkin Bars to Paleo Pumpkin Pie, you’ll love these healthy pumpkin recipes! As for me? I can’t help but smile when I look at a bright orange pumpkin. When I’m baking with one? I’m even happier.
I love the rich, nutty flavor, and soft, meaty flesh of freshly baked pumpkins and winter squash. If you’re a regular reader of Elana’s Pantry, then you know that I prefer to use freshly baked pumpkin in my pumpkin recipes, rather than canned pumpkin puree. Although I’ve used it in a couple of the recipes below, I don’t always test my pumpkin recipes using canned pumpkin, so can’t say that it will work universally in these healthy pumpkin recipes. Although canned pumpkin can be more convenient, I don’t think its flavor stands up to the rich goodness that is freshly baked pumpkin.
Did you know that pumpkin is a type of winter squash? I commonly swap out butternut squash, acorn squash, or red kuri in place of pie pumpkin. In fact, I think the aforementioned winter squash are even tastier than pie pumpkins, and I often find that they are a bit sweeter. You can use butternut squash, acorn squash, or red kuri in any of the Paleo Pumpkin recipes below.
Each week during the fall I bake a couple of winter squash, allow them to cool, then stuff them into glass mason jars, and store them in the fridge for convenience. This baked winter squash usually keeps for about five days. That way I have freshly baked squash at the ready when the boys ask me to make them some Pumpkin Bread Pudding, or if I’m jonesing for a healthy pumpkin spice latte.
What’s your favorite healthy pumpkin recipe? What are you looking for that’s not on the above list? Leave a comment and let me know!
When fall arrives I pull my pumpkin recipes out of their file. I’m a huge fan of all things pumpkin as well as pumpkin spice. My husband? Not so much. While I add warming cinnamon and nutmeg to my daily (liver cleansing) Dandelion Coffee, he shies away from the flavors of fall.
I made this Pumpkin Chocolate Chiffon Pudding for my beloved, so that he would have a fun fall dessert to partake in while the boys go to town on ... read more →
My teenage boys love these Pumpkin Spice Meringues. They plowed through batch after batch as I tested them. Yes, the boys are not only cookie lovers, they are meringue cookie lovers and devour my baking recipes. Right now they are asking for my Paleo Pumpkin Pie a couple of times each week. Of course I oblige! I am completely obsessed with pumpkin recipes, and especially pumpkin desserts now that fall is here.
The recipe for these Paleo Pumpkin Spice Meringues went ... read more →
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This Pumpkin Spice Smoothie is perfect for fall! It’s also great for those times when you’re in the mood for a Pumpkin Pie but don’t want to go through the hassle of baking one. It’s made with baked pumpkin or squash. Remember, a pumpkin is a squash. For the smoothie depicted above I actually used one cup of red kuri squash. When the weather gets a little chilly I tend to bake a pumpkin or squash a couple of times per week ... read more →