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5 Creative Yet Healthy Pumpkin Recipes To Enjoy

Pumpkins are nutritious and can also enhance the flavor of your daily recipes. Add them to your breakfast oatmeal for a morning twist. Spread pumpkin butter on your toast rather than the usual toast spread. Keep yourself warm and healthy with a pumpkin soup. For snacks, have pumpkin bread or pumpkin hummus with fresh vegetables.

If Halloween season is the only time you purchase pumpkins, then you might want to consider changing it. Pumpkins are packed with nutrients and can benefit the body in many ways.

Pumpkins can help you manage a healthy weight, improve your immunity and eye health, maintain heart health, reduce the risk of developing cancer, prevent the symptoms of aging skin, reduce inflammation, and may even improve sleep quality.

If pies are all you can think of if you have to cook with pumpkins, then here are a few healthy yet delicious recipes that can help you change that thought!

1. Pumpkin Overnight Oats

Pumpkin In Oatmeal Is A Great Twist To Your Usual Breakfast

If you are tired of having the usual breakfast cereals in the morning, then it is time to put some twist on it! Add some flavor to your oatmeal with fresh or canned pumpkins. This dish is filling and healthy and is quick for someone with a busy work schedule.

Steel cut oats are used in this recipe. The only downside is that it takes longer to cook but that should not stop you because you can cook them overnight.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups steel cut oats (gluten free, if needed)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed meal (you can also use equal amount of chia seeds, hemp seeds, or 3 tablespoons additional steel cut oats)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

How To Prepare:

  • Place all the ingredients in a 4-to-6-quart slow cooker and stir well so that all the ingredients are mixed well.
  • You can cover the cooker and cook on slow for 7 hours overnight or cook on high heat for 3½ to 4 hours until the oats are soft.
  • Remove the lip and stir evenly.
  • You can top your pumpkin oatmeal with toasted pecans, dried cranberries or any other fruit of your choice, peanut butter, or even chocolate chips.

2. Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup Is A Great Way To Use Pumpkins

What’s better than a soup to keep you warm during the winter season. If you are tired of the usual soup recipes, here’s one that you can try to spice things up a bit! Double the benefits of your pumpkin soup by topping it with nutritious pumpkin seeds.

In this recipe, a multicooker is used. If you do not have one, you can cook it the conventional way using a large saucepan or pot.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 sweet potatoes (400 g), peeled and roughly diced
  • 2 large carrots (200 g), peeled and roughly diced
  • 400 g pumpkin, peeled and roughly diced
  • 1 eating apple, cored and roughly diced
  • 2 pints or 1 liter vegetable stock
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 30 g butter
  • Pepper and salt to taste

How To Prepare:

  • Set the multicooker to fry vegetables. Add the oil, onion, and garlic and fry until they are turning golden. Add the cinnamon and allspice and fry until they give out a fragrance.
  • Add the sweet potato, carrot, pumpkin, and apples and fry for a few more minutes.
  • Set the multicooker to stew vegetables. Add the stock and vanilla essence to the vegetables
  • Stir well, close the lid, and cook for 20 minutes until the ingredients are soft. Season with pepper and salt.
  • Once cooked add the butter, then allow to cool a little and process the soup using a stick blender directly in the cooker pot, or transfer to a blender or food processor and blend until silky smooth.
  • If the soup is too thick, you can add water or the stock to get the desired consistency.
  • You can serve the hot soup topping it with cream and sunflower or pumpkin seeds or both.

3. Homemade Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Butter Is Healthy Spread For Your Toast

If you are bored of having the same toast and spread for snacks, use some delicious pumpkin butter to make toast taste better than it ever did. Dip your cookies, pretzels, crackers, or even fresh fruit in this yummy butter. Try this easy homemade recipe for an enjoyable snack time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (29-ounce) canned pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (100 g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup (240 ml) 100% pure apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly grated whole nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice

How To Prepare:

  • Combine all the ingredients except the lemon juice in a large glass bowl that is microwave friendly.
  • Cover with a loose, microwaveable covering like a sheet of wax paper or paper towel.
  • Cook on high power for 6 minutes and stir the ingredients well. Cook for an extra 6 minutes and stir the mixture again. Repeat the same for another 3 minutes and stir well.
  • Carefully remove the hot bowl from the microwave, remove the cover, and stir in the lemon juice.
  • Allow the butter to cool completely and transfer it to an airtight container.
  • Store in the refrigerator and used when required.

4. Healthy Pumpkin Bread Loaf

Treat Yourself To Pumpkin Bread For Snacks

If bread is something you have never experimented with, you might want to try this healthy flourless pumpkin bread recipe for some sweet treats for snacks. If you have gluten sensitivities, you can always choose gluten-free oats to add to this healthy bread recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old-fashioned or quick cooking oats
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

How To Prepare:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Grease the desired loaf pan with a non-stick cooking spray and place it aside.
  • Mix all ingredients in a blender until you get a smooth mixture.
  • Pour this smooth batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes and insert a toothpick to see if it comes clean.
  • If the loaf is not cooked well, you can cover it with a foil so that the loaf cooks evenly.
  • Allow the pumpkin loaf to cool and store it in an airtight container.
  • Place it in the refrigerator after every use.

5. Mediterranean Pumpkin Hummus

Add Pumpkins To Hummus To Enhance The Flavor

If you thought hummus cannot get healthier and tastier, you are wrong! Pumpkins go well in the Mediterranean dish and can enhance the flavor. Serve it with fresh vegetables, pita bread, or even tortilla chips. You can also use this to flavor your salad.

So, try this pumpkin hummus and surprise your family and friends with your secret ingredient.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (or more as per taste)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin (or more as per taste)
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper

How To Prepare:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend them until you obtain a smooth mixture. Remember to stop occasionally, to scrape down the sides of the blender.
  • Spread out the hummus on a plate and drizzle some extra virgin oil over the top.
  • Serve and enjoy.

So, if you think pumpkins are only meant to be carved, then you definitely have to try these delicious, healthy pumpkin recipes and see if you want to add them to your favorite foods list!

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.