pumpkin recipe roundup 2012

I freaking LOVE October. Pumpkins, costumes, cider, the smell of fallen leaves, MY BIRTHDAY, and lots and lots of candy… what’s not to love?

In celebration of October and all things pumpkin, I’ve put together this little collection of pumpkin recipes to make your life just a little bit easier. I highly suggest you try each and every one of them. After all, you can’t ever have too much pumpkin, right? What’s the worst that could happen? You turn into a big ‘ol jack-o-lantern, Violet Beauregarde style? Admit it, that would be pretty cool.



Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal

Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal with whipped cream on top

All of the deliciousness of pumpkin pie baked into a healthy breakfast oatmeal. This is the #1 reader favorite pumpkin recipe… I’m not going to argue with that.


Spicy Coconut & Pumpkin Soup

Bowl of Spicy Coconut & Pumpkin Soup
This is one of my favorites and I regret that it doesn’t get more attention. It’s simple, fast, and incredibly delicious.


Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Glass of Pumpkin Pie Smoothie with two small pumpkins in background
Seriously SO GOOD. Luckily, October is usually still pretty warm in Louisiana, so I can enjoy this frosty treat for a couple months to come… It also makes a rather refreshing post-work out treat!


Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread on bagel
Pumpkin and cream cheese were made for each other. If you’re craving pumpkin flavored cheese cake, this is a good substitution. You can put it on bagels, crackers, cookies, or just a spoon. It’s gooood.


Easy Pumpkin Soup

Bowl of Easy Pumpkin Soup
If you’re not into the coconut-spiciness of the other pumpkin soup, this is a super easy, basic pumpkin soup recipe. And if you’re feeling creative, this soup is an excellent blank canvas for all sorts of delicious add-ins! (black beans, cauliflower, hot sauce, chipotle, whatever)

…And if you missed this gem couple weeks ago:

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice in measuring cup with small pumpkin in background
If you can’t find pre-mixed pumpkin pie spice blend at your local grocery, it’s SUPER easy to mix up at home.

Around the Blogosphere

A bunch of pumpkin recipes that I want to try, but am too afraid that I’ll eat the whole thing at once.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins – US Masala

Pumpkin Scones – Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

Low Sugar Pumpkin Whole Wheat Muffins – Kalyn’s Kitchen

Pumpkin Granola – Chocolate & Carrots

Pumpkin Pie French Toast – Closet Cooking

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies – Brown Eyed Baker

Pumpkin Scones – Iowa Girl Eats