Pumpkin pie is incredible and all, but there is so much more you could be getting out of canned pumpkin, or homemade pumpkin purée, than a decadent pie.
In fact, you can use puréed pumpkin to give a unique twist to just about any recipe, from a latte to mac and cheese–and these five pumpkin recipes use the squash in completely amazing ways. Enjoy!
5 Unique pumpkin Recipes
1. Pumpkin Spice Latte
Yes, you can make one at home. Skip the simple syrup, milk, and artificial flavorings and instead embrace a vegan, white-sugar-free homemade version featuring none other than pumpkin purée itself! I use this pumpkin spice latte recipe as a guideline, but instead of white sugar, I use maple syrup and instead of regular milk, I use almond milk.
2. Pumpkin Butter
Butter without the, well, butter? That’s what this pumpkin butter recipe is all about. It’s a simple mixture of pumpkin, apple cider, spices, and maple syrup, making for a delicious spread atop bread or by the spoonful.
3. Pumpkin Lasagna
Take perhaps the most comforting dish on this planet – lasagna – and fuse it with one of the most comforting ingredients out there – pumpkin. What do you get? Pumpkin lasagna. Then, satisfy the pickiest of palates and make a vegan pumpkin lasagna that is as healthy and light as it is indulgent and decadent.
4. Pumpkin Mac & Cheese
Use this sweet potato macaroni and cheese recipe as inspiration and opt for one-cup of pumpkin purée in place of the sweet potato. The resulting dish is vegan take on a childhood classic. We could all use a little more mac and cheese in our lives, and if its light, dairy-free, and delicious, what excuse do we have not to eat more?
5. Pumpkin Oatmeal
This pumpkin spice oatmeal recipe isn’t so out of the ordinary, but it makes for a great way to use up leftover pumpkin purée. Oatmeal can get boring if you enjoy it the same way every morning. Spice it up with pumpkin, spices, and chia for the ultimate superfood-fueled breakfast.