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8 Great Pumpkin Recipes

Add some new food to your table. These great pumpkin recipes are a great way to get your flavor fix and muscle-building nutrition!

There's a reason that carved pumpkin is frowning. This highly versatile and super healthy veggie?which can be used to reduce calorie and fat content and add flavor?only gets love at Halloween and Thanksgiving. There's no reason to relegate pumpkin to the fall months?it's an ingredient you should use year-round.

These pumpkin recipes might be fall-inspired, but they'll be delicious no matter what season you're in. Add these recipes to your healthy diet and give your taste buds a treat!

1

Pumpkin Pancakes

Start your day with a great balance of complex carbs, dietary fiber, protein, and healthy fats packed into one delicious meal.

Pumpkin Pancakes
Ingredients

skim milk 3/4 cup


puree 1/4 cup


oats 1/2 cup



egg whites 2


stevia 2-3 drops


cinnamon 1/2 tsp


pumpkin pie spice


salt 1/2 tsp


baking powder 1 tsp


Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  2. Once well combined, pour onto a greased skillet or griddle. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  3. Serve with sugar-free maple syrup or sprinkled with fresh berries.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 245.5
Total Fat 1g
Total Carbs 16g
Protein 42.5g
2

Layered Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Sometimes, a mean sweet tooth is impossible to fight. Try these mini-cheesecakes for a lower-carb, higher-protein treat. They're so good you'll be shouting from the rooftops.

Layered Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Ingredients

fat-free cream cheese 2 8oz packages


low-fat cottage cheese 1 cup


egg whites 3/4 cup


splenda 1 cup


vanilla extract 1 tsp


canned pumpkin 1 cup



cinnamon 1/2 tsp


pumpkin pie spice 1/2 tsp


graham crackers 12


Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line 12 muffin tins and place one cracker or cookie inside each liner.
  3. Beat together cream cheese, cottage cheese, egg whites, protein powder, Splenda, and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Pour the filling into the muffin tins, filling each cup half-full. Reserve half the mixture.
  5. Add pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice to the mixture and pour remainder into muffin tins.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until it's almost set (it should still be slightly jiggly in the center).
  7. Remove from the oven and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes before serving.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 12 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 122.3
Total Fat 3g
Total Carbs 10.5g
Protein 12.1g
3

Apple-Pumpkin Muffins

These yummy muffins include complex carbs, protein, and a bit of healthy fat. Make them for a busy-day snack.

Apple-Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients

canned pumpkin 1 cup


apple sauce 1/3 cup


apple 1/2 cup diced


greek yogurt 1/2 cup


egg whites 3


rolled oats 1 cup


almond flour 3/4 cup



splenda 1 cup


baking powder 1 tsp


salt 1/4 tsp


cinnamon 1 1/2 tsp


pumpkin pie spice 1/2 tsp


walnuts 1/4 cup chopped


Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a blender until oats are well ground.
  3. Pour batter into muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Allow to cool and then serve.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 12 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 193
Total Fat 7g
Total Carbs 10g
Protein 20g
4

Coconut - Pumpkin Ice Cream

'Tis the season for ice cream? Sure, why not? This pumpkin recipe has good protein content, so it'll help you meet your nutrition needs while giving you the feeling of indulgence.

Coconut - Pumpkin Ice Cream<

Ingredients

low-fat cottage cheese 1/2 cup


greek yogurt 1/2 cup


skim milk 1 cup


stevia 3-5 drops


canned pumpkin 1/2 cup


pecans 1/4 cup chopped


cinnamon 1 tsp


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pumpkin pie spice 1/2 tsp


Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Place mixture in a covered container in the freezer. Stir every half hour until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Serve.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 4 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 136.8
Total Fat 6g
Total Carbs 9.3g
Protein 12g
5

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

If you need a warm meal on a cold winter night, this soup will fit the bill. It's rich in calcium, high in protein, and full of complex carbohydrates.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

canned pumpkin 8 cup


tart apples 4 large


greek yogurt 2 cups


extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup


salt 1 1/4 cup


pepper 1/4 tsp


chicken broth 4 cups


Directions
  1. Begin by pre-heating the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Next, toss the apples and olive oil in a large bowl, coating with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place on a large baking sheet and then roast for 30 minutes. Stir in the sage and continue to roast until tender and starting to brown.
  4. Place a third of the pumpkin and apple mixture in a blender and blend until smooth with 2 cups of the broth.
  5. Move this to a large pot and then continue doing this two more times with the remaining squash and apple mixture.
  6. Stir in the sage and continue to cook for another 5-10 minutes or until heated through. Serve immediately.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 8 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 194.5
Total Fat 6.8g
Total Carbs 24.5g
Protein 11g
6

Pumpkin Pie Vanilla Shake

Substitute a meal with this amazing shake. It's protein-rich, relatively low in carbs, and will provide good calcium. Who can resist pumpkin pie?

pie shake

Ingredients

almond milk 3/4 cup


greek yogurt 1/2 cup


pumpkin 1/2 cup


cinnamon 1/4 tsp


pumpkin spice 1/8 tsp


vanilla extract 1/4 tsp


sugar 1-2 drops



Directions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until well blended.
  2. Serve immediately.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Serving
Amount per serving
Calories 268
Total Fat 2g
Total Carbs 15g
Protein 46g
7

Pumpkin Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a staple in most fit diet plans. But it can get boring quickly. Liven up your plain ol' bowl with added taste and nutrition.

Pumpkin Oatmeal

Ingredients

rolled oats 1/3 cup


milk 1/2 cup


water 2/3 cup



canned pumpkin 1/2 cup


cinnamon 1/4 tsp


pumpkin spice 1/4 tsp


pecan halves 2 tbsp


Directions
  1. Cook oats, water, and milk according to package directions.
  2. Stir in protein powder, canned pumpkin, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice until well mixed.
  3. Top with pecan halves and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Serving
Amount per serving
Calories 355
Total Fat 12g
Total Carbs 20g
Protein 43g
8

Glazed Pumpkin with Walnuts

Add this side dish for a complete meal. It has a perfect blend of high-fiber pumpkin and healthy-fat walnuts for rounded nutrition.

Glazed Pumpkin with Walnuts

Ingredients

canned pumpkin 3 cups sliced


olive oil 1 tbsp


sesame seeds 1/2 tbps


red peppers 1 tsp


onion 1/2 sliced


balsamic vinegar 1.5 tbsp


walnuts 1/2 cup toasted


salt to taste


Directions
  1. Cut pumpkin into quarter-inch-thick slices. Also chop pepper and onion.
  2. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat and then add the sesame seeds, crushed red pepper, sliced onion, and sliced red pepper.
  3. Once slightly tender, add in the pumpkin and cook over high heat until the pumpkin is brown, tossing throughout the cooking process.
  4. Add the vinegar, toss, and then top with walnuts, salt, and pepper. Toss one more time before serving.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 8 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 85.4
Total Fat 5.7g
Total Carbs 8g
Protein 3g