4 Fun and Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

4 Fun and Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Sher-newPosted by Sher Warkentin, guest blogger

Pumpkin puree is good for making more than just pumpkin pies. There are all kinds of pumpkin recipes that allow you to enjoy this gourd. Pumpkins are low in calories and chock-full of vitamin A, carotenoids, and fiber, making them a delicious option for eating healthfully.

Pumpkin-Banana Muffins

My daughter loves these sweet, hearty muffins, and I love that they are filled with healthy goodness.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat your oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, mix together bananas, pumpkin, oil, egg, sugar, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. Add the banana-pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients and mix it until it’s just combined. Spoon the mixture into a muffin tin and bake it for 25 to 30 minutes.

Pumkpin-RecipesPumpkin Ravioli

This recipe is easy to make, but it tastes like a gourmet meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 package of wonton wrappers

Mix together the pumpkin, cheese, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Place a small spoonful of the mixture into the center of a wonton wrapper. Moisten the edges of the wrapper and fold the side over to create a triangle. Pinch the edges together for a tight seal. Repeat those steps until you have the desired number of raviolis. Cook them in boiling water for 5 to 7 minutes. Serve them plain or with a sauce of your choice.

Curried Pumpkin Soup

This is one of my favorite pumpkin recipes because it’s fast and easy to prepare. I like to make it in large batches so that I can enjoy it all week.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can pumpkin puree (29 oz.)
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan or pot. Add the flour, curry powder, and ground red pepper. Stir for one minute. Add the vegetable broth, stirring for a few minutes until the liquid thickens. Stir in the pumpkin and half-and-half, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and let the soup simmer for five minutes. Sprinkle a few pumpkin seeds on top when serving.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

This smoothie is super simple to make, and a great option for young picky eaters. The best part is that it tastes like a sweet indulgence without all the calories.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 frozen banana (cut)
  • 1 cup nonfat milk or soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • ice
  • a pinch of nutmeg

Combine all the ingredients into a blender. If your banana is not frozen, include a few pieces of ice. Blend until it’s smooth and serve with a pinch of nutmeg on top.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy pumpkins? Share your recipes below.

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