‘Tis season when it is finally acceptable — and even encouraged — to sip your daily pumpkin spice latte, wear your best leaf-crunching boots, and burn scented candles. Far be it from us to ever deny you the simple pleasures of fall, though we’d like to point you in the direction of a few fun fall foods you may be missing.
For those who haven’t pushed past the boundaries of PSLs and pumpkin pie, you’re in for a treat.
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14 unexpected recipes that make the most of pumpkin season
Take a moment to reflect on autumns past. Have you been appreciating the humble gourd for all it can bring to your table?
As we’ve discovered, there’s more than one way to cook a pumpkin:
1. Cheddar and pumpkin mac & cheese
It’s easy, it’s vegetarian, and believe it or not, the combination of sharp cheddar and pumpkin purée pairs perfectly.
2. Clean-eating pumpkin Oreos
Healthy homemade pumpkin Oreos sound too good to be true. In reality, they’re delicious.
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3. Harry Potter pumpkin juice
Kid (and grown-up) Harry Potter fans will go crazy for this magical apple-pumpkin brew inspired by the series.
4. Healthy pumpkin pie smoothie
Scratch that pumpkin-y itch with a healthy snack made from pumpkin purée, vanilla yogurt, and banana.
5. No-bake pumpkin oatmeal energy bites
Behold, another healthy alternative to balance out all the pumpkin pies and cookies you’re going to eat.
6. Pumpkin alfredo
A lesson we learned from the pumpkin mac & cheese above — pumpkin makes pasta better.
7. Pumpkin apple dog treats
Don’t leave your furry friend out when you start your fall baking. These dog treats made with oatmeal, apple, and pumpkin are tasty and easy.
8. Pumpkin chili
Hearty, healthy, and heavenly on a cold afternoon — this chili is made with beef or turkey, beans, pumpkin, and Rotel for an extra kick.
9. Pumpkin pie twists
Foregoing the traditional piecrust cuts down on prep time and makes for easier eating.
10. Pumpkin Russian
We like to think this is what The Dude drinks on Thanksgiving.
11. Pumpkin spice coffee creamer
If your pumpkin spice latte addiction has gotten out of control, try making this.
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12. Pumpkin spice honey butter
In under five minutes, you can whip up decadent pumpkin spice butter to keep for yourself or give as a gift.
13. Pumpkin spice pretzels
Dipping pretzels in pumpkin spice chocolate melts is almost too easy.
14. Pumpkin whoopie pies
Reinventing the whoopie pie (with a fall theme) has never tasted so good.
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