9 Clean—and Delicious—Pumpkin Recipes That Go Way Beyond Pie

Marygrace Taylor

Published on November 08th, 2016

Sure, pumpkin pie has long held the title of Fall’s Official Dessert. But it’s not exactly the kind of thing you want to eat every day.

Happily, there are plenty of other sweet ways to get your fill of the giant orange squash—that don’t involve consuming massive amounts of butter, sugar, and refined flour. Here are 9 better-for-you ways to get your pumpkin fix all season long.

Pumpkin Chai Latte
Why buy a sugary (and overpriced) pumpkin latte when you can make a cleaner, tastier one at home? Cookie and Kate’s dairy-free latte is loaded with cozy pumpkin spice, and topped with homemade coconut whipped cream. One sip, and you’ll forget all about your old coffee shop drink.

Flourless Pumpkin Almond Butter Bars
Think pumpkin blondies, but way better. Ambitious Kitchen’s chewy squares get their perfectly fudgy texture from almond butter, pumpkin puree, and plenty of dark chocolate chunks. Ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves deliver plenty of pumpkin spice.

5-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Fudge
Whoever said fudge has to be bad for you hasn’t seen this stuff. Blissful Basil combines coconut butter, pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup, and almond butter to make rich, spiced squares that you can feel good about eating anytime.

Paleo Pumpkin Coffee Cake
Jays Baking Me Crazy’s buttery pumpkin cake swaps the usual white flour, butter, and sugar for a mix of almond and coconut flours, coconut oil, and pure maple syrup. Have it with a big mug of coffee or tea—or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Coconut Pumpkin Chia Pudding
Eating Bird Food’s pudding tastes sweet, rich, and creamy. But it’s made with good-for-you ingredients like coconut milk, high-protein chia seeds, pumpkin puree, almond butter, and pure maple syrup. So you can eat it for dessert or breakfast.

One-Bowl Vegan Pumpkin Bread
High-fiber spelt flour makes Vegan Richa’s extra moist pumpkin bread better for you than ones made with white flour. But fudgy molasses, chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, and warm pumpkin pie spice make it delicious.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
Pureed cashews give Minimalist Baker’s dairy-free pumpkin pie ice cream loads of creaminess, while pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar, and crunchy roasted pecans make it taste like everything your autumnal dreams are made of.

Pumpkin No-Bake Energy Bites
Pop a few of Gimme Some Oven’s bites in your bag and reach for them when mid-afternoon cravings strike. The pumpkin, chopped dates, and honey will satisfy your sweet tooth, but the rolled oats, flaxseeds, and pumpkin seeds will stave off a sugar crash.

Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Maple Cinnamon Glaze
Live Well Bake Often’s sweet frosted treats deliver all the pumpkin spice goodness you crave in a pumpkin cake donut—but none of the greasiness that comes with deep-frying.