Hi loves! Last time, I did a post on my trip to the pumpkin patch. And if you’re like me, and you’ve recently come back with a million pumpkins from your trip to the pumpkin patch, or you’re simply wondering what else you can do with pumpkins other than carve Jack O’Lanterns for Halloween, read on! This post is for you 🙂
I think you’d be surprised at just how versatile pumpkins can be! An obvious use for pumpkins is in cooking But no, I don’t just mean pumpkin pies (don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with pumpkin pies and they are one of my fave desserts!). You can make pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin smoothie bowls, and the list goes on…If you’re wondering how on earth you’re supposed to decide what to make with so many recipes floating out there, don’t worry! I’m sharing a few of my favourite tried and tested pumpkin recipes with you guys below (in no particular order):
1. Three layer Pumpkin Pie
Ok, I couldn’t not include a pumpkin pie recipe on this list. But this ain’t no ordinary pumpkin pie, my friends. It’s like a pumpkin pie on steroids. If all of my fave desserts decided to have a baby together, this would be it! It’s cheesecake, pumpkin pie AND pecan pie in one!! Game changer, I know! And it’s insanely good too. I made it last year for Friendsgiving and let me tell you, it was such a hit. It requires a bit more effort than just a pumpkin pie but trust me, it’s worth it! Recipe from Parsley Sage Sweet.
2. Pumpkin Bread
I’ve been making this pumpkin bread on repeat for years now! Every time I bake this, I finish it like it’s my job. Yes…it’s that good! And the best part is, it’s healthy and the recipe is meant to be gluten free (but I sub’ed all purpose flour for gluten-free). The bread is so moist and if you want to add in chocolate chips (gluten-free if you so desire and walnuts like I normally do, it is serious bomb.com. Recipe from Alyssa and Maria of Spinach4Breakfast.
3. Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl
Ok, so I recently discovered this recipe and I’m addicted. I made it for the first time the Sunday after my trip to the pumpkin patch. I loveeee smoothie bowls, and this one is easily one of my favourites! And I love the idea of turning a pumpkin into a bowl. I ate it out of a mini pumpkin that I brought back from the patch and I swear it tasted even better because of that. Aesthetics matter when it comes to food people! I topped mine off with Nature’s Path Love Crunch granola, pumpkin seeds and banana slices but you can top it off with whatever you want! That is the beauty of smoothie bowls. Recipe from An Unblurred Lady.
And of course, all of these recipes taste better if made with home made pumpkin puree than canned puree (in my opinion anyway). It takes a bit more effort than opening a can but it’s still super easy. All you have to do is cut the pumpkin into quarters, remove all seeds and fibres and bake them at 350 degrees until tender (roughly about an hour). Once they’ve cooled, scrape the pumpkin meat from the shells and blend it all up. And voila, you’ve got your home made pumpkin puree!
And if cooking isn’t your thing, don’t give up on pumpkins just quite yet. Like I said, pumpkins are versatile and they make for the chic-est fall decor. You know the very baby pumpkins? Grab a few and just place them on your table or mantle. Your place will instantly become fall ready without hardly any effort at all (extra chic if you mix up the white ones with the orange). Or you can carve them out and turn them into the cutest little tea candle holders!
If you have a little more time, grab a mini pumpkin (not the baby kind) and turn it into a vase for your floral arrangement. I used it as a centerpiece for a Friendsgiving dinner I hosted a few weeks ago, and it looked so chic. To do this, first, cut the top off, and remove all seeds and fibres. You can do it easily with a spoon and since these are mini pumpkins, it really doesn’t take too long at all. Second, wash out the pumpkin, both the inside and out. It’s super important that you let your pumpkin dry completely before you place your floral arrangement. I let mine dry overnight. Once your pumpkin is dry, all you have to do is place your flowers into your “vase”. Since it’s a mini pumpkin, you won’t need that many flower bunches to fill it up. Opt for warm coloured flowers to match the pumpkin! Make sure to give it a try for your next dinner party.
I’m always looking for more recipes and decor ideas so if you’ve got your favourite, make sure to share in the comments below!! As always, thanks for stopping by babes 🙂