Perfect late-fall pumpkin recipes

November 30th, 2015 by | Posted in Health & Nutrition, Recipes for Runners | Tags: , , ,

With December very nearly upon us, cooler weather means that things really heat up in the kitchen. Root vegetables are one of the most comforting foods to turn to at this time of year considering they can be pureed into hot soups or baked into warm loaves. While pumpkins may be associated more with Thanksgiving it’s not too late to get cooking using the copious amounts of pumpkin recipes.

If dissecting a fresh pumpkin isn’t your thing, canned pumpkin is one of the least expensive, healthy ingredients that you can find. Just make sure that you’re choosing pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling– there is a difference.

1) Healthy pumpkin muffinspumpkin bread

This recipe is made without any oil and yet remains so moist that it is recommended to store them in the fridge. If you’re making these muffins with young bakers, have no fear, you can mix everything together without worrying about separating wet and dry ingredients.

2) Pumpkin zucchini chocolate chip bread

If you love banana bread, it’s time you tried this recipe for pumpkin zucchini chocolate chip bread. You won’t even notice that the main ingredients are veggies.

pumpkin-pie-oatmeal-010_6803) Pumpkin oatmeal

Start the day off right with a dose of pumpkin for breakfast. This bowl of autumn goodness is perfect before a morning run (and ready in less than seven minutes, since we all know that time is really the deciding factor when it comes to what to eat pre-run).

4) Pumpkin pancakespaleopumpkinpancakes

These pumpkin pancakes are gluten-free and paleo friendly. One batch makes about seven pancakes, so invite your running buddy in for flapjacks post weekend long-run.

5) Pumpkin chili

Just when you thought you’d heard every type of pumpkin recipe known to mankind, here we give you… pumpkin chili. This vegetarian main serves up chickpeas for protein along with a hearty dose of vitamins A and C. This is a great recipe for lunchtime leftovers.

pumpkin6) Classic pumpkin soup

This homemade pumpkin soup takes less than 15 minutes. It’s an autumn culinary miracle. Top your bowl with a dollop of Greek yogurt for extra calcium and protein.

7) Pumpkin chia bars

Granola bars or energy bars are often go-to’s for busy runners, but they can also pack a shocking amount of added sugar and surprising number of unpronounceable ingredients. Stick with all-natural ingredients with these homemade pumpkin chia bars.

8) Pumpkin walnut butter

Healthy-Pumpkin-Spice-Walnut-ButterFor those of you that love nut butter, but don’t love its high calorie-count, pumpkin walnut butter is a perfect compromise.

9) Toasted pumpkin seeds

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a fall classic and a high-iron snacking option for runners-on-the-go.

10) Parmesan pumpkin and spinach quinoa

This recipe is another example that proves our hypothesis that absolutely everything goes with quinoa.