12 Ridiculously Easy, Healthy Pumpkin Recipes | Real Food Whole Life

12 Ridiculously Easy, Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

September 23, 2019 (Updated on July 8, 2021)

If you’re looking for easy, healthy recipes using a can of pumpkin, you’re in the right place!

Read on for a collection of 12 simple, healthy recipes using a humble can of pumpkin, including breakfast, appetizers, muffins, dinner, soups, stews and chili.

Bonus: all these recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and can be made with 10 ingredients or fewer, 30 minutes or less, or in the slow cooker.

Cooking just got a whole lot simpler!


Hey Feel Good Fam!

It’s that’s time again—time to make all.the.pumkin.recipes!

To ring in fall and all the pumpkin goodness, I’ve pulled together my favorite easy, healthy pumpkin recipes, using canned pumpkin.

Can I Use Fresh Cooked Pumpkin in Place of Canned?

If you want to substitute fresh, cooked pumpkin for canned in any recipe, simply substitute using a 1:1 ration.

So 1 cup cooked fresh pureed pumpkin equals 1 cup canned, as long as you first drain any excess water or moisture from the cooked pureed pumpkin.

To substitute for a typical 15-oz can of pumpkin, use approximately 1¾ cup fresh cooked and pureed pumpkin. 

What Should I Do With Leftover Canned Pumpkin?

If you have leftover canned pumpkin, use it in another pumpkin recipe (so many options, below!), or freeze the leftovers.

To freeze leftover canned pumpkin, remove it from the can, and store, tightly sealed in the freezer for 3-6 months. Here’s my favorite method for freezing.

 12 Ridiculously Easy, Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

creamy pumpkin hummus

Get your pumpkin fix with this easy Creamy Pumpkin Hummus. It takes just a few minutes to prepare and makes an amazing dip, appetizer, or sandwich spread.

tuscan pumpkin pasta sauce

Simple and elegant, Tuscan Pumpkin Pasta Sauce is easy to make with pantry ingredients.

It feels indulgent, yet is packed with veggies and is naturally creamy without a trace of dairy.

Perfect for a cool autumn evening or any night of the week.

slow cooker pumpkin paleo chili

Hearty, warming, and simple to prepare, Slow Cooker Pumpkin Paleo Chili is a new fall classic that you’ll want to make all year round!

slow cooker tuscan pumpkin soup

Rich, warming and creamy (without a drop of cream) Slow Cooker Tuscan Pumpkin Soup is an easy crockpot recipe that’s bound to become a weeknight staple.

instant pot creamy pumpkin tuscan soup

Instant Pot Creamy Pumpkin Tuscan Soup is insanely easy and totally delectable. This warming, nourishing fall recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30 recipe. 

instant pot turkey paleo pumpkin chili

Instant Pot Turkey Paleo Pumpkin Chili is a simple, healthy one-pot meal that can be prepared in a matter of minutes. A gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30 recipe.

one-bowl pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (grain-free, dairy-free)

Enjoy the warming, cozy taste of the season with One-Bowl Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins!

Naturally grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and naturally-sweetened, these muffins are simple to make and taste amazing.

pumpkin spice pancakes (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free)

Celebrate fall all year round with Pumpkin Spice Pancakes!

They’re easy to make in just one-bowl and are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free so just about anyone can enjoy them. Grab a bowl, a can of pumpkin, and whip up these delicious pancakes today. 

one-bowl pumpkin chocolate chip breakfast cookies

A one-bowl, make-ahead wonder, One-Bowl Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies are easy to make and perfect for a quick breakfast or snack.

Naturally sweetened, gluten-free, and dairy-free, too!

chocolate covered pumpkin “cake pops”

Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Cake Pops are a decadent yet healthy treat, perfect as a sweet snack or special dessert.

The “cake” center is really a raw energy bite, full of nourishing ingredients and super easy to make. Plus they are naturally gluten-, dairy-, and nut-free and just so darn good! 

pumpkin spice coconut whipped cream

This Pumpkin Spice Coconut Whipped Cream is easy to make at home and is out-of-this-world delicious.

It’s also naturally dairy-free, refined sugar-free and perfect stirred into coffee, hot cocoa, warm apple cider, on top of pancakes, or on it’s own directly out of the bowl!

against all grain maple pumpkin pie (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Celebrating Danielle Walker’s new book with Against All Grain Maple Pumpkin Pie! 

This is the pumpkin pie of your dreams; made grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and completely delicious!

let’s be insta friends!

0 comments to " 12 Ridiculously Easy, Healthy Pumpkin Recipes "

Leave a comment & rate this recipe

If you love this recipe it would mean SO MUCH if you gave it a star rating and left a comment. Your feedback helps me create more recipes you'll love, and helps others find my recipes online. Thanks so much for your feedback! —Robyn

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *