Looking for vegan pumpkin recipes?
Here’s a list of 18 Vegan Pumpkin Recipes, including breakfasts, pastas, soups, curries, side dishes, salads, desserts and snacks. These recipes are all gluten-free and refined sugar free and are made using simple plant-based ingredients!
These vegan pumpkin recipes are perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas but they're also great for everyday as pumpkins are such a nutritious, delicious and versatile vegetable. Not only do they work well for savoury dishes such as pastas, soups, curries and salads but they're also great for breakfast foods like muffins and breads as well as desserts like pies, cookies and brownies!
The recipes listed here use a mixture of fresh pumpkin and pumpkin purée.
What type of pumpkin is best to use for cooking?
There are lots of different types of pumpkin available so it can be overwhelming knowing which one to buy! My top tip for cooking with pumpkins is to steer clear of the ones sold for pumpkin carving or Halloween as those definitely don't taste good!!
My favourite type of pumpkin for cooking is Japanese kabocha pumpkin - it has a dark green skin and bright orange inside. It's much softer and silkier than other varieties and it's much sweeter too. The skin of this pumpkin is also edible and tastes good!
Where can you buy pumpkin purée?
Some of these recipes use pumpkin purée, which can be a challenge to find if you don't live in the US. Where I live (in the UK) you can usually find it in larger supermarkets, usually either the tinned fruit section or the "world foods" section. You can also find it online.
Can you make pumpkin purée at home?
Yes - you can absolutely make it yourself! The best way to do this is:
- halve the pumpkin
- scoop out the seeds
- bake in an oven at 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit) for around 45 minutes - it will depend on the type and size of the pumpkin, but it needs to be baked until the pumpkin is soft enough to gently pierce with a fork and it's coming away from the skin slightly
- scoop the flesh out of the pumpkin into a food processor, discarding the skins
- whizz until completely smooth.
How long does homemade pumpkin purée keep for?
It keeps covered in the fridge for up to a few days and in the freezer for a month.
Can pumpkin be substituted with anything else?
Yes! If you can't get hold of pumpkin, it can generally be replaced with butternut squash or sweet potato.
These Pumpkin Muffins are seriously moist, subtly spiced, and super satisfying. A delicious snack or breakfast.
This Pumpkin Bread is moist, subtly spiced and perfectly dense. Great for breakfast or brunch!
This Pumpkin Hummus is full of flavour, sweet and fragrant - perfect for meal prep or for sharing as an appetiser!
This Pumpkin Chestnut Risotto is filling, comforting and warming!
This Creamy Pumpkin Chestnut Pasta is cosy, comforting and warming and topped with the most delicious crispy breadcrumbs.
This Pumpkin Quinoa Salad is super easy to make, healthy, full of flavour and packed with veggies. Works well for meal prep as it's great for packed lunches, but also works as a side dish.
This Chickpea Pumpkin Biryani is easy to make, super nutritious and full of flavour. It's also healthy and very colourful!
This Chickpea Pumpkin Curry is nutritious yet comforting and so easy to make.
Sweet, creamy pumpkin soup filled with chewy, pillowy gnocchi!
10. Pumpkin Soup
This simple Pumpkin Soup is rich and creamy, perfectly sweet and full of flavour.
This Pumpkin Curry Soup is super nutritious, warming and comforting and fragrantly spiced!
12. Pumpkin Pie
This Pumpkin Pie is perfectly spiced, rich and creamy and has a flaky, crispy and buttery crust.
13. Pumpkin Cake
This Pumpkin Cake is moist and fluffy, full of subtly spiced pumpkin flavour and slathered with a delicious "cream cheese" frosting!
These Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are soft and chewy, sweet and fragrant, and studded with chocolate chips! They make a perfectly satisfying snack or dessert.
This Chocolate Pumpkin Bread is super rich and tastes like pumpkin brownies! It's great for dessert, brunch or a snack.
This No-Bake Pumpkin Pie is really easy to make, rich and indulgent and perfectly sweet! A chewy, crunchy crust filled with creamy pumpkin topped with fluffy clouds of coconut whipped cream.
17. Pumpkin Brownies
These Pumpkin Brownies are rich and fudgy, naturally sweetened and perfectly satisfying!
This Pumpkin Seed Bread is perfectly dense and has a lovely earthy and nutty flavour! It's no-knead, yeast-free, free from sugar and super easy to make!
If you make any of these vegan pumpkin recipes, I’d really love to see what you come up with! You can show me by tagging a photo @rhiansrecipes #rhiansrecipes on Instagram! Thank you.