Here’s a list of 27 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. 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 for anything else?
Yes! If you can't get hold of pumpkin, it can generally be replaced with butternut squash or sweet potato.
Savoury pumpkin recipes
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!
8. 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!
Breads and muffins
10. Pumpkin Muffins
These Pumpkin Muffins are seriously moist, subtly spiced, and super satisfying. A delicious snack or breakfast.
11. Pumpkin Bread
This Pumpkin Bread is moist, subtly spiced and perfectly dense. Great for breakfast or brunch!
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!
This Chocolate Pumpkin Bread is super rich and tastes like pumpkin brownies! It's great for dessert, brunch or a snack.
14. Pumpkin Scones
These Pumpkin Scones are moist and fluffy, fragrantly spiced and perfectly rich.
27 Vegan Pumpkin Recipes (Gluten-Free)
15. Pumpkin Pancakes
These Pumpkin Pancakes are moist and fluffy, subtly spiced and perfectly satisfying! They make a filling breakfast.
These Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins are super rich and moist and taste like pumpkin brownies!
Sweet pumpkin recipes
17. Pumpkin Pie
This Pumpkin Pie is perfectly spiced, rich and creamy and has a flaky, crispy and buttery crust.
18. 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 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.
21. Pumpkin Brownies
These Pumpkin Brownies are rich and fudgy, naturally sweetened and perfectly satisfying!
These Pumpkin Sugar Cookies are soft and chewy, slightly fluffy, fragrantly spiced and covered in a rich, tangy "cream cheese" frosting. They're also refined sugar free and the dough doesn't require chilling.
This Pumpkin Loaf Cake is moist, fluffy and covered in a rich "cream cheese" frosting.
24. Pumpkin Cookies
These Pumpkin Cookies are soft and fluffy, seriously moist and covered in a silky "cream cheese" frosting.
25. Pumpkin Bars
These Pumpkin Bars are moist, fluffy and covered in a tangy "cream cheese" frosting. They're warmly spiced and slightly denser than pumpkin cake. They come together in one bowl and are refined sugar free too. They make a great shareable dessert for Thanksgiving!
26. Pumpkin Pie Bars
These Pumpkin Pie Bars are such a comforting dessert: a "buttery" base with a creamy, warmly spiced pumpkin pie filling and nutty crumble topping. They're the perfect sweet treat for Thanksgiving and Christmas and an excellent alternative to Pumpkin Pie!
This Baked Pumpkin Cheesecake is rich and creamy, subtly spiced, and covered in a silky salted caramel sauce. It's perfectly sweet, a little tangy and has a crunchy, "buttery" crust! A great make-ahead dessert for Thanksgiving and Christmas!
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.