6 Healthy (and Delicious!) Pumpkin Dishes to Try Today


umpkin pie. Pumpkin spice lattes. Pumpkin seeds. Been there, done that. Your current pumpkin go-tos are classics, but it’s time for a culinary change. From breakfast to peanut butter cups and everything in between, pumpkin is a trendy veggie for good reason: they’re packed with good-for-you nutrients. One cup of the orange gourd is home to more potassium than a banana, 200 percent of the daily-recommended intake of vitamin A, three grams of hunger-fighting fiber and only 49 calories.

Although we’re busy gearing up for the Christmas Spectacular, we’re digging these delicious fall-inspired dishes that are sure to be the belle of your dance studio (that is, if you’re willing to share!):

1. Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups
pumpkin-peanut-butter-cupsBesides being a calorie bomb, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups contain a chemical preservative called Tertiary Butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), an additive to preserve processed foods. This homemade version with a delicious pumpkin twist cuts back on the junk and rocks only all-natural ingredients.
[Get the Recipe: Chocolate Covered Katie]


2. Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with Vanilla Bean Caramelized Bananas
baked-pumpkin-pie-oatmeal-articleA mouthful of a name, but your mouth will be asking for more! If you’re an on-the-go morning girl, you can cover and refrigerate for breakfast to eat throughout the entire week! Or, heat up a square for a pre-dance practice pumpkin-y snack.
[Get the Recipe: Ambitious Kitchen]


3. Pumpkin Pie Dessert Hummus
pumpkin-hummus-articleHummus just got an addicting fall twist thanks to a little canned pumpkin, almond butter and maple syrup combined with protein and fiber-filled chickpeas. The mash-up sounds a little strange but don’t judge until you take fresh fruit for a dunk.
[Get the Recipe: FitFoodieFinds]


4. Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake
Post-dance training, protein is a must for muscle recovery. This protein-packed shake tastes like you put a piece of your grandma’s pumpkin pie in a blender and gave it a whirl. But unlike that pie, this sip-it-with-a-cute-straw-in-a-mason-jar-and-Instagram-it version won’t break the calorie bank.
[Get the Recipe: Chelsea’s Messy Apron]


5. Pumpkin Chili
pumpkin-chili-articleMmmm chili. A cozy fall must-have that should never be passed over especially when pumpkin is included! Whip up a big pot on Sunday night and reheat all week for an easy, veggie-filled lunch.
[Get the Recipe: {never} homemaker]


6. Pumpkin Black Bean Burger
pumpkin-black-bean-burgers-articleMeat is not a qualification for an out-of-this-world burger. Case in point, this vegetarian pumpkin black bean deliciousness. All you need is a food processor, a big appetite and a passion for pumpkin. But you already have that, right? You made it to the bottom of this list!
[Get the Recipe: Sweet Miscellany]

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