25 Autumn-licious recipes to use pumpkin

Updated July 20, 2017

Everyone’s favourite autumn squash isn’t just for carving anymore. An everyday diet staple around the world from Italy to India, the versatile winter squash can be eaten every meal of the day and in everything from savoury curries to sweet drinks. We've racked our brains to find 25 ways to get your gourd on.

Pumpkin Chai Spice Smoothie

Start your day with a autumn twist by making this favourite breakfast drink of locavore chef Louisa Shafia -- a sweet pumpkin smoothie with chai spices like cinnamon and cardamom.

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Pumpkin spiced French toast

The perfect treat on a lazy Sunday morning. This pumpkin spiced delight of eggy bread (as some of us call it) will have you holding back on the syrup but always wanting seconds.

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There’s something about orange spiced pancakes that puts us in the autumn mood even more than falling leaves.

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Move over, Starbucks -- make your own “Pumpkin Spice Latte” by adding canned pumpkin (or pumpkin syrup), pumpkin pie spice and a bit of vanilla and sugar to your morning cuppa. Whipped cream optional (but highly recommended).

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Pumpkin puree and warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves make homemade spice doughnuts even more special.

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Chunks of roasted pumpkin (seasoned with salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil) add a special something to any dinner salad -- especially when showered with roasted seeds.

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Pumpkin spiced crumble cakes

These ARE as good as they look. Believe us when we say you will not make one batch of these pumpkin crumble cakes.

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Nothing says autumn more than fresh-out-of-the-oven pumpkin bread. We like it topped with cream cheese or marscapone, but you could go the distance and top it with our next favorite pumpkin treat ...

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Pumpkin nut butter

If you're an apple butter aficionado, it’s easy to make this pretty, amber-hued jam -- great for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

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Dress up this classic autumn favourite and impress dinner guests by serving it in a hollowed-out pumpkin shell.

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Pumpkin spiced hot white chocolate

A spin on the classic hot chocolate and you will love this spiced hot white chocolate with pumpkin.

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Spice up your dinner with this savoury take on curry with pumpkin and sweet potatoes. Double your pleasure by serving it with a traditional garnish like our next favourite.

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A traditional tangy compliment to spicy curries, this savoury jam will keep in the fridge for up to two months and can also be served with bread and cheese as an appetiser.

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Mac and cheese

Add vitamins and a burst of colour to classic mac and cheese by adding pureed pumpkin to the mix.

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Use the same technique you use on potatoes to make a quick, healthy and colourful side dish.

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Pumpkin has long been an Italian pasta filling. For a fun weekend project, break out the pasta maker and make homemade ravioli.

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All it takes is some careful stirring to make an easy, elegant pumpkin risotto.

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Make an autumnal pizza pie by adding roasted pumpkin along with other harvest veggies.

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Ice Cream

Add pumpkin puree and the usual spices to ice cream base for a creamy autumn treat.

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Whoopie pie

Capitalise on the latest trend to hit the baking world by whipping up a few pumpkin-spiced whoopie pies.

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A slight hint of pumpkin and spice will make your cheesecake anything but ordinary.

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Fudge truffles with coconut butter

Though chocolate is the most popular fudge flavour, it's certainly not the only one -- pumpkin adds a nutty flavour and subtle orange hue.

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Pumpkin breakfast shake

A favourite in the world of Harry Potter, pumpkin juice is sweet, earthy and easy to make if you have access to a juicer.

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Pumpkin spice biscuits drizzled with a sweet glaze are a great addition.

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Pretty and perfect for entertaining, cake rolls with buttercream frosting are easier than they look.

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Anna Roth is the managing editor of eHow Food and author of "West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border." Her work has also appeared in "Sunset" magazine, "Edible Seattle," Citysearch and "Seattle Weekly." Roth holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies from the University of Southern California.