Fall is tied with summer as my favorite season. Warm days, cool nights, and plenty of things to do (apple picking and hiking come to mind) easily make the months of September and October enjoyable. Another reason I love fall is that it's finally pumpkin season-and who doesn't love pumpkins? They're a small treat that comes only once a year, so we really like to make the most of it!
Every year, we come up with a few new recipes that make the best of the season's harvest.
This year, we're pleased to bring you some recipes from our friend Marly from Namely Marly. Marly's recipes are vegan (they include honey, though; Marly still uses honey because she sources it from ethical beekeepers) and absolutely yummy. Trust us, Marly knows her way around a kitchen! She's the founder and host for Chopped podcast and has written hundreds of recipes!
Pumpkins are a delicious and essential ingredient in many Autumn recipes...and, they're incredibly full of nutrients, too! The bright orange color of the fruit shows that they are loaded with beta-carotene, Vitamin C, fiber and Vitamin A. Pumpkins are also very easy to grow at home - so long as you have a bit of space and a sunny patch in your garden. Raw pumpkin seeds promote good gut health and the roasted ones with a little sea salt are divine.
Kicking off Fall with pumpkin
Pumpkins, a fruit native to the Americas, ripen at the onset of autumn and happily see themselves in dozens of recipes in the fall. Adapting well to both sweet and savory dishes, pumpkins pair well with spices like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. When roasted, the pumpkin will take on a savory tone, and makes a perfect match with buttery or cream sauces, thick-cut bacon, and caramelized garlic and onions.
You might not think to use pumpkin in anything other than muffins or pies, but the options for pumpkin in recipes are endless.
Whole pumpkins can be sliced, seasoned, and roasted like squash or sweet potatoes, and can then be used in soups, stews, rice, and even in pasta. Squash soup isn't out of the ordinary, but pasta? It's something you need to try! Using a roasted and pureed pumpkin as a filling for ravioli, mixing it into the dough for gnocchi, or even folding it into a cream sauce for pasta brings it to the table in a new way.
Looking for some savory recipes involving pumpkin? No worries, we have you covered. We've developed some savory fall recipes that include honey and pumpkin. For now, we're focused on the sweets and treats we've crafted up over the last few years. They definitely don't disappoint!
Some of our favorite pumpkin recipes
Let's start at the beginning. Pumpkin for breakfast. This pumpkin smoothie is an excellent post-workout smoothie that helps to rebuild muscle with lots of protein. I tend to have a lot of aches and pains after hard workouts. Getting enough protein, vitamin D and the right nutrition to support healing is a key to fewer aches and pains.
This one comes from our friend Marly: Vegan Pumpkin Magic Bars. They're filled with all kinds of goodies, but are definitely a treat! Mix in your favorite dried fruit or nuts for a special twist, and keep a container on hand for after-school snacks.
Our recipe for Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins is yummier than you could imagine. Normally, gluten-free baked goods can be dry and flat, but not these! Thanks to the moisture content in pumpkins, bananas, dates, and honey, they keep these muffins moist and delicious. So perfect for breakfast and as a snack with your cup of coffee.
Pumpkin, bourbon and our Eastern Shore Honey combine to create this delicious Bourbon Honey Pumpkin Pie that you and your family will love. Although pumpkin pies are a little bit of work, they're well worth the effort. Think of it this way-if good, fresh pumpkin is only available for a short bit each year, you might as well make the most of it! A messy kitchen and a little elbow grease never hurt anybody, after all.
Who doesn't love donuts? We do, for sure! Marly's Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Donuts are similar to your favorite apple cider donuts: doughy, light, and oh so sweet. Bake up a big batch and share with your neighbors and friends....or keep them all to yourself!
A Pumpkin Soufflé might seem a little tricky, but it really isn't as convoluted as you might think. You simply need to whisk the ingredients together and bake to have a beautiful, elegant dessert. Just make sure you're not jumping around while they're in the oven!
To us, nothing says fall quite like a Honey Pumpkin Roll. Something about a pumpkin roll is just so warm and cozy-maybe it’s how dense the cake is, or maybe it’s the warm spiced goodness of the pumpkin. But who really cares about the specifics?!
Celebrating the Season
Stay tuned throughout the fall and winter as we craft up even more delicious pumpkin goodies. In the meantime, get into the kitchen and cook up something sweet for your family and friends to enjoy! Or just as a little something special for yourself. Or read on about why we carve pumpkins at Halloween.
If you decide to try these honey pumpkin recipes, be sure to take a photo and share them with us using #beeinspired on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!