Pumpkin is the secret ingredient to any recipe you make this time of year. Choosing, eating, carving, preparing your pumpkin – no matter what you’re doing to it, it just gets you in that Fall mood. Not to mention there’s so many benefits to eating (or drinking) it and you can make literally anything with it, so why would you choose anything else?! Follow along as we show you 6 different and tasty ways to use pumpkin!
Pumpkin is known as an orange type of winter squash. It’s also considered a fruit, not a vegetable because it contains seeds. However, it is more nutritionally similar to a vegetable. It is packed with vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamins A and C, and is low in calories. Being high in Vitamins A and C helps boost your immune system and protect your eyes against sight loss. Pumpkin is a good source of fiber, which may suppress your appetite, which we all know is beneficial during the holiday season when there is so much yummy food to eat! Other benefits it has are giving you good heart health, maintaining strong and healthy skin and it will even reduce your risk of certain cancers.
This versatile food is great because it can be cut, roasted and pureed into a variety of dishes and even the seeds are edible and highly nutritious. You can utilize pumpkin for many beverage and food recipes, such as crispy ravioli, juicy meatballs, sweet waffles, steaming lattes, barbecue sauce, spiced ciders and cocktails and all the desserts you could imagine! Depending on what you are making, you can use any of our products to whip them up. You can use our Blenders for whipping up various drinks and dips. The Electric Grill can be utilized for achieving a caramelized taste on breakfast food, meats, veggies, and fruits. You can cook some juicy meats and veggies, baked goods, soups and dips in our Pressure Cookers. If you have an Air Fryer, then use it to achieve a crispy texture with chicken and steaks. Even use it for veggies, other meats, baked desserts and dehydrated fruits. No matter which product you have – you will be able to whip up all of your pumpkin recipes super quick and spend more time with your loved ones this holiday season!
This tasty drink screams Fall and is perfect for all of your Fall gatherings and Thanksgiving. Whether you are throwing a Halloween party or relaxing by the fire – these drinks are a great option, so you can enjoy that pumpkin flavor. If you aren’t fond of this Fall drink, then try Apple Cider Mimosas, a Caramel Apple Mule or even a Grilled Peach Old Fashioned! We definitely recommend coating the rim of the glass, but feel free to omit that direction if you desire. We used Butterscotch Schnapps, but if that isn’t to your liking, then replace it with caramel vodka. We also recommend using a cocktail shaker as it is helpful when combining different ingredients, but if you don’t have one simply mix them together by hand. It is important to choose the right beer – most brands have a seasonal pumpkin beer, so stick with a brand you know and like. We used bitters to make this drink because they are made from aromatic herbs and then infused into a liquid base and act as the salt of the cocktail to add an extra boost of flavor! These drinks are so easy to dress up for the Fall season by adding in some cinnamon sticks, lemon wedges, apple slices, rosemary sprigs or whatever else you desire! This recipe made 1 serving, so go ahead and multiply the ingredients if you’re serving multiple people.
1 oz. Spiced rum
1 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
1.5 oz. orange juice
2-3 drops of bitters
cinnamon, brown sugar and honey for rim
cinnamon sticks and pumpkin pie spice for garnish
Rim an 8-10 oz. glass with honey by placing a few drops on the glass rim and dragging it around the edge. Then, sprinkle a small plate with brown sugar and cinnamon and roll the glass rim in it until coated.
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
Add rum, schnapps or vodka, orange juice and bitters. Shake and strain into a rimmed glass filled with ice.
Top with pumpkin ale and garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Tortilla Chips
These tortilla chips serve as a quick snack, because they are so simple to make and it’s a great way to utilize any leftover pumpkin you may have. If you are obsessed with pumpkin, then pair these with some pumpkin hummus – double the pumpkin! This made about 6 wraps and 4 servings, which is the perfect amount for a family dinner or double it for a larger batch. We used pumpkin pie spice for this recipe, but if you don’t have any available to you, then use nutmeg with mixed spice for a similar flavor or your favorite pumpkin pie seasoning. We used our Air Fryer Oven for the chips, but you could also use a regular Air Fryer or traditional oven. These delicious chips would go great with any sweet dip, such as a cream cheese dip, chocolate sauce or a fruit salsa!
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp nutmeg
2 cups plain flour
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp pumpkin pie puree
1/3 cup whole milk
½ tsp salt, plus more for sprinkling
1 tsp baking powder
pumpkin pie spice, for sprinkling
pepper to taste
In a large mixing bowl, combine the salt, flour, and baking powder. Add in the butter, pumpkin pie puree and milk, kneading to combine.
Divide the mixture into handfuls and roll out. Fry the wraps over medium heat until they bubble. Then, brush oil on one side of each of the tortilla wraps. Stack them and cut into tortilla chip shapes.
Sprinkle them with pumpkin pie spice and salt and pepper to taste and place them on the mesh trays in the Air Fryer Oven.
Air fry them at 400°F for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown. Remove them from the Air Fryer Oven and serve with your favorite Fall dipping sauce!
Smoky Pumpkin Hummus
Smoky Pumpkin Hummus serves as an awesome and healthy Halloween treat or Thanksgiving appetizer. It’s a great holiday twist on the traditional hummus and it’s quick and easy to prepare, just throw your ingredients in the blender and blend it up. Our Blenders are great for whipping this dip up, because it will achieve the creamy and smooth texture in no time. You can either use smoked salt or regular salt, however smoked salt is used to impact the flavor. Pepitas are green pumpkin seeds. We opted for these over regular pumpkin seeds, because they don’t have a shell like the pumpkin seeds you find when carving pumpkins. This makes them perfect as a crunchy topping for all sorts of recipes, like this one! The chipotle, paprika and cayenne give this dish a little spicy kick. This will serve 4-6 people – so serve it with baked pita chips, pretzels or veggies at your next family dinner or gathering!
1 - 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained
1 cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup tahini
2 cloves garlic
1 canned chipotle
2 tbsp olive oil
½ of lemon zested
juice of 1 lemon
½ tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp smoked salt to taste
¼ tsp cayenne
drizzle of olive or lemon oil
sprinkle of smoked or coarse salt
sprinkle of pepitas
Combine all of the hummus ingredients together in a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add more oil or lemon if desired.
Pour into a serving bowl. Garnish as you like. Serve with your favorite chips!
Pumpkin & Spinach Risotto
We turned the traditional Risotto dish into the perfect Fall comfort food by utilizing pumpkin. The pumpkin gives it that creamy texture and the rice gives it that starchy taste and blends well with the other flavors. This Risotto is great for an elegant weeknight or a vegetarian Thanksgiving. Using the Pressure Cooker to cook this is ideal, so you can cook your pumpkin fast and your dish comes out nice and juicy. We sautéed the garlic, celery and onion to sear them prior to cooking. While making Risotto is easy, it does require staying by your appliance as you must add in ingredients every few minutes. If you aren’t fond of this pumpkin inspired dish, then try other Risotto recipes, such as Shrimp Risotto, Risotto with Goat Cheese & Dried Cranberries or Mushroom Risotto!
1.5 lb. pumpkin, peeled and diced small
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1 bag baby Spinach
1 ½ cups Arborio rice
½ cup white wine
3 cups vegetable stock
Turn on the Pressure Cooker and set it to Sauté mode and add the olive oil, garlic, celery and onion. Cook the onion until it is translucent.
Add the pumpkin and cook until it starts to brown. Next, add the rice and stir to coat with the oil and cook for about 3 minutes. Then, add the white wine and cook, stirring constantly until the wine is absorbed. Lastly, add the vegetable stock and stir well.
Lock the lid, set on Low Pressure, and set the time for 6 minutes.
When the time is up, open the lid and add the baby spinach and Parmesan. Stir to combine.
Serve topped with additional Parmesan.
Easy Pumpkin Cake
This pumpkin pie alternative will hit the spot this holiday season. It makes about 16 servings, so you will definitely have enough to go around whether you’re just having dinner with your family or it’s your turn to bring the dessert at your work, family or friend gathering. Pumpkin pie spice is used to flavor your favorite Fall pies, breads, cookies and cakes. It can even go the extra mile and be a great seasoning for your whipped cream, yogurt, lattes, oatmeal or roasted fall veggies! If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, then make your own by mixing together 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ginger, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ½ teaspoon ground cloves and ½ teaspoon allspice. Unsalted or sweet butter is used to achieve a buttery flavor for shortbread cookies or frostings. For this one, added salt would detract from the buttery taste desired. We cooked this in the Air Fryer Oven, but it can also be made in a regular Air Fryer or traditional oven. Pair this delicious dessert with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
1 – 15 oz. can pumpkin, solid-packed
1 – 12 oz. can evaporated milk
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 package yellow cake mix
¾ cup butter, unsalted and melted
1 ½ cups chopped walnuts
optional toppings: vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
In a large bowl, combine and beat with an electric mixer, the first five ingredients until smooth.
Transfer half of the mixture to a greased air fryer safe baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the cake mix and drizzle with half of the butter. Top with the chopped walnuts. Reserve the other halves to bake an additional cake.
Place the prepared dish in the Air Fryer Oven and bake at 350°F for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream and enjoy!
Nutrition Information: Fat: 21g // Saturated Fat: 8g // Cholesterol: 70mg // Sodium: 326mg // Carbohydrate: 44g // Sugar: 30g // Fiber: 3g // Protein: 8g
These biscuits are great as a breakfast or dessert option. It’s also so simple to whip up, making it the perfect dish for the holidays. We recommend using canned pumpkin puree, because it saves you time and effort. Just be sure to use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie mix, or your dish will turn out too sweet. Adding the cinnamon sugar mixture to the biscuits beforehand gives the layers a nice crunch. We used heavy cream in this recipe, but if you don’t have any available to you then use milk instead! These biscuits can be stored loosely for up to 2 days. We used the Air Fryer to cook this, but you could also use an Air Fryer Oven or a traditional oven. Serve this crumbly dish as an appetizer, side or dessert and pair it with your favorite Fall drink!
¾ cup pumpkin puree
½ cup sugar, divided
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 can Pillsbury Grands biscuits, 8 count
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp heavy whipping cream or milk
Spray an air fryer safe baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, ¼ cup sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice, stirring thoroughly. Set aside.
Open the can of biscuits and slice each in half horizontally. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ¼ cup sugar and cinnamon. Then, coat each biscuit half with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Lay one slice of dough flat. Spread the pumpkin mixture on top and place another biscuit on top. Place the biscuits in the baking pan.
Carefully place the baking pan in the Air Fryer Oven and bake at 350°F for 15 minutes, or until the top is golden and the center is cooked through.
While you are waiting for the biscuits to cook, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cinnamon and heavy whipping cream until a smooth sauce forms.
Carefully take the baking pan out of the Air Fryer Oven and let cool before glazing. Once you have waited, drizzle over the biscuits, pull apart and serve!
Nutrition Information: Serving: 1 slice // Calories: 117kcal // Carbohydrates: 22g // Protein: 1g // Fat: 2g // Saturated Fat: 1g // Cholesterol: 28mg // Sodium: 11mg // Potassium: 54mg // Sugar: 20g // Vitamin A: 3685IU // Vitamin C: 1mg // Calcium: 19mg // Iron: 0.5mg
Hopefully all of these delicious recipes made you just as excited as us for the Fall season and to utilize your pumpkin to the very last drop. We all know we make way too much food when it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas or even when your family is visiting for the holidays. And sometimes, you just don’t know how to make good use of it – especially pumpkin. Sure, there’s the traditional pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread or cookies of some sort. Switch it up this year and try something new or incorporate pumpkin into any drink, snack or meal recipe – I mean there’s so many to choose from, so you will not be bored with your choice! Even if it’s something new, with our easy to use products, you will be surprised at how easy and fast it is to whip up all of your favorite pumpkin recipes and more! And if you love Fall and pumpkin recipes like we do, then you absolutely need our Fall Recipe Books! They’re catered specific to each product, from Air Fryers, Air Fryer Ovens and Pressure Cookers and feature delectable dishes from seasonal drinks, sweet appetizers, creamy dips, roasted meat entrees, steaming soups and savory desserts!
If you need more recipe ideas, enjoy our included recipe book with easy to follow steps and check out another pumpkin staple of ours, Chipotle Pumpkin Soup. This creamy soup is great for enjoying on a cold day and is super quick to whip up in one of our Heating Blenders!
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