Thirteen Pumpkin Recipes (Including Pumpkin Pecan Pie) and Lots of Treats (No Tricks!) for a Happy Halloween
This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays.
I’ve never been shy about professing my love of all things pumpkin, so with Halloween here today and Son all grown up (mostly!), I’ll recap my gfe pumpkin recipes. Thirteen of them. Oooh, unlucky thirteen—scary! (I love black cats, too.) Then I’ll share some of the best gluten-free treat recipes around right now from my other gluten-free blogger buddies. Use these recipes for last-minute creations or make them in the next week or so before things really get scary with the approaching holidays. (You know the ones. If you are already doing a countdown, please do NOT tell me about it. We have Halloween and Thanksgiving to enjoy first.) Happy Halloween, all!
My Original Crustless Pumpkin Pie ~ This recipe was my first foray into crustless pies. I’ve never looked back! Readers have successfully made all sort of variations, even egg free! (Read the comments on the post.)
My Best Ever Crustless Pumpkin Pie ~ Sometimes when you adapt recipes to be dairy free as well as gluten free, they turn out even better than the original! This recipe actually came from a gfe reader, Raye Ann, and I will be forever grateful.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie with Honey Cinnamon Whipped Cream ~ This smoothie was created for those times when you want the taste of pumpkin pie, but you’re afraid to make a pumpkin pie. You know what I’m talking about. You have no guests in sight and you’re afraid to be alone with a silky pumpkin pie. The obvious solution to your dilemma is this smoothie.
Pumpkin Butter Pecan Chocolate Chips Bars ~ These bars work for all type of lifestyles (e.g., gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo, primal, vegan) and they are so darned good. Warning: One bar may lead to another. (Hmmm … that sounds like the title of a country music song.)
Easy Pumpkin Squares ~ The quintessential solution for “I need something for an event in an hour; what can I make quickly that’s really good?” All that’s needed is a half cup of pumpkin puree and other basic ingredients you’d have on hand. Delicious stress relief.
Pumpkin Butter~ Life should not be about regrets, but please tell me why I spent over five decades of my life not knowing how easy it is to make pumpkin butter and how fabulous it tastes. Sigh. So much lost time. Don’t let this happen to you!
Classic Pumpkin Bread~ What can you do with the pumpkin butter? You could spread it on pumpkin bread.
Pumpkin Butter Salsa Chicken ~ Or you could mix pumpkin butter with salsa and spread it on chicken. Yep, that pumpkin butter works for savory, too. I told you. It’s versatile stuff! Plus this post has a little discussion on the power of cooking/food from one of my favorites, Michael Ruhlman. If you really want to know how to take your cooking skills to a new level, you’ll want to get his new book, Twenty. (Here’s one review.)
Velvety Coffee-Free Pumpkin Spice “Latte” ~ I’ve enjoyed a mug of this gluten-free, dairy-free latte several times now and it never disappoints. I love it made with almond milk. Heather (Gluten-Free Cat) made it with So Delicious coconut milk and turned it into Iced Latte. See her comment below.
Veronica’s Pumpkin Soup~ Yes, another savory and sweet way to use pumpkin. I’m so grateful to my friend Veronica for sharing this recipe! (FYI: Veronica shares a little of everything at her blog, Compost Studios—photos, art pieces, cards, and most of all, compelling writing. Today she has a modern day horror story for her readers.)
Pumpkin Corn Muffins ~ When you really like the idea of corn bread, but want something a little different, pumpkin adds just the right flavor to these corn muffins. Why yes, they would go well with Veronica’s soup!
“Bran” New Muffins ~ The inclusion of pumpkin and cornmeal in this muffin recipe creates a “bran” taste that’s delightful. Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or a side bread for lunch or dinner.
Pumpkin (or Cushaw Squash) Pecan Pie ~ This last recipe was originally shared as a guest post for Linda’s amazing “all things squash” Squash Fest last year. Today I’m bringing it home to gfe. I think you’ll be pleased!
Pumpkin (or Cushaw Squash) Pecan Pie
3 eggs, divided
1 cup pumpkin (or cushaw) puree
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2/3 cup honey
3 tbsp melted butter (dairy or non-dairy)
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup pecan halves
Slightly beat one egg. In a medium-sized bowl, mix egg, cushaw puree, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, and pumpkin pie spice well. Pour into unbaked gluten-free pie crust.
Beat remaining two eggs. In same medium-sized bowl which you just emptied, add eggs, honey, ½ cup granulated sugar, butter, and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in pecans. Spoon over pumpkin (or squash) mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 to 50 minutes or until filling is set. Cool. Top with Honey Cinnamon Whipped Cream, if desired.
Shirley’s Notes: While I love crustless when it comes to pies, for this recipe I used a Press-In Pie Crust. Pumpkin puree, canned pumpkin, or puree from any similar squash can be used in this recipe. If you would like to make this recipe sugar free, coconut or palm sugar may be substituted for the granulated sugar, but you may want to reduce the amount slightly as coconut/palm sugar sometimes offers a richer taste.
Pie recipe adapted from recipe on Thanksgiving card from our local food bank
Now for all the links from others who do have little ones still at home!
Three-Ingredient Homemade Allergen-Free Halloween Candy from Ali and Tom (Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen at nourishingmeals.com)
Last, don’t forget the other roundups that have been posted recently. These roundups are like one-stop shopping and I hate shopping so if I have to shop, that’s what I’m looking for. Easy recipe cruising for sure!
Halloween Recipe roundup from Paleo Parents– Some seriously creative folks submitted recipes for this one.
Amber’s (The Tasty Alternative) October roundup– Amber does a monthly roundup and I love all that she shares for this month. You want to know how to do things like roast a pumpkin and make your own pumpkin pie spice, right?
Gluten-Free News You Can Use– Tia (Glugle Gluten Free) is taking a short hiatus from this roundup for the near future, so be sure to see what she captured in her latest edition. And if you’re still looking for a Halloween or fall craft activity to do with the kiddos, check out her spiders, jack-o-lantern masks, and ghosts at her Max and Mum site.
Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free! for October – Noosh (For the Love of Food!) selected a theme of Spiced Desserts. There are many wonderful submissions and Noosh made Baklava Cake as her entry. Yes, you read that right. I know where I can get some raw honey to make her recipe … seriously.
Alisa’s (Go Dairy Free) updated Big List of Ghoulishly Good Dairy-Free Halloween Recipes – Most recipes are gluten free as well, but be sure to check ingredients and adapt if necessary.
And, finally, Heidi’s (Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom) Halloween Recipe Roundup and Menu Plan — Think orange, black, and seasonal on the latter! Heidi’s a really cool mom so she has lots of kid-pleasing links that I missed, like Spider Tacos, Bat Wings, and Frankenstein Peppers. Her post also included a link to her interview in the Albuquerque Journal. Now that’s a real treat for all reading!
Don’t forget to enter my Gluten-Free Extreme (GFE) Products Giveaway. It ends at midnight tonight; 14 winners will be getting some wonderful treats from that one! Happy Halloween … hahahahaha (insert scary, echoing laugh here).
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