Vegetarian and Vegan Pumpkin Recipes for Autumn

I love pumpkin. I know that each fall, more and more things get pumpkinized, and there's a bit of resentment that comes along with the flavor becoming so ubiquitous, but I say, bring it on, and, don't limit to just fall, while you're at it.

That's why I love this collection of healthy vegetarian and vegan pumpkin recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack, and why I turn to it year round. If you're a pumpkin fan like me, you'll love this list of a variety of popular...MORE healthy vegetarian and vegan pumpkin recipes to spruce up your Halloween or Thanksgiving or anytime meals. These healthy pumpkin recipes will add color, flavor and nutrition to your fall table. Each one of these pumpkin recipes is vegetarian, and most (though not all) are vegan as well.

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    Vegetarian pumpkin pizza
    Pumpkin pizza photo by Renee Comet / Getty Images

    Pumpkin pizza! Chunks of roasted pumpkin brushed with pesto on top of a creamy white sauce and topped with lots of cheese and crushed cashews. This is a truly gourmet vegetarian pumpkin dish for a fall entree. It's not the healthiest vegetarian pumpkin recipe out there, but once you taste it, you won't care a bit!

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    Fat-Free Vegan Pumpkin Bread
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    Using leftover or canned pumpkin and applesauce instead of oil, this fat-free vegan pumpkin bread recipe has plenty of flavor, fall spices and moisture, but without the added fat and calories. Spread your vegan pumpkin bread with vegan cream cheese, or turn it into a vegetarian and vegan pumpkin bread stuffing.

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    Magical Vegan Pumpkin Cake Mix Cookies

    Super short on time but need something pumpkin fast? This recipe is the answer. Pick up some canned pumpkin, a box of cake mix and some chocolate chips and you can have some vegan pumpkin cookies in the oven unbelievably fast. These 3-ingredient pumpkin cookies are indeed magical!

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    Pumpkin Pasta
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    Savory and aromatic, this vegetarian and vegan pumpkin and sage pasta sauce recipe is naturally lower in fat than other pumpkin pasta sauce recipes, and is perfect for an unusual (and delicious!) main dish for autumn or anytime.

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    Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cake

    A vegan recipe for pumpkin spice cake. Sure, you could make one from a box, but why not make it fresh and homemade instead? Topped with cream cheese frosting, or even a vegan cream cheese frosting, this vegan pumpkin spice cake is a light dessert or snack perfect for the fall holiday season.

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    Easy Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup

    Pumpkin soup can be very filling, so you might consider serving it as a healthy and light main dish. I like to add some sauteed tofu and a bit of fresh crumbled sage to a vegetarian pumpkin soup for some extra flavor and texture. You might also want to try this quick and easy recipe for pumpkin and coconut soup. It's a vegetarian and vegan pumpkin soup recipe using canned pumpkin and coconut milk.

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    Vegetarian pumpkin risotto
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    A vegetarian and vegan twist on classic Italian risotto - pumpkin! Why not? Pumpkin adds a sweet and unique flavor perfect for fall, Thanksgiving, or anytime. This Italian pumpkin risotto recipe is both vegetarian and vegan, as long as you use a vegan margarine.

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    Vegetarian pumpkin lasagna
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    Another unpredictable way to add some fall pumpkin flavor to your meatless meals? Pumpkin lasagna! This three-cheese pumpkin lasagna recipe is made with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses layered with sauteed mushrooms and onions in a pumpkin and sage cream sauce.

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  • 09 of 12
    Pumpkin scones

    These moist gingered pumpkin scones will fill the kitchen with a wonderful aroma. A yummy breakfast for a fall morning. Reviewers have given these pumpkin scones an average of 4 out of 5 stars and have called these scones "heavenly", "fluffy", "lovely" and "just right". I think you'll agree, so try them out! Since they're vegan, they're a bit more healthy and lower in fat than other scones.

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    Quick and Easy Pumpkin Pudding

    If you've got 15 minutes, you've got enough time to get this quick and easy pumpkin dessert ready to go. Made from just a few simple ingredients, this is am unusual way to serve up an elegant pumpkin dessert.

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    Sugar-free pumpkin pie.

    Enjoy a healthier low-calorie and sugar-free pumpkin pie for your Thanksgiving or Halloween dessert. Using a sugar-substitute and fat-free evaporated milk keeps this crustless pumpkin pie low in calories and sugar-free. Or, try this easy and low fat vegan pumpkin pie recipe which uses tofu instead of eggs or a gluten-free pumpkin pie. If you're feeling more adventurous, try this vegan recipe for a chocolate pumpkin pie.

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    Pumpkin muffins image courtesy of the Wheat Foods Council.

    Healthy and high in fiber, these pumpkin and oatmeal muffins are the perfect light breakfast for the morning after an indulgent Thanksgiving feast! Adding a crumbly sunflower seed topping means there's a bit of protein in these muffins too, making them perfect for vegetarians. If you'd like to try an egg-free and dairy-free vesion, here's a vegan pumpkin muffin recipe to try.