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5 Unexpected Pumpkin Recipes

Unique (And Delicious) Pumpkin Recipes


Pumpkin is good for more than pumpkin pie. In fact, this squash is a versatile ingredient that works well in many types of recipes. If you’re stumped about how to use all of that canned pumpkin you just bought, give one of these unexpected pumpkin recipes a try.


1. Pumpkin Meatloaf with Pumpkin BBQ Sauce

Let’s kick off our list with an unexpected pumpkin entree — meatloaf.





  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 4 ounces bread crumbs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)


BBQ sauce:

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2.5 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1.5 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)




Preheat your oven to 400° Fahrenheit. Mix all meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Spray the loaf pan with cooking spray and form the loaf inside of the pan.


Bake until the internal temperature reaches 160° Fahrenheit, approximately 70 minutes.


While meatloaf bakes, mix all sauce ingredients and heat over medium heat until the sauce is thick and warmed through, stirring occasionally, and pour over meatloaf when ready to eat.


2. White Bean and Pumpkin Hummus

If you’ve been making your own hummus, you’ll love switching things up with this pumpkin-infused version. It’s as simple as tossing the ingredients into a food processor and blending away.


3.Pumpkin Spice Latte Quinoa Breakfast Casserole

Nothing says fall quite like pumpkin spice, and this casserole is the perfect breakfast for a chilly fall day. It’s easy to throw together and is a perfect prep-ahead breakfast — get everything together the night before and throw it in the oven in the morning.


4. Soft Pumpkin Granola Bars

Making your own granola bars at home is so easy, and these pumpkin bars are a great way to incorporate pumpkin into your baking. They’re perfect for taking along on your fall foliage explorations, too. 


5. Pumpkin Pineapple Cocktail

This mixture makes a great dessert cocktail, and you could even omit the rum if you wanted to make it non-alcoholic.

  • 7 ounces pineapple juice
  • 3 Tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup (or to taste)
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of allspice or cloves
  • 3 ounces dark rum



This one is very easy to make, too. Pour everything into a blender and blend until smooth. Fill two glasses with ice and pour the drink. Garnish with cinnamon and enjoy.