20 Ways to Make Pumpkin

Best Paleo pumpkin recipes

Looking for the best Paleo pumpkin recipes from the Paleo community?  Here are some of the best ones that I have tried to satisfy any pumpkin craving.

I am a huge sucker for anything “pumpkinny.”  Once the air starts getting a little cooler, I automatically start craving the smells and tastes of Fall!  And what says “Fall” more than some delicious pumpkin recipe?

I always have a pumpkin candle burning this time of year, and sometimes I just want to drink it because it smells SO amazing!  Since that probably wouldn’t taste as great as it smells, I’ve found lots of pumpkin recipes.

When I use pumpkin, I will admit that I usually buy a can of organic, pureed pumpkin.  Be sure to look closely to ensure you don’t pick up “pumpkin pie filling,” as this product contains much more than just plain pumpkin!

However, if you would like to try making your own pumpkin puree, I applaud you!  Just look for some “pie pumpkins” (usually a smaller, sweeter, smoother pumpkin than the typical jack-o-lantern pumpkins you see everywhere).  Look for one that is firm and un-bruised.  Cut the pumpkin in half, and scoop out the seeds.  Next, you can either microwave it with about an inch of water for around 15-30 minutes, or steam it on the stove for about the same amount of time.  With both methods, check frequently on the pumpkin’s softness.  When it is soft enough to scoop out the flesh, it’s ready!

The pumpkin should separate easily from it’s skin.  Use a table spoon to scrape it into a bowl – it will come out in large chunks.  Finally, puree the meat to create a smooth consistency.

Best of the Best Paleo Pumpkin Recipes that I Have Tried.

Paleo Pumpkin RecipesHere are some ideas to help you use as much pumpkin as possible this year!

(Note: most of these are treats, and should be treated as such… not consumed on a super-regular basis, and not over-eaten.)

1. My all-time favorite pumpkin recipe: Pumpkin Pancakes.  The best version I’ve found is the one in Practical Paleo.  Absolutely amazing.  Click here.

2. Pumpkin Pie.  I’ve made this recipe numerous times, especially over the holidays last year.  It is absolutely delicious, and puts regular grocery-store pumpkin pies to shame!  Click here.

3. Pumpkin Muffins.  There are a TON of recipes out there for pumpkin muffins… here are a few of my faves: Paleo Pumpkin Muffins,  Carrot Pumpkin Spice Muffins, Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins, and another using coconut flour.

4. Pumpkin Cookies.  This recipe is yummy!

5. Pumpkin Spice Cake.  The Food Lovers know how it’s done!  Click here.

6. Pumpkin Custard.  I haven’t tried this one yet, but it looks great!  Click here.

7. Pumpkin Swirl Banana Bread. Click here.

8. Paleo Pumpkin Ice Cream.  What could be yummier?  Click here.

9. Pumpkin Smoothie.  Just blend 1 banana, 1 C coconut milk, 3/4 C pumpkin puree, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg.  Delish!

10. Sugar Detox Pumpkin Cake in a Mug.  Again, haven’t tried this one, but it looks yummy!

11. Pumpkin Granola.  I love this recipe!

12. Pumpkin Pie Espresso Hazelnut Butter.  Haven’t tried it, but wow… I should.  Click here.

13. Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Used to be my favorite drink at Starbucks… now I can enjoy it without feeling disgusting afterward!  Click here.

14. Pumpkin Chicken Chili.   Oh yum!  What a perfect meal on a cool Fall evening!  Click here.

15. Bison Chili with Pumpkin.  A new Paleo friend just told me about this recipe, and says that it’s delicious!  I cannot wait to try it.

16. Creamy Pumpkin Curry.  I love recipes from Everyday Paleo!  Click here.

17. Pumpkin Cashew Coconut Curry.  Looks tasty!  Click here.

18. Paleo Pumpkin Bread.  From Robb Wolf’s website… click here.

19. Ground Lamb and Pumpkin.  So delish!  Click here.

20. Pumpkin Soup.  I love it!  Click here.

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Enjoy this lovely PUMPKIN season!

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Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte Concentrate

Pumpkin chai latte concentrate





You remember my recipe for Homemade Chai Tea that was inspired by my daughter Kayla’s short stint in India a few years back?

All I’ve heard about of late is the craze over Pumpkin Lattes since fall has hit and I received a new inspiration to come up with a homemade Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte over the weekend.



But since slow-simmering a pot of steaming milk and spices isn’t really work-week friendly for me, I decided to try to make a concentrate solution that could easily be added to a steaming hot cup of milk throughout the work week.

And by jove, I think I’ve got it.

The process is similar to making Chai Tea in a pot on the stove.

T start out, you’ll need a medium saucepan with four cups of water. Add in a cup of brown sugar. Stir it over medium heat until the sugar melts, stirring it with a whisk.

Water sugar pumpkin chai latte




Turn the heat down to simmer. Then add in some spices.

Add in two whole cinnamon sticks.

Cinnamon sticks chai pumpkin latte




Also, roughly smash 12 peppercorns.

Pgppercorms chai



Black peppercorns chai latte



Peppercorns




Add in 3 star anise pods.

Star anise chai latte




I think they look a little like a creepy spider don’t you?

Shudder.

Add in 12 whole cloves.

Cloves chai tea


I like a really spiced-up chai latte. When it comes to drinks, give me boldness and flavor.

Also add in a chunk of ginger, about the size of your thumb. My ginger was ornery and didn’t photograph well, as do all yellow items I try to photograph. If you truly love the ginger flavor, cut it up into 3-4 pieces to make it stronger.

These are cardamom pods.

Cardamom pods chai




They have tiny little black seeds inside. I find them whole at a place here in Oklahoma City called Spices of India. If you can’t find them whole, but you can find the seeds, use about 1/8-1/4 of a teaspoon. I give about 8 pods a whack to open them up.

Add in ¾ cup of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling, which is evil, and bad).

Pumpkin purée chai latte




Stir the spices up a bit and let the pot simmer for 5 minutes. Then remove it from the heat and add your tea.
Take ten black tea bags and wrap them around the handle of the pot (to keep them from falling in completely) and submerge them in the water.

Chai tea pumpkin katte




After 10 minutes, strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer and into a large mason jar.

Let the concentrate cool for an hour then stir in one teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.

To serve, mix one part of the concentrate with one part of steamed milk (coconut and almond milk are both delicious). Serve it hot or cold over ice. I would also probably heat the concentrate with the milk and right now, because it’s autumn, piping hot sounds perfectly wonderful.

Pumpkin chai latte concentrate




If you’re feeling a little bit naughty, add some frothed milk or even some whipped cream.

Pumpkin chai tea latte




This is the perfect hot drink for a cool fall day.

But, how about this? For summer, try adding the base to ice-cube trays and freeze them. Pop out three or four and then pour over some milk, coconut or almond milk. Delicious!!

Enjoy!

Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte Concentrate

 

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Recipe type: Drink

  • 4 c. water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 knob of ginger the size of your thumb
  • 8 cardamom pods, cracked
  • 3 star anise pods
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 8 black peppercorns, crushed
  • 10 black tea bags or 1 c. loose-leaf tea
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • ¾ c. pumpkin puree
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  1. Add water and sugar to medium sized saucepan.
  2. Heat almost to boil and stir to dissolve sugar.
  3. Add the spices and tea and pumpkin puree. Simmer on low for 8 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Stir in vanilla.
  1. Mix 1 part concentrate with 1 part milk or half-and-half.
  2. Microwave or heat in pan until steaming. You can also pour over ice in the summer heat.
  1. Blend in vanilla smoothies
  2. Spoon over ice cream at Thanksgiving with Pumpkin Pie
  3. Drizzle over Pumpkin Pie or Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Look what other fabulous food bloggers made this week using pumpkin for Food Network’s Fall Fest!

The Hungry Traveler: Pumpkin Brown Butter Madeleines
Bacon and Souffle: Pumpkin Lasagna with Sausage, Kale and Parmesan
Homemade Delish: Warm Pumpkin Salad
Creative Culinary: Pumpkin Butter
The Lemon Bowl: 20 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes
Weelicious: Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts
Virtually Homemade: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
TasteBook: Creamy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Dishin & Dishes: Homemade Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte Concentrate
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes
Red or Green: Spiced Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Bars
The Heritage Cook: Roasted Pumpkin, Potato, and Sage (Gluten-Free)
Swing Eats: Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Taste with the Eyes: Sultry Pumpkin Soup – Southwest Flavors, Dressed To Kill
FN Dish: 8 Ways to Eat Pumpkin All Day Long

 


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Pumpkin Biscuits | Dishin & Dishes

Pumpkin Biscuits Apple Butter





You know it’s that time again, when you start seeing a zillion recipes cropping up with ingredients like pumpkin, butternut squash and apples.

It’s Fall.



The Christmas song that quotes “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” should have been written about Fall as far as I’m concerned. After a few months of mind-numbing heat, browning grass and flowers, AND the steering wheel in my car practically searing my hands to blisters every time I get in it, the coolness and beauty of Fall is something I always look forward to.

And dishes with pumpkin.

I love incorporating pumpkin into traditional sweet dishes like Maple Pumpkin Crème Brulee, Pumpkin Cookies with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting, Pumpkin Scones, and Pumpkin Crisp. But tonight I mixed some into some biscuit dough to create a savory biscuit that is moist and delicious. We spread Apple Honey Butter on top of them and oh my, were they fabulous!


pumpkin biscuits


They are pretty easy to make as well so join me in making these this fall!

First you want to sift all your dry ingredients together. Measure out two cups of flour into a fine mesh sieve, or whatever sifter you happen to have. Add in one tablespoon of baking powder, 1 tablespoon of sugar, ½ teaspoon of kosher salt, and ¼ teaspoon of baking soda. Sift this all together into a large mixing bowl.


Sift dry ingredients


This next step is important for making your biscuits light and flaky.

ICE COLD butter.

Take a stick of frozen butter and using a box grater, grate the butter completely. Then add it right into your dry ingredients. It will be a somewhat crumbly mess. That’s okay.


Grate frozen butter


Now in a separate bowl, add in one cup of pure pumpkin puree. DON’T get the pumpkin pie mix. They look very similar! Add it to ¾ cup of milk. Whisk it all together.

Wet ingredients pumpkin muffins




Pour it into the dry ingredients/butter mixture and using a rubber spatula just begin to mix it up. When you’ve gotten as much of the dry ingredients mixed in as possible, turn the whole mess onto a floured countertop or cutting board and begin to work it with your hands. Not too much, but just until it’s all mixed nicely. It doesn’t have to be super smooth (in fact, it shouldn’t be), and can be a little rough.

Pat it into a circle and take your rolling pin and roll it out one way, then turn the rolling pin or dough and give it a roll the other way.


Pumpkin Biscuit Dough


This way your dough keeps the shape of a circle instead of becoming really long because you’re alternating rolling it in different directions. You want it to be just under an inch tall or closer to ¾ inch. Take a 3-inch biscuit cutter and cut as many biscuits as you can with it. (Use a glass if you don’t have a biscuit cutter or even the ring off a mason jar.)


biscuit cutters


Place the cut biscuits on a baking sheet.


Pumpkin Biscuits


I like to use a Silpat mat on mine but parchment works wonderfully as well. Take your leftover dough and shape it into a ball again and roll it to ¾ inch again. Cut out more biscuits. This recipe makes exactly sixteen biscuits nicely for me.

Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes, then Remove them form the oven and brush them with melted butter.

https://www.dishinanddishes.com/recipe/pumpkin-biscuits/


Pumpkin Biscuits brush with butter


Remove them and let them cool and top them with some of my Apple Honey Butter. (Click here for recipe)


Pumpkin Biscuits with Apple Honey Butter



It truly IS the most wonderful time of the year.

Fall goodness.


Pumpkin Biscuits Apple Honey Butter


 

Pumpkin Biscuits

 

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  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1 T. sugar
  • ½ t. kosher salt
  • ¼ t.baking soda
  • ¾ c. milk
  • 1 c. pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 stick butter, frozen
  • Melted butter for brushing tops (about ½ stick)
  1. Mix all dry ingredients together and sift into large bowl.
  2. Mix milk and pumpkin together in another bowl.
  3. Grate stick of butter on large holes of box grater right into the dry ingredients and then mix with spatula. Mixture will still be pretty dry.
  4. Add in pumpkin/milk mixture and when ball starts forming, turn out onto floured surface.
  5. Knead with hands as minimally as possible just until flour is mostly absorbed (batter will still be rough and not super smooth)
  6. Form disk and roll with rolling pin once in each direction and then once in the opposite direction until dough is ¾ inch high.
  7. Cut with 3 inch biscuit cutters, mason jar lid or glass.
  8. Place on sprayed baking sheet or baking sheet lined with Silpat mat or parchment paper.
  9. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and brush each biscuit with melted butter. Return to oven for 3 minutes.
  10. Serve warm. Famtastic with Apple Honey Butter!

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