Pumpkins have sustained and inspired us for centuries, rising to great acclaim as a social media darling after centuries in the root cellar. They were one of the first domesticated crops, dating back over 9000 years in Mexico. Those earliest ancestors were comparatively tiny, bitter, and tough, with little in common with any of the 45 different varieties that currently exist. It’s a good thing that all parts of the pumpkin are edible, including the leaves, flowers, and stems, securing the pumpkin’s place on homestead farms as it continued to evolve.
Of course, the pumpkin’s greatest claim to fame today has more to do with the associated spices than any of its natural charms. My feelings for the trend have come full circle. I’m no longer dismayed by the disconnect, but encouraged by the possibilities. Now we’re primed to fully embrace all the squash has to offer.
Get ready to fall harder for pumpkin this year. I’ve got the very best vegan recipes right here for you to explore both the sweet and savory sides of pumpkin, ranging from wholesome to indulgent, simple to complex. Canned puree is always available, but pumpkin cravings only peak this season. Don’t waste another autumn without knowing just how incredible pumpkin can taste.
Best Vegan Pumpkin Recipes
Take a walk on the sweet or savory side with these tried-and-true pumpkin recipes. There's a little bit of something for everyone!
Sweet, spicy, and full of autumnal flavor, this pumpkin spice sauce is an intense, concentrated treat to flavor drinks and desserts all season long. Chai takes the place of the usual pie palate for a brighter, bolder change of pace.
Completely nontraditional and aligned with entirely the wrong Jewish holiday, these are definitely not your Bubbie’s matzo balls. Bound together with roasted pumpkin puree, I prefer to think of them more as matzo dumplings, since they bear a denser, more toothsome texture than the fluffy pillows of Passover lore. The goal of this wintery interpretation was not to perfect the vegan matzo ball, but to create something with the same sort of comforting flavors, revamped with a more seasonal spin.
Dark as night, this black pizza dough gets it's devilish color naturally from food-grade charcoal. Rich, garlicky pumpkin sauce tops it off along with tender slices of roasted sweet potato. It's hauntingly delicious!
Folded into a dense yet soft blondie batter enriched with a healthy dose of genuine pumpkin puree, most of the marshmallows seemed to melt while baking, but that’s not to say they disappeared. Leaving gooey pockets of sweetness, almost like a highly spiced caramel sauce, each void contained an incredible wealth of flavor.
Crisp, buttery streusel turns ho-hum pumpkin pie into the legendary dessert that everyone will crave all year long. The creamy filling is sweetened with a balanced hand and highly aromatic, redolent of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
Tender, soft, rich, and warmly spiced, this is the pumpkin bread you've been looking for. It comes together in mere minutes with basic pantry staples, so you'll never have to forgo or delay sweet satisfaction ever again.
This creamy, soft, scoopable ice cream is like a bite of frozen pumpkin pie! This recipe takes zero prep work, little effort, and a bare minimum of pantry staples. You're ready to start churning anytime!
Soft yet toothsome, the crunch of sugar coating the outside gives way to smooth pumpkin jelly, tinged with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. A hint of molasses adds depth, contrasted by a bright splash of cider vinegar.
Warm, creamy, and comforting, bread pudding is the perfect dessert to ward off those autumn chills while celebrating the season's bounty. It's a snap to customize depending on your preference; consider the spices as a mere suggestion, and a handful of nuts, chocolate chips, or dried fruit never hurt anything.