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21 Vegan Pumpkin Recipes Perfect for Fall

Get into the pumpkin spirit this season with 21 of the best vegan pumpkin recipes from around the plant-based internet!

From pumpkin pancakes to pumpkin curry to pumpkin bread, this list will satisfy all your pumpkin cravings.

Plus, tips for cooking with pumpkin, making your own pumpkin puree, and more!


Come September, no matter the weather, pumpkin mania strikes the U.S., so it’s about time for a roundup of fabulous vegan pumpkin recipes.

Though pumpkin is often associated with desserts and sweet coffee drinks (hello, pumpkin spice lattes!), it’s actually quite versatile and works beautifully in savory dishes too.

Below I’ve rounded up 21 delicious vegan pumpkin recipes, including some of my own and lots of other tasty bites from around the plant-based internet. Let the pumpkin craze ensue!

Table of Contents:
1. Frequently Asked Questions about Pumpkin
2. Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes
3. Savory Pumpkin Recipes
4. Pumpkin Desserts

Frequently Asked Questions about Pumpkin

Should I use canned pumpkin puree or fresh pumpkin?

It really depends on the recipe! For soups and curries, my preference is to use a whole pumpkin, as you can roast it in the oven and it lends more flavor. For baking recipes, canned pumpkin puree is easier.

I don’t have access to canned pumpkin puree where I live. What can I use instead?

1. Slice a sugar pumpkin or pie pumpkin in half using a sharp knife and rocking motion. If it’s too tough to slice, pop it in the microwave for 30 to 60 seconds.

2. Lightly salt the flesh of the pumpkin, then place the pumpkin halves on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, cut side down. Bake in the oven at 400°F/205°C until fork tender, about 30 minutes for a small pie pumpkin, or 40-45 minutes for a larger one.

3. Once the pumpkin is cool enough to handle, the skin should peel off easily. Add the flesh to a food processor and puree for about 2 minutes, or until you have a really smooth puree.

4. Place the puree over a fine mesh sieve and stir with a spoon to let any excess water drain out. If you have cheesecloth, line the sieve with that and drain. This step is essential especially in baking recipes since homemade puree is more watery than canned.

5. Finally, measure out the appropriate amount of pumpkin puree for this recipe

Which pumpkins are good for cooking?

The most common options are sugar pumpkins or pie pumpkins, which are the relatively small round orange pumpkins. Don’t use the really large carving pumpkins – they are pretty flavorless and don’t have much flesh.

You can also use kabocha squash (Japanese pumpkins) or Thai pumpkins, or more specialty varieties like “Long Island cheese pumpkins,” “fairytale pumpkins” or “Cinderella pumpkins.”

Is pumpkin healthy?

Absolutely! While a pumpkin dessert is still a dessert, pumpkin itself is very nutrient-dense.

Pumpkin is rich in Vitamin A, which boosts eye health and your immune system; is high in potassium and fiber; contains carotenoids, plant pigments that may help fight cancer.

Is canned pumpkin puree the same as pumpkin pie filling?

Nope! If a can says “pumpkin pie filling,” or “pumpkin pie mix,” that means the pumpkin puree has been diluted with sugar and spices. This is not the ingredient called for when a recipe says “canned pumpkin” or “canned pumpkin puree.”

How long does canned pumpkin puree last?

Once open, refrigerate leftover pumpkin puree in an airtight container and use within 5 to 7 days.

Can you freeze leftover pumpkin puree?

Yep! You won’t really notice a difference in savory or unbaked applications, but there might be some small changes in texture when used in baking.

For tips on freezing pumpkin, check out this article from The Kitchn.

Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes

Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes

Here's my recipe for vegan pumpkin pancakes that are so fluffy and tender, no one will know they’re vegan (or made with whole wheat flour)! Perfect fall breakfast!
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Pumpkin Chocolate Pecan Baked Oatmeal

This Pumpkin Chocolate Pecan Baked Oatmeal has all the delicious autumn vibes and best of all, it is so easy to put together. This recipe by Kari of Beautiful Ingredient is gluten-free, oil-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, and full of fiber!
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Vegan Pumpkin Waffles (Gluten-Free)

Make the best pumpkin spice waffles at home using this easy one bowl recipe by Prajakta of Profusion Curry. These vegan and gluten free pumpkin waffles are perfect for fall and festive breakfast or brunch!
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Vegan Pumpkin Smoothie

The perfect smoothie for fall! Featuring creamy pumpkin and seasonal spices, this delicious smoothie by Melanie of A Virtual Vegan is a great way to start your day!
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Vegan Pumpkin Sheet Pancakes

Light and fluffy vegan pumpkin pancakes in a fraction of the time and effort as traditional pancakes! My vegan pumpkin sheet pancakes allow you to make pancakes for a crowd without standing in front of the oven all morning!
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Savory Pumpkin Recipes

Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Indulge in the comforting flavors of fall with this Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette. It’s a gourmet fall salad made with roasted pumpkin wedges, a sweet pumpkin seed crunch, and a zingy balsamic vinaigrette. Every bite is a celebration of flavor and texture!
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Thai Pumpkin Soup

My Thai Pumpkin Soup gives you a gourmet Thai experience without any of the extra work. It’s creamy, easy to make, and layered with winter squash, warm aromatics, and bold spices and herbs. Quite possibly the most flavorful soup you’ll ever try!
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three bowls of thai pumpkin soup garnished with chiles and thai basil on a brown table.

Vegan Pumpkin Cornbread (1 Bowl)

Here's a recipe for an easy 1 Bowl Vegan Pumpkin Cornbread by Vegan Richa. Spiced, lightly sweet and great with soups, chilis or on its own. Make it sweeter or savory to preference
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Vegan Pumpkin Curry with Tofu

My Vegan Pumpkin Curry with Tofu pairs authentic Indian flavors with a creamy pumpkin-coconut sauce made from whole pumpkin! It’s protein-packed and hearty, vegan and gluten-free, and nourishing.
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Vegan Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed Shells

The ultimate fall comfort food, my vegan Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed shells are cheesy, creamy, chewy, garlicky and oh-so-delicious!
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Pumpkin Gnocchi

Learn how to make your own pumpkin gnocchi at home from this recipe by Sophie and Paul of Vegan On Board! They make a wonderful fall dinner covered in delicious vegan sage butter.
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Vegan Pumpkin Risotto

This Vegan Pumpkin Risotto by Megan of Short Girl Tall Order is SO good and the perfect weeknight dinner recipe for Fall! Plus, this gluten-free & dairy-free risotto is also made with miso paste for the most delicious umami flavor.
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Vegan Instant Pot Pumpkin Lasagna Soup

Lasagna meets fall pumpkin flavors in my Instant Pot Pumpkin Lasagna Soup. A perfect vegan dinner for cold weather!
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Pumpkin Desserts

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Bread

My recipe for the BEST vegan pumpkin bread you’ll try! Moist, tender, and made with a homemade spice blend. And it’s so simple to make!
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The Best Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats (Vegan, Allergy-Free)

Crisp, soft, and chewy, these easy gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-free Rice Krispie treats by Rebecca of Strength and Sunshine are perfect for fall or Halloween! No marshmallows needed, loaded with real pumpkin, and topped with a dairy-free white chocolate drizzle!
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Vegan Pumpkin Pudding

This vegan pumpkin pudding by Gwen of Delightful Adventures is the perfect fall dessert because it's quick and easy to make and filled with warm spices. Serve it for dessert after a holiday meal or on a weeknight for a special treat.
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Vegan Gingersnap Pumpkin Cream Tart

My Gingersnap Pumpkin Cream Tart is healthy, vegan, and gluten-free, but tastes indulgent. It’s the perfect make-ahead Thanksgiving treat!
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gingerbread pumpkin cream tart on a marble serving tray.

Pumpkin Pie Truffles

These decadent vegan pumpkin pie truffles by Sherri of Watch Learn Eat feature a pumpkin-y filling on the inside and a chocolaty coating on the outside. Enjoy them topped with or without gluten-free graham-style crumbles. Perfect for when those pumpkin cravings hit!
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Vegan Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Brownies

This recipe by Tajda of My Vegan Minimalist is the best vegan chocolate swirl pumpkin brownie you can whip together in just 45 minutes. Studded with gorgeous swirls of comforting pumpkin puree batter and infused with rich cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice. Just the thing for a cosy, rainy evening!
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Vegan Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Featuring a blend of pumpkin puree, applesauce, and warm seasonal spices, these vegan muffins by Kirsten of Clean Green Simple are packed with flavor. They’re easy to make and perfect for dessert, snack, or breakfast.
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Baked Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

My Baked Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars have the rich, creamy, and decadent texture of traditional cheesecake but without the dairy and cholesterol. With a gingery, chocolate crust and a creamy pumpkin swirl filling, these are a must-make during fall.
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Not sure what to make first? Try this show-stopping vegan pumpkin mac and cheese!

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Pumpkin Mac and Cheese (+ More Vegan Pumpkin Recipes!)

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The BEST vegan mac and cheese you’ll ever taste! Made with wholesome ingredients like roasted pumpkin and cashews, but super creamy and indulgent, this Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is vegan comfort food at its finest.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Serving size: 4 to 6 people


  • 1 small sugar pumpkin (aka “pie pumpkin”), or 1 small butternut squash (about 2 1/2 pounds or 1 kg)*
  • Olive oil or avocado oil, for roasting
  • 1/2 cup (~60g) raw cashews, soaked in cool water overnight or for 1 hour in boiling water**
  • 1/2 cup (40g) nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder (optional but adds a nice sharp tangy flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (can substitute ground, but the flavor is much better with fresh)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt + more to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon mellow white or yellow miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour or cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup (240mL) canned “lite” coconut milk***
  • 10 ounces (280g) of rigatoni pasta, medium-sized macaroni shells, or pasta of your choice (use GF pasta as needed)


  • To cook the pumpkin or butternut squash in the oven, use a very sharp knife to slice the pumpkin or butternut squash in half, then scoop out the seeds and stringy bits using a spoon. If the vegetable is too thick or hard to cut, pop it in the microwave for 60-90 seconds to soften. For roasting, follow step 2; for steaming, follow step 3.
  • To roast the pumpkin or butternut squash in the oven, preheat the oven to 425°F (or 218°C). Drizzle the pumpkin or squash halves with a bit of olive oil or avocado and season with salt and pepper. Place the halves, flesh side down, on a parchment paper-lined or aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Roast in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes until completely tender and lightly browned (pumpkin should take about 30 minutes; butternut squash closer to 40 minutes). Once the pumpkin or squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh and discard the skin.
  • To steam the pumpkin or butternut squash in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, pour 1 cup of water into the inner cooking pot and lower a compatible steamer rack or the trivet that comes with the Instant Pot into the inner pot. Place the pumpkin or squash halves in the basket or on top of the trivet, close the lid, and pressure cook at high pressure for 12-14 minutes. Once the timer is up, perform a quick pressure release by manually releasing the steam valve. Once the pumpkin or squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh and discard the skin.
  • While the squash is cooking, bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and salt generously. Cook the pasta according to the box directions until al dente and drain in a colander.
  • Measure out 1 1/2 cups of the roasted or steamed pumpkin or butternut squash flesh. Reserve the rest for another use, such as a curry, soup, or side dish.
  • In a high-powered blender, add the 1 1/2 cups of the pumpkin or squash flesh. Add in the soaked and drained cashews, nutritional yeast, mustard powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, nutmeg, 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, black pepper to taste, miso paste, tapioca flour or cornstarch, lemon juice, and lite coconut milk. Blend until the sauce is completely smooth and creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly, adding more salt as needed, more miso paste for more umami, or more lemon juice for more acidity.
  • Return the cooked and drained pasta back to the saucepan and add the cheese sauce. Heat over medium heat until the sauce is well combined with the pasta and warmed through. Season the mac and cheese to taste.


* While I recommend roasting the pumpkin for the best flavor results, if you are using canned pumpkin, you’ll need 1 1/2 cups puree (which is slightly less than one 15-ounce can).
** If you don’t have a high-powered blender, I recommend soaking the cashews overnight.
*** You can also make “lite” coconut milk by mixing 2 parts water with 1 part of canned full-fat coconut milk, then measuring out 1 cup (240 mL) of the mixture.

Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 610mg | Potassium: 1374mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 24200IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 5mg

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2 comments on 21 Vegan Pumpkin Recipes Perfect for Fall

  1. Mel Schumacher

    5 stars
    This is absolutely amazing. I have tried a LOT of mac and chz vegan recipes but this one just GETS IT. YUMMMMM. Thank you!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Yay, we’re thrilled you love it, Mel! :)

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