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Top 5 Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes

With Halloween truly done and dusted (I went as a crack whore in case anyone was wondering), the supermarkets have a plethora of unwanted, unloved pumpkins that are desperately searching for a family to satisfy – so be a good samaritan and take one home with you today (most likely at a discounted price as well, bargain!!)

I know, I know – if you eat anymore pumpkin you’ll start looking like one, but I’ve managed to narrow down the thousands of seasonal recipes to present you with my tasty, simple, gluten-free top 5. So please do surrender to your wintry urges and give these a go before you start your pumpkin hate campaign!

Unfortunately, in the week just gone, I have been completely preoccupied with uni and the jollies of Halloween to give my baking and cooking any thought, so I have little to offer this week – apart from this picture of my Halloween Eve dinner. Poussin with a roasted mini munchkin pumpkin! Who said you can’t have a roast for 1?!


Preheat the oven to 200C. Prep the poussin by separating the skin from the meat and rubbing butter in between, then drizzle with olive oil and season. Gut the pumpkin and pierce all over; drizzle with olive oil and place two whole garlic cloves and a quarter of red onion in the hollow pumpkin. Place the poussin and the pumpkin in a roasting tray and roast together for around 40 mins. Baste the poussin half way through, and if you are feeling extra indulgent drizzle with honey at 30 mins. Simple and delicious!


Quinoa and Cookies’ Pumpkin Spice Oat Bars


Not only are these delicious oaty bars pumpkin spiced, but they’re packed with pumpkin puree as well! And moving away from Halloween, there’s nothing quite like cinnamon and nutmeg to get you in that Christmassy mood.

Whole and Healthy Kitchen’s Pumpkin Oatmeal Bread


A good way to judge recipes is by pulling apart their title: pumpkin – yes; oatmeal – YES; bread – YES YES YES! As you can see from the picture this recipe is just a totally indulgent, crumbly dream. Give it a go!

Bitter Sweet’s Pump[kin] It Up (protein pumpkin burgers)


When this recipe popped up on my WordPress Reader (or feeder as I know it) I was literally drooling at the thought of this nutritionally packed patty! Cleverly constructed and loaded with flavour, even the meat lover will adore this. Serve in between baby gem lettuce for a truly healthy dinner.

Thoroughly Nourished’s Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes


Pancakes are a Sunday classic, and you’re probably thinking you’ve mastered the essential art – but before you scroll past this recipe take a look at how moist and soft these look! The combination of cardamon and cinnamon is not one to miss either.

Simple Provisions’ Polenta with Roasted Pumpkin and Brown Butter


Bored of all the sweet pumpkin recipes flooding the internet? Then this is a dinner that’ll dismiss your pumpkin prejudice. I am usually quite hesitant about polenta, kind of a weird tasteless mass, but the combination of flavours here are just a taste match in heaven.

And if all those aren’t enough to tingle your pumpkiny tastebuds, then of course I have a couple of my own recipes to throw in the mix: Mini Pumpkin Pecan Pies and Pumpkin Pie Porridge. Enjoy!

A cheeky P.S note, I’m running the Reading Half Marathon for MND in March next year and I’ve just set up my fundraising page: – Give a little if you can, it’s for a great cause!

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