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40 Ways To Make Your Pumpkin Recipes Stand Out

40 Ways To Make Your Pumpkin Recipes Stand Out

Pumpkin is the dish that fits for all occasions. You can have pumpkin recipes as appetizers, main dish, desserts and also as beverages. Rich in vitamins, they have great nutritious value as well.

In this article, we present you with 40 awesome pumpkin recipes, which will surely make your day, if not the mealtime good.

1. Pumpkin spice roasted chickpeas

    This recipe contains chickpeas, maple syrup, coconut oil and nutmegs. It’s a great way to start your meal. It’s crunchy and really delicious. Cinnamon and ginger are also added to this dish, which provide it with a wonderful aroma. (Click here to view recipe.)

    2. Pumpkin spice granola

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      Pumpkin spice granola is a crunchy delicious granola and healthy one as well. This wonderful snack is flavored with pumpkin, spices, brown sugar and pumpkin seeds. You can treat yourself with this dish in all sorts of ways. You can have it right out of bowl, sprinkle it on yogurt or use it as topping over oatmeal. (Click here to view recipe.)

      3. Skinny pumpkin spice brownies

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        They have delicious pumpkin flavor and in spite of being delicious and sweet, are pretty low in calories. They don’t need oil and butter and have their own unique sweet-tooth satiating flavor and smoothness. They are not very hard to prepare as well, requiring very few ingredients. (Click here to view recipe.)

        4. Pumpkin and potato gratins with gruyere and sage

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          This particular recipe is perfect in all the cooler months. Potato gratins in themselves are great dish, containing lots of cream and cheese. Addition of pumpkin enriches the taste of the dish and makes it even better. (Click here to view recipe.)

          5. Nutella-covered pumpkin crepes

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            This dish is pretty simple and quick to make as well as delicious. Savory crepes are prepared by first preparing plain crepes and later stuffing them with additional ingredients. You can have various types of toppings and fillings in this dish. (Click here to view recipe.)

            6. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookie overnight oats

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              Pumpkin chocolate-chip flavored cookie overnight oats are simple to prepare and don’t take much time to put together either. They are packed with protein, contain actual chocolate chips mixed in them and have great flavor of pumpkin. (Click here to view recipe.)

              7. Chocolate pumpkin Halloween cookies

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                This recipe is the perfect one for the occasion of Halloween. The cookies fit the occasion perfectly well with their black and orange color. They are wonderful to look at and delicious to eat as well. This wonderful treat doesn’t require many ingredients as well. (Click here to view recipe.)

                8. Pumpkin brioche bread with chocolate swirl

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                  This is a pretty simple recipe to make. It’s filled with slushy chocolate and the only difficult part is in letting it rise for 2 hours. This large buttery bread is gorgeous to look at and delicious to eat. However, you have to be careful in not over mixing the dough ingredients.(Click here to view recipe.)

                  9. Cheesy butternut gratin

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                    Cheesy butternut gratin requires one small peeled butternut squash. Loaded with heavy cream, it tastes incredible. Salt and pepper make the taste tantalizing. Cheddar cheese and pine nuts leave that appealing aftertaste, which make you want this dish more. (Click here to view recipe.)

                    10. Vegan pumpkin spice baked doughnuts

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                      These doughnuts are healthy and appetizing but you’re susceptible to obesity with them as you’re likely to go on consuming them one after another. They are soft, moist and lovely, and full of pumpkins, further enhanced with a maple pumpkin spice finish. (Click here to view recipe.)

                      11. Boozy pumpkin pie milkshake

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                        This one is an incredible pie, which you can drink. You don’t have to spend more than an hour to bake it but you can have a pie to treat yourself after all. Each sip of this ice-cold dessert has a creamy and spicy texture, which will do wonders for your palate. (Click here to view recipe.)

                        12. Baked pumpkin doughnut holes

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                          Technically, these are mini muffins but they taste like doughnut holes. Baked and not fried, they are soft and have fiery pumpkin flavor, which tastes really nice. They are pretty easy to make and perfect way to treat friends and relatives, and of course yourselves during the fall. (Click here to view recipe.)

                          13. Whole wheat pumpkin pecan pancakes

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                            These delicious pancakes are made with white whole wheat flour, pumpkin spice and puree and pecans. Perfect as a breakfast dish, particularly if you are feeling lazy, these are must have dish during pumpkin seasons. (Click here to view recipe.)

                            14. Pumpkin-shrimp bruschetta

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                              Pumpkin-shrimp bruschetta brings the grandeur of seafood with vegetables. Perfect as an appetizer, this dish contains smashed goat cheese, arugula, Italian vinaigrette salad dressing and Parmesan cheese. (Click here to view recipe.)

                              15. Pumpkin doughnut muffins

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                                Pumpkin doughnut muffins taste like cake doughnuts and have crusty outsides, formed by a coating of melted better. With tender insides of cake, coupled with sweet crunchy topping that melts in mouth, they are absolute delight. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                16. Baked pumpkin oatmeal cups

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                                  This pumpkin baked oatmeal recipe is one perfect and healthy recipe, containing chocolate chips and pumpkin pie spice. They are very easy to prepare and also quite easy to store. You should try these delicious treats, perfect for fall seasons. (Click here to view recipe.)

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                                  17. Pumpkin banana bread

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                                    Pumpkin banana breads are healthy breads and rather easy to make as well. They are very moist and look wonderful, when topped with pumpkin spiced cream cheese. They are basically the improvisation of banana nut bread recipe. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                    18. Pumpkin cannelloni with sage brown-butter sauce

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                                      This cannelloni recipe contains three different varieties of pumpkin, peeled ones, seeded ones and chopped ones. Containing grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and lasagna sheets, they are perfect recipe to please your kinsfolks. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                      19. Pumpkin scones

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                                        A major improvisation over actual scones, pumpkin scones taste terrific. They contain cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, providing them with fine smoothness and aroma. They also require unsalted butter, brown sugar and canned pumpkin puree.(Click here to view recipe.)

                                        20. Pull-apart cinnamon sugar pumpkin bread

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                                          You can prepare many great recipes, baking pumpkin. Pull-apart cinnamon sugar pumpkin breads are another on that list. The light yeasted dough gives one reminiscence of doughnut and it’s not that difficult to prepare as well. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                          21. Pumpkin no bake energy bites

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                                            This recipe can serve a lot of different purposes. They can be used as breakfasts, snacks and even desserts. They are rich in nutrients and very easy to make at homes. They are perfect way to enjoy fall seasons, full of pumpkins and fun.(Click here to view recipe.)

                                            22. Pumpkin tortellini

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                                              Pumpkin tortellini requires butternut squash filled pasta, mascarpone and heavy cream. This is a quite new recipe and full of nutrients. This recipe is a little difficult to prepare but is surely a delightful way to serve your appetite during dinner. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                              23. Sour cream pumpkin coffee cake

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                                                This wonderful coffeecake, with the layer of pumpkin and streusel glaze, may require a long list of ingredients. It requires whole wheat flour, pumpkin puree, ginger, cloves and nutmegs amongst other ingredients. But it’s not actually that difficult to make. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                24. Pumpkin roll

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                                                  For the cake part of pumpkin roll, you need pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree while for the filling, you need cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar. This is a great recipe for season of pumpkins and looks very elegant as well. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                  25. Pumpkin torte

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                                                    This layered cake is beautiful to look at and has a buttery filling with a mild pumpkin aroma and a little spice. The finish is excellent with nuts and caramel topping and it doesn’t take very long time to prepare either. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                    26. Pumpkin fried rice

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                                                      Pumpkin fried rice is certain to brighten up any dinner table. It looks cute and is perfect for festive occasions. It’s better to look for small sugar pumpkins that are sweet and great for cooking and baking purposes instead of regular flavorless pumpkins. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                      27. Pumpkin cheesecake shooters

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                                                        Pumpkin cheesecake shooters are perfect to treat your folks. They contain chocolate graham crackers, fat cream cheese and canned pumpkin. Containing only natural ingredients, they are a dish you should try on seasons of pumpkin. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                        28. Pumpkin cheesecake crescent rolls

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                                                          These are impeccable breakfast for frosty mornings. They are very easy to make and exceptionally delicious to eat. They look wonderful as well, especially if you brush them with butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                          29. Pumpkin French toast bake

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                                                            Traditional French toasts themselves are so good. But adding the goodness of pumpkin to that to make pumpkin French toast bake is an absolute delight. If you want the toast to soak up plenty of pumpkin, it would be better to make it the day before and bake it in the morning. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                            30. Pumpkin hazelnut flaugnarde

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                                                              This is a simple French custard like dessert, which is best when served warm. It is deliciously sweet, containing agave and toasted hazelnuts. A wonderful alternative to pumpkin pie, this is also a great way to end a Thanksgiving feast. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                              31. Cranberry pumpkin seed granola

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                                                                There are quite a few variations of dried fruits that work just fine for this recipe. However, green pumpkin seeds and red cranberries are used in the case of cranberry pumpkin seed granola. This is one wonderful treat to have during fall seasons. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                32. Caramel pumpkin Italian cream cake

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                                                                  This is a slight modification over conventional Italian cream cake recipe and a really good one. This uses pumpkin and contains slightly salted caramel filling. The cake is moist and a perfect way to treat your people during Thanksgiving.(Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                  33. Pumpkin Nutella snack cake

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                                                                    Pumpkin Nutella bread is one fabulous treat, perfect for use as snack. They are very easy to prepare and store. They can be stored for long periods of time as well. Although targeted primarily as snack, they are just fine for use as desserts as well. (Click here to view recipe.)

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                                                                    34. Pumpkin nut muffins

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                                                                      Fall is a perfect time for preparing muffins and pumpkin nut muffin is a great dish to spend your time and efforts for. They have abundance of pumpkin taste and are a great snack to have with a cup of tea or coffee. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                      35. Roasted pumpkin with shallots

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                                                                        This one is a pretty simple recipe to prepare and doesn’t look very appealing either. It’s not to say that it looks very bad. But in spite of appearing to be rather plain recipe, it’s perfect as a quick side dish. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                        36. Pumpkin quesadilla

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                                                                          Pumpkin quesadilla is a very light and delightful recipe. It doesn’t add up too many calories to your body. Yet, you won’t have the feeling of hunger for a very long time. It requires tortillas, pumpkin puree, shredded cheddar cheese and cumin and doesn’t take very long to prepare. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                          37. Roasted pumpkin and pomegranate salad with pumpkin seed oil vinaigrette

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                                                                            Requiring the preparing time of only 15 minutes and cooking time of 30 minutes, this is a recipe you should spend your time preparing. Preparing the vinaigrette part is slightly difficult but except for that, you won’t have much problems.(Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                            38. Pumpkin spice cream cheese

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                                                                              This is a great recipe for chilly weathers when the days are short. It brings the flavor of pumpkin cheesecake to your mornings. Giving you the feeling of having dessert for breakfast, this recipe doesn’t require too many ingredients to prepare either. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                              39. Pumpkin crescent rolls with honey butter

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                                                                                Pumpkin crescent rolls with honey butter won’t leave you empty for long periods. It needs canned pumpkin, ground cinnamon, whole wheat flour and butter to prepare. It’s a very good way to start your mornings. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                                40. Pumpkin walnut cheesecake

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                                                                                  A great dessert to have during Thanksgiving, this recipe is certainly delicious. The filling part requires cream cheese, pumpkin, cinnamon and ground cloves while topping is made of butter, brown sugar and walnuts. (Click here to view recipe.)

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                                                                                  Last Updated on February 21, 2019

                                                                                  12 Best Brain Foods That Improve Memory and Boost Brain Power

                                                                                  12 Best Brain Foods That Improve Memory and Boost Brain Power

                                                                                  Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                                                                  But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                                                                  I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                                                                  Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

                                                                                  1. Nuts

                                                                                  The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                                                                  Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                                                                  Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                                                                  Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                                                                  2. Blueberries

                                                                                  Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                                                                  When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                                                                  3. Tomatoes

                                                                                  Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                                                                  4. Broccoli

                                                                                  While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                                                                  Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                                                                  Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                                                                  5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                                                                  Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                                                                  The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                                                                  Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                                                                  6. Soy

                                                                                  Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                                                                  Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                                                                  Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                                                                  7. Dark chocolate

                                                                                  When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                                                                  Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

                                                                                  15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                                                                  8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                                                                  Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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                                                                                  B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

                                                                                  Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                                                                  Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                                                                  To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                                                                  9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                                                                  Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                                                                  Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                                                                  Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                                                                  10. Gingko biloba

                                                                                  This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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                                                                                  It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

                                                                                  However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                                                                  11. Green and black tea

                                                                                  Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                                                                  Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                                                                  Find out more about green tea here:

                                                                                  11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                                                                  12. Sage and Rosemary

                                                                                  Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                                                                  Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                                                                  When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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