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Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice - Healthy Holiday Recipes

[fa icon="calendar"] Nov 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by Nicole Urban

Nicole Urban

 Well Thanksgiving may be over, but we know many of you still have that craving for pumpkin, even after autumn ends. Well we've got you covered! This pumpkin spice recipe guide is perfect for you! And as we learned earlier this month, canned pumpkin is just as healthy as fresh pumpkin. So forget about what is or isn't seasonal – here are few healthy pumpkin recipes that are easy-peasy treats not cheats!



1) Oatmeal pumpkin muffins (Vegetarian and Gluten Free)


½-cup pumpkin puree
¼-cup almond milk unsweetened
1-tablespoon coconut oil
1 ¼ cup rolled oats
4-tablespoon (nut butter of your choice. Recommended sunflower butter)
¼-cup agave
1-teaspoon baking powder
1-teaspoon  Cinnamon
½-cup pecans or dark chocolate chips
¼ tablespoon salt
1-tablespoon vanilla extract



  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Coat pan with coconut oil
  3. Mix together all ingredients except oats, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips
  4. Add oats and optional salt whisk together
  5. Add chocolate chips whisk together
  6. Use about ¼ measuring cup or ice cream scooper to evenly place in trays 
  7. Bake for 18-25 minutes until top is golden brown
  8. Allow muffins to cool for at least 20 minutes before removing from the pan




2) Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal


1-cup old fashion oats
1 ½-cup almond milk
¼-cup pumpkin puree
½-teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼-teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
¼-cup cranberries
1-teaspoon coconut flake optional



Pumpkin-Pancakes-AGS-Health-and-Wellness-Recipes3) Paleo Pumpkin Ginger Snap Pancakes



½-cup pumpkin puree
2-tbsp almond flour (ingredients found at Sprouts or Trader Joe's)
¼-tsp ground cinnamon
1½-tbs honey
1-tsp coconut oil
1/8-cup almond milk
½-tbsp. chopped walnuts
¼-tsp ginger
¼ -tsp nutmeg



  1. In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. 
  2. Mix together all the wet ingredients such as coconut oil, and honey
  3. Combine all ingredients together
  4. Coat baking pan in coconut oil on medium heat
  5. Cook 2-4 minutes until both sides are golden brown
  6. Serve with nut butter such as sunflower butter or almond butter
  7. 1-tablespoon of honey and ground cinnamon on top



4) Healthy Pumpkin Chili


½-cup vegetable broth
1-large chopped onion
2-cloves minced garlic
2-bell peppers, chopped (any color)
1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-ounce can pumpkin purée
2-cups vegetable broth
2-teaspoon chili powder
2-teaspoon cumin
2-teaspoon paprika
1-teaspoon salt
½- teaspoon cinnamon
½- teaspoon nutmeg
Juice from 1 lime
Optional Toppings: cilantro, jalapeños, sriracha, crushed flaxseed tortilla chips
(tortilla chips can be found at sprouts or Trader Joes)



  1. Heat up vegetable broth in a large pot
  2. Sautee onion and garlic, and bell peppers in a separate pan
  3. Combine all ingredients except limejuice and bring to a slight boil
  4. Turn down heat to simmer and cover with a lid
  5. Turn heat off and add fresh limejuice to garnish the dish
  6. Serve with your favorite toppings



As we’re on the topic of pumpkin spice, it only makes sense we mention the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL).

They may be out of season, but that doesn't mean you can't make your own – and make it healthier to boot! So forget about Starbucks. This recipe is done in just minutes from the comfort of your own home, this health conscious take on the PSL will satisfy all your pumpkin needs this season.


It begins with a base of not just milk, but condensed milk. What’s the difference? At around 80 calories a cup, skim milk delivers a healthy serving of calcium and contains just 12g of sugar. Condensed milk on the other hand comes a staggering 291 calories a cup, with 61g of sugar and none of the calcium.



5) Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte


½-cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3-tablespoons pumpkin puree
1-teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon vanilla
2-3 drops of liquid stevia (or sweetener of choice)
8-ounces brewed coffee (or 1-2 shots of espresso)
Sprinkle of cinnamon



  1. In a cup or saucepan, mix together almond milk and pumpkin. Cook on medium heat on the stovetop or microwave for 30-45 seconds.
  2. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, spices, and sweetener, place in a cup and use a frother to foam the milk. You can also use a blender — just process for 30 seconds or until foamy.
  3. Pour coffee into a large mug; add the foamy milk mixture on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!


If you are interested in additional healthy recipes feel free to visit the AGS Health and Wellness blog.

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Topics: Diet & Eating, Healthy eating, Holiday Recipes

Nicole Urban

Written by Nicole Urban

Nicole is a Fitness and Nutrition Counselor for AGS. Her studies include Exercise Science with an emphasis on Health Education as well as a certified Personal Trainer through the NASM. She pursues her passion in Fitness and Nutrition by working with others to develop a healthy lifestyle.

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