Top 5 Pumpkin Recipes

in I Love Pumpkin!

Since I was waxing poetic about my undying love for Libby’s canned pumpkin (yes, there is a pumpkin shortage, and yes, it’s not seasonal in some parts of the country… I’m so jealous!) last night, I thought I’d share with you my Top 5 Pumpkin Recipes.  Because pumpkin isn’t just for pie!


FIVE: Pumpkin Dip <—Not an original recipe but epic enough that it deserves a shout out.


FOUR:  Pumpkin Spice Toasted Quinoa


THREE: Sweet Breakfast Burrito


TWO:  Pumpkin Spice Latte Baked Oatmeal


ONE:  Pumpkin Yogurt  So amazing and simple that it was even featured on Women’s Day as a favorite healthy snack!

Pumpkin Yogurt

Delicious, huh?  Now do you see why I love pumpkin so much?  It can be savory; it can be sweet; it can be a snack; it can be a meal!  Long time pumpkin!


And although it’s not available in Charlotte yet, I thought I’d celebrate my love for pumpkin this morning with another great Code Orange breakfast featuring….


Sweet potato!


To make a simple mashed sweet potato for use in a breakfast bowl, wash the sweet potato, stab it with a fork, wrap in a wet paper towel, and microwave for 5 minutes or so.    Carefully peel off the skin and cut into cubes, and then pop in the freezer for five minutes or so to cool it off quickly.


Served with Honey Green Yogurt, Go Lean cereal, and chia seeds:


Have a wonderful day!



  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 1, 2010, 9:03 am

    SWeet potato for breakfast – LOVE it!!

  • Noelle September 1, 2010, 9:06 am

    Ok I need to hunt down some pumpkin stat! I can only find the organic stuff and WF, its just not the saaaaame!!

  • Amanda September 1, 2010, 9:07 am

    Okay. Sorry BUT we totally have pumpkin year round. LOVE IT! NW Ohio has its perks.

  • Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) September 1, 2010, 9:17 am

    What a great collection – I’m so ready to eat lots of pumpkin this fall (hopefully it will be available!)

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 1, 2010, 9:18 am

    Mmmm sweet potato for breakfast- delicious!! This is making me crave pumpkin, I hope it starts making appearances soon!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin September 1, 2010, 9:19 am

    I looove pumpkin too. It’s so great to bulk up oatmeal and yogurt and add some nice color (and fiber!) to meals/snacks.

  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) September 1, 2010, 9:21 am

    Pumpkin is the best. My mom makes an amazing spicy pumpkin soup, which I am practically dying to have again. (She only makes it once, MAYBE twice a year!) And there’s a spicy pumpkin-black bean chili I want to test out.

    But I do love a good slice of pumpkin pie … with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. YUM!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 1, 2010, 9:22 am

    You are killing me! I need pumpkin!!! I think butternut squash is a close second to it though. Your breakfast looks delicious!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 1, 2010, 9:23 am

    I really want to make that dip!! So excited for the return of pumpkin!

  • Emily September 1, 2010, 9:23 am

    Sounds like you are ready for fall, too, Caitlin! I can’t wait until it’s cooler and all the pretty colors return!

  • Stacey September 1, 2010, 9:24 am

    Nom nom nom. I’ve never thought of putting sweet potato in breakfast before! And I can’t wait until stores start stocking (say that five times fast) pumpkin! Bring it on 😀

  • LindseyAnn September 1, 2010, 9:29 am

    OK, pumpkin has been added to the shopping list. (And–since the boyfriend doesn’t like it, it will be all mine! *fistpump* :D)

    I also now want a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and sadly there isn’t a Starbucks within 100 miles of me. 🙁

    • Caitlin September 1, 2010, 9:54 am

      I love that you just fist pumped in the comment section!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 1, 2010, 9:31 am

    I love pumpkin, but sweet potatoes are definitely my favorite orange veggie. I’ve never had one with breakfast though, it sounds (and looks) delicious!

  • Elizabeth September 1, 2010, 9:32 am

    Wow how did you come up with all those wonderful pumpkin recipes? The breakfast burrito looks beyond amazing!

  • Emily September 1, 2010, 9:32 am

    I love pumpkin. I will eat it warmed up out of the can with a little bit of cinnamon sugar and butter dabbed on. I also like pumpkin custard (aka pumpkin pie without the crust) =]

  • Chelsea September 1, 2010, 9:34 am

    I loveeee pumpkin. I look forward to fall so much solely for pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin yogurt, pumpkin in smoothies…. you get the point! That breakfast burrito looks unbelieveable! Will have to try that one this year.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit September 1, 2010, 9:36 am

    You’re ahead of the game! I can’t wait to try some of those recipes 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 1, 2010, 9:40 am

    Bah! It’s too early for pumpkins and sweet potatoes. I’m still loving summer squash.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 1, 2010, 9:42 am

    Those look like some delicious recipes. Pumpkin is definitely my favourite thing about fall (closely followed by butternut squash!)

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 1, 2010, 9:43 am

    That sweet breakfast burrito looks so good! I need to try that–and your truffles–next time I have the pancake mix out.

  • Sara September 1, 2010, 9:43 am

    Yum. Now I want some pumpkin.

  • Wei-Wei September 1, 2010, 9:45 am

    I LOVE pumpkin. But I think I actually love sweet potato even more. 😀

  • Megan September 1, 2010, 9:45 am

    Your breakfasts have been inspiring me so much! When I went grocery shopping yesterday, I bought a few different fruits, yogurt, and Go Lean cereal. This morning, I had a breakfast of Kashi’s Go Lean Honey Almond Flax cereal (probably a handful and a half) with vanilla yogurt (a couple spoonfuls) and sliced banana. I ate it at 6:45am (and I ate it SLOWLY so I could allow my brain to catch up and let me know when I was full), and it’s now 9:45am, and I’m still at that “happy full.” It was so delicious! I’ll probably satisfied until my lunch break at 11:30! 🙂

  • Erin September 1, 2010, 9:46 am

    Bookmarked! Pumpkin is my favorite fall food and I can’t wait to get my hands on some ASAP.

  • Andrea September 1, 2010, 9:48 am

    OH my…yum pumpkin. I can’t wait to make my gingerbread pumpkin trifle.

  • lisasfoods September 1, 2010, 9:48 am

    I love sweet potatoes at any time of the day, but just don’t like them microwaved. Can’t do it. (They’re never as soft and well done as in the oven.)

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up September 1, 2010, 9:50 am

    I’ve never been a fan of pumpkin but some of these recipes look delicious. I will have to try them out for sure!

  • Kelly September 1, 2010, 9:52 am

    Yum, love me a good sweet potato. And pumpkin. I had a pumpkin spice latte this morning.

  • Marie-Sophie September 1, 2010, 10:01 am

    Now think of living in a countr that does NOT HAVE canned pumpkin 🙁
    I so would love to try out all your canned pumpkin recipes but Germany doesn’t seem to be a fan of this – so I guess I have to make it from scratch (what kind of pumkin would I use for that?) ..

  • Vicky @ eat live spin September 1, 2010, 10:02 am

    I love pumpkin. I live in NYC so I can find pumpkin regularly. This fall I am going to try and make my own pumpkin puree! That will be an interesting venture. My favorite way to enjoy pumpkin is in a smoothie… pumpkin pie smoothie to be exact!

  • Marie-Sophie September 1, 2010, 10:03 am

    Oh,and we also don’t have pumpkin spice .. *sigh* .. Not fair!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 1, 2010, 10:07 am

    I love pumpkin in my breakfast! I’ve never tried sweet potato in it, but I’m sure I would love it too! 😀

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 1, 2010, 10:09 am

    #6: Pumpkin Lattes! Bring it, fall.

  • Angharad September 1, 2010, 10:10 am

    I’m not really a pumpkin convert. I think it’s an American/British thing. Everyone here is nuts over it but it was never even on my radar until I moved over. I was really creeped out by canned pumpkin til I tried it! I like it but…not as obsessed as some people I know 😉

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) September 1, 2010, 10:12 am

    i had pumpkin yogurt today and thought of you…totally amazing!

  • Heather September 1, 2010, 10:13 am

    I love pumpkin muffins but b/c of the shortage havent had any in so long!

  • Sarah for Real September 1, 2010, 10:27 am

    Unfortunately, we give canned pumpkin to our dog (when she has soft stool) quite frequently, so now canned pumpkin always reminds me of dog poo 🙁 Sad.

  • Jenn@ LiveWellFitNow September 1, 2010, 10:32 am

    I have had pumpkin or baked apples along with my Greek yogurt or smoothies everyday this week! Obsession!!!!

  • Kate D September 1, 2010, 10:34 am

    I do like pumpkin pie and love all sorts of squash, so I wonder why I’ve never incorporated pumpkin into my life. All of those recipes look great–I think I’ll try the pumpkin dip one.
    I wonder if my grocery store has pumpkin on the shelves.

  • eatmovelove September 1, 2010, 10:43 am

    That first one looks great! I love all things orange 🙂

    Seems like a few people are doing “Top 5’s”!

  • diana @ i can eat, cant i? September 1, 2010, 10:47 am

    i got to try that pumpkin dip and sweet breakfast burrito! they look so goooood. it’s time for me to return to the market to see if pumpkin is available!! what’s the first thing you’re going to make when you buy it?!!

    • Caitlin September 1, 2010, 11:12 am

      I don’t know!!!! too many excellent choices!

  • kirsty_girl @ Cooking in Japan September 1, 2010, 10:48 am

    I can’t wait to make that dip with kabocha squash. Also can’t wait until apples are in season here in Japan.

  • Natalie Rae September 1, 2010, 10:51 am

    I am obsessed with pumpkin! I just text my fiance today to tell him that the pumpkin treats and drinks are already at Starbucks… and then I saw your blog title this morning and giggled- seems we are similar in our like 🙂 Thanks for the post!

  • Amber K September 1, 2010, 10:52 am

    I’m going to have to try sweet potatoes again. They always look so tasty and yet the last time I had one it was gross. I can’t remember how long ago that was…

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) September 1, 2010, 10:54 am

    This post makes me even more excited for pumpkin! I live about 20 minutes away from *the* Libby’s Farm, so if we don’t even have it yet, I’ll bet it will be hard to find it other places right now.

    • Katie @ peacebeme September 1, 2010, 10:57 am

      That is really cool your live next to Libby’s farm!

  • Amber@momsgottheruns September 1, 2010, 10:56 am

    All those recipes look great! I’m going to hunt down some pumpkin TODAY! Thanks for sharing the recipes!

  • Katie @ peacebeme September 1, 2010, 10:56 am

    I love sweet potatoes and pumpkin! I am going to make pumpkin butter asap! I am bookmarking this page too – I have so many bookmarks from your blog. 🙂

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! September 1, 2010, 11:03 am

    From what my boss tells me who feeds her two golden retrievers pumpkin everday there was a bad pumpkin shortage last year and this year so it may be hard to find Libby’s Pumpkin as I know she has been searching herself high and low. =(

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward September 1, 2010, 11:05 am

    I never thought about using sweet potato as a breakfast item, but after seeing it on your blog as well as Tina’s I will have to try it out. Hopefully it holds you over until pumpkin is available to you!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises September 1, 2010, 11:11 am

    I love pumpkin too but I’m definitely not emotionally ready for fall yet (more summer please!) so if that means waiting for pumpkin I’ll do it.
    I’m intrigued by your sweet potato for breakfast though. I’ll have to try that.

  • Heather September 1, 2010, 11:13 am

    Pumpkin still AWOL here in the NW Indiana region but I saw on the news that the pumpkin harvest will be good this year!! Woot! Hopefully that means it’ll start turning up again soon! I soooo miss it!

  • Leanne @ Radiant, Balanced & Fit September 1, 2010, 11:25 am

    No healthy pumpkin pie vegan recipe? :p

  • Angela September 1, 2010, 11:33 am

    I’m so excited for pumpkin!!! It’s my reason for being in the fall. Well that’s an exaggeration but I still love it. I love the yogurt, but the dip and burrito look truly amazing. I cannot wait to stockpile cans of Libby’s!

  • Orla September 1, 2010, 11:35 am

    I would be very cautious about putting hot or warm food in a refrigerator or freezer to just cool it down. The food cools at an unequal rate as some parts will be hotter than others which can encourage the growth of some bacteria. That is what I was told by health professionals and chefs alike. Food should be allowed cool completely before being transferred. Maybe baking/cooking your sweet potato in bulk in advance and freezing in portion sized amounts would be good. Sorry for being a downer. I am quite freakish about food hygeine. 🙂

  • Jillian@ ReshapeYourLife September 1, 2010, 11:39 am

    all of this talk about pumpkin recipes is making me feel compelled to try it! Maybe I’ll just have to check that out next time I go to the grocery store. 🙂

  • Marina September 1, 2010, 11:48 am

    I’m not sure if anybody else has this problem, but I can’t click on the links on your blog. Like for these recipes, it just doesn’t go nowhere 🙁

    Btw, can’t wait to make those burritos

    • Caitlin September 1, 2010, 12:01 pm

      I think it might be your computer….

  • McKella September 1, 2010, 11:52 am

    Sweet breakfast burrito?! I gotta check that out.
    And Caitlin, you forgot PUMPKIN ICE CREAM! It should be out in a few weeks…I can’t wait!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet September 1, 2010, 12:09 pm

    oh i need to try that breakfast burrito!!

  • Nicci (Nifty Eats) September 1, 2010, 12:15 pm

    I can’t wait to hit the grocery store this weekend for some pumpkin. I love making my pumpkin soup during Fall.

  • Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 1, 2010, 12:18 pm

    Oh, how i adore pumpkin.. I’m bookmarking this!

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) September 1, 2010, 12:19 pm

    Well, it worked. I’m officially craving “autumn” foods! I could REALLY go for a mug of hot apple cider right now. This may be partly owing to the fact that my office is about 14 degrees at the moment, but I’m just gonna go with it.

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 1, 2010, 12:23 pm

    Wish you had a teleporter bc we have pumpkin all year :l Wonder why it’s not seasonal here, but it is out east…? VEIRD!

    That sweet burrito looks so dang good ! Wish I had one right. now. 😉

  • chelsey September 1, 2010, 12:36 pm

    I neeeed pumpkin NOW!!!!

  • Amanda W September 1, 2010, 12:36 pm

    I’m a HUGE fan of pumpkin! Now that’s it September I’m definitely thinking fall…which means lots of pumpkin-flavored treats. Thanks for sharing the recipes!!

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 1, 2010, 12:36 pm

    I have never tried pumpkin but this post makes me want to!

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl September 1, 2010, 3:15 pm

    Soooo…I just found some pumpkin I must’ve frozen awhile ago. I wonder what the rules are on how long frozen is too long frozen???

    It might be worth ignoring the rules for that pumpkin dip though 🙂

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef September 1, 2010, 4:35 pm

    these all look amazing!! i can’t wait til i can find pumpkin. i think i will go crazy. 🙂

  • kristin September 1, 2010, 5:08 pm

    hahaha your love for pumpkin is hilarious! i will check our stores in cleveland, and if we have some I will send home with my sister for you when she is in town at the end of this month 🙂

  • Chelsea September 1, 2010, 6:12 pm

    These all look so good! I’m glad I have one can of pumpkin left over from last year, but now I’m almost too scared to use it. What if it never comes back?!

  • Lauren September 1, 2010, 6:26 pm

    Okay, I have a really stupid question. In the pumpkin quinoa recipe, do you use cooked quinoa and then bake it or bake it raw??

    • Caitlin September 1, 2010, 6:28 pm

      toast it raw!

      there are no stupid questions 🙂

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous September 1, 2010, 8:20 pm Everything looks delicious! I love pumpkin flavors, but rarely ever eat it. That breakfast burrito is calling my name!

  • Nicole September 1, 2010, 9:19 pm

    I LOVE this post! I wasn’t ready for fall but today I had my first pumpkin spiced latte of the season! next tonight may be a pumpkin spiced beer. Thanks for all the recipes!

  • Liza @ Health Nutting September 1, 2010, 10:09 pm

    YUM! I can’t wait to try all these recipes! I love your pumpkin yogurt but haven’t had it in a while! I’ve been lovin’ on cooking pumpkin into my oatbran = so good!

  • Marieke September 2, 2010, 6:27 am

    I think that seasonal things are great! You look forward to them so much, it wouldn’t be the same if they were available all times.

  • Seglare September 2, 2010, 8:32 am

    Oh, I have to bookmark this post. 😉 I’m always looking for new ideas on what to do with pumpkin (instead of just the few old recipes I keep rotating), and these sound delicious! Thank you!

  • Miranda September 2, 2010, 10:36 am

    You inspired me to try the pumpkin oats this morning, I had a can of Libby’s just hanging out in the back of the pantry. It was wonderful! Thanks for the idea!!

  • Sarah @ Going on Goals September 2, 2010, 2:42 pm

    Love your pumpkin recipes! I will definitely be trying them over the long weekend.

    Another one of my favorites in pumpkin cream cheese. Beat 8-ounce package cream cheese,1/2 cup canned pumpkin, 1/4 cup sugar, 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla put in fridge for at least 30 mins (I usually let it sit 12 hours).

  • Amy September 5, 2010, 10:09 pm

    Can’t wait to make these. Pumpkin is one of the reasons I love Fall so much.

  • Suz September 6, 2010, 11:45 am

    can’t find pumpkin here at all. I’ve been searching for MONTHS! I’m hoping they are able to get over this shortage problem and I plan to stock up!

  • Kristin September 18, 2011, 6:46 pm

    can you use quick cooking oats or steel cut oats for the pumpkin spice latte baked oatmeal??

    • CaitlinHTP September 18, 2011, 7:50 pm

      either would work!

      • Kristin September 18, 2011, 9:06 pm

        thank you!!! i seriously need to get some regular oats!!!

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