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3 pumpkin recipes that taste like autumn

September 22, 2014

Pumpkin is the unofficial flavor of fall. In addition to pumpkin lattes and bread, make these great pumpkin-inspired recipes to celebrate the season. They're quick and easy to make, and the whole family will love them!

1. Toasted pumpkin seeds
Once you've gutted and carved your Halloween pumpkins, you can toast up the seeds for a yummy snack. Toasted pumpkin seeds are a perfect addition to any bagged lunch and they're easy to customize to your tastes. To get started, you'll need:

  • 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Cooking spray.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients until the seeds are well coated. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray, then spread the seeds evenly. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until lightly toasted, flipping the seeds occasionally.

2. Pumpkin butter
If you want to give your morning toast a little kick, there's nothing better to use than pumpkin butter. This spread is great on bagels, scones, muffins or even in oatmeal! It also makes a nice autumn housewarming gift. To make pumpkin butter, you'll need:

  • One 29-ounce can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
  • 3/4 cup apple juice or apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg.

In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently. When your pumpkin butter is the desired thickness, remove from heat. Before you transfer it into containers, adjust the spices to your tastes. Divvy into airtight containers and store in the refrigerator.

3. Pumpkin pie dessert dip
If you don't have the time to bake a pumpkin pie, you can capture the same savory flavors with a pumpkin pie dip. It makes a delicious dessert when paired with apples slices, graham crackers or sugar cookies. To make this delicious treat, gather:

  • 6 ounces Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 ounces Cool Whip
  • Pumpkin pie spice to taste.

In a large bowl, stir together the yogurt, sugar, pumpkin and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Fold in the Cool Whip and add spices to taste. You can also add in a little cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice. Chill the dip in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.

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