When I was a child, pumpkin season started in August on my Dad’s birthday when he chose a homemade pumpkin pie in place of a cake. Since then, I’ve had a thing for pumpkin. When I was older and lived in northern England, canned pumpkin purée was hard to find, so I’d bribe friends to bring it up from London to fulfill my muffin, soup and pie dreams.
These days now that I’m back in the U.S., my local Whole Foods Market is filled with pumpkin-flavored delights far beyond purée — pumpkin seed trail mix bars, pancake and waffle mixes, cookies, oh my!
In one recent shopping trip I discovered my breakfast essentials had gotten the pumpkin treatment including 365 Everyday Value® Pumpkin Spice Granola and 365 Everyday Value® Organic Pumpkin Spice Low Fat Yogurt. (Both are limited edition — get them while you can!) Or try 365 Everyday Value® Organic Pumpkin Patch City Roast Ground Coffee Capsules. They are made with 100% Arabica beans. Plus our Whole Trade® Guarantee requires better wages and working conditions, environmental responsibility, community development, and 1% of sales donated to Whole Planet Foundation®.
Looking for a sweet pumpkin treat? Limited edition 365 Everyday Value® Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Sandwich Cremes fit the bill. And if you also live in a warmer climate like I do, 365 Everyday Value® Organic Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches are for you.
And don’t forget the 365 Everyday Value® Organic Pumpkin Pie Spice. Sprinkle it on your morning coffee, mix into your oatmeal or sprinkle on winter vegetables before roasting!
Let me take a minute to acknowledge how good pumpkin pie is — so good — and how smart my dad was to insist on having it in August rather than waiting for Thanksgiving — so smart! Hungry for a slice? Check out these riffs on the classic with Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Pie or Pumpkin Apple Pie.
And let’s not forget the seeds. Cooking with pumpkin seeds should not be treated like an after thought during pumpkin carving parties. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are a delicious treat, or take it a step further and try our recipe for Pumpkin Seed Pesto.
That’s just the start. Here are a few of my favorite sweet and savory pumpkin recipes.