by: Yuri Elkaim

15 Healthy Pumpkin Desserts You’ll Want to Make

Each year as fall approaches, we dig out our coziest sweaters, trade in our flip-flops for boots, and break out the pumpkin-themed indulgences.

Pumpkin becomes a staple in many households from the very first sight of autumn. We sip on pumpkin-flavored drinks, munch on pumpkin-flavored candies, and gobble down pumpkin pie by the slice.

Most of us think of pumpkin as a holiday treat, but did you know that it actually boasts some pretty impressive health benefits?

Pumpkins are rich in vitamin A, which is essential for healthy vision. They also contain beta-carotene, a potent antioxidant with health-promoting properties, as well as fiber to promote satiety and encourage weight loss.

This year before you dive into the sugary pumpkin sweets,  take a look at these 15 simple and healthy pumpkin desserts that strike the balance between nutritious and delicious.

Healthy Pumpkin Desserts

1. Dairy-Free No-Churn Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

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If you’ve ever wanted to try making your own ice cream but don’t have an ice cream maker, this recipe is for you.

This recipe departs from the typical ice cream ingredient list, which usually contains sweetened condensed milk and whipped cream. Instead, coconut cream, dates, and pumpkin puree come together to make this ice cream 100 percent dairy free – and 100 percent delicious.

Find the recipe here: Leelalicious

2. Vegan Pumpkin Gingersnap Tiramisu

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This quick pumpkin dessert blends decadent layers of pumpkin cream and gingersnaps with a whipped coconut cream topping for the ultimate (healthy) indulgence.

The recipe calls for espresso or strong coffee, but I recommend you use decaf instead, like Swiss Water Decaf, which is decaffeinated without using chemical solvents. Using decaf will help you avoid the crash-and-burn effects of regular coffee, while still enjoying the tiramisu flavors.

On top of being delicious, this tiramisu is super easy to make. Just mix, layer, repeat, and enjoy.

Find the recipe here: Connoisseurus Veg

3. Chocolate Pumpkin Cups

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This tasty treat combines the best of both worlds by pairing chocolate and pumpkin for a delightfully delicious dessert.

The recipe itself is pretty simple to make with minimal ingredients, meaning it makes it even easier to get your pumpkin fix!

Find the recipe here: The Glowing Fridge

4. Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl

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If you’re looking for easy pumpkin dessert recipes with canned pumpkin, look no further.

This recipe gives the traditional smoothie bowl an upgrade by adding a pumpkin twist. With just a few simple ingredients, it really doesn’t get much easier than this when it comes to healthy pumpkin desserts.

Find the recipe here: The Almond Eater

5. Vegan Pumpkin Spice Parfaits

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This delectable pumpkin parfait hits the perfect ratio of creaminess to crunchiness with every bite.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice come together to give this dessert a warm, rich flavor while a sprinkle of granola adds a hint of texture.

Find the recipe here: Go Dairy Free

6. Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Pair pumpkin with cheesecake and what do you get? One of my favorite gluten-free pumpkin desserts, of course.

This recipe disproves the notion that cheesecake can’t be healthy. Sweetened with medjool dates, antioxidant-rich maple syrup, and a hint of ground cinnamon, this recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar-free – and totally delicious.

Find the recipe here: Minimalist Baker

7. No Bake Pumpkin Tarts

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Shredded coconut and pumpkin come together in this recipe to make a no-bake fall treat that’s out of this world.

These mini pumpkin tarts are prepared in a cinch but will taste like you spent all day slaving over an oven. Plus, did I mention these tarts are vegan and paleo-friendly?

Find the recipe here: Detoxinista

8. Paleo Pumpkin Bars

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Among my favorite healthy pumpkin recipes to get you in the spirit of fall: these pumpkin bars.

Sweet, rich, chewy, and moist, these guilt-free bars are super easy to make and so good you’re sure to be asked for the recipe by anyone who tries them – if you’re willing to share, that is.

Find the recipe here: Hummusapien

9. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

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Before the leaves even start to change, you can tell fall is here when the pumpkin spice lattes start cropping up everywhere … even in the form of cupcakes.

Pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup, and coconut butter are just a few of the key ingredients that make these cupcakes taste so good. Bonus: these cupcakes are free of dairy, gluten, and refined sugar, making them a healthy treat that can be enjoyed year-round.

Find the recipe here: The Vegan 8

10. Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

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When it comes to easy pumpkin desserts, it doesn’t get much easier (or tastier) than this!

This twist on chia pudding will make you think you’re indulging on a slice of homemade pumpkin pie, sans the extra sugar, calories, and guilt.

Find the recipe here: Sprouted Routes

11. Healthy Flourless Pumpkin Muffins

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Filled with dark chocolate chips and pumpkin-y goodness, every bite of these muffins is packed with flavor and sure to satisfy your tastebuds.

Plus, this recipe is brimming with nutrients: the rolled oats kick up the fiber content while maple syrup boosts the antioxidants and almond butter adds a few grams of protein.

Find the recipe here: Making Thyme for Health

12. Pumpkin Pie Protein No-Bake Bites

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These scrumptious pumpkin bites pack in the perfect combo of protein and flavor.

Sweetened with Medjool dates, applesauce, cacao nibs, and a splash of vanilla extract, these tantalizing treats make a nutritious and flavorsome dessert option.

Find the recipe here: Hummusapien

13. Vegan Pumpkin Caramels

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Just six ingredients make these pumpkin-infused caramels totally drool-worthy.

Dates form the sticky, chewy, caramel center while a dollop of pumpkin butter and a dash of pumpkin spice kick the flavor up a notch. Trust me, there won’t be any leftovers with this recipe!

Find the recipe here: Minimalist Baker

14. Pumpkin Mousse

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This light and flavorful dessert is sure to become an instant family favorite.

Coconut milk, pumpkin puree, and honey help this dish achieve the perfect level of creaminess while a bit of stevia adds an extra hint of sweetness without loading on the calories.

Find the recipe here: Dessert Now Dinner Later

15. Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes

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Bursting with fiber and flavor, these mini cheesecakes bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “healthy dessert.”

Pecans and dates make up the crunchy crust while cashews give this vegan dessert a genuine cheesecake flavor.

Find the recipe here: The Glowing Fridge

Healthy, Delicious Flavors of Fall

As you can see, you don’t need a lot of sugar or processed ingredients to enjoy pumpkin. By keeping the ingredient list simple and clean, its flavors shine through – allowing you to not only enjoy the taste but also the numerous health benefits.

Take advantage of the season and try any or all of these amazing recipes.

Desserts Can Be Healthy

When it comes to sweet treats, my philosophy is that simple is the way to go. Natural flavors, whole foods, and easy preparation are the keys to healthy eating.

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Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s most trusted health and fitness experts. A former pro soccer player turned NYT bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet, his clear, science-backed advice has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 men and women and he’s on a mission to help 100 million people by 2040. Read his inspiring story, “From Soccer to Bed to No Hair on My Head” that started it all.