10 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Pumpkin
Here's how to use all of your pumpkin this holiday season. | Kate Hliznitsova via Unsplash

Is it even officially fall until you’ve sipped your first pumpkin spice latte of the season? After all, from tasty seasonal pies to hearty stewsthe quintessential fall squash is in just about everything this time of year. 

And if you’re plant-based, it’s highly likely you’ll be carving pumpkins instead of turkeys this holiday season. Because it’s not officially fall either unless you’ve made the season’s annual rite of passage: a trip to the local pumpkin patch.

How To Reduce Pumpkin Waste This Holiday Season

So, you’ve decided to make something from the list below. Or, perhaps you already carved a ghoulish-looking gourd fit to win any pumpkin carving contest for this year’s Halloween. But now you may be wondering what to do with the enormous pile of leftover slimy pumpkin innards and seeds.

Instead of tossing the latter, roast them! Roasted pumpkin seeds are quick and easy to makeand they’re delicious. Whip up this roasted pumpkin seed recipe to make your pumpkin seeds savory or sweet.

You can also use up any fleshy pumpkin you’ve scooped to make a pumpkin purée. Pumpkin purée can be used to make a number of tasty seasonal treats like fresh pumpkin pie and hearty pumpkin soup. Try making your own vegan homemade pumpkin purée and use this recipe to replace canned squash.

Here are 10 more ways you can ensure no pumpkin goes to waste.

10 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Pumpkin 

Go beyond pumpkin pie. Here are 10 ways you can reduce pumpkin waste this season.

1. Pumpkin Hair Mask

You’re only 30 minutes away from luscious locks with this pumpkin hair mask. Because pumpkins are a natural antioxidant and are chock-full of healthy vitamins like A, C, E, and B, they can help to moisturize your hair. So give your mane a little TLC and a voluminous boost using this pumpkin and coconut oil DIY hair treatment. Your hair never lookedor smelledbetter.

Check out the recipe here.

10 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Pumpkin
Give your skin a makeover with this pumpkin body scrub. | The Flaming Vegan

2. Pumpkin Body Scrub

In addition to being beneficial for your hair, pumpkins also work wonders on the skin! Their vitamins and nutrients help to alleviate dry skin and can also leave your skin feeling softer. Give your skin a makeover with this pumpkin body scrub. It features only a handful of ingredients: pumpkin purée, brown sugar, olive oil, and a myriad of spices. These include ground nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and ginger.

Check out the recipe here.

10 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Pumpkin
Give your skin that “just woke up like this” glow. | Feeding Your Beauty

3. Pumpkin Face Mask

Treat yourself to an at-home spa day with this pumpkin face mask. In addition to beneficial vitamins and nutrients, pumpkins have anti-inflammatory properties making them a great option for helping to relieve acne and other skin ailments. This seasonal-inspired face mask may also help to reduce the appearance of pores. In addition to pumpkin, the face mask features oats, which help to cleanse and exfoliate the skin.

Check out the recipe here.

4. Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Give your carved pumpkins to the birds, literally. Come November, instead of chucking your ghoulish jack-o-lantern in the trash, you can give it a new lease on life by turning it into a bird feeder. All you need are twigs to create perches for the birds and twine or string to hang up your DIY bird feeder. The birds will thank you later.

Check out the instructions here.

10 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Pumpkin
Slather this vegan pumpkin butter onto your morning slice of toast. | Vanilla and Bean

5. Pumpkin Butter

Put your pumpkin purée to good use by making this homemade pumpkin butter recipe. The creamy spread is perfect on just about anything! Slather it onto a heaping stack of pancakes, or mix it into your morning bowl of oatmeal. Your toast never tasted so good.

Check out the recipe here.

10 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Pumpkin
Give your classic vegan mac n’ cheese recipe a fall-inspired makeover. | Minimalist Baker

6. Pumpkin Mac N’ Cheese

Who doesn’t love a meal of creamy vegan mac n’ cheese? Give the classic recipe a fall-inspired twist this season with pumpkin. This dairy-free pumpkin mac n’ cheese recipe can be whipped up using only a handful of simple ingredients! Serve this plant-based, pumpkin-infused dish to your friends and familyor enjoy it all by yourself.

Check out the recipe here.

10 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Pumpkin
Bite into these vegan pumpkin bread rolls. | Lauren Caris Cooks

7. Pumpkin Bread Rolls

Dinner isn’t complete without a warm loaf of bread. Round out your holiday meal with these pumpkin bread rolls. They’re light and fluffyand slightly sweet. Use up your pumpkin purée to make this recipe. It only features five other ingredients: active dry yeast, water, maple syrup, salt, and all-purpose flour. The little pumpkin bread rolls look almost too adorable to even eat!

Check out the recipe here.

10 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Pumpkin
Enjoy these vegan pumpkin nuggets inside a wrap. | Elephantastic Vegan

8. Pumpkin Nuggets

The kids will love these little vegan pumpkin nuggets. The pumpkin bites feature a crispy coating of spices and Panko bread crumbs with a soft and creamy inside. And they can be served as is, in a wrap or pita, or atop a nutritious salad bowl. They taste so good you’re sure to want seconds.

Check out the recipe here.

10 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Pumpkin
Dinner is served with this vegan Italian-style pumpkin ravioli dish. | Veganosity

9. Pumpkin Ravioli

Craving Italian? Then try your hand at making these tasty, pumpkin-stuffed ravioli noodles. Smothered in brown butter and sage, these vegan pumpkin ravioli are the perfect Italian-inspired dish to serve this holiday season.

Check out the recipe here.

10 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Pumpkin
Starbucks who? | Wow Its Veggie

10. Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

Why make a trip to Starbucks when you can whip up a delicious vegan pumpkin spice frap at home? This recipe is easy to make and features healthy ingredients like pumpkin purée and plant-based milk. Top it with vegan whipped cream, caramel sauce, and cinnamon and you will never want Starbucks again. 

Check out the recipe here.


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