10 Ways to Add More Pumpkin to your Life This Fall

I proudly admit to be the basic white girl who loves anything and everything pumpkin. I'm not quite infatuated enough to order a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks, but I do love infusing that pumpkin flavor into anything it works with. My roommate even signed us up for a pumpkin-themed cooking class for my birthday since I love it so much! I really go for that authentic, rich pumpkin taste, though, so real pumpkin is a must on my ingredient list. I look forward to every fall when the pumpkin patches open up so I can go explore them and look for the perfect pumpkins. They're the most iconic part of autumn for me, and their flavor is so good it should be celebrated year round! Here are a few recipes I've gathered that add pumpkin into many dishes you might already make. You can give them an autumn twist by adding that sweet pumpkin flavor. Enjoy!

I'm a huge fan of bread pudding in any form, but this  Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding  just sounds like one of the best there could be. Like pumpkin pie but even better, this bread pudding is soaked with pumpkin-y goodness and combines crunchy from the pecans with the softness of the bread.

I'm a huge fan of bread pudding in any form, but this Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding just sounds like one of the best there could be. Like pumpkin pie but even better, this bread pudding is soaked with pumpkin-y goodness and combines crunchy from the pecans with the softness of the bread.

If you're looking for a little more pumpkin in your life, but not entirely sure you want to dedicate a whole meal to it, snack on some of this  Maple Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix ! You can tailor it however you like by adding a variety of nuts and cereals, and you can take it with you anywhere you go for a pumpkin spice pick-me-up!

If you're looking for a little more pumpkin in your life, but not entirely sure you want to dedicate a whole meal to it, snack on some of this Maple Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix! You can tailor it however you like by adding a variety of nuts and cereals, and you can take it with you anywhere you go for a pumpkin spice pick-me-up!

Pumpkin Almond Butter Bars , because sometimes plain old brownies just get boring. These are filled with two of my favorite flavors -- pumpkin and almond butter -- and garnished with chocolate chips and coconut, but you can alter them however you like. 

Pumpkin Almond Butter Bars, because sometimes plain old brownies just get boring. These are filled with two of my favorite flavors -- pumpkin and almond butter -- and garnished with chocolate chips and coconut, but you can alter them however you like. 

Macaroni and cheese has long been my favorite food. My friends' moms even thought this was all I ate when I was a little kid, because it's all I would ask for when I went to their houses! But you can make the already awesome mac and cheese even awesomer by making it  Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese , according to this recipe. I might have a new favorite food.

Macaroni and cheese has long been my favorite food. My friends' moms even thought this was all I ate when I was a little kid, because it's all I would ask for when I went to their houses! But you can make the already awesome mac and cheese even awesomer by making it Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, according to this recipe. I might have a new favorite food.

I can't imagine much better than pouring rich maple syrup over these  Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes  and topping them with crunchy pecans. A perfect start to a crisp fall morning, these pancakes are also low-carb!

I can't imagine much better than pouring rich maple syrup over these Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes and topping them with crunchy pecans. A perfect start to a crisp fall morning, these pancakes are also low-carb!

Nut butters are all the rage right now, with almond butter and cookie butter really taking off, but I think the new frontrunner shoud be  Pumpkin Butter . This would be incredible to dip apples in, or slather on a sandwich to add some rich, fall flavor.

Nut butters are all the rage right now, with almond butter and cookie butter really taking off, but I think the new frontrunner shoud be Pumpkin Butter. This would be incredible to dip apples in, or slather on a sandwich to add some rich, fall flavor.

You can't just eat pumpkin pie, so make some homemade  Pumpkin Ice Cream  so go right alongside it! 

You can't just eat pumpkin pie, so make some homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream so go right alongside it! 

These  Pumpkin Fries  are a healthy and flavorful twist on french fries for when you're craving something crispy and salty. They'll probably taste like sweet potato fries but better, because they're pumpkin.

These Pumpkin Fries are a healthy and flavorful twist on french fries for when you're craving something crispy and salty. They'll probably taste like sweet potato fries but better, because they're pumpkin.

Risotto is a staple in my house, mainly because it's the only thing my dad knows how to make, but I'm going to make him cook this  Pumpkin Risotto  next time I'm home. It's also on the menu for my pumpkin cooking class so I'm looking forward to all the pumpkin risotto I can get!

Risotto is a staple in my house, mainly because it's the only thing my dad knows how to make, but I'm going to make him cook this Pumpkin Risotto next time I'm home. It's also on the menu for my pumpkin cooking class so I'm looking forward to all the pumpkin risotto I can get!

For those who are more into baking than cooking, these  Pumpkin Spice Pudding Cookies  are your perfect pumpkin fix. Roll them around in orange sprinkles to make them even more festive, and share with all your friends! 

For those who are more into baking than cooking, these Pumpkin Spice Pudding Cookies are your perfect pumpkin fix. Roll them around in orange sprinkles to make them even more festive, and share with all your friends! 

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