Fall is my favorite time for baking and cooking pumpkin recipes. Sweet recipes, savory recipes, pumpkin is that flavorful stereotypical fall food. I pulled all of my best gluten free pumpkin recipes together in one place to make it easier for you to find them all. 

A collage of four pumpkin dessert photos.

Pumpkin is considered a winter squash, and its peak growing season is at the end of August throughout the winter months. Pumpkin works beautifully in both sweet and savory recipes. It is full of nutrition and is easy to hide in desserts as a way to sneak in veggies!

Check out some of my most popular gluten-free winter squash recipes for great sweet and savory recipes!

Can I cook with pumpkin year-round?

I love to cook and bake with pumpkin; you can definitely bake with it year-round. That being said, it can be difficult to find fresh pumpkins all year round.

To save time, I use canned pumpkins in the spring and summer months when I am craving something with pumpkins.

Which is better, canned or freshly roasted pumpkin, for baking?

This is a tough question. Both are delicious and nutritious. Roasted pumpkin definitely has a better flavor, but it is very hard to get freshly roasted pumpkin puree to be as fine as canned.

I prefer freshly roasted pumpkins in savory recipes and canned pumpkins in dessert recipes. Canned pumpkin is pureed much smoother than freshly roasted pumpkin, which means no lumps in my baking!

Cutting a pumpkin in half and lifting part to separate it.

How do you cut a pumpkin?

Cutting a pumpkin is easy, but you definitely need to take some precautions. Place your pumpkin on a cutting board and grab a sharp knife. Stand the pumpkin so the stem is facing upwards. Cut from the stem down to the bottom along one side. Repeat on the other side and pull the pumpkin apart. You can see a great step-by-step tutorial on cutting a pumpkin here.

How do you bake pumpkin seeds?

One of my favorite snacks is baked pumpkin seeds. After you cut your pumpkin, scoop out the seeds with as little orange flesh as possible. Place them into a bowl. Toss with some light oil like avocado oil and sea salt.

Bake at 375º F until they are golden brown. Many people like to boil their pumpkin seeds before baking. Here is a great recipe for roasting pumpkin seeds.

Roasted pumpkin wedges on a baking sheet.

How do you roast a pumpkin?

Roasting a pumpkin is easy. You can roast two halves of a pumpkin or chop it up, as shown in the photo above. To roast a pumpkin:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350º F.
  2. Slice your pumpkin, leaving the skin on, or remove it if you prefer to roast just the pumpkin flesh.
  3. Brush the pumpkin with oil and add salt to taste.
  4. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes. (Note: the time will completely vary depending on if you leave the skin on and how small or large your pumpkin pieces are.
  6. Test to see if the pumpkin is roasted by inserting a fork. If the pumpkin flesh is soft, the pumpkin is done baking.
  7. Make your homemade pumpkin puree with this simple pumpkin puree tutorial.

What can I make with pumpkin?

The sky is the limit!! You can make baked goods like pumpkin bread, mousse, cookies, soups, salads, fritters, donuts, muffins, cupcakes, etc. Just keep reading for all sorts of delicious gluten free pumpkin recipe ideas!!

What can you do with leftover pumpkin?

Pumpkin puree will keep fresh in the refrigerator for 2-3 days if you put it into a sealed container. Do not refrigerate in the open can! You can make any of the recipes in this post with leftover pumpkin puree, as none of these recipes require a full can of pumpkin to be used.

Don’t forget to check out what is in my gluten free pantry. I give you all of the information on gluten free ingredients that work the best in my gluten free recipes!

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We would love to hear if you have a great gluten-free pumpkin recipe. Please leave a comment. Thank you!

The Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Recipes:

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake
Sandi Gaertner
A deliciously creamy gluten free pumpkin cheesecake that is perfect for the holidays.
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A whole gluten free pumpkin cheesecake on a table.
Fluffy Gluten Free Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream
Sandi Gaertner
Quick and eacy gluten free pumpkin cupcakes. If you are looking looking for delicious light and fluffy gluten free pumpkin cupcakes, you will love this recipe.
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A gluten free cupcake on a small white plate.
Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
Sandi Gaertner
A moist delicious gluten free chocolate and pumpkin marble cake recipe. If you haven't had a swirl cake, it is the best of two cakes swirled into one!
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A slice of chocolate pumpkin cake on a dark wooden plate.
Gluten Free Pumpkin Molasses Cookies
Sandi Gaertner
These soft gluten free pumpkin molasses cookies taste like fall and winter combined with their delicious flavors.
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A stack of pumpkin molasses cookies.
Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins
Sandi Gaertner
Fluffy gluten free pumpkin cheesecake muffins that are absolutely delicious.
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a pumpkin cream cheese muffin on a small white plate.
Gluten Free Iced Pumpkin Cookies
Sandi Gaertner
Soft, delicious gluten free iced pumpkin cookies recipe.
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A stack of four iced pumpkin cookies on a plate.
Gluten Free Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
Sandi Gaertner
Homemade gluten free pumpkin oatmeal cookies loaded with chocolate chips!
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Gluten free oatmeal pumpkin cookies on a rack.
Gluten Free Pumpkin Scones
Sandi Gaertner
These delicious flaky gluten free pumpkin scones are topped with a creamy cinnamon icing.
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Baked pumpkin scones on a baking sheet.
Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Bars
Sandi Gaertner
Delicious homemade gluten free pumpkin pie bars. These pumpkin bars have a shortbread crust, creamy pumpkin pie middle, and then are topped with a sweet crumb topping!
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A pumpkin pie bar on a small white plate.
Gluten Free Pumpkin Bundt Cake
Sandi Gaertner
Easy gluten free pumpkin bundt cake recipe.
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A slice of gluten free pumpkin bundt cake on a plate with a fork.
Gluten Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake
Sandi Gaertner
A decadent light and fluffy gluten free pumpkin coffee cake with a thick streusel topping.
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Two slices of pumpkin coffee cake on white plates.
Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts with Honey Glaze
Sandi Gaertner
Easy healthy gluten free pumpkin donut recipe.
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