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.
Who knew I had so many pumpkin recipes on the blog?? If you want even more gluten free pumpkin recipes, I highly recommend you try a few!
Why is pumpkin so popular in fall?
Pumpkin is considered a winter squash and its peak growing season is the end of August throughout the winter months. Pumpkin works beautifully in both sweet recipes and savory. 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 some great sweet and savory recipe ideas!
Can I cook with pumpkin year round?
I love to cook and bake with pumpkin and you can definitely bake with it year round. That being said, it can be difficult to find fresh pumpkin all year round. I tend to use canned pumpkin in the spring and summer months when I am craving something with pumpkin.
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 tend to use freshly roasted pumpkin in savory recipes, and canned pumpkin in dessert recipes.
If you are new to gluten free living, definitely check out my Gluten Free 101 Guide for tips and tricks for cooking, baking, and dining out gluten free.
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 375F degrees until they are golden brown. Many people like to boil their pumpkin seeds before baking. Here is a great recipe for roasting pumpkin seeds.
How do you roast a pumpkin?
Roasting a pumpkin is easy. You can either roast two halves of a pumpkin or chop it up as shown in the photo above. To roast a pumpkin:
- Preheat your oven to 350F degrees.
- Slice your pumpkin leaving the skin on, or remove it if you prefer to roast just the pumpkin flesh.
- Brush the pumpkin with oil and add salt to taste.
- Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- 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.
- Test to see if the pumpkin is roasted by inserting a fork. If the pumpkin flesh is soft, the pumpkin is done baking.
- 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 recipes!!
What can you do with leftover pumpkin puree?
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!
Gluten Free Pumpkin Desserts
Here are the best gluten free pumpkin desserts and sweets to help you enjoy all of those fall flavors.
These gluten free pumpkin donuts are light and fluffy. Baked donuts are so much healthier than fried.
Why not have some fun for Halloween and try making these gluten free pumpkin madeleines into mice? They are perfect for Halloween parties.
This is the best gluten free pumpkin cheesecake recipe ever, it is often the star of our fall and Thanksgiving celebrations.
Thick and creamy gluten free pumpkin mousse is a delicious fall dessert that is so easy to make!
Need a light and fluffy bundt cake recipe? This delicious gluten free pumpkin bundt cake recipe is a show-stopper dessert for fall. Top with leftover Halloween candy!
This gluten free pumpkin muffins recipe gets rave reviews because these muffins are light and fluffy!! No dense brick type muffins here.
Get a satisfying crunch with these gluten free pumpkin biscotti. Perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.
This is one of the most popular gluten free pumpkin recipes on the blog...these gluten free 7 layer pumpkin bars are 7 layer bars made better with a pumpkin twist!
If you haven't tried a linzer cookie, you are going to love these gluten free linzer cookies with pumpkin butter. They are perfect for a treat.
Shakes are fun all year long!! Give these vegan pumpkin shakes a try!
Making homemade chocolate-filled candy is so easy. Why not fill your chocolate cups with a sweet pumpkin filling?
Wow your dinner guests with this fancy gluten free pumpkin tart. Flavored with a hint of dark rum and ginger, it is absolutely delicious.
If you love whoopie pies, these gluten free pumpkin whoopie pies are a must for you to try. Fall flavors and creamy frosting!
Who says pumpkin has to be hard? It is so easy to love in this homemade pumpkin pie granola recipe. Just be sure to use certified gluten free oats!
Enjoy your coffee or tea with one of these gluten free pumpkin spice scones. They make a delicious breakfast or snack!
The whole family will love this light and fluffy moist gluten free pumpkin bread. Fill with caramel chips, chocolate chips, and or nuts!
If you need a giant cookie, this soft gluten free pumpkin skillet cookie is a great choice. It bakes in your cast iron skillet.
Mummies are a hit for Halloween parties. Decorate these soft gluten free pumpkin cookies with icing and candy eyes for a fun spooky treat.
Why not try some moist gluten free pumpkin cupcakes? Top with homemade cream cheese frosting and leftover Halloween candy like Butterfingers.
Savory Pumpkin Recipes
No list of pumpkin recipes is complete without some savory gluten free pumpkin recipes to try!
These gluten free popovers are a delicious puffed up dinner roll that tastes amazing dipped into stews!
Try Trader Joe's cauliflower gnocchi with this homemade pumpkin alfredo sauce...it is a delicious dinner or side dish.