When you are on a vegan diet, everything you eat is plant-based, meaning your diet is made up of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and grains. You may also want to use pumpkin in the fall, as a filling and delicious fruit (yep it’s a fruit!). Don’t miss out on these amazing vegan ideas that use pumpkin as a main ingredient.
If you are on a plant-based or vegan diet, you probably have your fair share of hummus. This is great to have in a sandwich or on a burger to replace mayonnaise, and is wonderful to dip your veggies in instead of ranch and other dairy-filled dips. You can also make a special fall version that uses pumpkin in the hummus, turning it into a dip for fruits, veggies, and many other uses. To make this hummus, you start with chickpeas or garbanzo beans, just like with regular hummus. You will then need some pumpkin puree, tahini, olive oil, and spices like garlic, cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. The spices you use will depend on what flavor you are going for and whether you want it to be spicy or not. If you like chickpeas but not hummus, you can easily roast some chickpeas with pumpkin pie spice.
Who says you can’t have a delicious bread that is completely vegan? The great thing about pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin is that it can replace the eggs in most recipes. While you do need to pay attention to the quantities, your favorite bread recipe might be repeated by removing those eggs and using pumpkin instead. Try different types of vegan pumpkin bread, from standard bread to a special pumpkin cinnamon raisin bread. There are many options available for you.
You have heard of overnight oats using pumpkin puree and pumpkin spices, but you can also make a traditional bowl of oatmeal with pumpkin. This is a rich and heart breakfast in the fall, especially if you are on a vegan diet. The pumpkin replaces a lot of the important nutrients you need that you might be missing while not having dairy or meat products. For pumpkin pie oatmeal, start with rolled oats and not the quick- cooking ones. Use almond milk or vanilla soy milk and add a little water, plus your pumpkin puree. You can then add in a mashed banana to thicken it up, along with some maple syrup as a sugar alternative. You can then add in flavor with pumpkin pie spice.