One of the best things about Fall is the whole pumpkin spice creep. You know how pumpkin spice-flavored ANYTHING starts appearing on store shelves at the end of August?

I have to admit that some pumpkin spice food items are better than others (you can have the PS hummus, thanks), but pumpkin itself is also a delicious and versatile ingredient, even without the spice part.

When I mention pumpkin, you probably think about pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes, and jack o’ lanterns. That’s pretty much it. But this beautiful orange winter squash doesn’t only like sweetness — it can also be used in savoury recipes.

Pumpkin is super healthy, with high amounts of vitamin A and potassium. It’s also budget-friendly and easy to use, especially when you opt for the canned type. If you’re using a fresh pumpkin to cook with, make sure you choose the sugar pie variety, which are the small ones. The huge jack o’lantern pumpkins aren’t the best to cook with (plus, who needs all that pumpkin?)

Here are six different ways to use pumpkin, without a pie or latte in the bunch:

Use it for: Snacks

These 150-calorie chocolate chip-filled little morsels will give you the energy to make it through to your next meal! They’re also great for breakfast, and they’re free of the top five allergens. Score.

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal Cups Recipe from Snacking in Sneakers

Photo by Snacking In Sneakers

Use it for: Pasta Sauce

This is hands-down one of my favorite recipes. Even my kids gobble it up!
Pumpkin and sage are best friends, and this easy recipe is so delicious, it will become a go-to in your house, too. Make a batch of this sauce and freeze it for cold winter nights!

Pumpkin Sage Pasta Recipe from Abby Langer Nutrition

Use it for: Smoothies

We can all use an immunity-boost this cold and flu season, am I right?
With pumpkin, turmeric, and ginger, this luscious smoothie ticks all the right boxes for taste and health.

Pumpkin Immunity Smoothie Recipe from Abby Langer Nutrition

Use it for: Granola

I know what you’re thinking: how can you put pumpkin into granola without making the granola soggy? Well, people, it’s possible and it’s delicious. This gorgeous recipe goes with yogurt, milk, or by the handful into your mouth…yeah, it’s that good.

Spiced Pumpkin Granola Recipe from Lively Table

Photo by Lively Table

Use it for: Breakfast

Cold mornings beg for hearty, warm breakfasts — like these pumpkin date pancakes!

Vegan and sweetened with dates, you’re going to love the spiced flavour and golden brown colour of these beauties!

Pumpkin Date Pancakes Recipe from Abby Langer Nutrition

Use it for: Burger Night

These aren’t your mother’s veggie burgers!
Pumpkin + beans + spices + avocado = perfection. I can’t wait to make a batch of these!

Pumpkin Bean Burgers with Chili Avocado Mash Recipe from DesiliciousRD

Photo by DesiliciousRD