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Fall is one of the most wonderful times of the year for a wide variety of reasons including sweater weather, back-to-school keggers, spiced everything, and above all else: pumpkin. For the foodies looking to rekindle their love affair with the number one ingredient of the season, look no further than these recipes below. 

1. Indian-Spiced Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe

October means pumpkin-flavored everything. This pumpkin recipe ditches the trendy “pumpkin spice” in favor of an ancient Indian blend, garam masala. Not to mention, this recipe is vegan-friendly by replacing dairy with cashew or almond milk. Garam masala is the key to elevating your pumpkin pie to top-tier status! (Image above)

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2. Chimichurri Pumpkin Bowl 

If you have yet to introduce chimchurri to your diet, then we suggest you start right now -- it's similar to pesto because it combines herbs, vinegar, and red wine to make a thicker paste. When matched with the sweet flavor of pumpkin and texture from noodles, one hell of a dish is served. We don't suggest eating the four-serving meal in one sitting, but we won't judge you if you do. 

3. Pumpkin Pie Martini 

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As the holiday season approaches, festive spirits and cocktails are a must-try. This martini recipe incorporates pumpkin pie spice and vanilla vodka for a pumpkin pie in a glass. Cheers!

4. 19th Century Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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This pumpkin pie recipe from an 1843 housekeeping book is one for the bakers who want to swap out their grandmother’s recipe for something even more “old fashioned.”

5. Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Martha Stewart always serves realness, so it should be no surprise that her pumpkin soup is better than the best; it only takes 40 minutes to make too. You can do that with your eyes closed.

6. Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Crust

For those of you who get sad looking at all of these desserts and can’t eat them, gluten-free crust is a must. This vegan pumpkin pie has a pecan crust that makes it a buttery delight. Try to stay true to the recipe, as this crust is very sensitive to change.  

7. DIY Pumpkin Face Mask 

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While this is the only non-food item on our pumpkin line-up, this pumpkin gingerbread face mask is technically edible. Pumpkins are jam-packed with Vitamin C, which helps your pretty little face fight free radicals and promote collagen production. This DIY mask has only five ingredients, with a base of pumpkin puree and white kaolin clay. So delicious, you may even be tempted to lick it off your face!

8. Fennel, Apple, and Pumpkin Seed Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette 

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Although perfect for Thanksgiving, nothing says you can’t try this delicious salad right NOW. With both pumpkins seeds AND actual pumpkin, it’s got double the pumpkin, double the fun!

9. Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Pumpkin

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This pumpkin pie recipe is so easy, it hurts. Most people crack open a can of store-bought pumpkin puree and call it a day. But making pumpkin pie from scratch is not as daunting a task as it may seem. This pumpkin recipe replaces the yucky canned junk with a fresh sugar pumpkin, and is almost guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser at your Thanksgiving table!

10. Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Seeds

These sweet pumpkin seeds are the perfect snack before, after, and during all your daily meals. Plus, the seeds are vegan, and 100% good for you! 

11. Pumpkin Spice Hummus

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Who said hummus was just for dipping carrots and celery? The new wave of dessert-like hummus is upon us. If you’re looking to spice up your favorite snack, try dipping some apple slices into this easy pumpkin spice hummus recipe.

12. Minimalist Baker's gluten-free pumpkin bread (because white flour is overrated)

Having a gluten allergy is not the biz, which is why recipes like the one above are as glorious as they come. Whether you have a food allergy or not, this bread is a must-try!

13. Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting 

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Not a fan of traditional pumpkin pie? These pumpkin cupcakes are the ideal treat for those of you who want something that takes inspo from the pumpkin pie but in miniature form. Garnished with homemade cream cheese frosting and leftover pumpkin pie crust, bookmark this recipe to your fall favorites.

14. Easy Organic Pumpkin Pie

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Looking for an easy pumpkin pie recipe? Check out the Fig Food Company products for an Organic Pumpkin mix to simplify your baking practice. This pumpkin mix is extra healthy and environmentally conscious, which means no more feeling guilty about that extra slice of pie!

This article has been updated. Original article by SAMANTHA BAUMGARTNER 

Photo Credits:

Indian Spiced Vegan Pumpkin Pie: Photographed by Emily Hawkes
Chimichurri Pumpkin Bowl: Photo reprinted with permission from Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week by Isa Chandler Moskowitz
Pumpkin Pie Martini: Unsplash / Rinck Content Studio
Roasted Pumpkin Soup from https://www.marthastewart.com/
Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Gluten-Free Crust: Photographed by Vanessa Rees

DIY Pumpkin Pie Face Mask Photographer: Lauren Perlstein
Fennel Apple Salad Photographed by Shay Harrington
Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Pumpkin: Unsplash / Element5 Digital
Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Seeds: http://peta.org
Pumpkin Spice Hummus: Ashley Mclaughlin/EdiblePerspective.com

Pumpkin Bread: http://MinimalistBaker.com
Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting: Photo reprinted with permission from
Bake It in a Cupcake: 50 Treats With A Surprise Inside by Megan Seling
Easy Organic Pumpkin Pie: Fig Food Company

Elizabeth Safaryn is a fourth-year student at New York University, studying Media & Communications. She lives in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and enjoys learning/writing about feminist representation in cinema and social media. You can follow her at @lizsafaryn

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