28 Things You Can Do With Pumpkin Guts
Jack-o’-lanterns are great for Halloween and all, but the humble pumpkin certainly has a lot to offer. So we’ve gone far beyond pumpkin pie and roasting pumpkin seeds (although we’ll happily do that, too) to bring you some creative ways to make use of the insides of your jack-o’-lantern after its flame has burnt out. We’re scooping out 28 creative ways to use the whole thing, guts and all.
1. Homemade Pumpkin Puree: Grab your pumpkin and get to work, because the good stuff is on the inside. Slice, scoop and de-seed your way to homemade pumpkin puree that’ll knock any canned pumpkin product outta the patch. (via Pioneer Woman Cooks)
2. Pumpkin Sugar Body Scrub: Want to try something magical on your skin? DIY this body scrub packed with natural enzymes that fight free radicals, slough away dead skin and leave you feeling rejuvenated. Get to the kitchen and begin mixing nutrient rich, raw pumpkin with coarse sugar or salt, a bit of honey and sweet almond oil for a body scrub that packs a punch. (via Freutcake)
3. Pumpkin-Honey Baking Soda Scrub: Welcome fall and brighten your skin without the aid of sunshine with this pumpkin body scrub. Rich in vitamins A and C and various enzymes, raw pumpkin is the secret ingredient to radiant skin. (via Brit + Co)
4. Whipped Pumpkin Butter Lotion: Pumpkin skin and facial treatments are all the rage this season– – why? Because the bright orange gourd is filled with potent nutrients that brighten and revitalize the skin. Whip up this lotion to hydrate skin and put a little hint of fall into the air. (via August Joy Studios)
5. Pumpkin Seed Necklace: Sure, pumpkin seeds taste great roasted, but look how sweet they are with a little dye. Grab a needle and get creative with colors, patterns and lengths. This is one necklace that’s sure to grab attention. (via My Little Fabric)
6. Roast Pumpkin the Perfect Way: Once you’ve spilled the guts, work on gathering all of those white seeds. Here are some great tips and pics on how to roast those pumpkin seeds to perfection. Not only do seeds have nutritive value, but they’re excellent for munching on their own. Or try topping your fave salad and soups with them for some added texture and flavor. (via Oh She Glows)
7. Sweetly Spiced Roasted Pumpkin Seed and Raisin Snack Mix: Now that the secret’s out on how to roast perfect pumpkin seeds (thanks, Oh She Glows), it’s time to take things to the next level by playing with flavor. (via In Sock Monkey Slippers)
8. Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal: Oatmeal is no longer boring when you awake to a bright orange bowl of pumpkin spice mixed in. With a dash of nutmeg, some crunchy pecans and tart, dried cranberries, it’ll taste like a fall party all up in your mouth! (via Keep Your Diet Real)
9. Overnight Pumpkin Butter: Once you’ve had the sweet and spicy taste of warm pumpkin butter hit your taste buds, you’ll never look at a pumpkin the same way again. Grab a pumpkin and get digging, because these guts make something quite grand. (via A Beautiful Mess)
10. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls With Maple Cream Cheese Frosting: So, yeah… pumpkin, cinnamon and maple cream cheese all infused into a warm, sticky bun. We’ll take two, please. ( via Taste and Tell)
12. Fall Pumpkin Float: You can still hold on to summer with this creamy, icy treat, infused with the flavor of fall — pureed fresh pumpkin and a dash of cinnamon. Grab a straw and slurp away. (via One Good Thing by Jillee)
13. Pumpkin Spice and Omega 3 Smoothie: Orange in hue and fall in spirit, sip the power of raw pumpkin, cinnamon, flax and chia seeds, while waking your senses with this nourishing smoothie packed with fiber, beta carotene and potassium. (via Oomph)
16. Hard Squash Hummus: Welcome hungry guests with this seasonally appropriate appetizer. Creamy chickpeas and raw pumpkin combine for a flavorful spin on the classic dip. Reap the rewards of the pumpkin and score some ooohs and ahhhs by roasting the seeds for a crunchy garnish. (via Modern Farmer)
18. Honey Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins: If you’re a pumpkin lover, get on this recipe! Perfect for dunking into chilis and stews, or if you like your cornbread on the sweet side, add a drizzle of melted butter and warm honey. After you try this, the addition of pumpkin to cornbread is something you’re going to do every October. (via Ambitious Kitchen)
19. Perfect Pumpkin Risotto: Looking for the perfect way to use your perfect pumpkin? Chop, puree and cube your pumpkin’s innards into creamy, roasted decadence. Perfect for harvest parties or a comforting dinner, you’re sure to get offers for seconds with this perfect, pumpkin recipe. (via Design Sponge)
21. Pumpkin Mac and Cheese: Get us a spoon! Nothing says comfort food like mac and cheese, and there’s no better time than fall to nosh on homey eats. But this isn’t just your average mac and cheese in a pumpkin. This is packing fontina and Italian sausage. (via Savory Simple)
22. Cinderella’s Pumpkin Soup: We promise you won’t turn into a pumpkin if you eat this soup, but you will experience the magic that this brightly colored gourd has to offer. From shell to seed and everything in between, this soup is truly all things pumpkin. (via Babble)
23. Baked Mini Pumpkin Donuts: Anything mini warms our hearts, and these pumpkin donuts are no exception. Sweeten things up by sprinkling them with cinnamon and sugar or drizzling on a maple glaze. (via Citron Limette)
24. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies With Cream Cheese Filling: Martha knows a thing or two about pumpkin… like how excellent it is when you bake it into pillowy cookies sandwiched around sweetened cream cheese. (via Martha Stewart)
25. Pumpkin Sherbet: It’s October, and that means pumpkin flavored everything is hitting the supermarket shelves. If you live in a warmer climate, you can forget fuzzy sweaters and hot apple cider. Get your fix with this creamy sherbet that’s perfectly spiced, made with milk, pumpkin puree and spices. (via Skinny Taste)
27. Pumpkin Pie Fudge Truffles: For the love of pumpkin and chocolate! These bite-sized truffles are basically magic in the mouth. Bibbity-bobbity-boo, spread the love and share with your friends. (via Purely Twins)
Spill your guts in the comments below on how you use the whole pumpkin!
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