Healthy Pumpkin Spice Recipes to Get Your Fall Fix (Without the Guilt)

Autumn at a glance Arrangement of three pumpkins, straw, and flowers in garden-332218-edited.jpegThere are two types of people in the world: People that put pumpkin spice on everything during Autumn, and people that are miserable. (Just kidding. Not everyone loves pumpkin spice – and that’s okay.)

The problem with pumpkin spice is that it’s usually associated with high-caloric foods. Think: lattes rich with milk and sugar and maple-syrup-coated baked goods. (YUM.) Most of us may be tempted to reach for pumpkin options at our favorite coffee shop, which may leave you feeling guilty.

The good news is: you don’t have to choose between getting your pumpkin spice fix and crashing your diet. There are healthy ways to incorporate pumpkin spice into your entire menu for the day. Here are our favorite healthy pumpkin spice recipes so you can stay fit this fall:  

Healthy Pumpkin Spice for Breakfast

  • Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte – Did you know that a small (tall) pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks has 37 grams of sugar? To put this in perspective, a can of Coca Cola has about 39 grams. If you can’t live without a pumpkin spice latte each morning this fall, try this low-sugar, low-calorie homemade substitute from POPSUGAR Fitness.

    Get the recipe here.

  • Pumpkin Spice Drip Coffee – If you need a caffeine fix but don’t have the time to prepare a low-cal latte every morning, then this simple drip-coffee pumpkin spice recipe from Top With Cinnamon is for you! Don’t have pumpkin spice handy? This recipe will also show you how you can make your own using everyday spices you already have.

    Get the recipe here.

  • Pumpkin Spice Whey Protein Waffles – Skip the sugary, fatty, calorie-dense pumpkin spice muffin at your favorite coffee shop and try this protein-packed waffle instead. It’s the best way to reward yourself for an incredible morning workout. We recommend topping with a light dairy-free cream cheese for the best fall flavors.

    Get the recipe here.

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Soup for Lunch

  • Eight Pumpkin Soups to Try – Preparing a crockpot of soup for the week is one of the best ways to get maximum nutrition with half the effort. Simple Nourished Living has prepared eight delicious (and healthy) pumpkin soup recipes for you to try this fall. Simply take your serving in a travel thermos and enjoy at the office for your afternoon pumpkin fix.

    Get the recipes here.

Pumpkin Spice Pasta for Dinner

  • Pumpkin, Mushroom, and Spinach Pasta – Vegetarians rejoice in this delicious, healthy pasta dish from Salt & Lavender. Pumpkin puree and mushrooms give this pasta dish a savory, sweet finish that will have you saying “maybe just one more bite…” Pair a single serving of pasta with your favorite salad (topped with pumpkin seeds, of course) for a healthy dinner option.

    Get the recipe here.