Colorado is the perfect state to be in during autumn. We have fields of golden aspens, fresh air and crisp mornings that make us crave all the best things about the season — cozy flannels, hot drinks and pumpkin themed everything.
After you and your family celebrate the season at one of our favorite area pumpkin patches, take your pumpkin home and make one of these amazing fall themed foods from Colorado food bloggers! We even found some pumpkin drinks so you can use every part of your pumpkin and make fall last as long as possible.
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These pumpkin pancakes may taste like dessert, but don’t worry — you’re allowed to eat them for breakfast (and brunch and brinner)! Pumpkin and banana are the perfect combination and make these more and more delicious with every bite! The dry mix makes a great gift as well. Just put the dry ingredients together in a mason jar with a can of pumpkin and a recipe card!
If you want a lighter, more versatile breakfast recipe, try these pumpkin crepes from Don’t Panic, Mom! They’ll make your whole house smell like fall and you can fill them with healthy fruits or delicious yogurts, whipped creams and nuts.
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Pick up a pumpkin from one of our favorite area pumpkin patches, and use it to prepare one of the most impressive and flavorful fall meals! This fall pizza has pumpkin puree in the sauce, roasted pumpkin cubes on top and even uses the seeds. And it has bacon — what’s not to love?
Stuffed Pumpkins have become a classic fall treat. Bringing together the best part of a Thanksgiving feast, this recipe calls for baking bread dressing inside a whole pumpkin — with added bacon and garlic to make it interesting. Not only is it delicious, but it makes an adorable display for the table at your next gathering!
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This recipe turns hummus — typically a savory flavor — into a sweet, autumn dip. You can eat it in classic fashion with pita chips (try the cinnamon flavored ones!) or with apple slices and sweet potato. Or just eat it all by itself! You won’t be disappointed.
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Perfect for breakfast, snacking or a Thanksgiving side dish, these bread rolls are guaranteed to wow. Have no fear if you’re not a bread baking expert. Ansh at Spice Roots provides comprehensive instructions so anyone can make these delicious rolls!
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The pumpkin flavor in this pasta dish is mellowed by mascarpone cheese, making it a rich and hearty meal for a festive fall dinner. Because the star of the meal is the pumpkin sauce, it could be added to any pasta or added anytime you need a flavorful sauce — get creative!
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These tacos don’t use actual pumpkin, but because they use pumpkin spice — and they’re delicious — they made the cut. Who knew pumpkin spice, pork and chipotle slaw taste so amazing together? In our opinion, it’s the perfect meal to still celebrate the fall.
A few of our favorite things are brought together in this cheesecake — pumpkin, cream cheese and ginger snap cookies! Ginger and cinnamon from the cookies are the ideal pairing for pumpkin, and this recipe is a great alternative to the traditional pumpkin pies often found during the season.
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These cake balls are the perfect individual-sized dessert, but we won’t judge you if you eat the whole batch — trust us, you’ll be tempted. Filled with cream cheese and covered in chocolate, these pumpkin-spiced cake bites will leave you wanting more. Whip these up for your next holiday party or as a post-Thanksgiving treat!
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This martini is perfect if you’re looking to add a little kick to your pumpkin themed meals. Vanilla and pumpkin flavors with a whipped cream topping make it taste exactly like a pumpkin pie. Keep in mind that Fulton’s Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur is seasonal, so pick it up before it’s gone in December!
If you have a favorite pumpkin themed meal, share it with us! We’re always looking for more reasons to add more pumpkin to our lives this season.