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Hate Pumpkin? Try These Pumpkin-Free Autumn Recipes

When families aren’t fighting about political beliefs, they’re fighting over whether pumpkin belongs in dessert or not. I mean, it’s a squash. Squash go into soups. They’re roasted with garlic or sometimes even pureed. Maybe they are acceptable in the occasional zucchini bread and whatnot – but pies and cakes?! Slow down now.

Well, you’re grown now, and when you host Thanksgiving at your house, you can put a stone cold ban on all pumpkin items. The only good thing about pumpkin is the fact that you don’t need it in order to make delicious food! There are tons of ways to celebrate autumn without using the biggest, most carve-able, orange squash available to you.

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Pumpkin-Free Appetizers

Put that pumpkin-laced puff pastry down and replace it with a goat cheese and apple crostini with a drizzle of honey and pomegranate arils. There are so many great ways to incorporate the fall into appetizers. The beet salad is one of the most beautiful, vibrant salads I’ve ever eaten, and the cotija cheese makes it totally devour-able.

Roasted Beet Salad with Chickpeas and Cotija

Roasted Beet Salad with Chickpeas and Cotija

Goat Cheese Apple Crostini

Goat Cheese and Apple Crostini

Pumpkin-Free Side Dishes

Before you let your family bring you mashed up pumpkin, or roasted pumpkin, or any other kind of secret-side-dish pumpkin – put one of these beautiful side dishes in front of them instead. The parmesan that’s crusted onto the outside of the roasted cauliflower slabs will be a guaranteed favorite. Shredded brussels sprouts are a sneaky-healthy salad option for people looking for a departure from the average buttery side dish.

Fall Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Pumpkin-Free Desserts

Your family won’t even notice the pumpkin pie is missing when they’re ogling the Apple Custard Pie that’s covered with crunchy, sweet, spicy cinnamon streusel. Have you ever seen something so beautiful? If cake is more your speed, the Pecan Pie Upside Down Cake is going to blow you away.

Apple Custard Pie with Cinnamon Streusel

Apple Custard Pie with Cinnamon Streusel

Pecan Pie Upside Down Cake

Pecan Pie Upside Down Cake

Pumpkin-Free Beverages

I can’t even believe I have to talk about this. Instead of putting pureed pumpkin into your coffee, why don’t you try… anything else? I mean, if you want to put something insane into your coffee, try Bulletproof coffee – we’ll even help you get $10 off. In the meantime, wise up and serve some cranberry apple cider at your Thanksgiving feast. And if people really need something weird in their coffee routine, the Almond Milk Chai Latte will fix that right up. Pumpkin who?!

Cranberry Apple Cider

Cranberry Apple Cider

Almond Milk Chai Latte

Almond Milk Chai Latte


If these pumpkin-less recipes don’t sway your family over to the good side of the pumpkin battle, they might be lost causes. Keep trying, though, and be sure you host Thanksgiving every year so you can ban that evil squash from your dinner table!