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Spooky szn wouldn’t be complete without pumpkins. From pumpkin spice lattes and fresh-carved jack-o-lanterns to Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, the versatile squash is truly the star of Fall. That’s why Fall is the best time to incorporate more 🎃🎃🎃 into your meals. GL has rounded up some *amaze* pumpkin-infused recipes that will bring you the flavor of the season—plus, they’re totally ‘gram-worthy!

Pumpkin Mochi

If you’re a fan of mochi desserts, you’ll be head-over-heels for this adorable pumpkin mochi with a pumpkin filling. Did we mention it’s in the shape of a pumpkin? It doesn’t get better than this creation from The Woks of Life. The recipe for the mochi uses sweet rice flour, cornstarch,  superfine sugar, and pumpkin puree to achieve a dough that’s flavorful and pliable. After assembling your army of mini-pumpkins and steaming them for about ten minutes, they’ll be ready to eat.

Pumpkin Streusel Bread

This mini-bread recipe from amycaseycooks is a treat worthy of breakfast, dessert, or anytime you want to nibble something sweet. While pumpkin bread is great on its own, it's the cinnamony streusel topping that puts this bread ahead of other recipes. If you don’t have mini-loaf pans, feel free to substitute them with a muffin tin for yummy bread bites. Bonus: the bread will keep in the freezer for up to three months, so you can take the flavors of Fall into the wintertime.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When it comes to Fall eats and treats, pumpkin spice is almost as iconic as pumpkin itself. A warm blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and allspice makes any recipe taste as good as pumpkin pie—even without using pumpkin. This recipe from The Chunky Chef shows you how to wield the magic of pumpkin spice (& a little canned pumpkin puree) to create a hot chocolate like no other. Plus, the recipe’s yield is four servings—meaning there’s plenty to share with your girls.

Pumpkin Quesadillas

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Who said pumpkin could only be used in desserts? That’s right, the vegetable is also the star of plenty of delish savory recipes, including the classic quesadilla. If Mexican food is, like, three-fourths of your diet (bc same), you’ll quickly become obsessed with this twist on the cheesy fave. This recipe from She Likes Food marries the pumpkin with black beans and green chile for a unique, irresistible flavor.

Pumpkin Cake Pops

The cake pop is one trendy dessert worth the hype. Portable, sweet, and perfectly portioned, it’s one of the prettiest treats you can whip up this Fall. This recipe from What Should I Make For... tries to break down the intricacies of crafting a cake pop for beginners. Just keep in mind that nobody gets it right the first time (or even the second, third, or fourth time). You’ll get better with each attempt—and have an excuse to make more cake pops.

Which pumpkin-infused recipe is your new Fall fave? Share your thoughts (& food pics!) with us on social media by tagging @girlslifemag!

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by Bailey Bujnosek | 9/14/2021
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