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Pumpkin Pairings: 11 Flavors to Pair with Pumpkin

pumpkin pairings

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Let me guess, right now you have several cans of pumpkin crowding your pantry. And pumpkin pie can get old pretty fast for an ambitious cook, like you. And while you can easily grasp the flavor simplicity of pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin muffins, starting to pair “pumpkin flavor” with other foods can become quite daunting. What does pumpkin pair well with anyways? Well besides a few obvious pairings like cinnamon, pecans and maple syrup – pumpkin pairs quite brilliantly with flavors like citrus, apple cider and chocolate. Here are 11+ flavors that pair well with pumpkin, plus recipe ideas for each!..


  • Apple Cider, Ginger 1 of 12
    Apple Cider, Ginger
    Pumpkin is easily made sweet by pairing it with fall apple cider. Ginger compliments pumpkin quite nicely as well. Both flavors are featured in this frosty pumpkin smoothie. Photo credit: Kathy Patalsky
    Make a Pumpkin Cider Smoothie
  • Chocolate 2 of 12
    Chocolate
    There is a nice dose of pumpkin in these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Pumpkin and chocolate are both quite rich flavors - but for a decadently flavored dish, they pair brilliantly together! Photo credit: Kathy Patalsky
    Make a Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies
  • Cranberry 3 of 12
    Cranberry
    This holiday stuffing includes a variety of fall flavors, including tart perky cranberry and warm, savory pumpkin. Spices and veggies help further lighten the flavors and add texture. Photo credit: Kathy Patalsky
    Make Pumpkin Cranberry Stuffing
  • Cream Cheese 4 of 12
    Cream Cheese
    Pumpkin pairs very well with the creamy rich savory flavor of cream cheese. This vegan pumpkin cheesecake contains only five ingredients! Photo credit: Kathy Patalsky
    Make Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Sage, Citrus, Mushroom 5 of 12
    Sage, Citrus, Mushroom
    Savory and citrus flavors pair well with pumpkin. Try orange, lemon, sage, mushroom and a variety of your favorite herbs. This pumpkin pizza makes a sweet-meets-savory, fall movie night feast. Photo credit: Kathy Patalsky
    Make a Pumpkin Pizza
  • Soy, Coconut, Vanilla, Oats 6 of 12
    Soy, Coconut, Vanilla, Oats
    Pumpkin pairs nicely with creamy soy milk or try coconut milk too! This pumpkin pie oatmeal is topped with homemade vanilla bean coconut whip and a splash of soy milk. Photo credit: Kathy Patalsky
    Make Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
  • Walnut 7 of 12
    Walnut
    You know that pumpkin pairs well with pecans, well it also pairs well with other nut flavors like hazelnuts and walnuts. Photo credit: Kathy Patalsky
    Make Walnut Pumpkin Pie, recipe at Healthy. Happy. Life.
  • Baked Apples, Toasted Oats 8 of 12
    Baked Apples, Toasted Oats
    What do you get when you combine pumpkin with apple crisp flavors? A very delicious dessert creation - perfect for those who simple can't decide if they want pumpkin pie or apple pie. Photo credit: Kathy Patalsky
    Make a Pumpkin Apple Crisp
  • Cauiflower, Maple, Garlic 9 of 12
    Cauiflower, Maple, Garlic
    Creamy roasted cauliflower, accented with savory sweet flavors like maple and garlic is a delicious pairing with creamy, rustic pumpkin. Try this duo in a dip or creamy soup. Photo credit: Kathy Patalsky
    Make Pumpkin Cauliflower Dip or Soup, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
  • Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg 10 of 12
    Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg
    The most popular pairing with pumpkin seems to be warm fall spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Photo credit: Kathy Patalsky
    Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • Beans, Greens, Cheese 11 of 12
    Beans, Greens, Cheese
    Pumpkin flavor pairing do not always have to be sweet. Pumpkin, which is actually quite savory by nature, pairs very well with greens, beans and salty cheese. These vegan croquettes combine all of those flavors in one bite! Photo credit: Kathy Patalsky
    Make Pumpkin Croquettes
  • Vegan Fall Breakfast Recipes 12 of 12
    Vegan Fall Breakfast Recipes
    Craving more fall flavors like pumpkin?
    Check out 25 vegan fall breakfast recipes!

Photo Credit: Kathy Patalsky

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