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Pumpkin Pairings: 10 Flavors to Pair with Pumpkin

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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 10+ flavors that pair well with pumpkin, plus recipe ideas for each!

1. Apple Cider, Ginger

Image source: Kathy Patalsky
Image source: Kathy Patalsky

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.
Make a Pumpkin Cider Smoothie

2. Chocolate

Image source: Kathy Patalsky
Image source: Kathy Patalsky

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!
Make a Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

3. Cranberry

Image source: Kathy Patalsky
Image source: Kathy Patalsky

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.
Make Pumpkin Cranberry Stuffing

4. Cream Cheese

Image source: Kathy Patalsky
Image source: Kathy Patalsky

Pumpkin pairs very well with the creamy rich savory flavor of cream cheese. This vegan pumpkin cheesecake contains only five ingredients!
Make Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

5. Sage, Citrus, Mushroom

Image source: Kathy Patalsky
Image source: Kathy Patalsky

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.
Make a Pumpkin Pizza

6. Soy, Coconut, Vanilla, Oats

Image source: Kathy Patalsky
Image source: Kathy Patalsky

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.
Make Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

7. Walnut

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Image source: Kathy Patalsky

You know that pumpkin pairs well with pecans, well it also pairs well with other nut flavors like hazelnuts and walnuts.
Make Walnut Pumpkin Pie, recipe at Healthy. Happy. Life.

8. Baked Apples, Toasted Oats

Image source: Kathy Patalsky
Image source: Kathy Patalsky

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.
Make a Pumpkin Apple Crisp

9. Cauliflower, Maple, Garlic

Image source: Kathy Patalsky
Image source: Kathy Patalsky

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.
Make Pumpkin Cauliflower Dip or Soup, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.

10. Beans, Greens, Cheese

Image source: Kathy Patalsky
Image source: Kathy Patalsky

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!
Make Pumpkin Croquettes

Article Posted 4 years Ago

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