Don't worry, it happens to everyone—you get so excited when you start to see pumpkin-flavored everything in the grocery store that you buy as much pumpkin puree as your college student budget allows. But then questions start to creep in. What to do with all that leftover pumpkin purée? A person can only eat so much pumpkin pie before it loses its novelty. Plus, pumpkin is a fruit, so shouldn't it be healthy?
Now, when you overdo it on the pumpkin I have your back. Here are some foolproof recipes for all occasions to help you get your pumpkin fix:
This may be the easiest breakfast recipe ever. Mix together everything the night before, and it will be waiting for you when you wake up. Plus, it tastes just like pumpkin pie. Double bonus.
These bars are the perfect snack to whip up on a lazy Sunday afternoon and have for grab-and-go meals all week long. Chewy and crunchy. Spicy and sweet. They'll satisfy all of your cravings.
Imagine pecan pie mixed with pumpkin pie. Fortunately, no imagination is necessary to see that it's a perfectly acceptable breakfast food.
If you're trying to cut back on those Starbucks runs with the recipe above, you won't want to miss out on eating some homemade scones to complement your latte. These light and flaky scones with subtle pumpkin flavor are perfectly balanced by two glazes, one thick and sweet, and the other runny and pumpkin spiced.
Try this recipe for a seasonal take on the traditional sticky breakfast treat that everyone loves. It's like two of Starbucks' best Frappuccino flavors had a warm lovechild—pumpkin spice and salted caramel in one breakfast roll.
These donuts are an easy breakfast or snack for when that chilly fall weather starts to creep up on you. Plus, they're totally dorm-friendly. All you need is a microwave.
Two Ingredients. You probably already have pumpkin purée and boxed cake mix in your pantry. Need I say more?
For when you're hungover, but feeling ambitious. This hearty dish is best suited for brunch and seamlessly integrates dessert-worthy flavors with the always-versatile waffle.
10. Pumpkin Soup
I am a firm believer that no list is complete without at least one mention of bacon. In this recipe, sweet pumpkin purée and savory bacon come together with superfood quinoa to make a very #SpoonWorthy dinner.
12. Pumpkin Gnocchi
13. Pumpkin Bread
14. Pumpkin Brownies
16. Pumpkin Fluff
What's fluff? The best way to find out is to make this pumpkin flavored-version that's light as air. Try serving it with graham crackers or sliced bananas for maximum enjoyment.
#SpoonTip: You can also use it to ice a cake or top ice cream.
This one's for those of you (myself included) who are still hanging on to summer weather but don't want to miss out on all the seasonal flavors.
Don't let the haters call you basic for obsessing over everything pumpkin this fall. Drown them out with the praises of your friends when they taste how you reinvented that pumpkin purée.