4 recipes to (pumpkin) spice up your life, whole30 style.

if there’s one thing that gets us excited for fall, it’s pumpkin spice season! but when you’re smack-dab in the middle of whole30 (errr...whole90 if you’re our chief fitlosopher), the standard syrupy sweet, frothy pumpkin spice latte just won’t do. but miss out on pumpkin spice?? not gonna happen. now, we had to get a little resourceful. after all, the headmistress of whole30, melissa hartwig, is not a fan of what she likes to call SWYPO (basically making "technically" whole30-compliant sweets) so pumpkin-y baked goods, no matter how whole30-compliant the ingredients, are strictly off-limits. whole30 is about changing your habits, and baking up delicious little pumpkin-spiced goodies, virtuous or not, will just feed those sugar cravings + reverse your progress.

that’s why we came up with 4 recipes to partake in pumpkin spice. get ready to spice up your sides with vitamin-packed pumpkin recipes that are perfectly paleo + whole30-approved.

[pumpkin spice pecan butter]

serves 1

1 tbsp raw unsweetened pecan butter
2 tbsp pureed pumpkin

½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla-bean powder
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ground ginger
pinch of ground clove
pinch of sea salt

directions: mix everything together + serve with apple slices for a healthy snack.

[pumpkin spice sweet potato mash]

serves 1-2

1 sweet potato, peeled + roughly chopped
¼ cup pureed pumpkin

1 tbsp coconut oil
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla-bean powder
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ground ginger
pinch of ground clove
pinch of sea salt

1. cook sweet potato in a small pot of boiling water until softened, about 15-20 minutes, then drain.

2. mash the potato + mix in the pumpkin, coconut oil + spices.  

[fall spinach salad + pumpkin spice vinaigrette]
serves 1

this is one unexpected flavor combo that makes pumpkin spice magic. weighing out your oil + pumpkin + nuts on a food scale in one bowl means no dirty measuring spoons or multiple dishes to wash.

3 cups baby spinach
1 small pear, sliced
1 oz (¼ cup) raw pecans
15 ml (1 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil
5 ml (1 tsp) pumpkin puree
the juice of ½ a clementine
a few shakes each of:
ground ginger
pinch of ground clove
pinch of sea salt

1. weigh out the oil + pumpkin puree in a bowl on a food scale.

2. whisk in clementine juice + spices.

3. toss with the spinach, pear + pecans.

[pumpkin spice turkey chili]
serves 6

here's a savory spin on pumpkin spice. ok, so it’s not traditional pumpkin spice, but there’s pumpkin + there are spices, so it works!

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 lb ground turkey

1 onion, diced
½ red bell pepper, diced
½ orange bell pepper, diced
1 jalapeño, seeded + minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
2 cups (1 - 15 oz can) unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 ½ tbsp chili powder
½ tbsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
¾ tsp sea salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup fresh chopped scallions

1. heat oil in a large skillet + add ground turkey, cooking until no longer pink.

2. put cooked turkey + all other ingredients (except scallions) in a crock pot + cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 6 to 8 hours.

3. serve topped with fresh scallions!

so which of these pumpkin spice hacks will you try? let us know in the comments! have a fave whole30 pumpkin recipe of your own? sharing is caring.

1 Response


September 30, 2016

I love chile made with pumpkin. It gives it so much more body and flavor and is actually good for you. I have used it with turkey chile or sometimes i use portabella instead of meat and add the pumpkin.You just can’t go wrong by adding pumpkin.

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