Pumpkin ring dessert with nuts,seeds and raisins

Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Recipes

Autumn brings a whole range of different foods into our lives and pumpkin and squash is one which is certainly overlooked by many!

Pumpkin is such a versatile ingredient and can be used for both sweet and savoury recipes. There are so many different types of pumpkin and squash that unless you’ve tried more than one, it is difficult to say ‘I don’t like it!’

I really love pumpkin and squash, but I tried this…

tromboncino squash

and it was horrible! Like really horrible!!! Watery, bland, tasteless and my first thought was to put it straight in the compost bin! However, as you may know, I hate Food Waste and therefore I needed to find a solution to make this tastier! Everything can be made tastier with a few select ingredients! Look what I made this into:

Three different pumpkin gnocchi in white bowls. Savoury and sweet versions.

Just by adding flour, then a range of toppings, this Tromboncino squash was transformed into something so very delicious! If you think of eating a spoonful of coffee granules off the spoon, or adding hot water and drinking a cup of coffee… that’s the difference! (or a teabag and a cup of tea if you’re not a coffee fan)! You can find this simple recipe for pumpkin gnocchi here.

More pumpkin recipes

I do actually have several pumpkin recipes on my website already, but I have just created two more which I will share very soon! One recipe is so very clever (even if I do say so myself), the other just needs a bit of tweaking before it is perfect! In the meantime, have a look at this which is more a collection of ideas but it is oh so very tasty!

Pumpkin ring on a white plate filled with yogurt, nuts, seeds and raisins, sprinkled with spices.
Pumpkin ring dessert

Roast some thin pumpkin or squash rings with a sprinkle of nutmeg on a medium heat until soft. Fill with natural yogurt or vanilla ice-cream. Lightly toast pistachios, pumpkin seeds and raisins with mixed spice and sprinkle over. Add more pumpkin in thin strips (or small cubes) to decorate. Drizzle with maple syrup if you wish!

Ideas for Pumpkin Season?

Do you carve a pumpkin (or two) for Halloween and put lights inside to give that eerie glow? Are you a master carver, creating spooky scenes with your squash? Of course, there are loads of other seasonal decorations, such as mini gourds, Autumn wreaths and pumpkin candles. If you are buying products for Halloween, please consider the plastic you are buying! Have a look at these alternative ideas! I receive a small commission if you click and purchase through a link (this is at no additional cost to you)!



This weekend I am co-hosting Fiesta Friday. I am certain there will be loads of Seasonal ideas using Autumn produce, and of course lots of Halloween recipes! Come over and join us, have a look around, say hello and if you have something to share, link to Angie and myself in the post!

Share your photos for Pumpkin Ring Dessert using the #LifeDietHealth or tag @LifeDietHealth on Instagram,  PinterestFacebook  or Twitter. Now you have the idea… how are you serving yours?

That’s all for now… I’ll be back soon!

Have a fabulous weekend

Laurena x


  • tulips79 23rd October 2020 at 20:20

    The return of the beautiful squash swan🙂 Growing up, I remember eating crimped, half-moon pumpkin pies (or pasties lol)- these also had bulghur wheat and cinnamon in the filling. The pastry had an orange tinge to it as I’m quite sure orange juice was added to the dough! I used to carve pumpkins (badly) and leave them outside my door when I lived in the UK🎃

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 23rd October 2020 at 23:06

      Yes Eva… I thought I’d share my Tromboncino ‘swan’ again! Ooo, the pies sound delicious! I loved these pumpkin rings with yogurt and pistachios… so many things to do with a pumpkin! In the last couple of years when children are trick-or-treating here, they are only supposed to go to houses with lit pumpkins outside!

      • tulips79 24th October 2020 at 20:43

        Oh yes, I meant to say those pumpkin rings look like a good idea, never would’ve thought of that. Off to set the analogue clocks and watches an hour earlier now (I always do that after 9pm lol) and yes, I still have analogue time pieces😁Have a nice rest of the weekend and hope you enjoy the extra hour in bed tomorrow morning ☺️

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 24th October 2020 at 21:05

          Thanks for the reminder 😋⏰👍🏼I might actually have forgotten! I think I need more than one extra hour in bed! Too many late nights recently! Looking forward to hearing what 🎃 foods you make! 😋😘

  • Emma, West Sussex 24th October 2020 at 10:32

    Your squash swan is just amazing – and your recipes sound so inspiring… I harvested my squash last weekend, so it’s perfect timing for recipe inspiration; thank you, I’ll get cooking!

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 24th October 2020 at 11:14

      Thank you so much Emma and welcome to Life Diet Health! 😊 I’ve got a fabulous recipe ready for next weekend too so make sure you save some of your squash! Did you grow them at home or on an allotment?

      • Emma, West Sussex 24th October 2020 at 22:30

        I grew them at home, Laurena – yes, looking forward to more squash cooking now!! x

  • Angie | Fiesta Friday 29th October 2020 at 20:43

    That squash looks awesome! Too bad it wasn’t tasty, but I’m glad you were able to turn it into delicious dishes. Thanks for cohosting!! XOXO

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 30th October 2020 at 09:04

      Thanks Angie! I know right, such an awesome looking squash but really tasteless… until I worked my magic and turned it into gnocchi! I’m bringing another pumpkin dish to the Fiesta this week (& you’re welcome). x


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