10 inventive pumpkin recipes

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From pumpkin whoopie pies to pumpkin tamales, think outside of the pumpkin pie box with these inspired recipes using fall's favorite squash.

It's October, the month when pumpkin-flavored everything magically appears. It started out innocently enough with ice cream and cheesecake. Then the chain restaurants hijacked the fruit for things like caffeine concoctions, Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts, and even Pumpkin Spice Pringles. Frankly, it's a bit worrisome.

Despite its junk-food revolution, pumpkin is amazing. So think beyond traditional pie with these 10 inventive recipes that show off pumpkin's flirty sweet and earthy flavor, extraordinary color, and superhero nutrients.

Jump to: Homemade Puree, Spicy Maple Candied Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting, Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Vegan Pumpkin-Banana Creme Brulee, Vegan Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Caramel, Pumpkin Pie Waffles, Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Pie, Savory Pumpkin Tamales with Goat Cheese and White Beans, Stuffed Pumpkin with Quinoa, Butternut and Cranberries.

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