Whip out the pumpkin, it’s about get basic.

Fall is here and in full swing. The leaves have started to turn, we’ve broken out the flannels and scarves, and our entire Instagram feed is filled with pictures of people apple picking. But if fall is known for one thing, it’s the return of pumpkin.

pumpkin recipes you can make in dorm room

Whether you’re truly a huge pumpkin fan or you just jump on the pumpkin bandwagon every fall, you’ve got to try one of these 10 pumpkin recipes you can make in your dorm room. By the way, pumpkin’s really good for you, so you should feel good about eating so much this fall! Here are some health benefits of pumpkin:

  • Aids in eye sight: pumpkin is packed with Vitamin A  
  • Builds your immune system: pumpkin has a ton of Vitamin C 
  • Keeps you fuller longer: pumpkin is filed with fiber (3g per every 1 cup serving; 49 cal per cup) 
  • Keeps you functioning as a human being: pumpkin is dense with potassium, which helps keep the heart, brain, kidney, muscle tissue and other important organ systems of the human body in good condition

And now, 10 pumpkin recipes you can make in your dorm room…

1. 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Fudge

I’m not sure what’s better…the fact that this recipe has only 3 ingredients or the fact that it only takes 3 basic steps to complete. Other recipe highlights: this treat is paleo, vegan & gluten-free (if you’re into that sorta thing).

2. Pumpkin Pie Refrigerator Oatmeal

We’re huge fans of overnight oats here at Fit University…it’s the perfect breakfast to prepare at night, then grab on your way out the door the next morning. This pumpkin pie recipe puts a great fall twist on the breakfast favorite.

3. Pumpkin Energy Bites

healthy pumpkin recipes you can make in your dorm

Energy bites are awesome…pop a few in between class, before a workout, as an afternoon snack or even for dessert. These pumpkin energy bites are packed with fall flavors and ingredients to give you a boost of natural energy.

4. Paleo, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Mug Cake

Mug cakes are great, especially if you’re living in an dorm… mix a few ingredients in a mug, throw it in the microwave and voila, a perfectly delicious little cake. And the best part? This cake uses only healthy, nutritious ingredients. Have it in the morning with a cup or coffee, or at night after a long day of classes. 

5. Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfaits

Stop whatever you’re doing and make these pumpkin cheesecake parfaits immediately. Then head to the gym, get in an INTENSE workout and come home and refuel with this dessert. *This recipe has a decent amount of sugar. But you can use that sugar to your benefit if you have it post-workout. We explained the reasoning a bit more on national donut day.

6. Pumpkin Peanut Butter

We love pumpkin, we love peanut butter. Now imagine combining the two….I think my head just exploded. Make this ridiculously easy pumpkin peanut butter to add to your smoothies, toast, fruit or yogurt. Let’s say it together, “I will not eat my pumpkin peanut butter straight out of the jar. I will not eat my pumpkin peanut butter straight out of the jar.”

7. Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie


Pumpkin pie you can drink. But with lots more protein, and less sugar, and less fat. This protein smoothie is perfect for breakfast on your way out the door or as a pre or post-workout meal.

“Easy, delicious cake-like bites which tastes exactly like a pumpkin spice latte but much healthier for you and only take 5 minutes to whip up!” Other highlights to note: these pumpkin spice latte bites are paleo, gluten-free, AND vegan. When you’re eating these bites, you might think you’re eating a Dunkin Donuts munchkin (that’s what they look like!) but it’s much healthier…and probably a lot tastier, TBH.

9. Pumpkin Pie Quest bar

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Ok, so this isn’t a recipe per say…but it is pumpkin and you can eat it in your dorm room so we figured it could make the list. And really, it can not get ANY easier than this. All you have to do is open the wrapper and enjoy the most delicious, protein-packed snack around. 21 grams of protein, no sugar added and 12 grabs of fiber. Quest…you’ve really outdone yourself this time.

10. Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

Any recipe that can be made in under 5 minutes is a good recipe to us. This pumpkin pie chia pudding falls into the “good recipe” category, then. On top of being extremely quick & easy to make, this recipe is gluten-free and high in fiber. Have this pudding in the morning with some extra protein (hard boiled eggs are good) or in the middle of the day in between class.
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