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4 delicious ways to repurpose your pumpkin after Halloween

Whether you're holding a pumpkin-carving contest with your BFFs or decorating your porch with tiny Jack Be Littles, pumpkins are a *must* during the Halloween season. But what happens once the trick-or-treating night is over?

We're sad to say that, most of the time, pumpkins are tossed in the trash and create record levels of food waste—which might just be the spookiest thing about Halloween.

That's why your Jack-o-Lantern's life doesn't have to end when the festivities do. Here are four recipes that you can use all fall long to repurpose your pumpkin into the yummiest—and most sustainable—pumpkin foods:

Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds

As the weather gets colder, it's time to dig out your favorite cardigan, light an apple-cinnamon candle and whip out an air fryer. This super simple recipe will give you *all* the deets to make your very own batch of pumpkin seeds (a.k.a. the perfect snack to munch on during a Halloween movie night).

Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes

There's nothing better than waking up to the smell of pancakes...except waking up to the smell of *pumpkin*-flavored pancakes. Swirled with brown sugar and maple syrup, this recipe makes the most delicious stack of buttermilk pumpkin pancakes that you'll be craving on every crisp fall morning.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

What's fall without a pumpkin spice latte? Instead of heading to Starbucks, try whipping up your own mug at home. Using homemade pumpkin puree and vanilla and pumpkin pie spice, this recipe is the coziest remedy for a chilly night in.

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Pumpkin pies may be iconic, but these *adorable* tiny pies take the cake. Baked with a mini muffin pan and a dash of black pepper (shh...it's a secret ingredient!), this recipe is the *cutest* desert you'll ever eat.

What's your favorite fall treat? Tell us on Instagram @girlslifemag!

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by Zoe Yu | 10/31/2021
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