If you’re looking to make something gluten-free with PUMPKIN, you’re in the right place!

From donuts to pancakes and cake to pie, I’ve collected my BEST gluten-free pumpkin recipes all in one place.

Each one of these recipes is a tried-and-true reader and family favorite!

collage of gluten free pumpkin recipes

Tis the season for all things pumpkin. Below I’m sharing my favorite and the BEST gluten-free pumpkin recipes. From gluten-free pumpkin pancakes to gluten-free pumpkin pie, I know you’ll find a recipe you love!

For more gluten-free recipe collections, check out these roundups of gluten-free breakfast ideas, gluten-free dairy-free recipes, gluten-free thanksgiving desserts, gluten-free pie recipes and gluten-free thanksgiving recipes.

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Tips for Gluten-Free Baking with Pumpkin

It’s no secret that gluten-free baking can be a challenge. Adding moist pumpkin to a recipe can make the task even more complicated. But don’t worry! I’m here to help you make the most of pumpkin season with a few tricks of the trade.

Here are my top tips for baking gluten-free with pumpkin!

  • Remember, gluten-free flour is dense! Whenever you’re baking a gluten free dessert, it’s important to remember that gluten-free flour is denser than regular flour. Keep this in mind when converting recipes to make the gluten-free. (As a starting point, I typically reduce the flour by 25%.) Even better yet, follow a recipe that is specifically made to be gluten-free (like these gluten-free pumpkin bars!). There will be less guesswork, and the recipe will be more likely to turn out!
  • Use high-quality 1:1 gluten-free baking flour: I like to use King Arthur all purpose gluten-free flour blend in my baked goods. (It works best to use a blend that contains xanthan gum, like this one!) Xanthan gum is especially crucial in gluten-free desserts like this gluten-free pumpkin roll.
  • Don’t worry about over-mixing: Good news! Unlike gluten recipes, gluten-free recipes usually can’t be over-mixed. (They don’t contain the gluten that can get tough if the batter is mixed for too long.)
  • Follow the recipe exactly: If you’re new to gluten-free baking, this is not the time to experiment. Gluten-free baking can be finicky, and it’s important to follow every instruction without making any modifications. You invested all that time and energy, and you want it to turn out! You can trust every great recipe in this roundup to turn out well, as long as you follow each step exactly!

Canned pumpkin vs. pumpkin pie filling

No matter what gluten-free pumpkin recipe you’re making, it’s important to know the difference between canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie filling.

In most cases, you’ll want to buy canned pumpkin, which is simply pumpkin purée. If you’re looking for a shortcut to make pumpkin pie, you may want to buy pumpkin pie filling, which is pureed pumpkin, spices, and sweetener.

(But I wouldn’t recommend using pumpkin pie filling — your gluten-free pumpkin pie will taste MUCH better if you make your own!)

Pumpkin pie spice vs. pumpkin spice

Pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin spice are actually the same product. They’re both a blend of spices that is used in most pumpkin desserts. The spice doesn’t have actual pumpkin in it — it’s a blend of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.

Some recipes might call for pumpkin pie spice, while others will just list out each spice separately. You can even make your own DIY pumpkin spice, if you prefer!

Don’t under-bake pumpkin desserts

Do you love slightly under-baked desserts? I do too! But if you’re using pumpkin, now is NOT the time to under-bake – especially with recipes like gluten-free pumpkin muffins and gluten-free pumpkin cake. Pumpkin is very moist, meaning it needs to bake through in order to get the right consistency.

Use pumpkin as a substitute

Canned pumpkin is a great way to add sweetness, moisture, and fat to gluten-free recipes. So if you see a recipe that calls for applesauce, vegetable oil, or coconut oil, you can consider adding pumpkin puree instead. It’s usually a 1:1 ratio!

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Recipes

pumpkin bars in rows on marble slab
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars
These gluten-free pumpkin bars feature a soft, spiced pumpkin sheet cake topped with a fluffy cream cheese frosting. They make the perfect gluten-free fall dessert!
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A close-up photo of a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Soft, fluffy gluten-free pumpkin cookies are a classic for a reason! They're perfectly pumpkin-y, lightly spiced and loaded with chocolate chips. These are some of my all-time favorite cookies!
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close up image of gluten free pumpkin pancakes on white plate topped with butter and syrup
Perfect Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes
These gluten-free pumpkin pancakes are light and fluffy buttermilk hotcakes full of pumpkin and fall spices! This is a tried-and-true recipe we come back to every year!
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close up shot of gluten-free pumpkin muffin with a bite taken out
The Best Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins
The very BEST recipe for soft, spiced gluten-free pumpkin muffins! They bake up tall and fluffy and are perfect for cool fall mornings.
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Slice of pumpkin pie with a piece on a fork
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie (with Homemade Crust)
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie! A crowd-pleasing holiday favorite made from scratch with a flaky gluten-free pie crust. Thanksgiving isn’t complete without it!
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gluten-free pumpkin roll sliced and served on white plate
Perfect Gluten-Free Pumpkin Roll (Dairy-Free Option)
Perfect Gluten-Free Pumpkin Roll! Moist spiced cake with a cream cheese filling. Easily made dairy-free!
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close up shot of crustless pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream and cinnamon
Gluten-Free Crustless Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes (Dairy-Free)
These gluten-free pumpkin pie cupcakes are perfect for gluten/dairy-free guests at Thanksgiving. Coconut milk replaces regular milk, but nobody will notice! All they’ll taste is creamy, custardy, spiced pumpkin deliciousness.
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A close-up of an unfrosted pumpkin bundt cake
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake
This is the BEST pumpkin bundt cake I've ever had! A combination of oil/shortening makes for the most perfect crumb. The combination of warm spices is perfect for fall!
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A close up of whoopie pies in a baking dish
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
These gluten-free pumpkin whoopie pies are made with a thick cream cheese frosting sandwiched between two moist, spiced pumpkin cookies. It's a fall dessert dream!
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gluten free pumpkin donuts on white plate topped with walnuts
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Donuts
Soft and fluffy gluten-free pumpkin donuts are the perfect sweet way to start fall mornings. These donuts are delicious plain or topped with cinnamon sugar or brown sugar glaze!
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Pumpkin Rice Pudding
This pumpkin rice pudding is creamy and lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It makes a cozy and comforting fall or holiday dessert!
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Instant Pot Creamy Pumpkin Maple Oats
An EASY, creamy and comforting pumpkin porridge you'll want to make all season long!
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close up shot of pumpkin cheesecake on white plate with gold fork
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake! NOBODY will guess this is gluten-free! Lightly spiced, creamy and totally luxurious. The perfect crowd-pleasing holiday dessert!
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sliced pumpkin bread on cooling rack
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
Moist and flavorful gluten-free pumpkin bread is a fall favorite. This bread is easy to make and loaded with sweet cinnamon spice, chocolate chips and tons of pumpkin!
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Three pumpkin pancakes on a plate
Pumpkin Protein Pancakes (25 grams/serving!)
These pumpkin protein pancakes are made with just 5 ingredients and have 25 GRAMS OF PROTEIN per batch! Plus they’re dairy-free, grain-free and have no refined sugar. This is my favorite quick and easy post-workout breakfast in the fall!
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FAQs

Which canned pumpkin is gluten free?

Libby’s canned pumpkin is gluten-free, along with most other brands of canned, pure pumpkin.

What dessert can be made from pumpkin?

There are so many desserts that can be made from pumpkin, including cake, brownies, bars, pumpkin rolls, muffins, and ice cream.

Does pumpkin filling have gluten?

No, most pumpkin pie filling does not contain gluten. (But it’s always best to check the ingredient list to be sure.)

I hope you love all of these delicious recipes as much as we do! If you try any of these gluten-free pumpkin recipes, be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you. Happy baking!

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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