Even before the arrival of crisp, cool days and the colors to begin to turn, baristas can be found across North America frothing up orange-hued lattes as early as August in anticipation of the annual pumpkin spice season.
In the 18 years since Starbucks launched its pumpkin spice latte—ubiquitously known as the PSL—the flavor has expanded from a niche preference to a cult-favorite. In 2015, pumpkin spiced products generated over $100 million in revenue in a single season, and by 2018, the market was valued at over $600 million, according to Neilsen data. What explains the cultural obsession? Science finds the strong connection between our sense of smell and nostalgia make the warm, spicy scent particularly comforting, one we want to return to again and again.
From pumpkin-scented candles to pumpkin-based moisturizers to pumpkin dog food—consumers now have no shortage of PSL-inspired products to choose from. And for those who love the taste, there are few foods that don’t come in a pumpkin spice flavor these days. While many of them deliver on satisfaction, few offer nutritional benefits. Thankfully the healthy snack and supplement aisles have not been exempt from the pumpkin spice craze.
Whether you’re looking for a cozy breakfast of adaptogenic overnight oats, a seasonal post-workout shake or a festive treat that caters to your diet—think, keto pumpkin cheesecake or a vegan pumpkin spice latte (in both drink and cookie form)—these pumpkin snacks and supplements promise to deliver maximum fall vibes, and nutrition, this season.
This plant-based food company is elevating the traditional candy bar with creative “sortasweet” bars made from real ingredients (think, Almond Horchata and Banana Pecan). Their latest seasonal drop is not to be missed—coconut milk caramel mixed with real pumpkin, peanuts, pecans and almonds, and wrapped in a Fair Trade dark chocolate shell.
Antioxidant-rich pumpkin seeds, maple syrup and the warm spices of cinnamon and ginger are combined in the latest seasonal rendition of the world’s first oat-based spread. With nuts and fillers swapped for gluten-free oats, flax and coconut oil, the smooth texture rivals your favorite nut butter. The festive flavor can be used elevates pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin pie, but is so indulgent, it’s just as satisfying eaten by the spoon.
These convenient oatmeal cups are packed with protein and fiber from quinoa, amaranth and gluten-free whole rolled oats, plus flax, sunflower and pumpkin seeds for a hearty dose of healthy fats. The nutritious breakfast evokes the cozy fall spirit with this special seasonal edition made with pumpkin spice and warm cinnamon.
This limited-edition flavor is a welcome addition to Koia’s diverse line-up of ready-to-drink shakes. Lightly sweetened with monk fruit extract, the small batch smoothie not only satisfies PSL cravings without the sugar crash, but nourishes the body too, with 18 grams of protein sourced from brown rice, chickpeas and peas.
Peanut butter lovers will likely already be familiar with this popular line known for making powdered versions of their favorite nut. The latest seasonal drop spices up peanut butter routines with a hint of pumpkin. With seven grams of protein per serving, the powder gives a festive fuel boost to smoothies and baking recipes.
Traditional cereal grains like wheat and corn are swapped here for chickpeas, pea protein and tapioca resulting in a high protein, grain-free breakfast that prevents the midday sugar crash (each serving has less than three grams of sugar). The energizing cereal comes in classic flavors like Fruity and Frosted, but you’ll want to catch the limited edition Pumpkin Spice before the leaves are gone.
Known for making convenient superfood latte blends, Blume is elevating the PSL this fall with a new vegan, caffeine-free mix. Organic pumpkin and maple are combined with organic ginger, nutmeg and cardamom, for an antioxidant-rich latte that tastes just like pumpkin pie.
The savory sweetness of roasted peanuts compliments the warming spices of pumpkin pie for a lightly sweet spread that evokes all the flavors of fall. The Chocolate Pumpkin Spice version is a more indulgent spin on the classic spread, while serious autumn aficionados will want to try the Gingerbread and Sugar Cookie flavors. The Seasonal Peanut Butter bundle which gets you all four.
With pecans and flaxseed providing a hearty dose of healthy fats, this cinnamon-y sweet bread will appeal to followers of the paleo and keto lifestyles. But with the first two ingredients being pumpkin and eggs, it’s rich in protein and fibre too, making it a fuelling snack for anyone craving a seasonal treat.
Ginger and nutmeg with a touch of vanilla make these spiced soft baked cookies a light snack, perfect for the kid’s lunchbox or pairing with a warm cup of tea. It’s the latest recipe from mom Denise Woodard who created Partake upon discovering her daughter had multiple food allergies—so you can be sure everything is free of the top 9 allergens, plus certified gluten-free and vegan.
Instead of sticking to one flavor, Huel allows you to customize your smoothie by combining one (or several) of their flavor boosts with your protein powder of choice. The Pumpkin Spice is the obvious choice for PSL lovers, but the boosts come in other fall flavors too—like Apple Cinnamon and Gingerbread. They’re best paired with the Vanilla or Unflavored Huel Complete Protein, which delivers 20 grams of protein sourced from hemp, faba and peas.
With ice cream made from real pumpkin and the warming spices of ginger and nutmeg wrapped in a sweet rice dough, these frozen desserts will satisfy pumpkin lovers and mochi fans alike. Unlike traditional Japanese mochi, Bubbies draws inspiration from Hawaii with a thinner dough, making for a light, gluten-free bite.
Made with rescued pumpkins to reduce the 1 billion pounds of pumpkin that end up in landfills each fall, this planet-friendly snack is one you can feel good about. It also make your body feel good too, with creamy Greek yogurt offering a hearty dose of probiotics and 12 grams of protein per container.
This seasonal treat is a welcome addition to the latest line of instant banana bread mixes from this women-owned, anti-diet food brand—all you need is a banana and microwave, and you’ve got a pumpkin spiced banana bread in just three minutes. They keep the recipe simple too with less than 10 ingredients, all without compromising on flavor.
For those who prefer a more earthy version of pumpkin spice, this nut butter is for you. Made from nutrient-rich roasted pumpkin seeds, with just a dash of sugar, the smooth spread adds sweet umami to toast and oatmeal, and pairs well with apples and cinnamon for maximum fall flavors.
Whether you’re looking to boost the satiety factor of a baking recipe or craving a seasonal post-workout snack, this limited edition protein powder is a nutritious pantry addition for anyone who loves pumpkin. Sweetened with stevia and certified vegetarian, it delivers a complete amino acid profile with 20 grams of whey protein.
Containing real espresso powder, the vegan pumpkin spice latte cookies from this sustainable bakery are the ultimate sweet treat for health-conscious PSL lovers. With a simple list of ingredients—think, plant-based collagen, almond flour and coconut oil—and two net carbs per serving, they satisfy seemingly every diet—from keto to paleo to lactose intolerant. The pumpkin flavor also comes in pecan blondies, pecan mini muffins and chocolate chip cookies—this bundle gets you 16 of each.
Cozy fall movie night gets a snack upgrade with this limited edition flavor from the brand beloved for their organic popcorn. Air-popped with coconut oil and dusted with pumpkin spice, it makes an addictive, and nutritious, savory snack.
Light and airy pumpkin-y ice cream with flaky pie crust pieces—it’s no surprise this pumpkin pie-in-a-pint has been designed to be consumed in one sitting. With 18 grams of protein per pint, the limited-edition flavor is a welcome addition to the ice cream aisle this fall.
No family member is exempt from celebrating fall with this festive flavor of baby food that’s so nutritious (and delicious) you might want to eat it too. Made with a few simple ingredients that not only embrace the season—like pumpkin, Japanese sweet potato and cinnamon—but are designed to put your baby to sleep, it’s a plant-based formula that ensures you get some downtime to enjoy the season too.
With organic pumpkin powder, pecans, star anise and cloves, this limited edition recipe of overnight oats ups the cozy fall factor on breakfast, and convenience—all you have to do is add milk to the package the night before. It’s nutritious too, with 25 grams of protein sourced from peas, pumpkin and watermelon; healthy fats and fiber from chia and flax seeds; and an immune boost from lion’s mane mushroom.
Known for making Skyr—a nutrient-dense, high protein yogurt hailing from Iceland—Siggi’s is a go-to for those who like their yogurt extra thick and creamy, and less sweet. The latest limited edition flavor is made with real pumpkin, vanilla and nutmeg, and contains 15 grams of protein per serving—making for a seasonal treat that’s as indulgent as it is nutritious.
This better-for-you chocolate brand has teamed up with Oat Haus to make the first-ever granola butter filled chocolate. It’s made for the season with nut-free, pumpkin spice oat butter wrapped in 70% dark chocolate and topped with pumpkin seeds and gluten-free cinnamon granola. Like all of Jojo’s chocolates, the bites are low in sugar and boosted with hemp for a hearty dose of fiber and plant-based protein.
Providing a hearty dose of fats and two grams of net carbs per serving, these pumpkin cheesecakes were made with keto lifestyles in mind. But with a lightly sweet, creamy filling wrapped in a vanilla almond crust—they’re sure to please any pumpkin lover.
The toaster pastry gets a seasonal upgrade this fall with these organic pastries made with Fair Trade ingredients. The warm gooey filling of real pumpkin spiced with cinnamon and ginger is enveloped in a golden pastry and finished with a light frosting, making for a lightly sweet, heartwarming breakfast that’s so decadent it easily doubles as dessert.
Known for their soft baked bars made with 100% whole grains—an ingredient known to help maintain a healthy gut flora and blood pressure—Bobo’s is a go-to for sweet energizing snacks. Their latest limited edition bites adds pumpkin, cinnamon and cloves to the mix for a comforting gluten-free bar reminiscent of freshly baked pumpkin pie.
This limited-edition, dairy-free blend is so creamy you’ll never guess it’s made from almonds. Subtly sweet and silky smooth, it turns any warm beverage into a PSL-inspired elixir that you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy.
Real pumpkin meets plant-based protein in this seasonal flavor, the latest from the brand known for their cake-like cookies that double as post-workout snacks. With 16 grams of protein sourced from peas and rice, and 10 grams of fiber per cookie, they’re a treat that delivers lasting energy. Like all Lenny & Larry’s cookies, they’re vegan and free of gluten, soy, and artificial sweeteners.
This allergy-friendly food brand is making a healthy spin on the classic rice crispy square with the addition of pumpkin, flax and sunflower seeds—three ingredients known to be rich in antioxidants, minerals and omega-3’s. The seeds also add a crunch to the gooey bars, and compliment the warm seasonings of cinnamon, clove and ginger.
Health-conscious bakers seeking convenience without all the artificial ingredients will love this line of easy baking mixes. Their latest holiday mix combines the warm spices of fall with organic pumpkin for soft mini donuts complete with a sweet pumpkin sugar topping. Certified organic and free of dairy, hydrogenated oils and artificial flavors, all you need is eggs, oil and milk or water.
Oat milk and hemp cream are mixed for a smooth plant-based creamer that won’t make you miss dairy. While the Pumpkin Spice is the obvious choice for PSL fans, Elmhurst’s plant-based seasonal collection elevates your fall beverage game with flavors like Oatnog and Caramel Macchiato.
With the first ingredient, Greek yogurt, providing nine grams of protein per serving, these are certainly not your average snack bars. Real pumpkin is added to the mix and coated in chocolate, making for an indulgent seasonal snack you’ll want to try before the leaves are gone.
Hand-crafted in small batches to honor the Greek tradition of artisanal yogurt-making, this is certainly not your average Greek yogurt. Low in sugar and delivering 14 grams of protein per jar, Greek yogurt fans will love the sweet, tart flavor and thick, velvety texture of this indulgent pumpkin spice blend.
Registered nurse and certified sports nutritionist Cristie Besu brings the seasonal flavor back to her line of high-protein brownies, breads and tortillas this year with the new and improved pumpkin brownie. With white chocolate chips added to the mix, it’s sweeter than ever (without being too sweet), and filling too, with 14 grams of whey protein per serving.
Organic cinnamon, clove and allspice are folded into creamy coconut milk caramel for a sweet bite that evokes the warm spirit of fall. With 30% less sugar than the traditional caramel—2 grams per piece—it’ll appeal to those wanting to satisfy their sweet tooth without the added sugar.
The brand known for their functional overnight oats has brought their festive flavor back for those who like to side their morning PSL with a warm bowl of pumpkin oatmeal. With anti-inflammatory turmeric, energizing maca root and 20 grams of protein sourced from fava beans, the easy mix makes for a nutritional breakfast that fuels this fall.