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Vegan Pumpkin Nuggets

Make your own vegetarian alternative to chicken nuggets with PUMPKIN! These vegan Pumpkin Nuggets are crispy on the outside and soft & creamy on the inside. Dip them in ranch sauce, have them with salad, in a wrap, or in a fall-inspired buddha bowl.

vegan pumpkin nuggets in pan

Fall is my favorite season. Spending more time at home, slowly transitioning from iced latte to tea, matching yellow rain coats with my dog, Brussels sprouts, and pumpkins!

These vegan Pumpkin Nuggets are little pumpkin bites coated in crispy panko flakes. Absolutely delicious!

What I love about these pumpkin nuggets is that

  • they are soft and creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside
  • they are easy to make: boil, coat, pan-fry, done.
  • they are versatile. Combine them with salad, rice, potatoes, tacos, wraps, it will all taste good!
  • they taste like junk food but are veggie-based!
inside of vegan pumpkin nugget

And I have to warn you, these are quite addictive, I had a few days where I only ate these in different meals – with salad, rice or wedges, in pitas, in wraps or plain… there are just so many possibilities to integrate them into meals!

vegan pumpkin nuggets with brussels sprouts and wedges

How to make Vegan Pumpkin Nuggets

The Ingredients

You will need:

  • a hokkaido pumpkin
  • flour
  • panko flakes (you can sub panko flakes for fine breadcrumbs and vice versa, but a combination of both is giving a better texture and is making sure they are nicely coated)
  • fine breadcrumbs
  • spices: salt, paprika powder, dried rosemary
  • olive oil

For the seasoning, I used pretty much my go-to seasoning: salt, paprika, and dried rosemary. Because pumpkin and rosemary is such a good combo!

The basic steps

hokkaido pumpkin cut in chunks
Step 1: Cut the pumpkin in half. Spoon out the seeds. Cut them into rings. Peel them using a veggie peeler. Then cut them into chunks.
boiling pumpkin chunks
Step 2: Boil the pumpkin chunks in water for about 10 minutes until soft but not mushy.
rinsing pumpkin chunks
Step 3: Strain and drain. Then let them cool off.
pumpkin chunk dipped in batter
Step 4: Dip them into the batter first…
pumpkin chunk coated in breadcrumbs
Step 5: … then coat them in breadcrumbs.
frying pumpkin nuggets
Step 6: Add them to the pan with oil and pan-fry until crispy on all sides. Alternatively, you could bake them, but they get a nicer golden color and will be crispier when fried in oil.
vegan pumpkin nuggets in pan
Step 7: Voilá! Golden, crispy pumpkin nuggets ready to get devoured!
vegan pumpkin nuggets with brussels sprouts and wedges
Vegan Pumpkin Nuggets |

Uses for these vegan Pumpkin Nuggets are versatile. I’ve had them on a plate with white rice, salad, and pita bread, snacked them as they were or dipped in sauces, with wedges and Brussels sprouts, and stuffed them in pitas. They are so good for all kinds of meals!

Serve them with…

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vegan pumpkin nuggets in pan

Vegan Pumpkin Nuggets

Elephantastic Vegan
Recipe for vegan Pumpkin Nuggets. Crispy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside. These little pumpkin bites are perfect for wraps, pitas or to snack them as they are.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 2 people
Calories 458 kcal


  • 1/2 hokkaido pumpkin (=2 cups/280g pumpkin chunks)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil for the pan

Ingredients for the batter

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for the breading

  • 1/2 cup panko flakes *
  • 1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs *
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary


  • Cut the pumpkin in half. Spoon out the seeds. Cut them into rings. Peel them using a veggie peeler. Then cut them into chunks.
  • Boil the pumpkin in a pot with water until they get softer (approx. 10 minutes), they shouldn't be too mushy, though.
  • Strain and drain the boiled pumpkin bites. Let them cool off.
  • Mix the ingredients for the batter in one bowl.
  • In another bowl, mix the ingredients for the breading.
  • Dip them into the batter first, then toss them in the breadcrumbs until they are evenly coated.
  • Heat a pan with olive oil, and pan-fry the pumpkin pieces over medium to high heat on each side until they are nicely golden brown. Let them cool off a bit before serving because they are HOT. :)


*you can sub panko flakes for fine breadcrumbs and vice versa, but a combination of both is giving a better texture and is making sure they are nicely coated


Calories: 458kcalCarbohydrates: 83gProtein: 12gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 1197mgPotassium: 1306mgFiber: 8gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 4771IUVitamin C: 42mgCalcium: 172mgIron: 5mg
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Recipe Rating

Natoli Bari

Saturday 16th of October 2021

Hey there. Love the idea of the recipe. could you write out how i could do this exact recipe but in the oven? i didn't want it fried with oil, u know, cos it isn't so health if veggies are fried! please consider this!!!!!! Nat


Saturday 19th of December 2020

Delicious recipe,My kids loves this recipe...


Thursday 1st of November 2018

Made these bad boys for my wee one (13 months) my goodness they are incredible! So tasty and love the texture. Your website is brilliant so many great baby lead weaning ideas, thank you!


Friday 2nd of November 2018

I'm so happy you both enjoyed them! :)


Saturday 13th of October 2018

Lovely. I tend to use appe/paniyaram pan so less oil. I whizz up oats to coat as it keeps it budget for me. I use leftover veg, raw and cooked to make Buddha bowls and something like this makes a real difference.


Saturday 2nd of September 2017

Do you think these would turn out if I oven baked them? If so, at what temp/time? Thanks!


Saturday 2nd of September 2017

I'm sure they will be fine, although they won't get such a nice golden color if you don't spray them generously in oil. I'd try baking them at 480°F / 250°C for 10-15 minutes. Would love to know how they turn out in the oven :)