Pumpkin Honey Dinner Rolls

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Pumpkin Honey Dinner Rolls are perfectly tender with just a hint of pumpkin flavor to warm them up. This is a simple bread recipe that you can make without any fancy equipment. 

If you could bake the season into a perfect bread roll, this would be it! These rolls are absolutely irresistible. Slather ’em in your favorite condiment right out of the oven. Perfect to prepare the night before and bake the day of your holiday dinner!

Several years ago I started noticing that my daughter would get very bloated after eating dairy (mind you she is my daughter so dairy is her favorite food group – can you say ‘cheese’).  She loves it and eats a lot of it, so I decided to cut back a little where I could and started replacing her cow’s milk with Silk products instead. She loves Silk Almond Milk and I used it in everything from cereal and coffee to french toast and dairy-free mac and cheese.

Fast forward a few years and we were able to control the stomach bloat and she eventually became able to tolerate dairy, but it made me more open to milk alternatives and more sensitive to people with dairy sensitivities and also a lover of Silk.

My relatively picky 5 year old also has struggled textural issues with some food. Meat was one of these foods. Unless meat was fine ground and hidden in something else she did not eat it. I am sure I could have pursued the issue even more, but I came up with meat-free alternatives.

For those of you that love Meatless Monday, here are some great ideas for you!

Some of our favorites are Power House Veggie Burgers, Power Packed Vegetarian Chili and Broccoli and Cheese Quinoa Power Bites. They are all loaded with nutrition and tons of protein and Munchkin loves them. My favorite moment was sitting in a burger restaurant with her (after she started eating burgers) and having her beg me for the Veggie Burger. Yes, it is that good!

With the holidays upon us and lots of family gatherings that will include a lot of loved ones with food sensitivities keep Silk in mind as your dairy free alternative. We will be bringing these Pumpkin Honey Dinner Rolls for our dairy-free family to enjoy and honestly they are so good I will be enjoying them myself.

My 5 year old (Munchkin) put it best when she said “It’s great, they smell like pumpkin but they don’t taste like pumpkin.” I said well, what do they taste like Munchkin? She said “they taste like fall”. Well there you have it from a 5-year-old.

You are going to love them!

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Pumpkin Honey Dinner Rolls

Donna Elick
Pumpkin Honey Dinner Rolls are perfectly tender with just a hint of pumpkin flavor to warm them up. This is a simple bread recipe that you can make without any fancy equipment. If you could bake the season into a perfect bread roll, this would be it!
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Rise Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 24


  • 4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast, 2 packets
  • 1 cup warm almond milk, 110° to 115°
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 tablespoons butter or butter substitute, melted (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a dough hook, add yeast, warm milk and honey. Swirl with your fingers or a spoon to dissolve the yeast. Allow to sit until the yeast starts to bubble and becomes aromatic, about 5 minutes.
  • Add pumpkin, eggs and 6 tablespoons melted butter. Mix on medium speed until mostly combined. Add salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and 4 cups of flour. Mix on low speed until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft
  • dough (mine takes the whole 3 additional cups) so that it cleans the sides and bottom of the bowl. You should have a ball of tacky (not sticky) dough at this point. When you touch the dough and pull your fingers away there should not be any dough on your fingers. If it is sticky, add a little more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until it becomes tacky (does not leave dough on your fingers when you touch it). Allow to knead for about 5 minutes.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured board; knead about 10 turns. Form into a loose ball. Place dough into stand mixer bowl(which should have been mostly cleaned out from the dough being kneaded in it). Cover with plastic wrap and a cloth. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down and we will form into 24 balls. Place dough on counter top and form dough into a loose ball. We are going to cut this ball into 24 (somewhat) even pieces. First quarter the ball of dough. Roll each quarter into a log. Cut that into 3 equal pieces. Then cut each piece into 2 equal pieces. I used a bench scraper but a butter knife will work fine. When you are done you will have 24 pieces.
  • Place rolls on a greased 13″x19″ jelly roll pan (or 2-9×13 pans). *At this point you can refrigerate to continue tomorrow, see notes.
  • Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45-60 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Brush tops and sides with remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter. Allow to cool before serving.

Donna’s Notes

You can mix the dough by hand if you do not have a stand mixer. Add milk, yeast and honey to a bowl. Once the yeast blooms mix in the pumpkin, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and 6 tablespoons butter. Once it comes together, add in the salt and the flour. Mix with a spoon. Turn dough out onto floured counter top and knead for 3-5 minutes until dough is no longer sticky. Proceed with remaining instructions.
You can substitute regular milk for almond milk if you do not need dairy free.
OVERNIGHT METHOD: Once the dough is formed into balls and placed on the baking sheet you can place them in the refrigerator covered with aluminum foil to bake tomorrow. To continue this recipe from the refrigerator, you will need to remove from refrigerator and remove aluminum foil. Allow dough to come to room temperature and rise. This can take longer than the 45-60 minutes as the dough has to warm up before it begins to rise. Proceed with recipe as written.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 206cal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 343mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally Published November 2015

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