Pumpkin Pie Polenta (aka Grits)

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Christina Ross
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Pumpkin Pie Polenta, also known as Pumpkin Pie Grits, is a delightful fusion of Southern comfort food and classic pumpkin pie flavors.

This unique recipe combines the creamy texture of polenta or grits with the warm, spiced goodness of pumpkin pie.

It’s the perfect dish to enjoy during the fall season or anytime you crave a cozy and satisfying treat.


  • 1 cup polenta or stone-ground grits
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream


1. Prepare the Polenta

In a medium-sized saucepan, bring 3 cups of water to a boil.

Gradually whisk in the polenta or grits to avoid clumps.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20-25 minutes, or until the mixture thickens and the grains are tender.

2. Add Pumpkin Puree

Stir in the pumpkin puree and continue to cook for another 5 minutes, allowing the pumpkin to fully incorporate with the polenta.

3. Sweeten the Mixture

Add the brown sugar, maple syrup, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt to the polenta-pumpkin mixture.

Stir well to combine, and let it cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the mixture thickens and the flavors meld together.

4. Finish with Butter and Vanilla

Remove the saucepan from the heat.

Stir in the unsalted butter and vanilla extract until the butter is melted and the mixture is creamy and fragrant.

5. Serve and Garnish

Spoon the Pumpkin Pie Polenta into serving bowls.

If desired, top each serving with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg for extra indulgence.

6. Enjoy Your Pumpkin Pie Polenta

Serve the Pumpkin Pie Polenta hot, and savor the delightful combination of creamy polenta or grits with the rich, spiced pumpkin pie flavors.

NamePumpkin Pie Polenta (aka Grits)
CuisineSouthern / American
Prep Time10 minutes
Cooking Time35 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Servings6 servings
Yield6 cups

Estimated Nutrition Per Serving

Calories: 290 calories per serving

Protein: 3g

Carbohydrates: 60g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Sugars: 27g

Fat: 6g

Saturated Fat: 3.5g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 190mg

Potassium: 250mg

Vitamin A: 120%

Vitamin C: 2%

Calcium: 4%

Iron: 10%

Yes, I know we have now entered a new month and pumpkin recipes are going to start falling by the wayside… but not on this blog. You must know by now how much I adore this seasonal ingredient, and I have a few more pumpkin-centric recipes to share.



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