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What to Make with Canned Pumpkin: 8 Recipes

What to make with canned pumpkin? That is a tough question because there are so many things you can make with canned pumpkin. Here are eight of our favorite ways to use canned pumpkin. Follow these recipes for a delicious, perfect-for-fall, or all-year-round treat!

What to Make with Canned Pumpkin: 8 Recipes

Pumpkin Cookies

Health-conscious but have a bit of a sweet tooth? This recipe of pumpkin cookies is great for those who are trying to lose weight and bake delicious treats at the same time! These pumpkin cookies are going to hit the spot and will fill you up until your next meal!

All you need is:

  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter (or nut-free butter)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cup quick oats
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp baking powder

Pumpkin Pancakes

Tired of making the same old blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes? If you have pumpkin puree sitting around, you can easily make you and your family fragrant pumpkin pancakes in a matter of minutes!

All you need is:

  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp salt


Pumpkin Mousse

Canned Pumpkin Mousse

Craving a sweet dessert that will satisfy your needs and dazzle your family and friends? At the next dinner, prepare this pumpkin mousse and blow everyone away with your creativity and clever thinking!

All you need is:

  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 ½ cup heavy cream


Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

Looking for ways to spice up your plain mac and cheese dinner? You’ve probably come across and thought of different things you can add to the basic pasta dinner – but have you ever thought to add pumpkin to it? Now, that’s a drool-worthy combination!

All you need is:

  • 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Macaroni pasta


Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte

Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte

Fall time is not complete without pumpkin drinks and snacks. You’ve probably had a pumpkin-spiced latte before, but have you had a pumpkin chai tea latte? It perfectly fuses the taste of pumpkin and chai tea, making you a signature fall-time drink to enjoy all year round!

All you need is:

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • ¾ tsp pumpkin spice
  • 2 cups milk (your choice). Plus ½ cup for frothing
  • 3 chai tea bags
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 


Pumpkin Hummus

Hummus is such a great dip or dinner side idea. It comes packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Adding pumpkin to it will only vamp up the taste and leave you wanting more to satiate your taste buds! Get ready to find your family’s favorite snack!

All you need is:

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 2 cans garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup toasted pumpkin seed kernels
  • 1 pinch paprika


Pumpkin Marinara Flatbread

Do you make homemade pizza regularly at your place? If so, this pumpkin marinara is sure to elevate your pizza game! Pumpkin is a superfood that packs a nutritional punch, so you don’t have to feel bad about any carb intake. You can even mix it up with whole wheat or make your pizza into flatbread. This pumpkin marinara will give your taste buds a boost of flavor!

All you need is:

  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp tomato pasta
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 4 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 individual artisan thin pizza crusts
  • 4 cups fresh arugula
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
  • ¼ cup cheese of your choice


Pumpkin Dog Treats

Pumpkin Dog Treats

And last but not least, you can use canned pumpkin to make a treat for your doggie! Pumpkin is an excellent source of nutrition for your doggo, and they’ll be loving the attention and treats!

All you need is:

  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Pumpkin Muffins

What to Make With Canned Pumpkin: Final Thoughts

People generally believe that fresh foods have a higher nutrient content than canned foods. But when comparing fresh and canned pumpkins, both are packed with incredible nutrients such as potassium, vitamin A and iron. So not only is canned pumpkin more convenient than fresh pumpkin, but it also packs the same amount of nutrients!

Shying away from making pumpkin dishes and baked goods is natural when considering how much preparation goes into cleaning and pureeing it. But you never have to shy away from making dishes that contain pumpkin if you have canned pumpkin on hand.

Hopefully, this article has inspired you to start incorporating canned pumpkins in your baking escapades. We only cover eight things you can do with canned pumpkin, but there are so many more ideas out there! Be as creative as you want and simply bake!

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