20 Genius Ways to Use Canned Pumpkin -- It's More than Just Pie Filling!
Pumpkin puree, especially abundant on grocery-store shelves in the fall, is a convenient and nutrient-rich pantry staple. Stock up, then think outside the pie plate!
Health Benefits: You reap all the goodness of pumpkin without the fuss of slicing, roasting, and scooping out the squash. One half-cup serving of pumpkin has a mere 42 calories and provides a full serving of vegetables, 14 percent of your daily quota for fiber, about 380 percent of your recommended immunity-boosting vitamin A, and healthy doses of vitamin C and potassium.
Shopping Tip: Make sure you grab a can of the real deal (the ingredient list should have just one item: pumpkin) and not pie mix, which is packed with added sugar and has more calories and sodium.
Pumpkin Grilled Cheese
Gooey melted cheddar gets an assist from pumpkin puree and fresh sage in this sweet-and-savory grilled cheese.
Too early for pumpkin pie? Enter these fall-perfect waffles made with pumpkin puree and warming spices and finished with toasted pumpkin seeds.
Warm Pumpkin Pudding with Hard Sauce
Swap out the usual dates for pumpkin puree in this Thanksgiving take on sticky toffee pudding. And what is hard sauce, you ask? It’s the fluffy concoction you get when you cream butter and sugar with booze -- in this case, bourbon -- and it makes this dessert even more irresistible.
Got a little bit left in the can? Make this spicy maple compound butter and put it on everything.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
How can you possibly make cinnamon rolls even more ooey-gooey and irresistible? By adding pumpkin and spice and everything nice.
Pumpkin Roulade with Mascarpone and White Chocolate
White chocolate ganache mixed with mascarpone and orange zest makes a sensational filling for this rolled pumpkin cake.
Use pumpkin puree to add an extra boost of flavor to your favorite cinnamon sugar cookie.
Penne with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce
Here's another way to put pumpkin on your pasta: with a creamy, cheesy sauce finished with fried rosemary.
Here's a pumpkin-spice breakfast treat that's actually good for you: Blend nutrient-packed pumpkin puree and banana with fresh ginger, cinnamon, and a drizzle of maple syrup for a sweet start to your day.
Tender pumpkin-spice scones are the perfect fall brunch pastry.
Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins
With their cakelike interior and sugar-coated exterior, these muffins capture the essence of doughnuts but are much easier to make.
Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Dulce de Leche
Don't forget to top this sticky-sweet dessert with a scoop of ice cream.
Like a pumpkin spice latte plus chocolate in cake form. Yes, please!
Pumpkin, Sage, and Browned-Butter Cakes
Oh, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves: A touch of spice goes oh-so nice with pumpkin in cake form. Fluffy cream cheese frosting takes the dessert to the next level.
Pumpkin-Chocolate Whoopie Pies
Who knew pumpkin and chocolate were meant to be together? We did, and you will once you try this recipe.
Pumpkin Flan in a Pastry Shell
They may look like mini pies, but these custardy Spanish desserts are their own glorious entity.
Pumpkin-Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwiches
Homemade pumpkin ice cream + homemade gingerbread cookies = the best kind of summer-fall fusion.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Crunch Bites
Team a buttery graham cracker crust with a rich pumpkin-cream cheese filling and crunchy streusel-like pecan topping for these crowd-pleasing bars.
Pumpkins, kale, and sun-dried tomato pesto come together in this deliciously savory recipe.