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How to use up leftover pumpkin puree |

It’s OFFICIALLY fall and that means all things pumpkin. Stock up on those cans of pumpkin puree!

Raise your hand if you’ve bought a can of pumpkin puree to use in a recipe and ended up with leftovers?? Yup, you’re not alone. Today I’m sharing a round up of OVER 30 recipes from dietitians to use up leftover pumpkin puree, from pumpkin desserts, breakfast, and savory recipes. First let’s answer a couple questions all about pumpkin puree and how to use it (and what makes a good substitute.) 

What is pumpkin puree?? What is in pumpkin puree?

Pumpkin puree can be labeled as 100% pure pumpkin, pumpkin puree, solid pack pumpkin, or simply “pumpkin.” But most of the time it’s actually a combination of pumpkin and various types of squash.  Most of the squashes are less stringy and richer in sweetness and color than pumpkin. I have used sweet potato and butternut squash interchangeably for pumpkin in several recipes in the past and have had successful tasting results. 

Are canned pumpkin and pumpkin puree the same thing?

Yes! Just make sure the canned pumpkin is NOT pumpkin pie filling. You can also you roast a whole pumpkin and then puree it in a blender or food processor. Chopping up a pumpkin is honestly a TON of work so I recommend opting for the canned pumpkin for the recipes shared. There are several recipes available online if you are interested in creating your own pumpkin puree.

Pumpkin Puree Recipes

As I shared these recipes are created by Registered Dietitians so they are mostly of the healthy genre, but overall nutrition will vary. However pumpkin puree itself is packed with vitamins, especially potassium, Vitamin A, and iron.  Pumpkin is also a huge source of fiber which is great for cholesterol lowering, digestion, blood sugars, and overall health.

pumpkin breakfast cookies

Pumpkin Breakfast

Healthy Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies from Haute and Healthy Living (pictured)

Pumpkin Donuts from No Food Rules

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes from To Taste

Vegan Pumpkin Breakfast Cookie from Nourished by Nic

Pumpkin Spice French Toast from Live Best

Pumpkin Granola from Being Nutritious 

Pumpkin Waffles from Zest Nutrition Services

Pumpkin Oatmeal from Dr. Lisa Young

Pumpkin Scones from the Marching Apron 

Pumpkin chocolate chip bars

Pumpkin Desserts

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars (pictured)

Pumpkin Spice Nice Cream from Summer Yule

Vegan Pumpkin Brownies from Lettuce Veg Out

Chocolate Spiced Pumpkin Truffles from EA Stewart

Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins from The Nutrition Adventure

Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies from Theresa Gentile RD

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread from Carrots and Cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins from Dietitian Jess Nutrition

pumpkin cold brew

Pumpkin Beverages

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew from the Oregon Dietitian (pictured)

Pumpkin Spice Kefir Smoothie from Monica Nedeff

Pumpkin Protein Smoothie from Plant Based with Amy

Decadent Pumpkin Hot Chocolate from Fad Free Nutrition

Pumpkin Spice Latte from Plant Based with Amy

pumpkin energy balls

Pumpkin Snacks

Pumpkin Energy Balls from Lara Clevenger (pictured)

Pumpkin Protein Muffins from No Food Rules

Pumpkin Spiced Chia Pudding from Chelsea Dishes

Pumpkin Cookie Dough Bites from The Healthy Epicurean

Pumpkin Protein Balls

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Savory Pumpkin Dishes

Turkey Pumpkin Chili from Nourish Nutrition (pictured)

Pumpkin Vinaigrette from Nutrition Starring You

Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Pasta from Jackie Newgent

Gnocchi with Pumpkin Thyme Sauce from Hoorah to Health

Pumpkin and Black Bean Tacos from Melissa Traub

Pumpkin and Mushroom Risotto from Jackie Silver Nutrition

Pumpkin Pizza from Healthyish Appetite

Thai Coconut Pumpkin Soup from Dietitian Jess Nutrition

That concludes our round up of over 30 recipes using leftover pumpkin puree! You can probably pick a couple recipes and split the can as well. Let me know if you make any of these delicious recipes by tagging me on @dietitianjess and thank you to the wonderful RDs that shared their recipes!