10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Canned Pumpkin Puree

10 Smart Ways to Use Leftover Canned Pumpkin Puree

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Kelli Foster
Sep 30, 2014
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While there are many recipes that use a full can of pumpkin puree, there are many others that don't. Finding a good use for leftovers can sometimes prove challenging. Whether you find yourself with a one tablespoon or one cup of leftover pumpkin puree, here are 10 smart (and delicious!) ways to use it up.

1. Make your own pumpkin spice latte

For a lot of people this is the drink of fall. We say, why buy it when you can make it yourself! If you find yourself with just a couple leftover tablespoons of pumpkin puree, this drink is the number one reason why you need to save them!

2. Stir it into oats

Pumpkin oatmeal is a delicious and cozy way to start any fall morning. Just stir a spoonful of pumpkin puree into a prepared bowl of oatmeal. We also love adding a dash of cinnamon and maple syrup.

3. Add it to a smoothie

You've been adding pumpkin to your coffee, so why not your smoothie! Celebrate autumn and jazz up your smoothie with a little pumpkin puree. We think it would be especially great in a Banana Date Smoothie!

4. Use it up in a baking recipe

From cakes to muffins, cookies and bars, there's no shortage of tasty fall desserts that use less than 1 cup of pumpkin puree.

5. Turn it into a dip

With football taking over the weekends, fall is the perfect time for dip. Pumpkin puree works especially well with hummus. Make your next batch more seasonal with a few tablespoons of pumpkin puree blended in!

6. Stir it into your favorite chili

One of the great things about chili is how versatile it is. You can add just about anything. So, whether it's one tablespoon or one can, we recommend adding pumpkin puree to your next pot of chili. The flavor isn't very noticeable, but just knowing it's in there is enough for us.

7. Add it to a curry

Pumpkin puree plays well with so many of the flavors commonly found in curries! You can make a whole recipe centered on squash, or just add a few tablespoons to a finished curry.

8. Jazz up mac and cheese

The only thing better than a super comforting bowl of creamy mac and cheese, is a bowl of pumpkin mac and cheese. This is fall comfort food at its finest. Stir the pumpkin into the béchamel or melted cheese. We also recommend adding a pinch of ground sage and nutmeg.

9. Pancakes

Fall mornings just got a whole lot tastier! Pumpkin pancakes just might be the most delicious thing to hit your breakfast table.

10. Freeze it

When in doubt freeze it! Simply spoon the leftover puree into an ice cube tray and place it in the freezer. After the cubes are frozen, remove them from the tray and store in a freezer container or Ziploc bag.

What's your best tip for using up leftover pumpkin puree?

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