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5 Delicious (and Unexpected!) Ways to Use Pumpkin This Season

published Nov 20, 2020
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Among the many flavors of fall, pumpkin ranks high as one of our favorites. While we love making a traditional pumpkin pie with pumpkin purée, that’s really just the start. Pop open a can for almost endless culinary possibilities — and not just on Thanksgiving, either.

We always keep a few cans of LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin stocked in the pantry year-round. LIBBY’S Pumpkin is made of 100% real, all-natural, nothing-added pumpkin, and they have been growing their pumpkins in Illinois for generations. They go straight from the patch a few miles up the road to their factory and are canned on the same day, which preserves both that signature orange color and sweet flavor we crave.

LIBBY’S 100% Pure Pumpkin delivers so much rich flavor, it can transform a wide range of dishes well beyond the holiday. Here are five of our favorite, most unexpected ways to use pumpkin.

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1. Add Pumpkin to Your Favorite Breakfast

Why not start your morning off with pumpkin? Enjoying a thick slice of pumpkin bread or a warm pumpkin muffin is a cozy way to wake up on a chilly morning. Get even more creative by stirring LIBBY’S 100% Pure Pumpkin into your weekday oatmeal, smoothies, and even yogurt. It’s great for weekend mornings, too — pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin waffles are sure to be a hit with the family.

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2. Experience the Savory Side of Pumpkin

We love the sweet side of pumpkin, but we’ll argue its savory side is equally as delicious. The rich, creamy taste of LIBBY’S 100% Pure Pumpkin can take soups, pastas, casseroles, and more to a whole new level. From chili and macaroni and cheese to chicken curry, lasagna, and even pizza, the purée lends a seasonal twist to many of your favorite dinners.

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3. Use Pumpkin in Place of Your Usual Baking Ingredients

Fun fact: You can use LIBBY’S 100% Pure Pumpkin in place of some of the eggs, oil, or butter in almost any baked good. Since pumpkin is a superfood, your brownies, muffins, and more will get a boost of vitamin A and fiber. Here’s how to swap it in:

  • 1 large egg = 1/4 cup of LIBBY’S Pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon oil = 1 tablespoon LIBBY’S Pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon butter = 1 tablespoon LIBBY’S Pumpkin
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4. Stir Pumpkin into Drinks

If you’ve got coffee, cinnamon, and LIBBY’S 100% Pure Pumpkin, you have the tools to make the ultimate pumpkin spice latte at home. Yes, a PSL that’s even better than the one you order from you-know-where! Pumpkin purée melts almost immediately when whisked into hot coffee and gives it body and natural flavor. If you prefer your coffee spiked, try making this boozy pumpkin spice creamer, which is also delicious splashed into strong black tea or sipped on its own as an after-dinner dessert cocktail.

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5. Serve Pumpkin to Your Furry Friend

LIBBY’S 100% Pure Pumpkin isn’t just for humans: Dogs love pumpkin, too! The creamy texture and full flavor of the purée is something man’s best friend naturally adores. Plus, it has many health benefits. The nutrients found in pumpkin — such as vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, and iron — can help promote eye health, boost immunity and hydration, and improve your dog’s skin and coat.