It is now solidly that time of year again, when the light begins to soften, leaves start to turn and pumpkins (and pumpkin spice) are all around us. Most people will turn to canned pumpkin at least once this season and will probably use it to make that dish that is ubiquitous around the holidays — pumpkin pie. Of course pumpkin pie is delicious with a generous dollop of whipped cream but there are many more delicious things that a humble can of pureed pumpkin can be used to make besides pie.
We scoured the Daily Meal recipe archives and reached out to our Culinary Content Network of bloggers to find the best pumpkin recipes to make use of that dusty tin you may have forgotten in the back of your pantry.
From enchiladas and a tasty curry to trifle, smoothie bowls, pasta and flan, these recipes will breathe new life into pumpkin puree and are sure to inspire. So go ahead, grab that can of pumpkin and make any or all of these things you didn’t know you could make with canned pumpkin!
This quick and easy treat from Kelly Stilwell is perfect for fall. It’s made with Greek yogurt, which means this recipe is equally perfectly for breakfast or dessert.
Switch up your bean enchiladas with some canned pumpkin! This recipe from Liz’s Healthy Table adds nutrition and makes everything deliciously creamy.
Here’s a quick and easy dinner from Abra’s Kitchen that will get dinner on the table in 30 minutes and makes for a perfect vegetarian meal.
This frozen treat will give that store-bought frap a run for its money. Using Halo Top ice cream, this frozen pumpkin spice latte is creamy, delicious and guilt-free!
For a fancy and festive fall dessert, look no further than this recipe from Delightful Mom Food. This trifle is certainly a showstopper that the whole table will love.
These no-bake pumpkin spice doughnuts from Fitful Focus are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth without feeling the sluggish after-effects of too much of a good thing!
The flavors of chocolate, coffee, and pumpkin collide in this seasonal nutrient-dense smoothie. If you’re the type that relies on a daily java jolt to wake you up, this smoothie will do exactly that — and so much more!
Here’s an unusual dessert that makes perfect use of canned pumpkin. Serve these sweet dumplings with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a scoop of ice cream!
Add some pumpkin puree to a bowlful of morning grits. Topped with bacon and a poached egg, this is a perfect, comforting cool weather breakfast.
These dinner rolls from Chef de Home are rich, fluffy and festive. Spiced with ginger, pepper, nutmeg and glazed with honey-ginger butter, these are a must for any holiday dinner table.
Go beyond pumpkin spice and pumpkin dessert this fall and load up on real pumpkin flavor. This dish is creamy and comforting with a delicate squash flavor accentuated by sharp Parmesan and bright parsley.
Forget pie and make pumpkin flan instead! This dessert is easy to make and takes just five minutes to prepare.
This tasty gnocchi from Thyme for Cooking swaps out traditional potatoes in favor of pumpkin for a tasty spin on a classic dish.
Just four ingredients come together in this easy pumpkin yogurt bark from Snacking in Sneakers. It’s perfect for a healthy snack and is too easy not to make at least once!
These madeleines are for all those who go crazy for pumpkin spice lattes come fall! This gluten-free recipe will surely fill your house with those same spicy scents. If you don’t have a madeleine pan, feel free to make the batter into muffins or a sheet cake, which tastes best when topped with a chai frosting.
Add some pumpkin puree to your mashed potatoes for a healthy and delicious twist.
These cookies from My Sweet Mission are sweet, soft, chewy, cakey and so nutty and chocolaty they’re sure to be a hit. Hints of pumpkin and cinnamon will permeate your kitchen as these cook!
For a delicious and cozy meal that will brighten even the grayest of days, look no further than this pumpkin risotto. It is easy to make and is unctuously delicious.
Perfect your roulade swirl with this impressive pumpkin dessert, which is ideal for all your fall dinner parties.
Not only is this creme brulee flavored with pumpkin puree, it also cooks in a slow cooker!
Pumpkin puree in a cocktail? This fall-inspired Negroni is sweetly spiced and utterly delicious!
Here’s a smoothie bowl from Sweet and Spicy Monkey that tastes just like fall. It is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and paleo-friendly, and it’s packed full of nutrients.
With sweet golden raisins, pumpkin puree, Greek yogurt and an array of festive fall spices, this pumpkin yogurt is the perfect, simple breakfast. Feel free to adjust the spices to make it perfectly pumpkin spiced!
Wow your holiday guests with this amazing crescent dessert, complete with a pumpkin filling and a salted caramel drizzle!
This vegan mac and cheese from Food Galley Gab is creamy, delicious, easy to make and healthy to boot. Vegetable bouillon, pumpkin puree, onion, garlic and nutritional yeast come together to make sure this recipe is chock-full of flavor. This dish will also freeze really well, which means it is just one of the many make-ahead dishes you need this Thanksgiving.
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