Autumn is the time of year when the light begins to soften, the leaves start to turn and pumpkins (and pumpkin spice) are all around us. Many people will turn to canned pumpkin at least once during the fall, if only to make that ubiquitous holiday dessert — pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie is of course delicious, but there are so many more delicious things that a humble can of pureed pumpkin can be used for 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 can you may have forgotten about in the back of your pantry. 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 adorable pumpkin pie parfait from Kelly Stilwell is ideal for fall. It’s made with Greek yogurt, which means this recipe is equally well-suited for both breakfast or dessert.
Photo Courtesy of Liz’s Healthy Table
Jazz up your enchiladas and make them seasonal with the use of canned pumpkin. This recipe from Liz’s Healthy Table adds a healthy kick and makes everything deliciously creamy.
This quick and easy dinner from Abra’s Kitchen will get dinner on the table in 30 minutes and makes for a great vegetarian meal.
Photo Courtesy of Delightful Mom Food
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 sluggish after 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 who relies on a daily java jolt to wake you up, this smoothie will do the trick.
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These dinner rolls from Chef de Home are rich, fluffy and festive. Spiced with ginger, pepper and 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 cozy with a delicate squash flavor accentuated by sharp parmesan and bright parsley.
This tasty gnocchi from Thyme for Cooking swaps out traditional potatoes in favor of pumpkin for a seasonal spin on a classic dish.
Photo Courtesy of Snacking in Sneakers
Just four ingredients come together in this pumpkin yogurt bark from Snacking in Sneakers. It’s an ideal healthy snack and is too easy not to try.
These madeleines are for all those who go crazy for pumpkin spice lattes come fall. This gluten-free recipe will fill your house with those familiar 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 chocolatey they’re sure to be a hit. Hints of pumpkin and cinnamon will permeate your kitchen as these cook.
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, but it’s also made in a slow cooker, making it a low-touch recipe that’ll definitely please a crowd.
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.
Wow your holiday guests with this amazing crescent dessert, complete with a pumpkin filling and a salted caramel drizzle
This unusual dessert makes great 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 bowl of morning grits. Topped with bacon and a poached egg, this is a comforting cool-weather breakfast.
Forget pie and make pumpkin flan instead. This dessert is uncomplicated and takes just five minutes to prepare.
For a delicious and cozy meal that will brighten even the grayest of days, look no further than this pumpkin risotto. It is uncomplicated to make, comforting and delicious.
With sweet golden raisins, pumpkin puree, Greek yogurt and an array of festive fall spices, this pumpkin yogurt is a simple breakfast. Feel free to adjust the spices to make it fit your palate.
This vegan mac and cheese from Food Galley Gab is creamy, delicious, simple 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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